Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Odd Google Searches of the Week

It's time again for that intermittent blog feature in which I share some of the stranger, weirder, or more unusual search terms people have combined that have somehow led them to this blog. As always, they are in no particular order:

1. "I embrace you" translated into German. Sorry, don't know German. My talented sister-in-law studied it in high school. But a word of advice: if you're having to look up online how to translate terms of endearment, you're probably in a relationship that's far too complicated already.

2. Prayers about money. In the Bible, the love of money is called the root of all evil; that said, during tough times it's not at all a bad thing to place our worries and fears about finances in the hands of the Lord. My favorite prayer for doing so? The Lord's prayer, especially the line, "Give us this day our daily bread." A not-so-good (if funny) prayer? "Lord, let me prove to You that winning the lottery won't spoil me." :)

3. Is "I'm sorry you were offended" a sincere apology? No. Next question?

4. Being waited on. Okay, this one's not all that odd. But it gives me an opportunity to put on my Annoying Grammar Hat, and insist upon the following: When you are standing at the entrance to a restaurant because a friend will be joining you for dinner, you are waiting for your friend. When your friend arrives, and you go in, and order food, you are being waited on by a waiter. When your cell phone rings, annoying other diners, and you are trying to convey to the person on the other end of the line that you can't leave because you haven't yet received your check, which is correct? a) "We're waiting for our check, so we can pay and leave," or b) "We're waiting on our check, so we can pay and leave." If you answered "b," you are not correct. If you said, "Neither a) nor b); the correct phrase is, "We're fixin' to pay and leave, but we're waiting on our check," then--oh, never mind.

5. Senator Kennedy funeral priest when he thought none (sic) was listening. I have no idea. But it sounds interesting. Did a priest at the Senator's funeral forget himself for a moment, and express his true nature of the political circus masquerading as a Catholic funeral Mass? I'd like to think it possible, anyway.

6. Einstein, said about his potty training. Again, no clue. If it weren't for the comma (which my original searcher did include) I would be tempted to think that the great man himself had had some pithy comment recorded on the subject of toilet training, which had perhaps been lost to history. But the comma means that someone else said something about Einstein relating to his potty training, which suggests that some desperate mother is hoping to find that perhaps the genius was a late bloomer and thus find some ray of hope in her desperate struggles to train a similarly recalcitrant child. Sadly, I can find no mention of Einstein and potty training except a kit sold by the enterprising hucksters behind the Baby Einstein videos which purports to teach the art of toilet training.

That's it for the present! Check back for more odd Google searches, to be posted whenever I remember to write enough of them down to make a blog post!


Dawn Farias said...

So funny! I love this feature.

Anonymous said...

Hey, how do you do that? How do you find out what people googled to come to you? Funny stuff!

Red Cardigan said...

Anonymous, I find what they've Googled through SiteMeter. Glad you like this! :)

Embryo08 said...

First of all, great blog!!

Second of all, do you have the premiere SiteMeter or just a free account? I have SiteMeter but I'm not seeing this cool little trick.

thanks Red Cardigan!

Red Cardigan said...

I just have the free sitemeter. When you click on the "referrals" link on the side, the data shows you where people are coming from. If they've entered a search into google, it will show you what words they were searching when they found your blog.

Hope this helps! :)

Embryo08 said...

Great - thanks Red Cardigan! Keep up the great work!