Aug 10 2005

The Motorcycle Was Invented By….

Published by at 9:54 am under GSF600 (Bandit),GSX-R750

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I just read about an interesting feature on Google in which you can get Google to “fill in the blanks”. You simply type in a sentance and put an asterisk where you want the blank filled in. I found this out from the Google blog and the example query they give is “The parachute was invented by *“.

SO I thought that I would give it a go and tried searching for “the motorcycle was invented by *“. As luck would have it this not only tells you who invented the motorcycle, it is also a perfect example of why information found on the internet should be taken with a pinch of salt. Apparently the motorcycle was invented by the following people:

  • Gottlieb Daimler in Germany in 1885
  • Sylvester H. Roper in 1869
  • Howard Roper in 1867

This feature of Google is also pretty good for looking up jokes, such as “how many * does it take to change a light bulb“. However, I’m not sure how many people will find the second result very funny!

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