Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon: A New, Easy Way to Calculate Bacon Numbers
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon So Easy with Google
Do people still play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?
If you still like to find out just how closely the celebrity world is connected to Bacon, look no further than Google.
Google has developed a "Bacon Calculator" to easily find the distance from anyone to Bacon.
You no longer have to whiteboard the connections from celebs to Bacon, a sometimes tedious and brain cell depleting activity.
Now it's as easy as heading over to Google, typing in 'Bacon number' and a celebrity name ... and badabing, you've got the Bacon Number!
The labor intensive process has been automated for ultimate Bacon calculating fun.
The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game became a phenom when someone realized that Bacon has appeared in so many films, that you can count the number of "degrees" it takes to connect any other celebrity to the actor.
Say, for instance, you want to find the number of degrees of separation between George Clooney and Kevin Bacon.
Type in ‘Bacon Number George Clooney' and quickly discover the Bacon number is 2: Clooney and Marisa Tomei appeared in The Ides of March; Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon appeared in Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Yossi Matias, the Engineering Director and Head of the Israeli Engrineering Center, explains the power of Google's search engine to easily determine the Bacon calculation.
Matias explains, "It's interesting that this small-world phenomena when applied to the world of actors actually shows that in most cases, most actors aren't that far apart from each other. And most of them have a relatively small Bacon number."