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Pubmed Whack
Posted by: Linda (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: February 18, 2004 06:57PM

A copy and paste from New Scientist, I'm just off to try it.

It's called Google whacking, and the craze has spread across the globe. The idea is that you put a pair of seemingly random words into the Google search box with the aim of producing only a single hit - a Google whack. Now, for bored biomed researchers everywhere, Mathew Smith and Christopher Morris of the Welsh School of Pharmacy at Cardiff University have devised a purely scientific version.

To play the game, which they have called Pubmed Whack, you enter two search words on the main Pubmed search page (www.ncbi.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi) with the aim of getting just one cited reference back. For example, "dendrimer endocytosis" is a Pubmed whack, as is "mitochondria daffodil".

Perhaps the years working at New Scientist have affected Feedback's brain, but we have tried this and found it strangely addictive, in a frustrating sort of way. To our chagrin, "neanderthal spacecraft" produced no citations at all, whereas "neanderthal computer" produced five. We've been at it for hours, and we are still desperately trying to get a whack.


Re: Pubmed Whack
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: February 18, 2004 07:45PM

Here's another one: Creton, oaf

There are millions of them, believe it or not. Keep Googling!


Les


Re: Pubmed Whack
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: February 18, 2004 09:13PM

I think I have been here before.

pam


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Re: Pubmed Whack
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: February 18, 2004 09:34PM

Pam, I did read those. A feature which Hugh used in his searches, MISSPELLING, is always appropriate. Hence, a gardening glitch:

Clarey's onion


Les


Re: Pubmed Whack
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: February 19, 2004 11:34AM

Do I get more points for having my own name in a Google whack? If so go here:

Les's ant-eaters


Les


Re: Pubmed Whack
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: February 19, 2004 12:09PM

Linda, here's one with your name in it! Don't know who Kourutz is but she's one of a kind:

Linda's Kourutz


Les


Re: Pubmed Whack
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: February 19, 2004 01:58PM

Linda, here's one with the word Neanderthal in it:

neanderthal Papver'


Les


Re: Pubmed Whack
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: February 19, 2004 02:15PM

Here's one more with Neanderthal:

neanderthal wagah


This is too easy, lol.

Les


Re: Pubmed Whack
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: February 19, 2004 03:27PM

My last neanderthal:

Neanderthal phleum


Les


Re: Pubmed Whack
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: February 19, 2004 04:17PM

-Les- wrote:

This is too easy, lol.

I suppose we could make you define the words......

pam


Re: Pubmed Whack
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: February 19, 2004 04:19PM

Pam, except for papver, which is a misspelling of papaver, I looked all of them up in Onelook to make sure they are real words. I really do do my homework.

Les


Re: Pubmed Whack
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: February 19, 2004 04:31PM

Ok, Pam I do not wish to be a smart arse, but here's one with your name in it.
In case anyone ever asks.

pam's mink beret expedition


Les


Re: Pubmed Whack
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.bus.csupomona.edu)
Date: February 19, 2004 06:21PM

It's not really a beret- it's just a cat sitting on my head!

pam


Re: Pubmed Whack
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: February 19, 2004 06:30PM

I see! It's probably afraid of the anteaters.


Les




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