Thursday, December 08, 2005


THE PAOMNNEHAL PWEOR OF THE HMUAN MNIDAoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaerin waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng isaht the  frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can bea taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs isbcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but thewrod as a wlohe.Amzanig huh?Rgerads,hmisa

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Google whacking

Google Whacking: With over 2 billion pages in its index, is it possible to get only one result for a search?With an index of over 2 billion pages, Google attracts lots of interest from searchers. New methods of searching are tested, new ways of classifying information are explored, new games are invented. New games are invented? Well, yes, actually. This is the Internet, after all. The term "Google whacking" was coined by Gary Stock. The idea is to find a two-word query that has only one result. The two words may not be enclosed in quotes (that's too easy), and the words must be found in Google's own dictionary (no proper names, made-up words, etc). If the one result comes from a word list, such as a glossary or dictionary, the whack is disqualified. If you manage a Google whack—and its harder than it sounds—be sure to list your find on the official Whack Stack ( Perusing the most recent 2,000 whacks is highly recommended if your brain is stuck and you need a little inspiration in your research. Examples include "endoscopy cudgels," "nebbish orthodontia," and "peccable oink."