Why is this Number Special?

Posted: August 14th, 2012 | Author: Barry | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Because I spend way too much time thinking about things that don’t matter in any way to anyone, I’ve been curious for several years about the single Google search term that would return the largest number of results. A couple of years ago, I concluded that the letter “a” returned the most. This conclusion came after searching for a variety of simple words, letters, and numbers (the, a, an, i, 1, etc.). Results definitely varied, but “a” was tops. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for this letter, feeling that it completely ruled the alphabet.  I was thrilled that the rest of the world agreed with me.

I recently retested my theory about the total alphabetical world domination of “a”. I was shocked by the results.

So it returned a nice round number: 25,270,000. The key word here is “About”. It seems that Google throws that word in when it can’t be bothered to actually count. It’s like they’re eye-balling it. “Hmm. Let’s go with 25 billion. No wait. A smidge more.”

So I tried a few others.

The letter “i”, clearly an inferior letter, received the same estimate. Something is wrong. I feel that “a” is being seriously slighted.

What about a numeral, you say?

Yep, the same results. How can a numeral ever hope to compete with a letter, let alone one as massively impressive as “a”? I could understand if “i” and “1″ had the same results. After all, they’re practically twins. But the same as “a”? No freakin’ way.

It appears that Google’s internal abacus thingy can only go to 25,270,000 before moving on to greener pastures. What can be so important that it seems to be intentionally depriving me of crucial, life-affirming information?

Next, I’ll try the same exercise with Bing and see if the bastards at Microsoft have any more chutzpah.



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