altavista.com Easter Egg - Monty Python Script

Open the Altavista Home page (www.altavista.com)

Type into the search box:
"What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?"
(without the quotes, and all as one line)

At the top of results page will be:
Altavista knows the answer to these questions:
What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow [ANSWER]

Click on ANSWER. At top of page will be:
Altavista knows the answer to these questions:
What do you mean? An African or European swallow? [ANSWER]

Click on ANSWER for the script.

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Contributed By: pcopeland on 11-05-1999
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Matt writes:
This is not on altavist. This is on www.ask.com You have to ask jeeves
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dan flannery writes:
sorry...this didn't work for me on either altavista or askjeeves
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sesame85 writes:
2 reasons why it doesn't work at Altavista.com: 1) That isn't the style of AltaVista. Ask.com and AV.com are both search engines, but that's about all they have in common. 2) THIS IS AN EGG!! It wasn't programmed at AV.com, but at ask.com. Got that? good! :o)
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I checked, and ask.com no longer has the ability to answer actual questions...but askforkids.com does, and this one works perfectly on it.
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Spyder writes:
It used to be on av, It used to have question answering by Ask Jeeves. I don't think it does anymore.
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bea writes:
It´s polish.
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imaginess writes:
it works on av ...just put it all in quotes
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ThornBjorn writes:
For me, it works perfectly on Altavista, but it doesn´t work for me on ask jeeves! Look at: http://deepthought.armory.com/swallowscenes.html
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Dark writes:
It was rather straight forward for me to get this to work. Load up www.ask.com and you'll get the ask jeeves dialog. Put in the question, and it'll return the standard reponse. There would also be a "Click 'ask' to get the answer to your question" bar underneath the original question. Clicking that 'ask' results in a second question, which I forget. It's the king's answe though, that asks which swallow. Click on the 'ask' next to that question, and you get the script.
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Xibanitum writes:
It is on Ask Jeeves, and Alta Vista also... they work.
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Hehe, it works in Ask Jeeves.co.uk. Haven't tried AV
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thesnake writes:
It's the right script! Hehehe.
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kiele312 writes:
I don't see how this could be an egg. It only works in Ask.com, and if you click on remove frames after getting to the script, you will see that you could still find this script through a web site.
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tom506535 writes:
1. go to Ask Jeeves 2. Search for "does jeeves have an evil twin?" (If not working try No quotes) 3. Laugh (if you think its funny)
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PatMaster writes:
I´ve tryed on altavista. It doesn´t work enymore! But it´s great at ask jeeves!!! The top site at the search was some russian (?) sh*t!
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Pikachu writes:
At the script site, at the bottom, you can click on the top link, and see loads of answers to the question!! (Wow, 363 answers?)
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sanitysgstd writes:
Wait, this is an actual website! Ask Jeeves, like Yahoo, or many other search engines can retrieve items that have absolutley nothing to do with your search query. For example, if you would search "Recipes to make apple pies" (not really just an example) and it would return "This page no longer contains recipes for apple pies". Or, "Why should freedom of speech be limited?" returing: "Why SHOULDN'T freedom of speech be limited.". You see, unless specified, any search engine would just take words and mix them around and return something you dont want. oh, and ask jeeves just puts a bar up on this finish "egg". Just click remove frame, or go here: http://www.armory.com/swallowscenes.html To put this shortly, NOT AN EGG!
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Maestro writes:
This is not an egg! This is simply a result that Altavista has found!
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TiCpu writes:
"Monthy Pyton" it's like french for "Mon petit bouton." or in English "My little button." / "My small switch." And it only work on ask.com or I don't know why it doesn't work on AltaVista.com
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