Funny google result

Handruin

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I can't take credit for this, but I read over at icrontic a funny result returned from google.

Go to google.com and enter a search for "go to hell" and make sure to include the quotes.

Let me know what you find for results! :mrgrn:
 

Prof.Wizard

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Mwahahahaahahahahahahhaahahahaah! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Mercutio will surely love this... :mrgrn:
 

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timwhit said:
How exactly does this work? Is it just Google having some fun?

No, it's phrase/word frequency rankings in the database -- which the roving spiders have collected off the web on the net ripe with crawlers, gopher, bugs, worms, virus, trojans, gnu, penguins, cute red devils, s'kiddies, veronica, archie, mime, cookies, spam, links, urls, perls, wais, splash, flash, and multi-colour shockwave trash.


 

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You just seem to see things so much more ... clearly ... than the rest of us, Gary. :cyclop:
 

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Google works by sorting the frequency of links relative to the frequency of links to the sites linking that site. A site linked to by a very popular web site, such as cnn.com or slashdot.org thereby rises within google's rankings.

It's really quite brilliant.

I'm aware of that particular phenomenon. There was a similar one last year- a search for "Dumb motherf----r" led to George W. Bush's homepage as the first result. After enough important sites picked up and reported the story, links to news stories about the soothsaying search engine started to rank ahead of the original page, and that's how things are today.
 

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Occasionally when I'm at a business site that includes its own search engine, I'll search for random, completely off-topic stuff just to see if anything turns up. Usually nothing does. I figure someday I'll get a hit for something amusing because the creator of a page included a hidden comment or did something on a dare.

Yes, I do have too much free time on the web. :wink:

That said, I was surprised when I ran a search on the Home Depot site a few days ago. I did a search for "moron" ... and it turned up several recommended products.

Likewise for "astronaut".

Interestingly, a search for "intercontinental ballistic missiles" (which you can only do from the search results page, otherwise the text entry field won't be long enough) at Home Depot comes up with a selection of "interior stains and finishes" as the best option.

That tells you a lot about their search engine, actually. You can type in anything and get some kind of suggested product.
 

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Since the Menards just down the street from my apartment has, among other things, frozen pizzas, computer games and a pharmacy aisle, I think I'd try there before home depot for my cross-continental destructive urges.
 

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I wish there was one of those near me. :(

Mmm ... frozen pizzas. Now I'm hungry!
 

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Handruin said:
I can't take credit for this, but I read over at icrontic a funny result returned from google.

Go to google.com and enter a search for "go to hell" and make sure to include the quotes.

Let me know what you find for results! :mrgrn:

What was a supposed to find?

C
 

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Clocker said:
Handruin said:
I can't take credit for this, but I read over at icrontic a funny result returned from google.

Go to google.com and enter a search for "go to hell" and make sure to include the quotes.

Let me know what you find for results! :mrgrn:

What was a supposed to find?

C

They must have reindexed or something because it used to have microsoft.com as the first result, then AOL and disney
 

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Mercutio said:
Google works by sorting the frequency of links relative to the frequency of links to the sites linking that site. A site linked to by a very popular web site, such as cnn.com or slashdot.org thereby rises within google's rankings.

It's really quite brilliant...

Of course, AltaVista did all of this first back in 1995. Everyone else has followed.


http://www.altavista.com/

 
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