Google Fail: This Woman Is Not Tabitha Babbitt


Not Tabitha Babbitt
Does this woman look like a Quaker who died in the 19th century? Probably not. But Google thinks so. Here’s the story.

Ruth Wakefield

This is Ruth Wakefield, credited with inventing chocolate chip cookies.

Lesley Voth

She appeared in a 2013 blog post by Lesley Voth on women inventors.

Circular Saw

Voth also wrote about Tabitha Babbitt, who is credited with inventing the circular saw. There are no known photos of Babbitt, so Voth used a picture of a circular saw blade.

Then something amazing happened. All the spam websites the scrape the internet identified Ruth Wakefield as Tabitha Babbitt.

As in…

Not Tabitha Babbitt

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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1 Response to Google Fail: This Woman Is Not Tabitha Babbitt

  1. Howard Decker says:

    That’s nothing — Don Knotts and Little Donnie Trumpf are the same person, only nobody has noticed it yet. Law en Order, and all that.


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