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Wholey Google Juice, Batman!

Wholey Google Juice, Batman!

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I've noticed a small, but ongoing stream of comments coming into my "Bobs Math Answers" post from the start of this year.  That post answered the math homework problem posed in my "just before the break" post here.  Most of those questions were things like "what's the answer to problem 12"...

And then I realized what was happening.  People were googling for "Math Answers", and there was my post, at the bottom of the first page...  Apparently, just as Eric Lippert is the expert on knowing if girls like you, I've become the expert on answering math questions for kids.

I think I need to be a bit more careful about my post topics to ensure that the google searches work more accurately :)

 

  • Hah, now this one makes me laugh. I can just imagine you smiling through the beard when you realized it was kids looking for help with their Math homework.

  • Oh yeah and this post might make you the foremost expert on Batman ;-)
  • Tell me about it. Mention Gmail and "internet crack" and you'll get hits from people wanting gmail accounts and you to crack passwords on the internet.

    The topic matters a lot but if the content backs up the topic you can be hit hard relatively quickly. I never thought I'd have to censor myself against web searches but I do if I value my sanity.
  • If I was a kid I don't know who would be a better person to help me with my math than Larry Osterman!
  • Why do Americans shorten mathematics to math instead of maths? Do you guys use stat or stats when referring to statistics?
  • AC, I think that's one of the imponderables. I have no idea...
  • Maybe we use math instead of maths because ...aths is harder to pronounce than ...ats? (It is for me anyway.)
  • Yep, we use stat.

    "AAAGGHH, who scheduled stat class at 8am?"
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