Competitive Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon players the world over have just been handed the ultimate cheat: Google has embedded a "Bacon Number" Easter egg into their search system, making the distance between you and the number of roles between an actor and Kevin Bacon even shorter.

To use, simply type the words "Bacon number," followed by the name of an actor.

Yossi Matias, the lead engineer who spearheaded this new function, told The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision the goal was to show how good Google is at sniffing out "the deeply rooted connections between people."

New York Magazine's Dan Amira notes that establishes sites like The Oracle of Bacon still do a better job at connecting between Bacon and more obscure actors, but given Google's adaptability, chances are you'll be finding your own Bacon Number before long.

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