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    Vincent GraysonVincent Grayson Frederick, MDRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Khavall wrote: »
    Oh man Alta Vista


    Good times

    I was always a big fan of Metacrawler back in the day.

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    DanHibikiDanHibiki Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Beren39 wrote: »
    I belong to the cult of Jeeves and his reincarnated form Ask.com. On another note, anytime I read about anyone expressing ideas that a large database can become sentient through accumulation of residual knowledge, I always think of Shodan. Look at you internet user, a pathetic creature of meat and bone, panting and sweating as you surf porn, how can you challenge a perfect, immortal surf engine?

    The first true AI will not be a search engine, it will be a spam filter.

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    Beren39Beren39 Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
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    Bask in his omniscient light!

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    AdrienAdrien Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    MrMonroe wrote: »
    DanHibiki wrote: »
    According to Google trends, the term "Google" is searched for more than the terms "God", "Jesus", "Allah", "Buddha", "Christianity", "Islam", "Buddhism" and "Judaism"
    Why would anyone type "google" in to Google?! Don't they know that this could break the internets?

    it is most likely idiots typing "google" into their search bar to get to the Google website so they can Google something.

    idiots

    God I have to deal with that all the time. I tell people people to type in www.<somewebsite>.com and they get weird results, and I say "Did you put that in the address bar?"

    "My what??"

    Honestly, it's a much better way of interfacing with the internet. Transfer speeds have increased to the point that a query to Google doesn't noticeably increase the loading time, and unless it's something that's in autocomplete or that you type a lot it's usually faster to google it first.

    It also makes it a lot easier to tell someone where something is— as you've discovered. For example, say I want someone to check out the latest Dinosaur Comics. I can say, "It's at kwants dot com. No, CUE-DOUBLEYOU-AY-EN-TEE-ZEE dot com," which they are sure to forget before I'm done saying it, or I can say, "Just google 'Dinosaur Comics'."

    Or let's say I want the website for AT&T Wireless. I can't remember if it's atandt.com, att.net, atnt.co.uk, or whatever. I can make my best guess, but if I guess wrong then I've already taken longer than it would to have googled "AT&T", which will even give me a link to AT&T Wireless right there.

    Or a lot of times I'm going to a site just to do another search. If I want to look up a movie, I could A) type "imdb.com" into my address bar, wait for IMDB to load with all its Flash ads and stuff, then type "the matrix" into its search bar, then wait for the results page, then click on "The Matrix (1999)", or B) I can type "the matrix imdb" into my Google bar, and click the first link. The same thing goes for Wikipedia: Googling "photosynthesis wiki" gets me to that page faster than going to wikipedia.com.

    Additionally, Google will fix typos and spelling mistakes without even breaking its stride. In fact, simply googling "the matrik" (or "th matre", wow) gives me both The Matrix's Wiki and IMDB pages as the first two hits. This is a godsend for mobile use, where having to type a whole URL can be a Sisyphian endeavor.

    And, yes, I have put "google" into the Google bar to get google.com before. It happens :P

    The address bar has definite utility, but (ironically?) going to a website does not fall under that.

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    QinguQingu Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Google Search has basically become a functional version of AOL's keywords.

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    Vincent GraysonVincent Grayson Frederick, MDRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Adrien wrote: »
    MrMonroe wrote: »
    DanHibiki wrote: »
    According to Google trends, the term "Google" is searched for more than the terms "God", "Jesus", "Allah", "Buddha", "Christianity", "Islam", "Buddhism" and "Judaism"
    Why would anyone type "google" in to Google?! Don't they know that this could break the internets?

    it is most likely idiots typing "google" into their search bar to get to the Google website so they can Google something.

    idiots

    God I have to deal with that all the time. I tell people people to type in www.<somewebsite>.com and they get weird results, and I say "Did you put that in the address bar?"

    "My what??"

    Honestly, it's a much better way of interfacing with the internet. Transfer speeds have increased to the point that a query to Google doesn't noticeably increase the loading time, and unless it's something that's in autocomplete or that you type a lot it's usually faster to google it first.

    It also makes it a lot easier to tell someone where something is— as you've discovered. For example, say I want someone to check out the latest Dinosaur Comics. I can say, "It's at kwants dot com. No, CUE-DOUBLEYOU-AY-EN-TEE-ZEE dot com," which they are sure to forget before I'm done saying it, or I can say, "Just google 'Dinosaur Comics'."

    Or let's say I want the website for AT&T Wireless. I can't remember if it's atandt.com, att.net, atnt.co.uk, or whatever. I can make my best guess, but if I guess wrong then I've already taken longer than it would to have googled "AT&T", which will even give me a link to AT&T Wireless right there.

    Or a lot of times I'm going to a site just to do another search. If I want to look up a movie, I could A) type "imdb.com" into my address bar, wait for IMDB to load with all its Flash ads and stuff, then type "the matrix" into its search bar, then wait for the results page, then click on "The Matrix (1999)", or B) I can type "the matrix imdb" into my Google bar, and click the first link. The same thing goes for Wikipedia: Googling "photosynthesis wiki" gets me to that page faster than going to wikipedia.com.

    Additionally, Google will fix typos and spelling mistakes without even breaking its stride. In fact, simply googling "the matrik" (or "th matre", wow) gives me both The Matrix's Wiki and IMDB pages as the first two hits. This is a godsend for mobile use, where having to type a whole URL can be a Sisyphian endeavor.

    And, yes, I have put "google" into the Google bar to get google.com before. It happens :P

    The address bar has definite utility, but (ironically?) going to a website does not fall under that.

    Thanks to Firefox, I find I rarely have to use Google or the address bar for their original purposes...now I can get to pretty much every site I use with only a few keystrokes. I get to PA every day by clicking the address bar and typing the letter "p". Penny Arcade is the first thing on the list and I can just hit down and enter and I'm here.

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    DarkCrawlerDarkCrawler Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    So when are we going to virus-bomb Yahoo in the name of Google? Googlahu Akbar!

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    AdrienAdrien Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    So when are we going to virus-bomb Yahoo in the name of Google? Googlahu Akbar!

    You know, the irony here is that it's actually impossible to pronounce "Google" in Arabic, while "Yahoo" is trivial.

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    MagicPrimeMagicPrime FiresideWizard Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I like the idea of an internet pantheon.

    Who's up for throwing one together with me?!

    The Gods of WWW

    Ebay - God of Merchants and Trade

    The god Ebay is a major deity of the WWW Pantheon. It is writ that by placing items within his temples that other worshipers can purchase the goods from vast distances. However - Ebay is not a benevolent god, for he cares not for right or wrong; allowing any and all types to place their goods within his shrines and sell their wares to non wary subjects.

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    Dunadan019Dunadan019 Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    So when are we going to virus-bomb Yahoo in the name of Google? Googlahu Akbar!

    i already made that joke :(

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    Wonder_HippieWonder_Hippie __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2009
    MagicPrime wrote: »
    I like the idea of an internet pantheon.

    Who's up for throwing one together with me?!

    The Gods of WWW

    Ebay - God of Merchants and Trade

    The god Ebay is a major deity of the WWW Pantheon. It is writ that by placing items within his temples that other worshipers can purchase the goods from vast distances. However - Ebay is not a benevolent god, for he cares not for right or wrong; allowing any and all types to place their goods within his shrines and sell their wares to non wary subjects.

    Stormfront - God of Intolerance, Irrational Hatred, and Fear

    Self explanatory.

    Consorts - 4chan, XBL

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    SalSal Damnedest Little Fellow Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    I still have Yahoo as my home page. :P

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    DarkCrawlerDarkCrawler Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    MagicPrime wrote: »
    I like the idea of an internet pantheon.

    Who's up for throwing one together with me?!

    The Gods of WWW

    Ebay - God of Merchants and Trade

    The god Ebay is a major deity of the WWW Pantheon. It is writ that by placing items within his temples that other worshipers can purchase the goods from vast distances. However - Ebay is not a benevolent god, for he cares not for right or wrong; allowing any and all types to place their goods within his shrines and sell their wares to non wary subjects.

    Stormfront - God of Intolerance, Irrational Hatred, and Fear

    Self explanatory.

    Consorts - 4chan, XBL

    4chan deserves to be a god of it's own. God of randomness? Usually appearing as the image of a green twisted ugly dwarf with one arm and one leg, spouting incomprehensible gibberish.

    I assume Google would be the head of the pantheon.

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    MagicPrimeMagicPrime FiresideWizard Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    MagicPrime wrote: »
    I like the idea of an internet pantheon.

    Who's up for throwing one together with me?!

    The Gods of WWW

    Ebay - God of Merchants and Trade

    The god Ebay is a major deity of the WWW Pantheon. It is writ that by placing items within his temples that other worshipers can purchase the goods from vast distances. However - Ebay is not a benevolent god, for he cares not for right or wrong; allowing any and all types to place their goods within his shrines and sell their wares to non wary subjects.

    Stormfront - God of Intolerance, Irrational Hatred, and Fear

    Self explanatory.

    Consorts - 4chan, XBL

    4chan deserves to be a god of it's own. God of randomness? Usually appearing as the image of a green twisted ugly dwarf with one arm and one leg, spouting incomprehensible gibberish.

    I assume Google would be the head of the pantheon.

    I would see Google as more of an Athena type persona. God of Wisdom that likes to help people from the side-lines. And Wikipedia would be like the Keeper of the Library of the Gods.

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    Dunadan019Dunadan019 Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Sal wrote: »
    I still have Yahoo as my home page. :P


    welcome, true believer.

    if you die in a war with google, you will get 40 stocks of yahoo.

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    Wonder_HippieWonder_Hippie __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2009
    MagicPrime wrote: »
    I like the idea of an internet pantheon.

    Who's up for throwing one together with me?!

    The Gods of WWW

    Ebay - God of Merchants and Trade

    The god Ebay is a major deity of the WWW Pantheon. It is writ that by placing items within his temples that other worshipers can purchase the goods from vast distances. However - Ebay is not a benevolent god, for he cares not for right or wrong; allowing any and all types to place their goods within his shrines and sell their wares to non wary subjects.

    Stormfront - God of Intolerance, Irrational Hatred, and Fear

    Self explanatory.

    Consorts - 4chan, XBL

    4chan deserves to be a god of it's own. God of randomness? Usually appearing as the image of a green twisted ugly dwarf with one arm and one leg, spouting incomprehensible gibberish.

    I assume Google would be the head of the pantheon.

    Actually I'd think 4chan would just be a consort to every god of the pantheon. It's not important enough of its own, but it spits memes rapid fire and influences everything else on the internet.

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    Wonder_HippieWonder_Hippie __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2009
    Also ARPANET is one of the titans.

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    SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Someone with some artistic ability needs to design a pantheon.

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    DarkCrawlerDarkCrawler Registered User regular
    edited February 2009

    Actually I'd think 4chan would just be a consort to every god of the pantheon. It's not important enough of its own, but it spits memes rapid fire and influences everything else on the internet.

    Sounds do.

    And let's forget about it "usually" appearing in a same form, every one who gazes upon it sees it in a different way, and it's forms are as numerous as the stars in the sky.

    ARPANET as some sort of a primordial god is a good idea, yes. X.25, UUCP and Usenet as well.

    Myspace would be the God of Vanity? Constantly checking itself from a mirror.

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    KhavallKhavall British ColumbiaRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    The mountain Pornlympus

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    DarkCrawlerDarkCrawler Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Khavall wrote: »
    The mountain Pornlympus

    Shaped like...well you know what it would be shaped like.

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    Wonder_HippieWonder_Hippie __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2009

    Actually I'd think 4chan would just be a consort to every god of the pantheon. It's not important enough of its own, but it spits memes rapid fire and influences everything else on the internet.

    Sounds do.

    And let's forget about it "usually" appearing in a same form, every one who gazes upon it sees it in a different way, and it's forms are as numerous as the stars in the sky.

    ARPANET as some sort of a primordial god is a good idea, yes. X.25, UUCP and Usenet as well.

    Myspace would be the God of Vanity? Constantly checking itself from a mirror.

    MySpace and FaceBook are petulant, warring sisters, the two most prominent children among a whole slew of other similarly mopey bitches, all the sons and daughters of... I don't do social networking sites, what would be considered the first one?

    MySpace is the slutty one.

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    matt has a problemmatt has a problem Points to 'off' Points to 'on'Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Nah, 4Chan would have to be Hermes. Or maybe Eris.

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    QinguQingu Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Screw the Greek Pantheon comparisons.

    Google is Marduk. Google defeated the primordial internet gods and then refashioned their corpses into Google Maps.

    Then Google spoke and brought forth the lights in Google Sky.

    Upon Google's victory and pre-eminence, all the other gods of the internet bowed down and allowed their holy names to be indexed into Google's directory.

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    ObsObs __BANNED USERS regular
    edited February 2009
    I actually have Yahoo as my homepage too and have always had it, simply because Google's homepage doesn't have jack shit and google is actually built into the web browser now so I'd rather have a homepage with some substance. Yahoo has filled that niche pretty well, and it's still a multibillion dollar industry to this day.

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    DanHibikiDanHibiki Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Obs wrote: »
    I actually have Yahoo as my homepage too and have always had it, simply because Google's homepage doesn't have jack shit and google is actually built into the web browser now so I'd rather have a homepage with some substance. Yahoo has filled that niche pretty well, and it's still a multibillion dollar industry to this day.

    are you seriously telling us that you've never heard of iGoogle?

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    wazillawazilla Having a late dinner Registered User regular
    edited February 2009

    Actually I'd think 4chan would just be a consort to every god of the pantheon. It's not important enough of its own, but it spits memes rapid fire and influences everything else on the internet.

    Sounds do.

    And let's forget about it "usually" appearing in a same form, every one who gazes upon it sees it in a different way, and it's forms are as numerous as the stars in the sky.

    ARPANET as some sort of a primordial god is a good idea, yes. X.25, UUCP and Usenet as well.

    Myspace would be the God of Vanity? Constantly checking itself from a mirror.

    MySpace and FaceBook are petulant, warring sisters, the two most prominent children among a whole slew of other similarly mopey bitches, all the sons and daughters of... I don't do social networking sites, what would be considered the first one?

    MySpace is the slutty one.

    Something had to come before livejournal. They're really all BBS derivatives aren't they?

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    Premier kakosPremier kakos Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2009
    Sentry wrote: »
    Obs wrote: »
    I don't believe in Google.

    That's cool... Google doesn't believe in you either.

    As a matter of fact, despite Obs non-belief in Google, Google does still believe in Obs.

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    StarcrossStarcross Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Sentry wrote: »
    Obs wrote: »
    I don't believe in Google.

    That's cool... Google doesn't believe in you either.

    As a matter of fact, despite Obs non-belief in Google, Google does still believe in Obs.

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    BurtletoyBurtletoy Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    DanHibiki wrote: »
    Obs wrote: »
    I actually have Yahoo as my homepage too and have always had it, simply because Google's homepage doesn't have jack shit and google is actually built into the web browser now so I'd rather have a homepage with some substance. Yahoo has filled that niche pretty well, and it's still a multibillion dollar industry to this day.

    are you seriously telling us that you've never heard of iGoogle?

    Yes. Yes he is.

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    Pocket Size AsianPocket Size Asian Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    LOL! Although this is not quite the discussion I had in mind, it is quite entertaining and has successfully made me less bored at work. :)

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    Vincent GraysonVincent Grayson Frederick, MDRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    wazilla wrote: »

    Actually I'd think 4chan would just be a consort to every god of the pantheon. It's not important enough of its own, but it spits memes rapid fire and influences everything else on the internet.

    Sounds do.

    And let's forget about it "usually" appearing in a same form, every one who gazes upon it sees it in a different way, and it's forms are as numerous as the stars in the sky.

    ARPANET as some sort of a primordial god is a good idea, yes. X.25, UUCP and Usenet as well.

    Myspace would be the God of Vanity? Constantly checking itself from a mirror.

    MySpace and FaceBook are petulant, warring sisters, the two most prominent children among a whole slew of other similarly mopey bitches, all the sons and daughters of... I don't do social networking sites, what would be considered the first one?

    MySpace is the slutty one.

    Something had to come before livejournal. They're really all BBS derivatives aren't they?

    Before LiveJournal, there was OpenDiary.

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    DarkCrawlerDarkCrawler Registered User regular
    edited February 2009

    Actually I'd think 4chan would just be a consort to every god of the pantheon. It's not important enough of its own, but it spits memes rapid fire and influences everything else on the internet.

    Sounds do.

    And let's forget about it "usually" appearing in a same form, every one who gazes upon it sees it in a different way, and it's forms are as numerous as the stars in the sky.

    ARPANET as some sort of a primordial god is a good idea, yes. X.25, UUCP and Usenet as well.

    Myspace would be the God of Vanity? Constantly checking itself from a mirror.

    MySpace and FaceBook are petulant, warring sisters, the two most prominent children among a whole slew of other similarly mopey bitches, all the sons and daughters of... I don't do social networking sites, what would be considered the first one?

    MySpace is the slutty one.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_virtual_communities

    It's a big family.

    I'm trying to think what kind of god Youtube would be.

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    BurtletoyBurtletoy Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    GameFAQs played an important role in my "early" internet years.

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    TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Adrien wrote: »
    MrMonroe wrote: »
    DanHibiki wrote: »
    According to Google trends, the term "Google" is searched for more than the terms "God", "Jesus", "Allah", "Buddha", "Christianity", "Islam", "Buddhism" and "Judaism"
    Why would anyone type "google" in to Google?! Don't they know that this could break the internets?

    it is most likely idiots typing "google" into their search bar to get to the Google website so they can Google something.

    idiots

    God I have to deal with that all the time. I tell people people to type in www.<somewebsite>.com and they get weird results, and I say "Did you put that in the address bar?"

    "My what??"

    Honestly, it's a much better way of interfacing with the internet. Transfer speeds have increased to the point that a query to Google doesn't noticeably increase the loading time, and unless it's something that's in autocomplete or that you type a lot it's usually faster to google it first.

    It also makes it a lot easier to tell someone where something is— as you've discovered. For example, say I want someone to check out the latest Dinosaur Comics. I can say, "It's at kwants dot com. No, CUE-DOUBLEYOU-AY-EN-TEE-ZEE dot com," which they are sure to forget before I'm done saying it, or I can say, "Just google 'Dinosaur Comics'."

    Or let's say I want the website for AT&T Wireless. I can't remember if it's atandt.com, att.net, atnt.co.uk, or whatever. I can make my best guess, but if I guess wrong then I've already taken longer than it would to have googled "AT&T", which will even give me a link to AT&T Wireless right there.

    Or a lot of times I'm going to a site just to do another search. If I want to look up a movie, I could A) type "imdb.com" into my address bar, wait for IMDB to load with all its Flash ads and stuff, then type "the matrix" into its search bar, then wait for the results page, then click on "The Matrix (1999)", or B) I can type "the matrix imdb" into my Google bar, and click the first link. The same thing goes for Wikipedia: Googling "photosynthesis wiki" gets me to that page faster than going to wikipedia.com.

    Additionally, Google will fix typos and spelling mistakes without even breaking its stride. In fact, simply googling "the matrik" (or "th matre", wow) gives me both The Matrix's Wiki and IMDB pages as the first two hits. This is a godsend for mobile use, where having to type a whole URL can be a Sisyphian endeavor.

    And, yes, I have put "google" into the Google bar to get google.com before. It happens :P

    The address bar has definite utility, but (ironically?) going to a website does not fall under that.
    Yes, but you see, that doesn't work when I have very specific sites in mind for these people to go to, which don't show up anywhere near the top, or on the first page of google search results for any reasonable search phrase.

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    RentRent I'm always right Fuckin' deal with itRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Qingu wrote: »
    This is something I've thought about a lot.

    It's entirely conceivable that, in the near-to-medium future, an average human being will be able to just look up into the sky (or into a wristwatch or whatever) and ask a random question and then instantly hear a correct answer.

    This is assuming:
    •*iPhone like devices become more integrated into our bodies
    • Google algorithms continue to evolve to recognize semantics, speech, and crawl the internet for correct answers to ordinary-language questions

    That's a lot more impressive than anything religious gods have supposedly done. Yahweh in particular. Ask him a question and he's all like "why should YOU ask ME questions, puny human? I beat up sea serpents and can make earthquakes!"
    But he beat up sea serpents and made earthquakes
    That counts for like +500% awesome right there
    Also, killed the fuck out of some firstborn sons
    In all seriousness, I found this site hilarious...

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    redxredx I(x)=2(x)+1 whole numbersRegistered User regular
    edited February 2009
    Yes, but you see, that doesn't work when I have very specific sites in mind for these people to go to, which don't show up anywhere near the top, or on the first page of google search results for any reasonable search phrase.

    Why in the world would you be doing something like that?

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