The No-Result Search (Prank)
Want to prank your friends using Google? These techniques that will make sure your search has no results.
Ah, pranking with a search engine. Nothing quite so much fun as befuddling your friends with some utterly weird search results. One fun and easy thing to do is make a search result that one would think is wildly popular and set it up so it has no results.
There are a couple ways you can set up the prank. The first way is to hack the URL. The second is to create a search that will never have a result.
Hacking the URL
To hack a URL so a query has no results, just add the following code to the end of a URL:
Even if a
num modifer already exists in the URL,
adding another to the end overrides the first value. The
&num=-1 switch informs Google that you want -1
results. Because it’s not possible to return -1
results, Google will provide the next best thing: none.
Hacking the Search
Maybe you won’t have a chance to hack the URL, and you’ll need to hack the search instead. You can do that by creating a search with the special search codes that can’t have any results.
One easy way to create a no-result query is to add any two
site: syntaxes to it:
Google operates with a default
AND; a single page
in Google’s index can’t be
simultaneously found from both the
Or you can search for a site you know doesn’t exist:
site:microsoft.com is a valid search for the
microsoft by itself (without the ...