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Grey Goo and Google Answered

Grey goo is a hypothetical end-of-the-world scenario involving molecular nanotechnology in which out-of-control self-replicating robots consume all matter on Earth while building more of themselves-a scenario known as ecophagy (eating the environment).

This just happens to be the Wikipedia entry for Grey goo, which has earned a very rare position on the internet.

If you haven't already noticed, if a browsers default search engine is Google, when you type something in the URL field that isn't a URL, it will either turn up a Google search for it, or go to the I'm Feeling Lucky page. I'm Feeling Lucky is just the first page a Google search returns.The Wikipedia page on Grey goo happens to be the first one up on a search for "goo." This is very standard, except for the fact that the first three letters in Google are goo. This is how I discovered this. While attempting to access google.com, a very angry-intentioned yogurt cup interrupted me using the great power of the enter key while I was typing. I was cut half way through, and it returned "goo," and I was shown the info on a wretched nano-sized robot that was about to eat me, rather than the friendly interface of Google, although it was Google itself that brought me there. Oh well, my largest problem was the yogurt cup exploding all over the floor of the hotel we were in. This means that the page on Grey goo must be a very popular page, not because of its content (although the content is rather interesting), but because of typing errors. It seems like more of an Easter egg than a coincidence.

The Molecular Nanotechnology series is a little odd too.

Just a sudden surprise I thought I might share with a few people...

p.s. this seems to be similar to what happens in Micheal Crichton's Prey...


puffyfluff - I was just wondering if you were trying to get some other people who were interested in this to read it, or if you were just trying to tell a story; if it's the latter, then it sure did back-fire, my friend.

No, I actually didn't put it up for any reason, I was just bored.


9 years ago

Obviously it's a effort by yogurt and other non-grey goos to stop their brethren from taking over by warning us!


So that's what that blob of gunk under my bed is... I was wondering why it keeps getting bigger...

Most likely. Oh well. It's a great way to get back at someone.

That would be a very interesting way for the world to end...

wow tricky thats cool