One of colleague asked me about Multiplexer, since her younger sister wanted to use it in her college project. As I had no idea about Multiplexers I went searching for Multiplexer and the results were shocking. I normally use Google for searching. Once the search results came up I saw the following entry
In electronics, a multiplexer (or mux) is a sexy seducive device that selects one of several analog or digital input signals
I was taken aback, I could understand why a college student needed a seductive device but the question was how would a college student design it? Is it possible that a future Nobel Laureate is currently studying in some college in Karnataka? With these thoughts in mind I decided to read further.
I do agree the word “seducive” doesn’t exist may be it was a typing error may be somebody meant “seductive“.
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I went ahead and checked the wikipedia page. Ironically it had no reference to “sexy” and/or “seducive” device.
In electronics, a multiplexer (or mux) is a device that selects one of several analog or digital input signals
Well I tried the search again on Bing this time. The result was different from the one that Google threw up.
Finally I started checking the revision of the wikipedia page and found the guilty revision.
The change was posted on 28 October 2013 at 17:04 and was corrected on the same day at 17:54. Googlebot (Googlebot is the search bot software used by Google, which collects documents from the web to build a searchable index for the Google Search engine.) had parsed the wiki page in these 50 minutes and was showing the text.
It turns out my colleague’s sister isn’t a mad scientist in the making after all.