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Topic: OT - Mindless diversion (8 msgs / 145 lines)
1) From: Mike Chester
 Take 60 seconds to do this. I guarantee you will show someone else. 
 1. go to www.google.com 
 2. click on "maps" 
 3. click on "get directions" 
 4. type "New York" in the first box (the "from" box) 
 5. type "London" in the second box (the "to" box) 
 6. click on "get directions" 
 7. scroll down and read step #24

2) From: mirrera
That's always been a fun one...try asking Google this too: 
What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?
Google Calculator will return an answer that will make sense to some of you, I think.

3) From: miKe mcKoffee
ROFLOL!!! Hilarious, by gawd Google has a sense of humor! Major Spew Alert!

4) From: Aaron
Ok that was funny.. and yes I did send it onto a few other folks....

5) From: Jason
Hmmm it would appear they took some of the old ones out.  You used to
search for "French military victory" and it would return Did you mean
"French Military Defeats"? or way back it would come back with "No
results found."  (it was actually a google bomb, and one of the
first.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_bombThere have been several items of this nature appear on google over
time, and some have been quite entertaining, haven't found any related
to coffee yet.
On 5/1/07, Aaron  wrote:

6) From: mirrera
The Google Bombs are considerably different than the OP and my example in this thread.  Google Bombs are outside people/companies (Search Engine Optimization ones, mostly), attempting to influence how high up the list of search results you can get a particular page based on a search query.  The first one was when Hugedisk linked a particularly offensive query to a Bush-related site.
The example you mention below never appeared on Google itself, it was the use of a Google Bomb to link to a page that looked like Google, and had the 'result' you have below.  It's no longer the first result simply because the first page that comes up with different queries changes over time, as the effect of the Bomb wears off (e.g. searching for "miserable failure" no longer returns George W.'s biography as the first hit). 
The original examples in this thread are things that originated _within_ Google, as part of their software, rather than a subversive attempt by an outside party to affect the search results.  They are more akin to easter eggs than bombs.

7) From: Lynne Biziewski
This whole thread is very entertaining.
As far as the directions to London, at least it wasn't like local
directions, when you are sent on a 'loop' (obviously Google maps - and the
rest of them - don't understand the thing about the shortest distance
between two points...)
I particularly like, "Swim across the Atlantic Ocean." Oh, wait - it does
look as though they are directing through a loop - didn't realize that one
had to go through France to get to England!
Very funny. You are right - I need to pass this one on..
"Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation.
Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the
Amy Tan

8) From: Jason
Fully agreed.... while not all of the google bombs have been amusing
or even polite, some of them have been amusing.  I belive google has
started updating their software to prevent items of that nature.
On 5/1/07, mirrera  wrote:

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