Google Takes All The Fun Out Of Playing Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon With New Feature

Google engineers are so good at their jobs, they apparently have plenty of time at work to tackle the really pressing problems facing the world today. For example — who wants to sit around and use their very own brains to try and figure out how far apart any given actor is from Kevin Bacon?

A quick lesson for those who aren’t familiar with the game: Someone names an actor or actress and participants then try to name movies they’ve been in, linked by actors in those films and try to get back to someonewho’s been in a movie with Kevin Bacon in the shortest amount of steps. For example: Joaquin Phoenix — he appeared with Lucas Till in Walk the Line and Lucas was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon. That’s a Bacon number of two.

That might’ve been a tricky one, except that I didn’t trust my own brainpower and instead just typed “Joaquin Phoenix Bacon Number” into Google search. Wham, bam, Bacon number is two, now the fun is gone and it feels kind of like cheating at Words With Friends using an anagram app.

As the Vancouver Sun points out, there has been an Oracle of Bacon with a database it uses to figure out Bacon Numbers since 1996 using IMDB and other movie sites in its algorithm.

Also? Never would’ve guessed Judy Garland’s Bacon Number is only two. Okay so this might be a kind of fun time-waster, but I’m still going to play the game sans Internet when sitting around bored with friends.

What’s your Bacon Number? Google unveils Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon function [Vancouver Sun]



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  1. Coffee says:

    Good luck with this…I tried to share this on G+ yesterday and everyone looked at me like I’d grown an extra head coming out of my ass. >:

  2. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    I know I’ll sleep much better tonight knowing that I can Goggle any actor’s name and find out their Bacon number. What a relief!!

  3. Astrid says:

    But if you type in 6 it spits out the reply:
    “I’m not giving you the answers that easily. Find them yourself.”

  4. Torchwood says:

    Gustav Fröhlich Bacon Number is 4, thanks to Alfred Hitchcock. And, surprisingly, Lillian Gish’s Bacon number is 2.

  5. BrownLeopard says:

    So instead of fixing their block for websites on searches they did this? Someone seriously has fucked up priorities.

  6. TerpBE says:

    I’m just an engineer at a software company, and even I have a Bacon number of 3.

    One of my coworkers was an extra in “Hell Comes to Frogtown” with Brian Frank, who was in “Where the Truth Lies” with Kevin Bacon.

    • axolotl says:

      I had to look up “Hell Come to Frogtown” on IMDB after reading your post because that just sounds like its got to be great.

      Julius LeFlore … Squidlips
      RCB … The Poor Dufus
      William Smith … Count Sodom

      Wait, is this some kind of weird frog porn?

      • TerpBE says:

        It gave “Rowdy” Roddy Piper his first leading role!

        It’s just an awful, low-budget sci-fi movie that’s actually worse than it sounds.

    • who? says:

      Come to think of it, my Bacon number is 3. I was high school friends with Don Cheadle, who’s Bacon number is 2.

  7. axolotl says:

    This might sound pointless at first glance but think of all the possibilities it opens up. They now have the framework in place to eventually figure out how many movies other people have been in with other people as well. The potential here is unlimited!

  8. RandomHookup says:

    It’s almost impossible to find an actor with a name you would recognize with a number over 2, other than some silent film stars & folks who have been dead 60 years. Fatty Arbuckle is a 3 as is Mary Pickford.

  9. chiieddy says:

    Wait… Kevin Bacon was in Animal House? Need to rewatch… NOW. [Lucille Ball = 2 through Tim Matheson who was in Animal House) and did you know Tippi Hendren has a Bacon # of 1?!

    I remember playing with the original DB in college.

  10. speaky2k says:

    A friend of mine posted his Bacon Score yesterday on FB. So I decided to look him up using the Google method and it didn’t even register, but his IMDB entry was the first site shown in Google. However on the Oracle of Bacon he is there with the Bacon Score he posted. Also I tried a few different people in both and got different Bacon Scores on the two sites.

    • swearint says:

      I noticed errors as well. Google has Lon Chaney starring with Kenneth Branaugh in a movie made before he was even born.

  11. Leohat says:

    So what actor/actress has the highest bacon number?

  12. hotpocketdeath says:

    Doesn’t work for me.

    Anything I put in just performs a regular search. If I copy and paste the example in this article, the first thing that comes up in Google search is a link to this article.

  13. BlueTomato says:

    Wow. My own Bacon number is 4. An acquaintance of mine worked with T-Bone Burnett on the music of a film, and T-Bone’s Bacon number is 2. Awesome.

    • Coelacanth says:

      I also have a Bacon Number of 4.

      A friend of mine’s an actor, whose Bacon Number is 3.

      • Smiling says:

        Mine is 4 as well. My friend’s daughter (who i know well) was an extra on Walker Texas Ranger. Norris is a 2, she is a 3, I am a 4.

  14. kanenas says:

    Wait till the movie comes out on Redbox or Netflix and watch it at home. I refuse to pay top dollar for a less than optimal movie watching experience anymore.

  15. Mambru says:

    Lorenzo lamas bacon numer is 2?? geez and I thought I found some obscure actor to try it out

  16. Stevea1210 says:

    My coworkers and I spent too much time this afternoon on this. The best I got was Bob Marley is a 4.

  17. Rhinoguy says:

    But it doesn’t work as well as Google would like you to believe. I entered several names from the lists of guest actors on old television series. They frequently also have small roles in major movies. Google doesn’t find these connections.
    Example: Ion Teodorescu was in Foul Play with Goldie Hawn, Goldie was in First Wives Club with Sarah Jessica Parker who was in Footloose with Kevin.
    Who is Ion? Look him up on IMDB. REALLY minor character actor.

  18. Not Given says:

    I tried to play with that yesterday and I got a couple of answers. After that, all that came up was more news stories about ‘bacon number.’

  19. PBallRaven says:

    I’ve only got 3 degrees of seperation. My brother was in a film with Tom Cruise, and Tom Cruise was in several movies with Kevijn Bacon.

  20. legotech says:

    It doesn’t work properly. The Oracle of Bacon has me at 3 but Google doesn’t come up with anything.

  21. RedOryx says:

    “Google engineers are so good at their jobs, they apparently have plenty of time at work to tackle the really pressing problems facing the world today.”

    Actually, Google employees are encouraged to work on personal pet projects while on the clock, some of which are then adopted by Google. I’m guessing this is one of those projects.

  22. MarkFL says:

    Each of my parents has a Bacon number of 3, although Dad’s is kind of a cheat. He was in the same high school graduating class with Judd Hirsch. Mom used to do a lot of community theater and was in a show with a young (maybe 19 or 20?) Judge Reinhold.

    This assumes that neither Hirsch or Reinhold has lowered his own Bacon number since I last checked.