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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 14, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Six degrees of Kevin Bacon, Google style

    Ciara O'Brien

    You have to admire Google. It makes the boring business of search just a little more interesting at time, with interactive Google Doodles and screens that have snowed, barrel rolled and tilted on certain search commands in the past.

    You can now find out actors’  Kevin Bacon number. As in, how many degrees of separation are between Will Smith and Kevin Bacon (two, if you’re interested). Chris O’Dowd’s number is two. Or something a bit more challenging: the late Mick Lally also has a Bacon number of two.

    It doesn’t just work for actors. Kevin Bacon and ex-Westlifer Brian McFadden (four). Ronan Keating, by the way, has a Bacon number of three; Bono is two.

    It’s all based on Google’s Knowledge Graph, which has more than 500 million objects and more than 3.5 billion facts about and relationships between these different objects, according to Google. It’s not infallible though, so if you want another take on it, try The Oracle of Bacon site