Mitt Romney Faces a Santorum-Like Problem on Google and Bing

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The hijinks that placed a crude, sexual definition of “Santorum” high on Google search results have influenced a new set of pranksters, who have targeted GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The definition on SpreadingSantorum.com (language NSFW) responded to fellow GOP candidate Rick Santorum’s controversial anti-gay remarks, and the new SpreadingRomney.com links to an article recounting the now-infamous tale of how Romney reportedly strapped his dog to the roof of a car for 12 hours.

The original prank, created by columnist and gay-rights activist Dan Savage, currently appears in Google search results for “Santorum” just beneath a graphic depicting the Maine Republican Caucus results. “Romney,” which has been redefined as a verb meaning “to defecate in terror,” appears several entries down, but still within the first page of results. On Bing, the new Romney definition can be found within the first page of entries.

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Along with a Huffington Post article about Romney’s alleged dog-neglecting escapades, the site also links to an Indianapolis web design firm, the group likely responsible for the prank. Unlike the related Santorum site, which is also linked beneath the Romney definition, there doesn’t appear to be any corresponding blog.

According to the rule of threes, it seems probable that another GOP candidate will be “redefined” soon. Incidentally, “Spreading Gingrich” already exists, and is now accepting submissions.

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