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Des
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 09:04 am:   

A Googlewhack. It's where you put two words in Google and get at least one hit but *only* one hit. Apparently, this is a new sport. Googlewhack chasing.
My first success was with 'megazanthus' and 'cuboid'.
Anyone else heard of this term? And can you get your own Googlewhack? Apparently, people have not only been chasing Googlewhacks in hyperspace but then they have been going off to meet them in real life, as reported in today London Times. Des
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Nicholas Liu
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 10:19 am:   

Pubescent electroluminescence.
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Des
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2003 - 10:32 am:   

That's brilliant, Nicholas. How did you manage it?

Better than my own example, because one of my words was a word I'd made up, which is probably cheating! Des
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GabrielM
Posted on Saturday, July 26, 2003 - 07:03 pm:   

Louche Colombians
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Luís Rodrigues
Posted on Saturday, July 26, 2003 - 07:39 pm:   

My turn! "Galvanic impressionability" yields:

http://www.geocities.com/c_cosimano/practicalmentalinfluence.html
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Chris Dodson
Posted on Sunday, July 27, 2003 - 12:08 am:   

"supercollider transaxle"
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Rhys
Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - 05:07 am:   

antiquated lachrymals
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Des
Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - 07:39 am:   

Rhys, that sounds like something you'd even find together in a story. If that works as a googlewhack, then it's brilliant!
Des
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 - 05:15 am:   

"elaborate pressures"

Suprisingly simple, that one!
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 - 05:19 am:   

"elephantine devil"

Am I doing this right??? It seems way too easy. Maybe I shouldn't have the quotation marks?
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Des
Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 - 07:39 am:   

Ahhh! Quotation marks are not allowed at all.
Des
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 - 07:57 am:   

humgruffin glance

monkeybreath nightmares


Er... it still seems too easy!
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 - 08:02 am:   

pulsejet aardvarks


OK, am I still doing something wrong?
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Des
Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 - 08:03 am:   

Rhys, there are some rules here:
http://www.googlewhack.com/rules.htm
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Rhys
Posted on Saturday, August 02, 2003 - 03:30 am:   

Well I finally got in the whack stack with the following:

pigmented lachrymals

I just knew that 'lachrymals' was a winner. My other googlewhacks failed the test for a variety of reasons, though I still believe that 'humgruffin glance' was a valid one!
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Des
Posted on Saturday, August 02, 2003 - 03:39 am:   

Well done, Rhys. But it's a strange one - it doesn't actually throw up 'lachrymals' in the initial hit.
Still, you've done better than me. As I said before: my whack was cheating: 'megazanthus' and 'cuboid' because I made up the first word, though it *is* now appearing more and more on general hits, but not quite so much (in multitudinous droves) as my other made up word: 'nemonymous'!
des
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Jetse
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2003 - 05:34 am:   

Hey Des, a very interesting one here:

polyphony velocipedes

which then links to a web page displaying a part of Umberto Eco's "Foucault's Pendulum".

Eerie, or what?
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Jetse
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2003 - 05:41 am:   

And:

whimsy argosies

links you to a fan piece of star trek voyager
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Jetse
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2003 - 05:56 am:   

Another one:

leviathans velocipede

Rhys is right, it's not that difficult.

I better start doing something useful now
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Jetse
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2003 - 05:59 am:   

Correct that, it's:

leviathans velocipedes (both plural)

Sorry about that
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Jamie Rosen
Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 - 07:35 pm:   

vulcanized metempsychosis


I prefered 'superluminal metempsychosis', but alas the link I got was to a Magician's Dictionary, and thus ruled out by rule #3.
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Neil A
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 04:40 am:   

Des, try:

'stoic castratos'
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stoup
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 07:43 am:   

pardon?
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Stuff
Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 05:45 am:   

Implausible antipenumbra

Forgive the resurrection of the post, but I've been trying all week and after so many single figure hit registers, this one is definitely getting posted.

the closure! the closure!
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stuff
Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 06:04 am:   

Hmmm... the closure was not so potent as I had presupposed.

A query though - working on the rationale that word lists do not count as googlewhacks, if I turn up one legitimate hit but 6 other word-list hits, do I still qulaify for having whacked Google?
If so, 'pluperfect metastasis' qualifies.
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des
Posted on Friday, January 14, 2005 - 10:12 am:   

Golliwogs tapeworms.

Someone just wrote to my email address saying I am the above Googlewhack. And, upon investigating, I discovered that indeed it was correct!

But the email was couched like a chain letter, saying that I now ought to come up with a Googlewhack for someone else.

Should I?
des
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NAM
Posted on Friday, January 14, 2005 - 07:27 pm:   

Do you realize that this thread has destroyed the googlewhacks discussed, because now those terms link to here?

Profound, that.
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des
Posted on Saturday, January 15, 2005 - 12:20 am:   

That is indeed deeply philosophical.

I also created nemonymity and by creating it destroyed it.

des (pretentious as ever)
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des
Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2005 - 10:40 pm:   

I have now received a communication from someone else - that I am another googlewhack:

'tailfin' and 'fornicated'.

Are there teams of these people going about all day looking for googlewhacks?

And do my stories tend to lend themselves to such discoveries?

des

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T Andrews
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 08:14 am:   

Des- would you be so kind as to tell me what a googlewhack is? Some kind of online tag?
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T Andrews
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 08:15 am:   

Oh my. I just read the top of the thread.
Sorry. Brain is slow today. :-)

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