7:11 pm - 12/11/2012

What Happens When You Google "Dying Grandparent"?


Last week, Buzzfeed noticed that if you google the term "dying grandparent," you get a surprising result -- images of Christina Aguilera.

Go ahead, try it. Search "dying grandparent" and you'll see dozens of photos of the 31-year-old old blond singer starring back at you.

What is going on?

According to the Daily Dot, Aguilera's image is associated with the search term because of a quirk in Google's algorithm. Back in 2011, RadarOnline first reported that the singer estranged uncle claimed she was snubbing her dying grandparents.

Because of the popularity of the story back in 2011, each time RadarOnline's story was linked to, the association between the terms "Christina Aguilera" and "dying grandparent" increased, until it outranked other posts about dying grandparents.

ONTD post on the original story
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judgmental 12th-Dec-2012 12:13 am (UTC)
Yes, I just confirmed it.
phillymademe 12th-Dec-2012 12:14 am (UTC)
lol me too.
sofiascarlett 12th-Dec-2012 12:19 am (UTC)
Lol me too
lestat 12th-Dec-2012 12:22 am (UTC)
fabouluz 12th-Dec-2012 12:25 am (UTC)
simplychristina 12th-Dec-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
I just did it and I'm getting Miley, lolcats, some pics of Christina, and actual grief-looking pics.
karinette001 12th-Dec-2012 12:32 am (UTC)
same thing hurr
wristtattoos 12th-Dec-2012 12:37 am (UTC)
ontd is on the scene
deadendqueen16 12th-Dec-2012 12:38 am (UTC)
pastelward 12th-Dec-2012 12:45 am (UTC)
pastelstar 12th-Dec-2012 02:24 am (UTC)
lol yup
deviousweasel 12th-Dec-2012 12:14 am (UTC)
who was googling "dying grandparent" images in their spare time to discover this
vanishingbee 12th-Dec-2012 12:15 am (UTC)
I guess someone who thought their parent would be in the news? o_O
liliananyappy 12th-Dec-2012 12:19 am (UTC)
yeah mte
vehiclesshockme 12th-Dec-2012 12:21 am (UTC)
My thoughts exactly.
violue 12th-Dec-2012 12:25 am (UTC)
mte o__O
saikaro_x 12th-Dec-2012 12:29 am (UTC)
blue_birds 12th-Dec-2012 12:30 am (UTC)
lucifersam 12th-Dec-2012 12:32 am (UTC)
ponpiri 12th-Dec-2012 12:33 am (UTC)
I would assume someone who wanted an internet support group.
deviousweasel 12th-Dec-2012 12:36 am (UTC)
but images tho
thishollywood 12th-Dec-2012 12:34 am (UTC)
I am v confident dat dis is a v tame/normal thing compared 2 stuff ppl Google lol
devolute 12th-Dec-2012 12:44 am (UTC)
someone looking for stock images for an article or poster or something i'm guessing, especially a student who dgaf about finding royalty-free content

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beatlesluv 12th-Dec-2012 12:58 am (UTC)
andisprohi 12th-Dec-2012 01:12 am (UTC)
someone reading Flowers In The Attic
heure_actuelle 12th-Dec-2012 01:14 am (UTC)
misscrystal 12th-Dec-2012 01:21 am (UTC)
Graphic designer's probably. I've googled all kinds of strange shit in search of free stock photos.
interrobamf 12th-Dec-2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Trust me, that's far from the strangest thing people search for.

mai_shiranui 12th-Dec-2012 07:29 am (UTC)
Exactly what I was thinking
courtkneee1 12th-Dec-2012 10:33 am (UTC)
lol i'm in health so i search for stuff like that for my powerpoint presentations.
vanishingbee 12th-Dec-2012 12:14 am (UTC)
google algorithms do strange things sometimes


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warsawed 12th-Dec-2012 12:18 am (UTC)
I'm so confused when that Bing commercial comes on and blind testers choose Bing. Like who would choose that shit? its awful I hate bing
elvenqueen86 12th-Dec-2012 12:20 am (UTC)
The only time I've ever used bing was to find out if google was down because it wasn't loading on my computer.
lestat 12th-Dec-2012 12:20 am (UTC)
generally people who primarily use their grandkids to use facebook and are within their 50s tbh
vanishingbee 12th-Dec-2012 12:23 am (UTC)
it pretty much took an act of god to make me change TO google, and it's way better. bing has no shot with me. /on chrome /fuck bing
fabouluz 12th-Dec-2012 12:26 am (UTC)
mte. google is easier and I find things quicker.
violue 12th-Dec-2012 12:26 am (UTC)
I did that thing once, I think I chose google 4 out of 5 times
ediesedgwick 12th-Dec-2012 12:23 am (UTC)
I use altavista
chuk_is_dazzled 12th-Dec-2012 12:29 am (UTC)
lol ikr
lacylaplante 12th-Dec-2012 12:31 am (UTC)
dogpile.com tbh
ponpiri 12th-Dec-2012 12:33 am (UTC)
xathenex 12th-Dec-2012 12:47 am (UTC)
My work computer defaults to Bing. It's the literal worst. I've actually typed Google into Bing when I wasn't able to get it to load for some reason. Take that, Microsoft!
so_chic_doll 12th-Dec-2012 01:30 am (UTC)
Google's image search has been less than stellar as of late tbh.

I'll sometimes use Bing instead to find photos.
coldharbourlove 12th-Dec-2012 12:15 am (UTC)
ohwutevernvm 12th-Dec-2012 12:39 am (UTC)
this comment + icon = perfection lmao
filmfreakfranco 12th-Dec-2012 12:45 am (UTC)
how is she a puta?

because she didn't go see a dying grandparent that saw her mother get physically abused and did nothing to stop them, a grandparent she had no relation to besides sharing DNA?
kindafunnysad 12th-Dec-2012 02:07 am (UTC)
lol at the randomness
meepstah 12th-Dec-2012 04:50 am (UTC)
soavantgarde 12th-Dec-2012 12:15 am (UTC)
itscomicrelief 12th-Dec-2012 12:15 am (UTC)
Bingo still remains a flop.
ectypes 12th-Dec-2012 12:15 am (UTC)
google algorithms have been going to shit lately tbh, especially image search
givemethepeasx 12th-Dec-2012 12:15 am (UTC)
obviously some britney stans are working for google.
bluebandit77 12th-Dec-2012 12:21 am (UTC)
i don't think so.
andthenwevomit 12th-Dec-2012 05:24 am (UTC)
Rolling Stone tbh!
lumosofmylife 12th-Dec-2012 12:15 am (UTC)
swissbeauty23 12th-Dec-2012 12:15 am (UTC)
brucelynn 12th-Dec-2012 12:16 am (UTC)
OMG @ D'Angelo tho
mhfromnh 12th-Dec-2012 02:13 am (UTC)
tiki876 12th-Dec-2012 12:16 am (UTC)
w.e she's so fabulous she's taking over things that don't make sense
bluebandit77 12th-Dec-2012 12:21 am (UTC)
taking over what? please give me at least 3 examples and the sources to back up your claims..
vehiclesshockme 12th-Dec-2012 12:22 am (UTC)
My heart.
tiki876 12th-Dec-2012 12:22 am (UTC)

reality tv

my icon space
crazyfirecrotch gurl shimmer down12th-Dec-2012 12:56 am (UTC)
let them have what they can hold onto. when bionic flopped they grasped the fact that it was the most illegally downloaded album of 2010.
gbeastly 12th-Dec-2012 12:45 am (UTC)
lol i'm not an xtina stan but your devotion is qt
whiskybars 12th-Dec-2012 12:16 am (UTC)
oh my god
superdogbiter 12th-Dec-2012 12:16 am (UTC)
unintended 12th-Dec-2012 01:18 am (UTC)

He was my first crush lol
shanny_w 12th-Dec-2012 05:01 am (UTC)
railway 13th-Dec-2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
odontv 12th-Dec-2012 12:16 am (UTC)
At least this gets her some publicity with the people with dying elderly relatives crowd.
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