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February 25, 2005 8:20 AM   Subscribe

Google's busted. My boss has discovered, to his dismay, that Google's broken.
posted by Mur (25 comments total)

 
Darnit. I will have to go to the library now and use the card catalog.
posted by jeremias at 8:34 AM on February 25, 2005


damn hippies
posted by tiamat at 8:34 AM on February 25, 2005


correction: Google is "broken" for a few nerds playing an obscure word game that doesn't affect people doing real research on the site.
posted by mathowie at 8:35 AM on February 25, 2005


Not broken very badly though, is it?

This will pass.
posted by squidlarkin at 8:35 AM on February 25, 2005


What? Can someone explain this to me? Who's your boss? Are we reporting obscure Google bugs to MeFi now? This post needs more meat.
posted by mkultra at 8:39 AM on February 25, 2005


PASS! A word that ends in S. Well done squidlarkin, well done.
posted by mic stand at 8:41 AM on February 25, 2005


I don't know if it's the font or the type size or the layout or what, but I am just not following this at all.

Oh, and I haven't thought of "The Game" in, like, a week.
posted by coelecanth at 8:42 AM on February 25, 2005


I hadn't either until you just said something coelecanth.
posted by mic stand at 8:43 AM on February 25, 2005


Damn, I just lost.
posted by bashos_frog at 8:44 AM on February 25, 2005


Dumbs.
posted by me3dia at 8:45 AM on February 25, 2005


Search google for a word, like tomato. See the "definition" link in the upper right to answers.com? Now search for a word that ends in "s", but not in "ss". Like physics. No definition link.

Not a huge bug, but it's definitely applicable outside googlewhacking.
posted by Plutor at 8:46 AM on February 25, 2005


Dammit, coele, I actually had forgotten about it. Sigh.
posted by davejay at 8:48 AM on February 25, 2005


Thanks, Plutor.

I reiterate my stance about this post's belonging here, though. Not only is there nothing really to say about it, but coelecanth ruined my week.
posted by mkultra at 8:57 AM on February 25, 2005


Doh!!! I lost too. Gahh.
posted by chrid at 8:59 AM on February 25, 2005


(Also, your boss works for me.)
posted by coelecanth at 9:07 AM on February 25, 2005


correction: Google is "broken" for a few nerds playing an obscure word game that doesn't affect people doing real research on the site.

*slaps knee*

that mathowie is a hoot, ain't he!?
posted by quonsar at 9:14 AM on February 25, 2005


that mathowie is a hoot, ain't he!?

Now that's a real knee slapper
posted by mss at 9:25 AM on February 25, 2005


My money is that this isn't even google's bug.

Answer.com probably pays for the traffic generated from those links and it's their db that the words get grabbed from.
posted by bitdamaged at 10:01 AM on February 25, 2005


I pass
posted by Slagman at 10:54 AM on February 25, 2005


Egregious
posted by steef at 12:29 PM on February 25, 2005


People do real research on Google?
posted by carmen at 1:12 PM on February 25, 2005


I just lost the Game...
posted by blasdelf at 5:32 PM on February 25, 2005


"Search google for a word, like tomato. See the "definition" link in the upper right to answers.com? Now search for a word that ends in "s", but not in "ss". Like physics. No definition link."

Plutor's right: "path" got a definition link, "paths" didn't. So the problem here is that the FPP was simply badly written. As to whether the FPP belongs here, does anybody recall a post a few months back about dildos shaped like animal wangs?
posted by davy at 9:24 PM on February 25, 2005


I just lost the game too++
posted by drezdn at 10:56 PM on February 25, 2005


Plutor's right: "path" got a definition link, "paths" didn't. So the problem here is that the FPP was simply badly written. As to whether the FPP belongs here, does anybody recall a post a few months back about dildos shaped like animal wangs?

Duh. It's Google™, don't you know that every new "innovation" by Google™ demands a FPP here on MetaGoogle™!
posted by KirkJobSluder at 10:05 AM on February 26, 2005


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