Google Bacon Number Got It Wrong

Nov 27, 2012 • 8:33 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Bacon Number Got It WrongA couple months ago, Google came out with a cute feature where you can search the bacon number game. It works pretty well, well, almost perfectly.

But... I spotted a Google Web Search Help thread of someone noticing an error in Google's math on the bacon number. The case is when you search for [Chris Colfer's Bacon Number] and Google says there are two degrees of separation.

The truth is, there is one degree being that both Kevin Bacon and Chris Colfer were in the same film named 8.

How in the world did Google not get that right? I don't know.

Personally, I have no idea who Chris Colfer is.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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11/27/2012 04:11 pm

Wait—Google got something WRONG??


11/27/2012 05:05 pm

As long as Adwords earnings are up


11/30/2012 12:42 am

They might not consider 8 a 'film' because it was a raw reading done on a stage, and livestreamed to the internet...but still, you are right, they were there together, and it was glorious.


12/02/2012 10:03 am

Fixed :)


12/04/2012 03:17 pm

So it may not be the maths is wrong, so much as that Google didn't see this or realise it was about them on stage together (it could have misinterpreted this as they both did the same play at different point for example which would correctly be 2 degrees of separation)


01/25/2013 09:09 pm

they fixed it

B Scott

02/26/2014 08:13 am

Is it just me or is Judy Garland's bacon number wrong? If she died in '69 she sure as hell didn't play in The Family Stone... does playing a Judy Garland song on The Family Stone really count? Judy Garland's Bacon number is 2 Judy Garland and Sarah Jessica Parker appeared in The Family Stone. Sarah Jessica Parker and Kevin Bacon appeared in Footloose.


05/10/2014 01:42 am

I just tried it with an Argentinean actor (Gaston Pauls), and it said his number is 3, connected by Oscar Nuñez and Sandra Bullock, but I discovered that the Oscar Nuñez that appeared with Gaston Pauls isn't the same one as the one that appeared with Bullock

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