X

10 Bizarre Ways Google Spends Its Money

What do windmills and bees have to do with Google?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2011 12:33 PM CDT

(Newser) – Google has made billions, and there are only so many YouTubes or Androids you can buy—so why not spend some of that hard-earned cash in some decidedly stranger ways? Business Insider rounds up the 10 weirdest:

  • Windmills: Yes ... windmills. Google spent $40 million on them, probably because it likes clean energy projects.
  • A beekeeper: The company has four nests on its campus and an official beekeeper who takes care of them, so that Google's chef always has access to fresh honey.

story continues below

  • People-powered monorail: Google gave $1 million to Shweeb, a company that aims to make clear pods for eco-friendly transportation purposes. The pods are powered by people kicking their legs, bicycle-style.
  • Solar energy: In another push for clean energy, Google invested in building a solar panel prototype that could significantly reduce the cost of solar energy.
  • Space travel: The company is offering a $30 million reward to the first privately funded team that gets a robot to the moon.
Click for the complete list. (Read more Google stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
X