Kenan & Kel Invented Google in 1996 The pilot of Nickeloden’s Kenan & Kel premiered July 15, 1996. In the first episode the duo attempt to raise enough funds, by whatever means necessary, to buy a car. In their desperate attempt for fast cash, they open box after box of a cereal called Google Puffs in hopes of finding a golden monkey and winning $10,000. A year later, in 1997, Google’s official company history timeline claims the inspiration from the name comes from a mathematical term: Larry and Sergey decide that the BackRub search engine needs a new name. After some brainstorming, they go with Google — a play on the word “googol,” a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. The use of the term reflects their mission to organize a seemingly infinite amount of information on the web On September 4, 1998, two years after that first episode of “Kenan & Kel,” the company was officially incorporated, and Google was born. Whose to say the origins of this multibillion-dollar company are so innocuous? Perhaps these Stanford grad students indulged in some smoking, grabbed a Goodburger and laughed their asses off to some kids’ shows. We miss the ’90s. Follow Us SEE MORE: • 10 Celebrities From the ’90s Who Aught-smarted Us All • 35 Best Tumblr Pics & GIFs From 1997 • What the Hell Happened to These ’90s Mega-Celebs?