Google bombs can now target your face

If you weren’t familiar with Google bombs before the recently-deceased Republican primaries, you are now. But where Google bombs were once merely textual, Google’s recent makeover has enabled an all-new visual – and therefore, more visceral – application of the process.

Most search results are unchanged, but – in an effort to synthesize some information about the search subject without forcing users to click on anything – some will now be accompanied by the ‘Knowledge Graph’. Why Google thought teaching its users to click less would be a good idea is beyond me – after all, the company makes its money on clicks – but I’m not complaining: as you may have gathered from the title of this post, the Knowledge Graph opens new creative horizons in Google bombing. And while the examples I managed to scrounge up so far are certainly not without explanation, I wonder how long it will take for people to start stacking the Image results.

Some are fully understandable, such as substituting Larry Bernandez for King Felix:

Others are also understandable, but more unfortunate:

Some, just playing it safe:

Some, creepy:

And others, just sort of hilarious:

I have no doubt there are many, many more examples out there, just waiting for you to discover them. So if you find a good one, please don’t hesitate to send it my way for addition to the repository.

Also, someone please do me a favor and check up on what Rick Santorum turns up in the Knowledge Graph. I was too scared to find out.


Mad props to Zvi, who helped Zvi me in this game of cat and mouse and Natalie Portman.


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