Google now handles more than three billion searches a day. The vast majority are for complete words or phrases. But premature pushes of the enter key mean many end up being for single letters too. Most of us simply go back and try again. But some of those unique-character searches throw up intriguing results and serve as a snapshot of popular culture. So, we went for a run round the alphabet to see who or what the search giant associates with each letter. The results were sourced from queries made via an anonymous Google UK Search, ignoring ads, recent news stories and dictionary/wiki-based results. They were carried out via a browser cleaned of cookies and other tracking data. Your own personalised results may differ, and the ever-evolving nature of the web means some may have changed in the period between writing and publication. Ali-A - YouTube channel More than 14 million people follow the British video-maker's YouTube channel, in which he shows off his gaming skills. The … [Read more...] about Google: An A to Z of search results
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After a great group stage, the merciless knockout awaitsThe Saigon Times Daily Argentina's Lionel Messi in action with Nigeria's Brian Idowu – PHOTO: REUTERS ST PETERSBURG (REUTERS) - Entertainment, upsets, personalities, controversy and goals — the World Cup has had it all — and the knockout stage drama hasn’t even begun. The group stage of the tournament can risk being a simple process of eliminating the weaker nations and serving as a mere warm-up for the favourites. But with holders Germany already back on home soil after their shock exit and Lionel Messi and Argentina just minutes away from joining them, the opening phase has been anything but a formality. The 48 games have produced 122 goals, an average of 2.5 goals per match, just below the level for the 2014 tournament as a whole, with just one goalless draw - the tepid final Group C match between France and Denmark. Amongst those goals there have been some moments of breathtaking brilliance. … [Read more...] about After a great group stage, the merciless knockout awaits
Ever missed a penalty? Don't worry, Messi does tooThe Saigon Times Daily Iceland's Hannes Por Halldorsson saves a penalty taken by Argentina's Lionel Messi at Spartak Stadium, Moscow, Russia June 16, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS NIZHNY NOVGOROD (REUTERS) - For anyone who has ever missed a penalty at any level, there was some consolation on Saturday - Lionel Messi can miss them too. With the world watching him in a World Cup opener against Iceland, the normally brilliant Messi struck a weak spot kick that was saved, leaving Argentina with a disappointing 1-1 draw. Messi's failure was all the more bitter given his long-time rival for current world's best - Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo - easily converted a penalty the day before. On a remarkable day of five penalties during Saturday's matches, Peru's Christian Cueva then repeated Messi's failure, arguably even upstaging it by skying his penalty high over the bar in a game Denmark went on to win 1-0. Messi left the field looking … [Read more...] about Ever missed a penalty? Don’t worry, Messi does too
Facebook Inc is entering the dating game, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday, planning a dating service to matchmake millions of people on the world’s largest online social network and nudge them into spending more time there. The service, which Facebook had considered offering for over a decade and will launch soon, could help rebuild its popularity among younger consumers and make people visit the site more often, two key challenges for the business. “There are 200 million people on Facebook that list themselves as single, so clearly there’s something to do here,” Zuckerberg told software developers at Facebook’s annual F8 conference. Facebook shares rose 1.1 percent to close at $173.86 on the news, which sparked a sell-off of established online dating service providers. Facebook users have been able to reveal their relationship status on the network since it first went live in February 2004. Zuckerberg said Facebook was building the dating … [Read more...] about Facebook to play cupid in online dating debut
Viet Nam News by Robert Bicknell Can changing clubs make a difference in your game as a professional? We read all the time that a well-known Tour pro decided to switch brands, mostly due to a ridiculous amount of money being waved in his/her face. What people do not realize is that many of these pros are not entirely stupid and usually demand that the company make a virtual copy of their old tried and true club, with minimal cosmetic or technical changes, and just a new brand stamped on it. What’s old is new… sort of. But occasionally, the manufacturer might demand the player accept the designs they currently have, modified a bit to meet the player’s requirements. This can be something as simple as weighting, or grinding the sole a bit differently than what is actually on the market. But, almost without exception, once the player has a brand new set of clubs in his brand new bag, his game usually goes completely to hell, at least for a short while. Having said … [Read more...] about Can changing clubs make a difference in your game?