X-Message-Number: 22789
From: "Harvey Newstrom" <>
Subject: RE:  how famous is your name?
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 14:36:16 -0500

In Message #22782, dated Thu, 6 Nov 2003 18:19:56 -0800 (PST), Doug Skreck
<> wrote,
> It was a rainy day. So I checked how many Google hits I could 
> get with some people's names. Here are a few surprising results:

Sorry, but these numbers are wrong.  I have duplicated your numbers by
typing these names into Google without quotes.  (Except for Marylyn Monroe,
which I assume was a typo.)  Unfortunately, this returns all pages
containing the first name and the second name, but not necessarily together
in the same name.  This exaggeration gets even worse when the names are also
English words such as "bush" or "best".  If you put quotes around the full
name to make it search for the phrase as a whole, you get much lower

                     HITS          HITS
                  without          with
                   quotes        quotes
Robert Ettinger    28,000         5,820
Saul Kent          68,400         3,460
Marilyn Monroe    161,000     1,880,000
Mike Darwin       225,000         5,120
Thomas Donaldson  278,000        11,700
Princess Diana    444,000       220,000
Elvis Presley     886,000       883,000
Tom Cruise      1,980,000     1,880,000
Britney Spears  2,670,000     2,890,000
Ben Best        4,790,000        12,800
George Bush     6,890,000     1,750,000

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