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    Apparently sensing the public's overwhelming demand for even more ways to waste time on the Internet, Google has launched the 'Bacon number' search option. The feature allows users to find the degree of separation between a celebrity and Kevin Bacon by typing in the celebrity's name followed by the words "Bacon number." Google shows the connections by listing the movies or projects in which the celebrities have been involved, linking them together until they reach Kevin Bacon. The search option is an updated version of the party game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," which began in the 1990's.

    In a world where Snooki of Jersey Shore fame is separated from Kevin Bacon by only three degrees and drag queen RuPaul only by two, finding a celebrity with a high Bacon number is actually quite difficult. In short, everyone seems to be connected to Kevin Bacon in some way. But would this be true of Louisville celebrities? I decided to test it out. Some of the connections make perfect sense, while others are just plain weird. Here are the top ten noteworthy Louisville bacon numbers.

    10. Jennifer Lawrence-The Hunger Games star and Louisville native appeared in 2011's X-Men: First Class with Bacon.

    Bacon Number: 1

    9. Jennifer Carpenter-She appeared with January Jones in Seeking Justice, and Jones appeared with Bacon in X-Men

    Bacon Number: 2

    8. Maggie Lawson-Lawson was in Pleasantville with J.T. Walsh, who appeared in A Few Good Men with Bacon.

    Bacon Number: 2

    7. Ned Beatty-Beatty squealed like a pig in Deliverance with Burt Reynolds, who appeared with Bacon in 1979's Starting Over

    Bacon Number: 2

    6. Will Oldham-Better known by his stage name Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Oldham is a singer/songwriter/actor who appeared in the film Junebug with Embeth Davidtz, who appeared in Murder in the First with Bacon.

    Bacon Number: 2

    5. Nicole Scherzinger-The X-Factor judge and former Pussycat Dolls member appeared in Men in Black 3 with Josh Brolin, who appeared with Bacon in the 2000 thriller Hollow Man.

    Bacon Number: 2

    4. Hunter S. Thompson-The gonzo journalist was the subject of Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride, a documentary that featured an appearance by Sean Penn. Penn starred in Mystic River with Bacon.

    Bacon Number: 2

    3. Muhammad Ali-The boxing great was a presenter at 2006's straight-to-DVD We Are the Future concert, at which singer Josh Groban performed. Groban and Bacon were both in 2011's Crazy, Stupid, Love.

    Bacon Number: 2

    2. Rajon Rondo-The Boston Celtics point guard and Louisville native made a cameo in Just Wright, which starred Queen Latifah. Latifah appeared with Bacon in Beauty Shop.

    Bacon Number: 2

    1. Joan Osborne-This Anchorage native may be most famous for her song, "One of Us," but she also now holds the title of "Most Random Louisville Connection to Kevin Bacon." Osborne and Gladys Knight both appear in the concert DVD Bridge to Havana. Knight appeared with Elisabeth Shue in Twenty Bucks, and Shue was in Hollow Man with Bacon.

    Bacon Number: 3

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    I am an intern with I will be graduating from Bellarmine University in Spring 2013 with a degree in Communication and English. Drinking coffee, playing guitar, discovering new music, and writing are my absolute favorite things.

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