Monday 7 February 2011

Homeopathic Google Juice

I was tickled this morning by this tweet:

Which linked to this amusing screenshot

But being a critical thinking person, I thought I really ought to attempt to recreate the Google search myself to ensure that it was genuine (I am reliably informed that in this day and age it is actually possible to digitally alter images).

Fortunately I was delighted to find that not only was the Google search real, but it is also in fact possible to perform a reverse Google lookup on our favourite form of super diluted magic water.

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Hat tip to @gb1501 for the initial fraud.


Duncan Booth said...

Sadly neither of those two searches work for me: the first gave me articles about homeopathy working and the second search gave me articles about magic water with no mention of homeopathic magic water.

I wonder if this is an extreme case of Google adapting its results to match the things you normally search for?

Crispian Jago said...


You need to run the search 6.0221415 × 10 to the power of 23 times in order to have a reasonable chance of returning the results I got. Keep going, you'll get there.

pascal said...

Well that calls for a proper Google Bombing: let's make it real

Anonymous said...

The google ad is hilarious... buy Magic Water at Boots! Or have they stopped peddling homeopathic stuff?

Anonymous said...

my challenge for sh*t for brains randi

Maria Myrback-Editor said...

The JREF petition to get homeopathy out of stores is still available for signing here:

Please take action. You CAN make a difference.

Alice said...

Oh no! I didn't get the desired result either.

However, was the first link on offer :-D

For "inefficacious magic water", one of the sites on the first page of Google hits was this one :-)