Friday, July 14, 2006

Oddity of the Day

To avoid addressing more serious matters (viz., art) I tried to search for unutterably unlikely combinations of words in Google. For example, the serial cable, or rather the port, little used now, that used to connect Macs and other proper computers to printers etc. was called an RS232. I tried a search for Pataphysics and RS232. There were three hits here. Amazing, no? New Scientist, I believe, once ran a competition for singularities - a combination of words etc. that yielded only 1 hit on Google. Of course as soon as the results were published online, the entries became invalid.
'Pataphysics, as you will know by now, is the science of exceptions.
I am tempted to do the same for images - is there, in a Google image search, a singular pictorial hit? Yes! "Intelligent penis" yields only one image. It is utterly banal but it IS a singular image. You are invited to propose others....
And if you have been... thanks for looking.

2 comments:

Cog said...

Do all oxymorons return the same results? Hmm must commission a study sometime soon...

BRSmith said...

Dear cog: Microsoft Works, one of the global oxymorons, most certainly does not. As for potential signs of (intelligent) life in the male organ, I would merely repeat that since it is the Zombie inside that decides and initiates EVERYthing, including what the French are pleased to call a sexual rapport, neither I nor you are in the least to blame; for anything. Hello.

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