Admit it. When you saw the headline for this post, you got a little shiver of excitment in anticipation of reading a post about bacon. Ok, maybe it was just me. But, alas, the newest time-sucking game has nothing to do with bacon and everything to do with Bacon. Kevin Bacon that is.
Google, the uber-popular search engine, launched a new feature this week called "Bacon Number" that allows you to come up with the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" figure for any actor you can think of with just the click of your mouse. All you have to do is type "Bacon number" followed by the name of any actor in the Google search bar.
For instance, type in "Johnny Depp" and you get:
Johnny Depp's Bacon number is 2
Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter appeared in Dark Shadows.
Helena Bonham Carter and Kevin Bacon appeared in Novocaine.
Of course, I tried to trip up the Google bots with what I thought was a tough one, Fred Astaire. Nope.
Fred Astaire's Bacon number is 2
Fred Astaire and Robert Wagner appeared in The Towering Inferno.
Robert Wagner and Kevin Bacon appeared in Wild Things.
Audrey Hepburn's Bacon number is 2
Audrey Hepburn and Eli Wallach appeared in How to Steal a Million.
Eli Wallach and Kevin Bacon appeared in Mystic River.
Gérard Depardieu's Bacon number is 2
Gérard Depardieu and Rose Byrne appeared in City of Ghosts.
Rose Byrne and Kevin Bacon appeared in X-Men: First Class.
OK, you get the idea. Google has totally taken all of the fun out of America's favorite bar game. Or maybe now the new game will be trying to find an actor who has more than two degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.
Let the time-suckage begin.