The First Word Calculator
This is a pretty awesome widget from the folks at Wolfram Alpha: a word calculator!
It does the basic things you’d expect, like give you definitions, pronunciations, synonyms, and the like. But it also gives you cool things like word frequency (“frequency” is the 3209th most common word) and hyphenations (me-di-e-val has 8 letters and 4 syllables)
And, when I typed my name in, I learned that 599,125 people are named Patrick, and our most common age is 46.
WolframAlpha’s mission is to make the world’s information computable–not just searchable. I guess the lesson here is that everything is computable in some way.