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Eight days a week = 1.142!?  (View post)

Dave Shaw [PersonRank 5]

Tuesday, September 2, 2008
14 years ago5,590 views

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Bizarrely, typing 'eight days a week' into Google brings up the calculator and returns the result 1.142 which is 8/7. I saw this on SEOmoz along with 9 other weird Google results.

Apparently ten, four and eight one works too.

http://www.seomoz.org/blog/the-xfiles-of-google-10-inexplicably-weird-search-results

Reto Meier [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

It translates to :
[convert] eight days [into] a week
or
How many weeks is eight days?

Odd, but not that surprising :)

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Or you can think of "eight days a week" as meaning "eight days per week", i.e. (8 days / 7 days) or 1.142...

Above 3 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

stefan2904 [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

yea, i noticed this some week ago with [two days a week], a festival here in austria...

K [PersonRank 2]

14 years ago #

Must be some sort of colloquialism somewhere that "x a y" is equivalent to "x in y".

For example you can do a query on four feet a yard (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=four+feet+a+yard&btnG=Search) and get "1.333..." The only way it differs from the query four feet in yard (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=four+feet+in+yard&btnG=Search) is that the no units appear in the answer.

Aaron Myers [PersonRank 2]

14 years ago #

This really isn't that bad. It's thinks you're trying to figure out how many weeks that is.. it's 1.14 weeks.

AM

hebbet [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

days a week = 1/7 = 0.142857143
8 * 0.142857143 =1.14285714

chris [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

Nice Beatles reference.

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