Google Universal Search Means Looking For Raccoons Is No Longer Family Friendly

A reader tipped me off to this. Search for raccoon, and Google Universal Search puts some pictures up at the top of the page:

Dog & Raccoon On Google

See it? Third one over? I didn’t know a dog and a raccoon could, well…

To be fair, Microsoft Live does the same thing:

Dog & Raccoon On

Yahoo also shows the happy couple, but only if you specifically do an image search. Ask doesn’t, clearly exhibiting a bias against raccoon-dog love.

Have a good weekend, everyone :)

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  • Joel Cheesman

    That’s really funny. Thanks for the comic relief.

  • Matt Cutts

    So.. many.. possible.. comments..

    Must… resist… posting…

  • Simon Heseltine

    Afterwards, the Beagle could never look the cat in the eye again…

  • WebOptimist

    Hilarious! Of course, Google has pulled the picture, at least from where I’m searching.

  • Seth Finkelstein

    I predict an interesting “SEO contest” in the future :-)

  • ratattack

    That’s really furry. Thanks for the canine relief.

  • Matt Cutts

    WebOptimist, the images team took care of that picture.

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