Like holy tits have you ever been in a conversation with someone and they pasted you a link, and it was THIS BIG?
Like one of those Google links. S/he wants to show you an image, but instead of being a bastard and hotlinking you to it, they copy the link to the page of Google that displays the picture. Like so:
http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1024&bih=873&tbm=isch&tbnid=049H393Kck061M: &imgrefurl=http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1283.html&docid=0VW2y WVJzHbPoM&imgurl=http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/312934main_image_1283-946.jpg &w=946&h=710&ei=O5TCT-mvOsOM0wX59vjFCg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=328&vpy=359 &dur=5193&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=119&ty=110&sig=107224979098315068416 &page=1&tbnh=138&tbnw=200&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:6,s:0,i:101
Holy shit. That thing’s huge.
The generic search URLs are a lot smaller, but they’re still pretty long compared to the average.
Like seriously, what kind of GETS are the using in there? “oe=utf-8” is the encoding, “h1=en” is probably the language. Then “ie=UTF-8”, the encoding again, and a lot of gibberish in between. What do they need it for, and why would they show it to us? Most people have no idea what it’s all for anyway, so it isn’t for impressing purposes.
It can possibly prove a security hole, and it’s just inconvenient in general. They could’ve just used a complicated mod_rewrite to make it look prettier or shorter or whatever, but I don’t know how heavy that would get on their servers. Who cares though, they can just buy a ton more and be done with it anyway.
Google is weird.