Some stories just make you grin. The BBC reports that Google has thanked a British grandmother who conducted the politest ever search after thinking that the answers were provided by a person.

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The grandmother’s request read: “Please translate these roman numerals mcmxcviii thank you.” […]

[Her grandson Ben said] I asked my nan why she used ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and it seemed she thinks that there is someone – a physical person – at Google’s headquarters who looks after the searches. She thought that by being polite and using her manners, the search would be quicker.

After Ben John tweeted the photo, Google replied.

Dearest Ben’s Nan, Hope you’re well. In a world of billions of searches, yours made us smile. Oh, and it’s 1998. Thank YOU.

Maybe she watched this …

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