"We knew it was coming," says Google CEO Eric Schmit, "The only question was 'when.'
"And now we know that, too."
Schmit was reacting to news that a Bernard "Barnie" Google, 71, is suing the software giant for theft, copyright infringement, and loss of income.
Mr. Google claims he is the great-great grandson of the legendary Barney Google, the much storied philanderer whose plus-sized spouse divorced him and forced him to live in the stable.
Google also earned fame and minimal money as the star of the longest-running newspaper cartoon strip in American History. It was all about the misadventures of Google and his friend Snuffy Smith.
Mr. Google IV, the litigant in the case Google vs Google, is a short-statured bespectacled man, with goo goo googly eyes.
The multi-billion-dollar software company issued a terse statement this morning denying any link between the company's name and the song or its hero. In his statement, Schmit denied any link between his company's name and the legendary character.
And if you actually google Barney Google, the first response you get is "Did you mean George Harrison singing 'She's So Fine?'"