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We Interrupt This Program to Bring You Your Kevin Bacon Numbers

kevinHere’s something fun — enter your favorite celebrity into Google search, add the words “Bacon number,” and you’ll end up with some very useful information.

“The Bacon Number” of an actor represents their degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon. It is a well-known fact (and entertaining parlor game) that any celebrity can be linked to Kevin Bacon within 6 degrees (thanks to Bacon’s appearance in star-packed movies like Diner, JFK, and A Few Good Men).

Think of an actor. Any actor. You can calculate their degrees of separation, and assign them a Bacon Number. But since that can take some thinking, Google has made it easier.

Google will calculate Bacon Numbers for you! Thank you, Google.

For example, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Bacon Number is 2. All you have to do is enter his name and “Bacon Number” into Google search, and this handy, clickable reference box pops up:

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It’s so easy, and so informative! Having a hard time figuring out Lena Dunham’s Bacon Number on your own? No worries.

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And then you wonder, how many degrees of separation are there between Kevin Bacon and Betty White? No problem!

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2 hours later, you emerge from the Internet feeling refreshed, informed, and ready to tackle that project you were procrastinating. Thanks, Google (and Kevin Bacon)!


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