Sometimes, Google scares me…

I’ll admit to being a world class procrastinator. When it comes to procrastination, I thought about writing the book, but got distracted and did something else instead. One of my favourite methods of passing away the idle time while I stare hopelessly at my short story due to be posted here Any Time Now™, is to ask Google metaphysical questions. As a fan of the late, great Douglas Adams I was deeply gratified to find out what happened when I Googled “the answer to life the universe and everything”.

A few minutes ago, I decided to mess around on Google, asking it stupid questions. I started typing, but paused when I realised I didn’t really know what I wanted to ask. Being the helpful page that it is, Google thought I might need some suggestions. One of those suggestions managed to pull me up short. Look at the picture below and you’ll see highlighted in blue, the cause of my momentary fit of “WTF?!?”.

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Google, messing with my head.

Google, messing with my head.

Seriously, Google. You have access to my search history. You know that usually I’m looking for Steven Wright jokes or pictures of Jessica Biel in her underwear*. I thought we understood each other. I use you as my default search engine, you give me sweet, sweet Jessica Biel  bikini photos.

Also, why are 52, 600 people baffled as to the appearance of a deceased Asian on their living room furniture? Maybe it’s just one person who got really confused by it happening and posted the question on thousands of message boards in the hope of finding an answer somewhere. Maybe there’s been a recent spate of people from Pakistan expiring on stranger’s sofas and I just never heard about it until tonight? What if Google has used complex algorithms to determine my future and I’m soon to be typing that exact query in a sense of mounting panic and desperation… QUIT MESSING WITH MY HEAD, GOOGLE!

* Reversing those two search queries gives far less hilarious results than you might imagine.

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4 responses to “Sometimes, Google scares me…

  1. I’m pretty sure the dead Pakistani thing is a reference to Lost, when Hurley’s mother found Sayeed passed out on the couch. Quite why 52,600 people felt the need to repeat that question to Google is a little harder to explain.

  2. Really? I’ve never watched beyond the first episode of Lost, so I wouldn’t know. I’m not clicking the suggestion to check, though…

    First of all, I’m exceptionally lazy. Secondly, the whole Google prediction thing I mentioned could be real. That would be entirely too scary.

  3. Being of far braver stock than yourself – I have solved the riddle for you

    And someone was correct – guess which one of you it was 😛

  4. *Obviously this will totally screw with your head, Dan, if this is a youtube vid of future you typing into google that exact question

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