Google Fun #1.
I wrote this when I was, like, 15. Tagged as Lists
Just the other day I was searching for common words in Google (the, of, to, and, a, an, is, it
) and found these results:
- a 8 billion
- to 8 billion
- the 8 billion
I reckon thi… hmm. Isn’t it strange how it keeps returning eight billion results? Two theories on this:
- There are too many results for Google to practicably count, so it stops after a specific number. Or,
- Google knows there are heaps so it just returns a really high value so as not to use up processing power trying to count the results.
To find the real number of pages hosting those words I went to Yahoo, the second-most prominent search engine on the web. Here are the results in descending order, plus the site that came first on the list:
- a 4․33 billion [A&E Television]
- to 3․95 billion [V3 Web Hosting and Sub-Domains]
- the 3․93 billion [The Onion]
- of 3․84 billion [The Library of Congress]
- and 3․74 billion [Barnes & Noble]
- is 2․85 billion [Whatis?com]
- an 2․04 billion [An Doras: Clár Cinn]
- it 2 billion [Submit It!]
Well there ya go. Note that I didn’t put the words into quotes or anything, just searched as-is. Surely this list is worth something?