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December 26, 2008

Oxymoronic Google Trends

Randall Munroe from xkcd imagines some correlations between Google searches and people that are unlikely to use them. The #1 US state for [men kissing] is indeed Utah, but the other correlations are made up.


Tip: track the fastest rising queries from your region using the Insight for Search gadget.

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11 comments:

  1. Is it that hard to install Ubuntu?

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  2. @Kalvin Yu : Yes it is, for a lot of people living in Redmond ;)
    (don't feed me ! )

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  3. Well, use Sitemaps to make mountainviewers happy :)

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  4. Wow, two Palin jokes in one comic.

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  5. How Is Babby Formed = WIN

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  6. I forgot to link to a Google search for [babby]. Check the Flash animation from Something Awful and then read the (in)famous thread from Yahoo Answers.

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  7. Randal Munroe and the bloggers have revealed
    more of their imagination then they are aware of.
    They assume "men kissing" means men kissing men.

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  8. @ rainmaker:

    Of course, "men kissing men" gives the same result.
    Utah again!

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  9. Obama has been writing Lincoln/Obama erotic fan fiction on his secret livejournal. Excerpt: Lincoln lay back on the bed, nude save for his trademark stovepipe hat. 'Tell me,' he purred seductively, as he and Obama formed a more perfect union. 'When you come, is it 10% ethanol?


    It's amazing what people sneak into there blogs

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  10. Actually, most of my Ubuntu searches are in the form "[Bug synopsis] Ubuntu". If course, as a testament to Google and the Linux/Ubuntu community, such a search almost always leads to a solution.

    I'm off the charts anyway, since I only work in Redmond, and all Google activity is proxied through my home ISP in Kirkland.

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