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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Most Boring day in the Last hundred Years

I was driving in to work this morning and listening to the radio because I feel that distractions make me a better driver. A news article comes on telling me that a Cambridge researcher has found out that April 11, 1954 is the most boring day in the last 100+ years. I had a good laugh thinking that it isn't only the US government that gives out silly grants for pointless research ( remember the which came first the chicken or the egg paper).

So I dig a little deeper. Turns out this is a software guy who just launched his "smart" search engine. I could not find any specifics on how the engine works which would have been cool, but then I thought this is maybe even cooler than another algorithm. Here is a guy who got this new web site rolled out as a news story in three major newspapers and NPR just by asking an interesting question about the most boring day.  It would be really amazing if the search engine gave him the question after he queried "the most likely answer to a question to be picked up by major news organizations".

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