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I'm a number for you to evaluate,
Googling 'me' gives the drop off the Empire State,
Though the great Google finds no results for me,
I'm just a pure integer value you'll see.

What number am I?


*The Empire State building is 381 m tall (to the roof).

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  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately, where I currently am, Google is blocked! $\endgroup$ – user40086 Oct 7 '17 at 7:48
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    $\begingroup$ Doesn't evaluation of a number requires a tag of 'calculation' /'mathematics' ? $\endgroup$ – Mea Culpa Nay Oct 7 '17 at 10:40
  • $\begingroup$ Using the fact given in the question (with measurement knowledge) would need basic calculation, so the tag would fit. Using search engines, only counting or trial is needed. $\endgroup$ – Tom Oct 7 '17 at 11:52
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    $\begingroup$ If this actually involves googling, it may be worth noting that Google can show different results on different occasions to different people, so unless it's perfectly consistent in this case the riddle may be literally insoluble. (Of course that's assuming we should take the stuff about Google results at face value, which isn't a given.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Oct 7 '17 at 14:47
  • $\begingroup$ The core of this puzzle is Google specific. From another SE site I think this is universal. $\endgroup$ – Tom Oct 7 '17 at 14:51
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You are

-1251

Because Google has a kind of quirk with interpreting

single quotes as "feet", and the search for '-1251' is interpreted as "foot -(1251 feet)" = -1250 feet, which is the drop off the ESB.

Also, Google finds no results for you because the

minus sign in -1251 negates the search term.

As for the rest of the hints,

(this spoiler space intentionally left blank, apart from this message, of course)

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YOU ARE:

either 1 or 50 depending which side of the ocean you're on.

I'm a number for you to evaluate,

You are a number!

Googling 'me' gives the drop off the Empire State,

There is an old saying... dropping a 50c (AUD) or 1c (UDS) piece of metal will do certain things upon impact.

Though the great Google finds no results for me,

This a red herring on the line "Googling 'me'"

I'm just a pure integer value you'll see.

I'm not sure about just but indeed 50 and 1 are indeed integers.

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  • $\begingroup$ There're no herring in this! I'm afraid the riddle tag may be misleading (applied more for form than function) and there is no cryptic/lateral thinking/word play involved. I would say I'm certain there are nil google results for line 3, and that line 2 will work for the overwhelming majority, especially in English (though also Brasil/Deutsch/Indonesia/.. - although didn't for me in.Setswana). $\endgroup$ – Tom Oct 9 '17 at 18:38

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