Google Easter Egg plays Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

The whole "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" meme is well known to both people in and out of the entertainment industry. For those of you who are not familiar with it, actor Kevin Bacon has been in so many movies and TV shows (he's got a new show, The Following, coming this fall) that any actor, living or dead, is only a few degrees away from him in their own career.

Now it's been discovered that the folks at Google have created a fun Easter Egg that lets people find out exactly how close an actor is to Mr. Bacon. As reported on, all one has to do is type in "bacon number" in the search space, along with the name of an actor.

The final search result shows something like the screenshot above, where we found the number of our favorite zombie hunter Simon Pegg. According to Google, his "bacon number" is just two as Pegg and Bacon have both acted in separate movies with Tom Cruise.

If Bacon is aware of this cool Easter Egg, he's not saying. His official Twitter page has yet to mention the latest tribute to this viral pastime. However, we suspect he's pretty flattered by the whole thing.

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GreatMarkO said,
I believe the highest possible Bacon Number is 7 and is for William Rufus Shafter - anyone got any higher than 7?!

I believe his is actually 6. Two of the entries refer to the same film I think.

Got Malin Crépin to be 5 away: -

Malin Crepin and Tone Mostraum appeared in Oslo, August 31st.

Tone Mostraum and Ingrid Bolsø Berdal appeared in House of Fools.

Ingrid Bolsø Berdal and Brian Cox appeared in Wide Blue Yonder.

Brian Cox and John Lithgow appeared in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

John Lithgow and Kevin Bacon appeared in Footloose.

I can mostly observe this effect on Facebook within a short amount of time, two friends from completely separated areas (think different countries) "like" the same thing...

which means there's either a small amount of mutual friends between them, OR it's a one hell of a "like" boom