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The Butterfly Effect: Variations on a Meme

I found a file of search results I had compiled a long time ago as I was writing scripts to automatically scrape sites based on patterns. This experiment had to do with the Butterfly Effect, testing some regular expressions around a butterfly flaps its wings in...

The Butterfly Effect meme itself is invariant, but the variation in locations and effects is entertaining. My file of results notes that I did these searches using AltaVista - so that dates it a bit!

Here are a few of the results:

A butterfly flaps its wings in:

Causing:

At this location:

a certain part of the world

a storm

the other side of the world

Africa

tsunami

Japan

Amazonian rainforest

earthquake

the other side of the world

Asian rain forest

hurricane

Gulf of Mexico

Australia

the weather

Alaska

Beijing

stock market flounders

Wall Street

Beijing

the weather

New York City, but more likely, Queens

Beijing

win $400,000

Montreal Casino

Beijing

the weather

Latin America

Beijing

the weather

New York City

Brazil

thunderstorms

New York

Brazil

devastating storms and floods

England

Brazil

hurricane

North America

Brazil

storm

Norway

Brazil

man falls off a skyscraper

New York

Brazil

thunderstorms

New York

California

rain

New York City

Canada

some impact on the weather

south of the border

Canada

hurricane

south Atlantic

Central American
rain forest

the amount of
rainfall

Chicago

Central Park

typhoon

Pacific Ocean

Central Park

rain

China

Central Park

rain

Peking

Central Park

rain

China

China

hurricane

Florida

China

Startup error goes away

Descent 3

China

the weather

New York

China

hurricane

the Atlantic

China

enough boomers move their funds to the bond market to cause the third derivative of some program's equation for the market to move from positive to negative

?

China

rain

New York

England

typhoon

China

far-away continent

a development of a major unstable weather pattern

half way around the
world

Hong Kong

hurricane

London

Hong Kong

snow

Miami

Hong Kong

Internet stocks go
back up

?

Hong Kong

effects

Chicago

Hong Kong

hurricane

Gulf of Mexico

Japan

the weather

Philadelphia

Madagascar

the weather

Cape Town

Malaysia

hurricane

Trinidad

Mexico

hurricane

Florida

New Mexico

rain storm

the Amazon

New York

hurricane

Japan

one side of the
world

hurricane

the other

one side of the
world

earthquake

the other hemisphere

Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia

three tyrants toppled

the Middle East

the forest

typhoon

Indonesia

this side of the
world

hurricane

the other side of
the world

?

trembles

universe

?

moves

the planet

?

weather

China

?

rain

somewhere

?

the weather

hundreds of miles
away

?

an ill wind blows you a $100 bill

?

?

something else

the other side of
the world

?

stampede of Zebras

?

?

hurricane

the other side of
the earth

?

the climate changes

the other side of
the world

I originally published this in the late, lamented Clear Night Sky, which went away forever when a butterfly flapped its wings in the Amazon and caused my server to fail at Amazon.com's data center. So it goes.