Google Meets The Axis of Evil Comedy

Last week, I heard a comedian named Ahmed Ahmed, who is touring on the “Axis of Evil Comedy Tour”, via a radio interview in which he was asked what it was like having the same first and last name. Much to my surprise, he started talking about how a guy on the FBI’s most wanted list – Ahmed Mohanned Hamed Ali – shows up right next to his when you type – Ahmed Ahmed – into Google…notice the first and second entries in the first of the two photos below. Ahmed has a point when he states that when typing in Ahmed Ahmed twice he doesn’t find the result relevant as I don’t either. But the oddity of this doesn’t stop here…

At present if one types simply – Ahmed – into Google, Ahmed Mohanned Hamed Ali does not show up at all in the top ten results! Even more bizarre is that there are other Ahmed’s that show up prior to him Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah (page 4) and Sheikh Ahmed Salim Swedan (page 6).

So I’d like to ask Matt Cutts and Adam Lasnik, search evangelists at Google, just why does Ahmed Mohanned Hamed Ali show up for a search for Ahmed Ahmed and not Ahmed?


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