News, Notes, and Dispatches From Wherever Coconuts Grow

September 14, 2003

Coconut Oil Salesmen

It sure looks like somebody fooled Google News. That site is supposed to catalog current and recent news headlines in some 4,500 news media outlets worldwide.

So how is it that a Coconut Oil salesman named "Dr. Joseph Mercola" has a page on wonders of coconut oil referenced in Google News?

Not only that, it's referenced as being from Mercola, Illinois, as if it's a local newspaper (what, does the good Dr. have a town named after him?). Pretty clever if this is a case of hacking Google News. Actually, if you do a Google search for "Mercola, Illinois" (including the quotes), you discover that Google News is not the only site that thinks Dr. Mercola is a town... Posted by brian at September 14, 2003 10:20 AM