February 7th, 2006

bitstrips

Google weirdness

Someone on Yahoo Answers was asking questions about how many web pages and sites there are in the U.S. and the world. Of course these are unanswerable, but I remember when Google first started hiding its advertised number of pages that someone figured out how to get it to display the number. I tried various wildcard symbols without luck, so then tried several common words like "and", "of" etc. For "to" I got a whopping 19.9 billion pages. But that sounded fishy so I searched again and got "only" 8.5 billion. Tried several more "to" searches and it kept alternating back and forth between those two results. Weird.