Perl is Dead (to

I've been a google user ever since giving up AltaVista back in the day. I've heard good things about bing, laughed at their funny TV advertisements, and have deep-down (in a weird sort of way) wanted a search product from M$ to be a success.

I decided a few days ago that I'd give a try for a complete month - to see if it could win my heart. After 2 days I must say that I'll be going back to google.

I was reminded of the "Perl is Alive" meme last night after watching this video. I decided to search for Perl is Alive on my now default search engine to see how wide-spread this effort/search term had become.

I was disappointed with what I found...

perl is alive - Bing
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... a complete page of results to Pearl Jam's lyrics to their song "Alive".

It took quite some time for me to realize that bing decided that I had misspelled Pearl - omitting any and all results for "Perl".

The flip side is that bing has no issue with the term "Perl is dead" (although they still manage to squeeze in Pearl Jam lyrics for "dead man walking" for that result too).

So, it's unfortunate for the user that wants to search on "Perl is alive", they may look at their search results and conclude that we're indeed dead. For lovers of the 90's-grunge band, Pearl Jam, might I recommend your next favorite search engine.


Well, from here it works well. The results are not as good as on google, but it's showing perl related stuff definitely. There is a link to the "Pearl is dead" search query, but that's all. Maybe you've enabled some sort of option to "auto magically" correct spelling errors ?

At the top of the search results, you should see this line:

Results are included for pearl is alive. Show just the results for perl is alive.

If you click on that link, you'll get the results you were looking for.

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