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6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon


Code Monkey
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There are all kinds of bacon :pig:, from the traditional sliced pork belly common to the US to the more ham slice like rashers of the UK, but this item is about a man named Bacon. Kevin Bacon that is. :D

A popular game among movie fans has been "6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon" where the theory is that within six connection you can match any actor to Kevin Bacon. For example, Kevin Bacon was in the movie Novocaine with Helena Bonham Carter. Helene Bonham Carter was in the movie Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp is therefor two degrees from Kevin Bacon, so his 'Bacon Number' is 2. Even semi-actors like Gene Simmons, lead singer of the rock band KISS, can be linked to Kevin Bacon thanks to the occasional movie role. In the case of Gene Simmons he was in the movie The New Guy with Illeana Douglas who was in the movie Stir of Echoes (great movie by the way!) with... Kevin Bacon.

Google must have thought that the game would make a great test of their search algorithms because they have automated it! They are not the first to put it online but they are the first search engine to provide the results directly as a search query.

Just use "bacon number {person's name}" as your Google search query to find the person's Bacon Number.

PS: For the curios, the game is based on the actual theory that there are only 6 degrees of separation between everybody in the world. The means that a complete stranger in New York is within six connections to a complete stranger in Tokyo. :unsure: