Thursday, 23 April 2009

One hit wonders

My last post had a new word in it. A word describe the killing of a pulmonaria. When I wrote the blog post this word had zero hits. Now it has two! But I like to think of it as one really, because they are two different routes to the same blog.

I think there's a word for a google search returning only one hit, but I can't remember what it is. (Googlewhacking is I think finding pairs of words to return one hit.)

Tom Kelsey and I once tried (not very hard) to find the smallest number (I mean positive integer) which has no hits in Google. Of course if we posted it here it would get a hit. But the interesting thing is that the number (whatever it is) is surprisingly large. Try it yourself. Of course your expectation may be more accurate so you won't be surprised.

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