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Bye, bye, bye! Google rewrites 'NSync history, replacing Joey Fatone with Shaquille O'Neal — and the internet is there for the laughs

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Google has all the answers … but they aren’t always right.

A mix-up led Google search results to list Shaquille O’Neal as a member of ‘NSync. Sorry, Joey Fatone! (Photo: Getty Images)
A mix-up led Google search results to list Shaquille O’Neal as a member of ‘NSync. Sorry, Joey Fatone! (Photo: Getty Images)

A glitch in the search engine’s results for the late, great boy band ‘NSync had the names of the five performers as Justin Timberlake, J.C. Chasez, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick, and … Shaquille O’Neal?! Yes, the hulking, 7-foot-1 former basketball star was given Joey Fatone’s spot — and the internet enjoyed the hard-to-mix-up mix-up.

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The error was noticed and shared — as it goes — and Bass seems to be the first to retweet it.

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Soon after, a fan sent a screenshot to the still-active ‘NSync Twitter handle. The response there was perfect — with a nod to the group’s recent reunion for its Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony — setting the tone for the silliness that followed.

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That led to Fatone taking a break from making his famous hot dogs to weigh in.

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Timberlake added a funny image to the conversation, which he didn’t create, but that’s when things really blew up.

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Some of the better responses were from people who weren’t famous.

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Some people were OK with it.

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Others weren’t.

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And, yes, there were height jokes.

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Shaq didn’t respond on Twitter, but his response was imagined.

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Google soon deleted Shaq from the band.

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And then the band was restored to its original status, which Fatone celebrated.

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If there is a bright spot in the mix-up, besides the silliness, it’s that the world was schooled on Shaq’s history with the band.

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Bass later told TMZ, “A lot of people don’t know Shaquille had a big hand in starting our career … We lived in Orlando and our first place that we recorded was his house … so all of our first demos, our first songs were all from Shaq’s house!” (Yes, the house that’s on the market for $28 million.)

So there you go. You have learned something new out of this whole ridiculous saga. Thank you, internet.


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