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Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, April 7, 2005
12 years ago

Which searches trigger a direct fact in Google's new Q&A feature?

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Q: Who is prime minister?

This returns a Wikipedia definition which would be more suited to the question "What is a prime minister?"

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Maybe I was being a bit vague in my questioning...

Q: Who is Prime Minister of England?

Returns "England Prime Minister: Tony Blair" and gives a link to more sources:

google.co.uk/search?q=Who+is+P ...

Robert Marshall [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I tried locations, with some success:

google.com/search?q=where+is+t ...
Eiffel Tower Restaurant
Location: Inside the Mandalay Bay

google.com/search?q=where+is+t ...
Statue of Liberty
Location: Liberty Island

google.com/search?q=where+is+c ...
Cuba
Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, 150 km south of Key West, ...

google.com/search?q=where+is+m ...
Microsoft
Location: Redmond, Washington

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

This is a good game...

Q: When was Star Wars released?

Star Wars
Year: 1977

However, despite it telling me "The following words are very common and were not included in your search: When was" I actually get a different result for:

Q: Star Wars Released?

The Star Wars Trilogy Star Wars the Empire
Released: 25 October 1990

Hmm...

Robert Marshall [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

"Who is the queen of england?" gives "Queen Victoria", whereas the more correct "Who is the queen of the united kingdom?" gives "Elizabeth II". Abbreviating to "UK" doesn't work. "Who is the head of the commonwealth?" works (citing Wikipedia), though similar things I tried didn't.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

who wrote the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy
Douglas Adams
google.com/search?hl=en&lr ...

shining director
Stanley Kubrick
google.com/search?hl=en&lr ...
("Who directed shining?" doesn't work.)

What also works:
catch-22 author
catch-22 director
catch-22 year
george bush age

rupa dupa [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

hehe – i just ran into this yesterday when i queried "A Scanner Darkly relese date"

Dan Croucher [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Nice results with Size too
Eg. Moon Size

Arjun Prabhu [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

google.com/search?q=indian+pri ...

'indian prime minister'
Wrong answer!:) ->Atal Behari Vajpayee

Its Dr. Manmohan Singh! (for the past 9 months atleast!!)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

This is a very impressive feature so far. Some more follow (also see SEW's article blog.searchenginewatch.com/blo ...):

Who shot Abraham Lincoln
--> "John Wilkes Booth"

Who is Clark Kent
--> "... is the civilian secret identity of the fictional character Superman."

Where was Bill Clinton born
--> "Hope, Arkansas"

Where is Mountain View

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Here are some more from the just-released Google Blog entry (google.com/googleblog/2005/04/ ...):

- gambia capital
- how many moons does jupiter have?
- who discovered radium?
- sony psp release date
- braveheart running time

Very, very impressive.

Tom Cook [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

google.com/search?hl=en&lr ...

how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood

xiffix [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

pamela anderson's measurements

Pamela Anderson
Measurements: 36-22-34

yeesh.

Joshua Brown [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Distance to California

California Speedway
Distance: 2 Miles
According to lastcowboys.com/TrackInfo.asp? ...

J PS [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

height of kilimanjaro

height of eiffel-tower

population of london

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

start of wwi
end of wwii

Steve Jaspar [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Mass of the Earth

Calculator: mass of Earth = 5.9742 × 1024 kilograms

Earth
Mass: 5.97 1024kg
According to nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/ ...

polar ulrich [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Q: Who is the painter of mona lisa
A: Leonardo Da Vinci

Ades [PersonRank 6]

12 years ago #

A weird one.. I typed the following questions, which doesn't mean anything just to see what it will say.

"when did France"
"when did Turkey"
"when did Greece"

and Google answered all of them with "Fiscal Year: Calendar Year". Well, OK...

Piotr Zgodzinski [PersonRank 4]

12 years ago #

who killed John F. Kennedy?

google.com/search?num=100& ...

C M [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Capital of [state]
Capital of [country]

Only stuttered on a few, like South Africa, where the answer's not straightforward.

Aditi Bhandari [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Q: who is Rajiv Gandhi?
A:Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India from his mother's death on 31 October 1984 until his resignation ....

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