Thursday, September 10, 2009

The smallest number with no Google results

is 155253458373 as of this moment.

After this moment, either
a) Google will index this page, making this page itself a result for 155253458373 or
b) Am I joking? Google doesn't crawl my page.
In the first case, I'll find out if/when Google visits my page.  In the second case, this post will remain valid.  Win-win?

Here's the actual explanation for this seemingly pointless post: an interestingly recursive question posed by Google Blogoscoped:
"What is the smallest natural number which when Googled produces no results?"
(click on the comments to see how complicated and layered the question can get)
And then this guy used the question specifically to check out Google crawling his blog.

see also: Recursion

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