In olden days a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking,
But now, God knows,
I only got one result from Yahoo! for a search on one of their most popular search terms ("persian kitty"). Pretty remarkable, since usually I get 1000's of results, or nothing at all.
It wasn't the html, so I thought maybe it really was a unique site. That is, maybe it is the only page on the whole World Wide Web that talks about Persian kittens (frankly, I didn't think so). Anyway, I ran the same search on a couple of other search engines.
Here's what AltaVista turned up, when I went there from the bottom of Yahoo!'s page:
Found 1570 matches containing "persian kitty". Displaying matches 1-20.
"1570 matches"; that's more like it.
Amazing - someone who likes cats appears first. Go figure. Admittedly, after that, virtually every other site was a sex site until I got to the 62nd site:
Which, of course, contains the list that this all started with.
Over at Excite, "persian kitty" scored '1160 matches':
|Top 10 of 1160 matches.||View Titles only   View by Web Site  |
Persian Kitty's Adult Links! Awards and ...
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Summary: "Adult Oriented Site of The Day". February 15, 1996 Persian Kitty's Adult Links is consistently Best Site of the.
Down at 75%, I actually found another person who likes Persian cats.
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None of this explains that 'purrfect' result at Yahoo!, though. OK, so it wasn't clever html and it wasn't a unique site. Perhaps it was a result of the way that Yahoo! works.