I was struck by how young he looked. And I was wondering how young he was, and went to Google it.
And I ran across something odd.
I typed “bill” followed by a space, and above were the results I got. Which mystified me. I wasn’t totally stunned that Bill Cosby came first. Even though he has been more thoroughly shamed and degraded by his actions in the public eye, he is someone who once enjoyed great fame and acclamation.
But I figured Clinton would surely come next. But instead, of the next four “Bills,” only one was someone I had even heard of — Bill Gates. I would have to click to learn who Bill Nunn, Bill Goldberg and Bill Burr are or were. Which I didn’t do.
Instead, I added a “c,” and sure enough there was Bill Clinton — although still second to Cosby. See below. (And no, I have no idea who the two Callahans or Cowher are.)
Usually, I can intuit why Google offers me certain results — they reflect what is in the news, or other things I’ve recently searched for.
But sometimes it stumps me. This is one of those times.
Any idea why those bills — Nunn, Goldberg and Burr — come up before “Clinton?”