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"Google going image crazy"

Here’s a strange one, pointed out by H. at work.

Sometimes, when you search for a specific phrase, Google will return a few small images on it’s main search result. It seems pretty random which ones will or won’t – hey, time for a table (most not found by me!)

Returns images Doesn’t return images

limecat,

hello kitty


darth tater


darth vader,

princess leia,

chewbacca,

yoda


luke skywalker, r2d2, hans solo


daffy duck,

mickey mouse,


hong kong phooey, bugs bunny


gollum


frodo/bilbo baggins, gandalf


gordon freeman


buzz lightyear, lara croft


kate moss


claudia schiffer, britney spears, …


hubble


mars rover


wilma flintstone


fred flintstone (or barney, betty, bam bam, pebbles)


the last supper


mona lisa, sunflowers, …

What on earth is the logic here? I can only presume that they count the number of image hits, and if it’s above a certain threshold then they return the first few! Incidently, the safe search setting does have an effect – mine is set to moderate.

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