Google gave researcher Sanmay Ved $6,006.13, choosing that specific amount because it spells out Google, numerically ("squint a little and you'll see it!" the company said).
This kind of quirky antic has become almost par for the course for the search giant, which has long been down for a little nerdy fun.Advertisement"Googleyness" is all about intellectual creativity, after all.
Here are some of our other favorite times that Google did or responded to something in a particularly silly way:
It all started with the IPO. Google used a funny string of numbers in its initial S-1 filing for how much it hoped to raise...
Then, a year later, Google collected a bit more than $4 billion dollars by selling 14,159,265 million of its shares.
The search giant showed off its numerical whimsy again in 2011 when it bid $1,902,160,540 and $2,614,972,128 for some wireless patents.
In another auction, Google spent $25 million to buy the entire ".app" domain. But the clever part came when we followed up with the company about it...
The company has also responded to press questions with memes. It sent The Verge this one when it revealed that a weird skull showing up in people's Gmail accounts was caused by a bug in its own in-house debugger.
Google once even got a little risqué with this response...
And once it addressed an issue where Google Maps was showing Sauron's tower from "Lord of the Rings" as appearing Australia with a comment... in Elvish:
Google has recruited new developers using super-cryptic challenges that people can only access through a secret website...
A few months after Google became Alphabet in 2015, it bought the entire alphbabet as a domain name, with the URL abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com
In the same vein, Alphabet also bought back a bunch of stock for $5,099,019,513.59.
... A fact that the company made sure to reference last year after the press noted that new parent company Alphabet didn't include Google's famous "don't be evil" line in its new code of conduct.
Not about numbers but pretty funny: In its official code of conduct, Google declares itself a 'dog company.'