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Google spits out strange results

While doing a search on Google for some latest news, I put in the keyword "Floppy Disk". Google found some relevant articles, but when it suggested related searches it came up with something weird.

While doing a search on Google for some latest news, I put in the keyword "Floppy Disk." Google found some relevant articles, but when it suggested related searches, it came up with something weird.

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Google's usually pretty useful in finding information buried in the Web and stuff going on in the news. So, when I decided to search Google News for some current events around old technology, I typed in a few keywords.

Most of the keyword searches didn't turn up anything new that was interesting to report about. Amusingly enough when I entered searches for 80286 and 80386,  my Classics Rock post Looking back at the IBM PS/2 came out on top.

What was kind of bizarre, however, was what happened when I searched Google News using the keyword "Floppy Disk." Nothing interesting came up to talk about in the news feeds, but Google displayed this in the Searches Related To area:

Now, what converting to Islam , or for that matter what the U.S. Navy, has to do with floppy disks I'm not sure. Combining the key phrases "convert to islam" and "floppy disk" didn't produce anything on Google News. However, doing a standard Google Web search produced an article that's over 6 months old concerning a U.S. Navy sailor who converted to Islam and had stored battle plans for a carrier group on a floppy disk that was hidden in his bedroom.

Most likely this is where Google decided to get the related alerts from, but it sure seems like a bit of a stretch. It's almost as if Google got an earworm or something.

I guess I should be careful searching on Google for stuff like that or I could wind up in trouble.

4 comments
remeeraz
remeeraz

Just think yourself lucky it didn't spit out some results about impotency tabulatory things! Also, I'm quite surprised it didn't point in the direction of Wikipedia like most other hardware search results.

Jaqui
Jaqui

get onto a list in the DHS. really get yourself in deep. oops to late they stole your screenshot.

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

For Classics Rock, I was going to produce a blog about old technology in the news. Doing a search on Google News using the key phrase "Floppy Disk", Google suggested "convert to Islam" and "US Navy" as suggested alternatives. You can see the results in Classics itself: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/classic-tech/?p=181 Beyond the classic "French Military Victories" which was intentional, what bizarre Google results have you seen while searching for technology?

k.hoopes
k.hoopes

About 3 months ago my Father-in-law passed away, and I had to use Google maps to get directions to the funeral home. I typed in the destination address fine, however when I went to type in my address, I acidentally only typed in 3447 and pressed enter. Google returned results that began in Austraila, and ended at the correct destination in Pittsburgh, PA. The interesting thing is how it recommended that I cross the Pacific Ocean, yes you heard me correct the Pacific Ocean. It said that I should "kayak" across the Pacific Ocean for a total of 12,724km. (notice it is km, not miles) Wow, of all the ways to get across the ocean, I never thought of kayaking. This is obviously one of those times when I should phone ahead to make sure there are no detours... = ) I just tried it again, and could not get it to produce the same results... so I guess it is a good thing that I still have the screenshot. Let me know if you would like to see it.