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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 03/16/2010

'Beyonce is the devil': Fun with Google search suggestions

By Liz Kelly

Sometime in the past couple of years, Google started helping knowledge seekers by autofilling searches typed into their standard search box. So if I type in "Liz," f'rinstance, Google tries to help me speed up my quest for knowledge by returning a list of 10 or so searches that most commonly begin with "Liz." So, "Liz" pulls up a list including "Liz Lee," "Liz Claiborne," "Liza Minnelli" and "Liz Cheney." According to Google's explainer, the autofill suggestions are "drawn from searches you've done, searches done by users all over the world, sites in our search index, and ads in our advertising network" and much fun has been had at their expense in the past.

Over at Buzzfeed, contributor Matt Stopera hit upon the novel idea of typing in celebrity names followed by the word "is." The results are nothing short of, spit-out-your-lunch, cramp inducing hilarity.

Take Beyonce -- best-selling artist, Grammy winner, married to Jay-Z -- for example. When Stopera typed in "Beyonce is," none of those facts came up. Here's what did and, yep, it's heaps more entertaining:

You get the point. Some other must-reads Stopera found:

Simon Cowell is afraid of owls
Jay Leno is a douchebag
Jay-Z is a freemason (which makes sense if Beyonce is, too, right?)
Lindsay Lohan is better than you
David Hasselhoff is the antichrist

Thanks to Celebritology Live chat producer Paul Williams for sending us this chortle-inducing item.

Have a few minutes to spare? Head over to Google, try your hand with a few celeb names and share the results below...

By Liz Kelly  | March 16, 2010; 12:43 PM ET
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courtney love is.... yeah... there might be some truth in there...
and ghostcrawler? yeah... lots of truth there...

this seems to work well

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | March 16, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Regrettably, most of these seem to be seventh-grade level variations on "X individual is unpleasant/is the opposite of their public gender/has a sexual orientation I disapprove of". Found some good stuff in the piles of crap, though.

"Martha Stewart is...polishing the brass on the Titanic" (made more sense once I realized it was a quote from "Fight Club")

"Simon Cowell is...the king of the beavers"

"Conan O'Brien is...the new Oprah"

"Heidi Montag is...a hero" (what.)

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | March 16, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Alliance or Horde, quintilus?

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | March 16, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"Heidi Montag is...a hero" (what.)

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | March 16, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Clean-up in cubicle 2 please! Water spray from combination of disbelief and wheezing laughter.

Posted by: JenEFur | March 16, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

the 2010 Celebrity Test: If there does not exist a web site named, then Joe Blow is not a celebrity.

Hey Liz! How come YOU and Gene get to write "dooshbag" using correct spelling, while the rest of us are banned from writing it?

And while we're at it, let's pause a moment to remember the Internet's first celebrity meme, from a-waaay back in 1996:

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 16, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Gwynneth Paltrow is an idiot. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: kbockl | March 16, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Ricky Gervais is:
-not funny
-a jerk
-an atheist

Wow, I learned all this without even clicking through to a website. Thanks, Google AutoFill!

I get amused by the AutoFill. F'Rinstance, if you type in Best Buy, the first autofill prompt that pops up is, meaning that people go to all the trouble of going to Google, and typing in into the search box, when they could have already been at the website by typing in into their locator bar.

Agree w/ Bawlmer51, most of the autoprompts seem to be generated by people who are looking to justify their own negative opinion of said celebrity.

Posted by: NW_Washington | March 16, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

"Gene Weingarten is" a Googlenope. How apt.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 16, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Nosy, thank you for proving -- to Gene's dismay -- that there is karma.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 16, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Mmm, I don't think it's quite a Googlenope, Nosy; that phrase doesn't appear in Autofill, but there are tens of thousands of results for that phrase in The Google. (Picky technerd is picky.)

Re: NW_Washington and autofilling websites- Both of my close coworkers, neither of whom are particularly tech-savvy, do exactly that- type Web addresses into the search bar. I'd never seen that before, and I've tried to explain the difference between the search and address bars, but no dice. (Hey, it works for them, and I'm more interested in trying to teach my boss how to extract a .zip file.)

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | March 16, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Bawlmer, of course you're right.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 16, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

You can really see how easily rumors spread, as nearly everyone I searched for included "is dead."

Posted by: mskidz | March 16, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Michael Jackson is alive.
Michael Jackson is not dead.

See I told you.

Posted by: hodie | March 16, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

You can really see how easily rumors spread, as nearly everyone I searched for included "is dead."

Sooner or later it'll be true.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 16, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Along similar lines, there's an autofill for "World's oldest person dies." That title's a veritable death sentence.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 16, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Seriously? What cave have you been living in? People have been doing the google recommends trick for years.

Posted by: stikyfingas | March 16, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha! this is so cool! Look at what I've come up with/ =D

"Mariah Carey is getting fat"
"Mariah Carey is black or white"

"Jim Carrey is not funny"
"Jim Carrey is jerk"

"Oprah Winfrey is dying"
"Oprah Winfrey is the antichrist"

"Britney Spears is a three-headed alien" <-- lol...

"Conan Obrien is getting screwed" <-- tell me about it O_o

"Jay Leno is killing NBC"

"Barack Obama is your new bicycle" huh? lol...

"Taylor Swift is annoying"
"Taylor Swift is overrated"

"Kanye West is an arrogant prick"
"Kanye West is an idiot"
"Kanye West is a jackaxx"

and my favorite of them all...

"Kanye West is dead" haha!

Don'tcha just love this guy? lol...

Posted by: cbmuzik | March 16, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

All of the Lady Gaga ones are related to "is a man" HA!

Taylor Lautner is "a fag," a virgin and a native american. Who knew!?

Tina Fey is a republican.

Barack Obama is your new bicycle. (first one in the list!?)

Christian Bale is Kermit the Frog.

I could do this ALL DAY! Thanks, Liz, for another great time suck.

Posted by: eet7e | March 16, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Meryl Streep is overrated
Meryl Streep is Jewish
Meryl Streep is God
Meryl Streep is white trash

Therefore, by the tenets of some famous rule of logic (Squirrel's Razor?), God is a white trash Jewish blond woman who is overrated. Take that, Scientology!

-Snarky Squirrel

Posted by: 7900rmc | March 16, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Charlton Heston is my president
Charlton Heston is people

Posted by: mukome1 | March 16, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Great freaking idea. I am using my wife's German languaged firefox....Also an interesting look into zee bundesrepublik zeitgeist:

david hasselhoff ist tot
falco ist tot
falco ist nicht tot
barack obama ist Gebürtiger Reutlinger (Obama is from Reutlingen...apparently, as my wife explains, there IS a Barack Obama born around Stuttgart...perhaps a relative..and as you can imagine has become a national folk hero)

Posted by: jcck | March 16, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

(i am using a german keyboard as well, hence the repaste of the site url in the above post...pressed Ctrl Ü meant to press Ctrl Ö)

Posted by: jcck | March 16, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Neil Young is:
1) God.
2) dead.

Oh My, Nietzsche was right!

Posted by: sel123 | March 16, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Osama bin laden is a dodgers fan

He was a Mets fan until they fell apart last year... Fair-weather fan...

Posted by: lord_rockumus | March 16, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh this can lead to hours of fun!

(by the way, just type in "is" and one of the autofills says "is lady gaga a man?")

Posted by: smynola06 | March 17, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Whitney Houston is
... dying
... back
... finished
... a crackhead

Bobby Brown is
... asleep on my sofa
... fat
... ripped

Julie Andrews is hot
Paula Abdul is muslim
Elizabeth Taylor is bigfoot

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | March 17, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

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