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241543903 Search on Google is Really Amazing

  • Posted on November 23, 2022
  • News
  • By Akta Yadav

Searching the number 241543903 is one of the weirdest searches on google. If you search for a string of nine random numbers, when entered into the google search bar, it will produce nothing. Well, it’s an exception case, and searching 24154390 and the search result will be a Head in Freezer.


Now, you may be thinking that where it comes from and how it started. This photo meme trend was started by artist David Horvitz. He shared a picture of his head in a freezer on 6 April 2009 and tagged the photo with the number 241543903. After some days, he posts instructions on Tumblr so others can do the same. Horvitz’ take the help of SEO (search engine optimization) rules; with SEO, all freezer head photos would end up together in google image search results. The idea was that choosing an uncertain string of numbers and tagging all their photos to it would trick Google’s system.


What does the mysterious number 241543903 mean?

The obscure number 241543903 is taken from the barcode of Udon noodles and Edamame. It is just another random number, but now, there are several images with this number, and it has a special position on the internet.  It is quickly catching up on google, and this concept is commonly known as 241543903-meme or Head in a Freezer Meme.

However, the concept behind it is very simple.  Capture the picture with the head in the freezer and upload it on the internet, tagging it with the mysterious number 241543903. When google views these images with the same tag. It will start recognizing the number as a specific word, not as some random search. This is an example of a community modifying image search results.

How did it start trending?

 It is the most common thing in the world that people take an interest in copying weird things. This is the reason that throughout the years 2009 and 2010, these images populated the internet. People were keen to learn about the challenge through Tumblr, and most uploaded Flickr images. The images tagged with the number 241543903 come from different countries, including the United States, Brazil, and Japan. The instructions of the post were also translated into Japanese. The post was findable on various platforms. 

Adding to this, even David Horvitz doesn’t know how the meme got popular. Once he said in an interview that he only promoted it in Brazil on IRL but in reality, he didn’t have any idea on how big it was going to be.

Why did people upload 241543903?

The 241543903 was one of the most popular memes of the last 2000’ period. It had been part of the rise of the most prestigious social platforms like Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook. The image had widespread worldwide. It’s a clear historical moment for the internet and the meme world.

From the start, people like to follow others and copy different things. Nowadays if you see, TikTok follows the same concept. People follow the things that are trending and make a video. In these images, people put themselves in an uncomfortable position.

Although, the trend 241543903 is the trick to play with Google’s algorithm. Google SEO gives a new face to people’s experiences. Google searches are a part of our daily routine. But the trends like these show us how people can manipulate algorithms and play games with Google.
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Akta Yadav

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