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Fun with Googling

One of the statistics provided every day by WordPress (the service that hosts this blog) is a list of “referrers,” websites that blog visitors click on to get to your blog. 90% of the referrers for this blog are sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, and WordPress itself. Most visitors have been here before and rely on one of those services to let them know that something new has been posted.

Google LogoBut some people wind up here because they were searching for a word or phrase on Google, and The Pietist Schoolman happened to come up somewhere in the results. Most often, such a search makes obvious sense: lots of Pietism-related searches lead here, plus those on aspects of World War I (subject of my first extended series — by far, the favorite such search is for “WWI wounds” and/or “mask,” which leads them here) and other historical events I discuss occasionally.

And then there are the oddballs. The connections emerge after a while, but on their face, it seems like Google has a screw loose. (A metaphorical one; surely Google has no need of something as primitive as a screw.) A few of my favorite such search strings, along with what I think the search engine logic must be:

  • “is edward norton in young guns 2″: no, but Christian Slater is, and as I pointed out in an early installment of “This Week in History,” he and Edward Norton share a birthdate and an odd career connection.
  • “teddy bear beautiful”: kind of the Yanni version of Coyote Ugly, I’m guessing this led to a brief post about having spent a morning with my family at the fantastic “Teddy Bear Park” in Stillwater, Minnesota.
  • “surrender monkeys”: not necessarily my finest moment as a blogger, but I did try (tongue in cheek) to defend French military honor against this insult.
  • “how do you say hamburger in farsi”: “Hilton.” A great line from Mad Men, quoted in one of my earliest posts — on the difference between tourism and sojourning.
  • “dwight eisenhower with martin luther”: well, I did include a picture of Dwight Eisenhower meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders in this piece on Mark Hatfield. But let’s play a little Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, shall we?
    1. Dwight Eisenhower’s family religious background was Brethren in Christ.
    2. The founders of the BIC were strongly influenced by German Pietism (as discussed in this post).
    3. German Pietists viewed themselves as recovering the original intentions and passion of a reform movement led by… Martin Luther.
  • “‘kissing fish’ speakeasy”: and then there’s this one… I got nothin’


2 thoughts on “Fun with Googling

  1. This is a hilarious post. You forced a much-needed laugh out of me!

    Posted by Seth Rima | September 20, 2011, 6:09 PM


  1. Pingback: “But Their Distinctive Clothing Set Them Apart”: Dwight Eisenhower Remembers the River Brethren « the search for piety and obedience. - January 2, 2012

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