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Google search looks funny

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GrandMaster    476

Every once in a while, while searching on google, the layout changes from the regular search bar on the top and results on the bottom to a more "stylized" version. Ill provide a screenshot of what I mean, perhaps somebody could shed some light on this for me.

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Now, if i paste the same URL into an IE window, or even a new tab, google looks normal. (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=site%3Aen.wikipedia.org+tech+n9ne&btnG=Search). This happens not only when i am searching a site with the site:xxxxxxx format, but even when i just search for normal images. This is not a greasemonkey script, etc.. just a random thing thats been happening for a couple of months now.

oh and, please move this to the appropriate forum subsection. I wasnt sure where to put this

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Nicholas-c    37

i think that is some kinda of specialised search or something, i dont know much about google and their system so

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RuudJacobs.NET    1

Hmm I haven't seen this yet...

p.s.: You'd be doing a smart thing removing that emailaddress from the pic... :whistle:

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CPressland    176

It's not as bizzare as my google. iGoogle :p

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Damo R.    29,658

You have been randomly selected to test the next Google...they sometimes do this...I remember seeing this a while back.

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GrandMaster    476

well i wish theyd keep it consistent, kind of annoying seeing this on every 100th search ;(

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*John*    0

I've had this loads of times. Its their way of changing their layout if I remember correctly. They will increase the incidence of this happening slowly until eventually it happens for all your searches.

Its better that way, as it allows people to slowly adjust. They cant very well change the layout of Google overnight after all.

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sundayx    127

There used to be a way to get this search, implimented couple years ago, and is cookie based, so if you remove the cookie its gone.

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