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A triumph over the mite-y?

Prior to November 2015, results for a Google search on "Metaculus" turned up:

a) An insistent suggestion for "Meticulous"

b) A translation of the Hindi "Metaculus" (though there is no such Hindi word to translate, apparently.)

c) A number of references to a genus of mites (gruesome pictures available via image search).

As of today, on the first page of Google search results, (a) has been vanquished; (b) inexplicably remains; and (c) mites have been stomped out but for one reference to "Metaculus Kiefer."

As of May 1, 2016, will the Metaculus prediction engine finally own the first page of Google search results?

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