Perhaps I like the phrase "withered hand" a bit too much


Sure, I like saying "withered hand", but Google took this a bit too far and made me the top hit for the phrase withered hand, making me more popular than Jesus with respect to that phrase, at least for now. I apologize to all the people looking for the Miracle of the Withered Hand. Fortunately, MSN Search and Yahoo were not fooled.

Comments (13)
  1. Wound says:

    Of course, adding this post with a link back to the old one isn’t going to help matters much.

  2. And here I thought it was a reference to Dumbledore in the latest Harry Potter book…

  3. boxmonkey says:

    Google has the right idea. Jesus and his withered hand have been around for such a long time, but your withered hand, now that’s new and exciting! Something people really want to know about!

  4. Kevin says:

    The composer, John Adams, wrote a piece titled "Christian Zeal and Activity" that features a sample of a preacher going on and on about a withered hand. It’s on "The Chairman Dances" CD – thought you’d like to know.

  5. oldnewthing says:

    Kevin: Indeed, it was that track that put the phrase in my head.

  6. anon says:

    Jesus! You guys need to read more carefully. the correct Google search is

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Withered+hand&spell=1

    at of 7:12PM PDT, Raymond was the top search result.

  7. Chris says:

    It would have been nice if the miracle link went to a modern english translation.

  8. FrancisH says:

    Now you just have to get more popular than the Beatles…

  9. Alien426 says:

    That’s not fair. You compare a "first name + last name" combination with only the first name.

    http://www.googlefight.com/index.php?lang=en_GB&word1=raymond&word2=jesus

    Raymond gets much closer to winning. He wins when you include the last name:

    http://www.googlefight.com/index.php?lang=en_GB&word1=raymond+chen&word2=jesus+of+nazareth

  10. God says:

    Do No Evil

  11. Wound says:

    BTW Raymond, Have you noticed that you’re among a very select band (39) of microsoft employees that has their own wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Chen, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Microsoft_employees)

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