The Shocking Truth

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Actually, even the phrase 'games cure cancer' wants to be changed to 'games cause cancer'. Still hilarious.

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One on hand, everything causes cancer, on the other hand, what made you do a google search for that anyway?

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Now, the real question is: do Spiderweb Software games cure cancer in Canada?
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Originally written by Emperor Tullegolar:

One on hand, everything causes cancer
Amen. Seriously, the way they treat things today, you'd think that staring at a pack of cigarettes for too long would give you lung cancer.

By the way, what made you think to type that into google?

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quote:
Originally written by Nioca:

By the way, what made you think to type that into google?
Probably a SomethingAwful banner that showed Google doing the same thing, only instead of "Spiderweb Software games" it was "The Playstation 3".

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I think you shocked me enough to make me go on drugs.
Oddly enough to much computer can make you blind or create eye cancer.
(just kidding about the cancer thing but i am dead serious about the blind thing)

:)

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quote:
Originally written by Cryptozoology:

Probably a SomethingAwful banner that showed Google doing the same thing, only instead of "Spiderweb Software games" it was "The Playstation 3".
Goony goony goon goon?

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By Alec:
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Now, the real question is: do Spiderweb Software games cure cancer in Canada?
Not as far as I know. However, Iranian scientists used the Geneforge games in their cure for AIDS.

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Does this mean a warning label on all Spiderweb products? Those product liablilty lawsuits can be nasty. I forget what I was watching that mentioned some of the weird warnings on packaging. "Do not use iron on clothes while wearing them."
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Perhaps we should just delete this topic and pretend it never happened. IMAGE(http://tyranicus.dreamhosters.com/forum/style_emoticons/default/ph34r.gif)

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Apparently, "x cure cancer" is surprisingly likely to return a correction to "x cause cancer". Not in the majority of cases, but definitely more than I'd expect.

It works for: "politics, games, computers, microsoft, linux, bush, france, canada, us" It doesn't work for "politicians, spiderweb, usenet, scorpius, arancaytar, polaris, desperance". It is likely that the term needs to be very common (or consist of very common words) to achieve this effect.

The explanation for this may be that there are a heck of a lot of things that cause cancer, and not many that cure it. And also, the things that do cause cancer (say, cigarettes) are mentioned far more often outside medical expert circles than those that cure it. And since Google seems to make these corrections by calculating trends in word associations and their popularity, "s/cure cancer/cause cancer/" makes sense. So I guess we found a flaw in that approach.

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quote:
Originally written by Dr. Johann Georg Faust:

It works for: "politics, games, computers, microsoft, linux, bush, france, canada, us" It doesn't work for "politicians, spiderweb, usenet, scorpius, arancaytar, polaris, desperance".
"Desperance will cure cancer" is corrected to "cause", though.

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Does this mean a warning label on all Spiderweb products? Those product liablilty lawsuits can be nasty. I forget what I was watching that mentioned some of the weird warnings on packaging. "Do not use iron on clothes while wearing them."
I have more:
On a Sears Hairdryer: Do not use while sleeping

On a bag of Fritos: You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside. (isn't that encouraging shoplifting?)

On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom): "Do not turn upside own." (a little late for that)

On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding: "Product will be hot after heating."

On Boot's Children Cough Medicine:"Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication."

On Nytol Sleep Aid: "Warning: May cause drowsiness."

On most brands of Christmas lights: "For indoor or outdoor use only." (as opposed to what?)

On a Japanese food processor: "Not to be used for the other use."

On Sunsbury's peanuts: "Warning: contains nuts."

On a Swedish chainsaw: "Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands or genitals."

that last one had me dying for several minutes and again each of the first few times I told someone else

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By Thuryl:
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"Desperance will cure cancer" is corrected to "cause", though.
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