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and the winner is:

 12:01 am on Nov 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

After exhaustively searching the first 1000 g### threads, I decided this wasn't quite grownup enough. But it made me laugh.

Search phrase, in quotes using Advanced Search, "in polybim" (it's for an e-text), yields a respectable 106,000 results. Or rather, it doesn't:
Showing results for "in polycom"
Search instead for "in polybim"

As ever, g###, thank you for attempting to read my mind. Yes, I do want to "search instead", seeing as how that's what I typed in the first place. Well, -bim, -com, it's a mistake anyone's fingers could make.

About 3 results (0.12 seconds)

The figure "about three" works out to

:: pause to count ::

precisely seven, with the option of additional results from TIA.

I don't think it takes me an eighth of a second to count to seven and return the answer in digit (7) form.

Oh, lordy lordy.

Incidentally, one advantage of using a very obscure browser is that nobody has yet put a lot of work into overriding its ad blocker. When I cross-check in Safari, my first reaction is always "Yeowch! Where did all this advertising come from?"



 12:04 am on Nov 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

What it possibly means is that they trust three of those results and not the other four.

I see it in a site: search that actually returns almost 100 pages but Google promises only low 80s. I know the other 20 pages have low content or other problems.


 1:53 am on Nov 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

A closer look reveals that four of the "about three" are at books.google.com. Wonder which one of their books they don't trust?

Oops, wait, I got it backward. They trust the three that are not their own. :) In the realm of OCR and e-books, this is a far more plausible interpretation.

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