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GIGO

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jan 25, 2005

A computer doesn't make decisions. And it doesn't have a sense of humor. It just does what it's "told" to do.

If you go to Google News right now, and type "Madonna" in the search box, you'll get a list of stories about a fascinating story: the weeping statue in Civitavecchia, for which Church officials have found no natural explanation.

You'll also see a photo beside this list of stories. It's a picture of.... No, not the statue. Not the Virgin Mary. Can you guess?

(Look quick. I suspect some human will intervene to fix this-- as soon as somebody else notices.)

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 27, 2005 4:21 PM ET USA

    It's January 27th and it's still up!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 26, 2005 1:13 PM ET USA

    I called Google - that could care less. I told "as we are speaking, I'm removing Google from my desktop". Shake the dust and move on... Pax Cristi

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jan. 25, 2005 9:53 PM ET USA

    You were wrong about one thing, Phil. At 9:52PM EST the picture next to the lead story was still of THAT Madonna. It had not been corrected. No humans at Google? Or since they are in the Bay area, do they just not realize that it's a mistreak? (Old copy desk joke, there.)

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2005 7:11 PM ET USA

    "(Look quick. I suspect some human will intervene to fix this-- as soon as somebody else notices.) " What makes you think it's an accident?

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2005 10:44 AM ET USA

    And down below that photo, next to another pic of the Material Girl, we find this headline: HOLLYWOOD (Rotters) - A study conducted on the case of Madonna reportedly shedding tears a decade ago concluded that the event has no human explanation... Some might think this a spoof--but I'm not so sure.

  • Posted by: Abraham Tolemahcs - Jan. 25, 2005 9:56 AM ET USA

    Hilarious. The Chinese news agency Xinhua will probably be sued by the Pop star Madonna now. If you use Googles translate tool to translate Madonna from English to Simplified Chinese you'll see "The text can not be translated."

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