Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I just finished reading a book called, Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure. It is a true story of how Dave sat down to write a novel and ended up recording his trips around the world chasing Googlewhacks.
A Googlewhack is when you put two words in the google search engine and come up with only one hit. The odds against finding one are quite high.
Someone bet Dave he couldn't find 10 Googlewhacks in a row by meeting the first person from the site he googled and ask him/her to find two googlewhacks and then go meet those people and ask them to do it until he had 10 in a row.
So even though Dave had accepted a large sum of money to write his novel, he used the money to go on a Googlewhack adventure that took him all the way to China. He wouldn't answer calls from his agent - he was on a quest.
The people he meets are interesting and he writes some funny stuff, especially when he meets these strangers and sometimes becomes frightened that they might be serial killers or something.
Anyway, I've decided to try Googlewhacking tomorrow and see if I can do it myself. Here are some examples from the book: dork turnspit, unconstructive superegos, unicyclist periscopes, rarebit nutters, hippocampi wallpaper. They might not be googlewhacks any more, but they were in 2003.