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.

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ediesedgwick 12th-Dec-2012 12:23 am (UTC)
I use altavista
vanishingbee 12th-Dec-2012 12:26 am (UTC)
And use windows 98 I assume
ediesedgwick 12th-Dec-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
I type "email" into altavista to check my inbox
vanishingbee 12th-Dec-2012 12:28 am (UTC)
Good common sense imo
bent_ley 12th-Dec-2012 12:43 am (UTC)
ok jerry
so_chic_doll 12th-Dec-2012 01:30 am (UTC)
rinmonsterer 12th-Dec-2012 02:06 am (UTC)
same here. I wish there was a way I could check my email from work, but how? It's in my home computer. I hate when my kids try to punk me and say stuff like "mom, it's on the internet, not on your computer! geez!"
hope_remains 12th-Dec-2012 02:15 am (UTC)
lol reference win!
misscrystal 12th-Dec-2012 01:22 am (UTC)
Are you from Pawnee, jw.
ben_superdetka 12th-Dec-2012 07:24 am (UTC)
damnit, i wanted to ask the same question. lol
glamour_fades 12th-Dec-2012 03:23 am (UTC)
Why does everyone in this town use Alta Vista?!
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