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4:38 am on Dec 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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My 14 year old showed me this one tonight -- I'd never seen anything like this from Google search.

- go to Google.com
- type find chuck norris in search box
- click "I'm Feeling Lucky"

4:47 am on Dec 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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We're making an exception on our usual policy of no specific search terms here. That's a total hoot, lexipixel!
5:00 am on Dec 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I could not resist, I went and I saw and I was afraid not to bookmark that site. I will probably have to link to it just so I can sleep tonight.
5:20 am on Dec 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Wow, I don't think I have ever seen this before!
5:33 am on Dec 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Just wondering if Google is getting paid for showing it.... Or its just due to back-link power that the site is ranking on top.
6:00 am on Dec 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Good one! I had to become a fan!
7:00 am on Dec 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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hilarious...look's like Google still has their sense of humor intact! (Hey....what's that knock on my door..?)
7:50 am on Dec 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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it's not google...
8:05 am on Dec 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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PR4 for a joke site... and no doubt will get more links now that it is posted here.

And as levo said, it sure isn't Google having a the sense of humor.

9:31 am on Dec 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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scary stuff - and an illustration of what's wrong with personalized search.

I sent this to 5 coworkers. 2 of them got the correct hit. The other 3 were served different results. After my 5-second-what-teh-fudge-moment I went to each of their computers and cleared their cookies/cache. And then everything worked fine.

Now these are tech-savvy people - and their browsers are set to delete history on closing. So the only influence on their searches was what they searched for in the past 2 hrs.

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Nice observation gn_wendy - It reminds us that this may not work for everyone. Here coincidentally it worked and was fun for all, but you're right, this may not work internationally or even in between PC's as was your case.
3:29 pm on Dec 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It was the first time I clicked the IFL button in years, and aside from the obvious; "What is the secret of Chuck Norris's mystique with tween-agers?" --- a ton of questions and "issues" ran through my head.

After wasting 15-20 minutes doing test searches including clicking it with no search string entered, (to get the New Years countdown), I thought the button was still as Brett described in 2001:
[webmasterworld.com...]

I can not get it to NOT give me that result.

Is the search not working for anyone else? And if so; Were you logged into a G account? Do you have G search history on or off? Had you run other searches on G before trying? Cookies? Other conditions?

7:02 pm on Dec 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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For me it appears to be a hard coded easter egg. I'm not logged in, and my search history is disabled.

I guess that if you find Chuck Norris, it is NOT your lucky day - no matter how you're feeling ;)

9:54 am on Dec 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Um, the page it goes to is not google.

Its [nochucknorris.com...]

edit - also, its brilliant.

10:43 am on Dec 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It's funny, but not brilliant. The idea has been done before many years ago when searching for French military victories.
12:34 pm on Dec 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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This is funny but it also dates back to 2007. Still, it is funny whenever I see people talking about it.
7:32 am on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Um, the page it goes to...
-almighty monkey

Lately I find myself taking the web, and specifically Google Search, too seriously, (I think a lot of us do).

How long did the obvious take to set in?

dates back to 2007
-rustybrick

I guess my questions are;

1. Does the IFL button always redirect to the same URL that occupies the #1 natural result? (had the "GOOGLE SEARCH" button been clicked with the same search string instead)

2. If the answer to the above is "No, not always", then what factors change the result?

3. Why isn't the IMDB page for Dirty Harry quotes returned if someone clicks the IFL button with no search string ?

[imdb.com...]

4. Should this thread be moved to FOO? (real people might stumble across it and think this all means something)...