Published September 13, 2012
Google has never been afraid to have a little fun -- just try searching “do a barrel roll” or “zerg rush” -- and their latest easter egg is no different. Presenting the Bacon number search feature.
We all know about the “6 degrees of Kevin Bacon,” the parlor game surrounding one of the most prolific actors of our time. The game is a variation on the “six degrees of separation,” a hypothesis that posits that everyone in the world is no more than six links from anyone else.
If you aren’t familiar with the game, the goal is to find the most efficient connection between any actor and Kevin Bacon.
For instance: Leonardo Dicaprio appeared in Inception with Ellen Page, who was in Super with Kevin Bacon. While this used to require at least some level of movie knowledge. Now, Google has created the ultimate shortcut. Just type in any actor followed by “Bacon number” and the search engine spits out the score and the results.
Which certainly makes things easier. However, given that most actors will score around a 2 (or less), a new game featuring Google’s new search function has arisen: finding the highest Bacon number.
So far, the best we’ve scored was a 4, thanks to Justin Bieber. Can you do better?