I’ve Googled things myself and come up with some strange and stupid stuff just by accident. Imagine what silly questions you could ask if you were really trying.
“EARTH TO SPLIT IN TWO IN 2012.”
But that’s not what concerns me today.
I found that headline on the FlashNews feed that periodically is e-mailed to me. Other headlines on the latest list of odd news carried such headlines as: “GARY COLEMAN’S AUTOGRAPH ONLY WORTH $20” and “MONKEYS GET DRUNK.”
But, those headlines didn’t seem nearly as ripe for silliness as the one that said “MAN COMPILES STRANGE THINGS PEOPLE GOOGLE.”
Now, I’ve Googled things myself and come up with some strange and stupid stuff just by accident. Imagine what silly questions you could ask if you were really trying.
“People search for the weirdest stuff on Google. Or so it seems based on the collection of weird, random phrases searched for on Google that are compiled on SeoLol.net,” says the FlashNews story. “Creator Jason Hellmann works in Search Engine Optimization and comes across truly odd things people look for on Google, so he decided to share the laughs.”
Hellmann recalled an individual who Googled “can a horse have OCD.” That made Hellmann wonder, the FlashNews writer reported. “Who is this person with a horse and what is the horse acting like that would make them need to Google this?”
“He also finds it funny that some folks treat search engines like real people. Hellmann shares, ‘Someone wrote, “MapQuest, please show me the United Arab Emirates.” They were very polite. I guess they don’t want to offend MapQuest.’ Though there’s no way of telling who searched for the silly stuff, Hellmann says many visitors still worry about their stupid questions showing up on the site.”
A few examples
I went to the website and discovered the following queries under “Search of the Day.
- “How (can I) look beaten up?”
- “Can dogs recover if they eat mushrooms?”
- “Can you unshrink clothes?”
- “What shoes do rappers wear?”
- “What’s the name of that movie?”
- “Here are my cholesterol levels; are they OK?”
Now you need to be warned. There are some rather risqué or insensitive searches recorded at the site. Hellmann’s disclaimer calls them “often disturbing glimpses into your (friend’s, neighbor’s, spouse’s, kid’s, own) searches.” He doesn’t express approval of any of searches — silly or sick. He merely vouches for the veracity of his list.
“Yes, people are really searching for these,” he says. “No, I don't know who they are, nor do I really want to.”
Gary Brown writes for The Repository in Canton, Ohio. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.