Twitter user Bomani X discovered an interesting result when he typed “n*gga house” into his search bar. The address 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue came up as the result. There was a little red pin in the location, too, to mark the spot for those seeking directions. In a state of disbelief, Bomani X took the screenshot pictured above and ran some more tests, first using the same terms and then spelling the word with an -er suffix.
The word quickly spread about his findings:
“The screenshot first appeared from a fellow Howard University alum in our alumni GroupMe. I tested it out myself, and it started to spread rapidly in the other Howard University/DMV area GroupMe,” Buckhalter told The Huffington Post.
“It is location based, so [for] some of the students that are not currently in D.C., the search result was different. However, even if you’re not in D.C., ‘n*gga house Washington D.C.’ shows the same result,” he added.
Huffpost writer Julia Craven interviewed him about his informal research. She also reached out to Google for comment. According to world’s premiere search engine, pranks like this happen all the time, with some users creating index results for locations at random for just such an effect.
Whether or not this is a prank, it’s certain to surprise D.C. Googlers who are testing the algorithm for weird glitches like this one. Because that must be what anyone is doing when they search those keywords, right?
(Via Huffington Post)