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Here's why Jennifer Lopez is responsible for the invention of Google Images

Thanks, J. Lo!

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IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT Google Images.

Seriously, imagine not being able to Google “dog wearing sunglasses” on a total whim.

Well, it turns out that we all have Jennifer Lopez to thank for the invention of Google Images.

In an article penned for Project Syndicate, Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt wrote that the singer’s iconic see-through dress from the 2000 Grammy Awards prompted the creation of the image search function.

Schmidt explained that people wanted more than just text — namely, they wanted to perv on J-Lo’s dress.

This first became apparent after the 2000 Grammy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez wore a green dress that, well, caught the world’s attention. At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no sure-fire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: J-Lo wearing that dress.

And so Google Images was born and our lives were changed forever.

Thanks, Jennifer!

In case you need a reminder of that address, here’s an intensely awkward clip from the awards show in which David Duchovny and J-Lo flirt awkwardly on stage.

Source: MartinOldiesTapes/YouTube

Cringe.

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