I read CNN.com
. It's one of my top daily news sources along with NYTimes.com
, Google News, and a few select blogs. Occasionally, on CNN.com, I enjoy checking out the 'Most Viewed' and 'Most Emailed' lists on the sidebar. Sometimes there's some good stuff there. Today, for instance, I found this story
about a funny looking primate that we thought was extinct. Not bad.
One thing I rarely, if ever, click on is the 'Top Searces' tab. I mean, who cares what readers are searching for? Frankly, I have little interest in that statistic on even a more general level, like which TV shows are the most popular. After 28 years on this rock I've learned that my tastes and interests don't necessarily intersect with those of the rest of the population on any kind of regular basis. So what is there to gain from looking at the top ten search keys on a news site like CNN.com
A helluva lot, actually. Today, on a whim, I clicked on that 'Top Searches' tab and instantly realized that I'd stumbled upon a new toy. What could be more entertaining, and frighteningly revealing, than the following list of top searches for Wednesday, November 19, 2008?
1. sarah palin
3. pregnant man
4. caylee anthony
7. bristol palin
Our newly elected president is conspicuously missing from the list, but the losers are on there. As is bigfoot, who holds down the number five spot above a pregnant teen, two dead white girls (assuming the Thailand search is related to the Holloway case), and John McCain.
For anyone who wonders why America is frequently the butt of a global joke, I would patiently point that person in the direction of CNN.com's
'Top Searches' list and stand calmly by as an eight foot hairy Sasquatch steps out of the computer monitor and smashes a light bulb over the person's head.
God Bless us all...