Statistics

I received this email from pinch-blogger Matthew Cobb:

I was idle, so I Googled these:

Google hits: 2 billion for “sex” and “food”. “Death” & “porn” =  900 million.  ‘Life’ > 4 billion. “man” > 3 billion, “woman” = 900,000, “cat” = 2 billion! dog <900 million.

So the modal web page would be about a man who has a life and thinks about cats and sex and food…

Need I say more?

20 Comments

  1. Posted May 9, 2011 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Dear sweet Jesus on a pogo stick — does this mean you really are Jesus on a pogo stick?

    So…can I…like…maybe…fondle your intestines?

    Not that I’m into that sort of thing, mind you — but I’ve got this side bet going with Blaise, see, and….

    b&

  2. Posted May 9, 2011 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Need I say more?

    What about cowboy (108M) boots (350M)?

  3. Michael Fisher
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Try this “bauble from the nerds at Google”

    The Books Ngram Viewer allows you to plot the frequency of words and phrases that appeared in books published in the past few hundred years. Google estimates they’ve scanned and OCR’d more than 10 percent of all the books ever published, and this plotter is based on a sample of that data

  4. saintstephen
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    He said “modal.”

    Not “model.”

    Big difference.

    I’ll shut up now.

  5. Grania
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Teehee!

    And Ben, your fondle your intestines fetish is reaching troubling proportions.

  6. Sal Bro
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Among all of the possible combinations of man, life, cats, sex, and food, you picked a good one.

  7. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    But – that can’t explain evolution!?

    [Or in other words, maybe Google isn’t a modern oracle after all.]

  8. Posted May 9, 2011 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Where are the petite coronas?

  9. MoonShark
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Randall Munroe from xkcd found out that beyond a certain number of hits, Google apparently says “screw it” and throws out a giant number. So this probably isn’t accurate. Sorry to rain on the fun.

    http://blog.xkcd.com/2011/02/04/trochee-chart/

    • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
      Posted May 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

      Actually, according to its own statistics it says “get a life”. =D

  10. Smith
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    “So the modal web page would be about a man who has a life and thinks about cats and sex and food…”

    But then it’s essentially a blog.

  11. Posted May 9, 2011 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    So the modal web page would be about a man…

    No, really?!

    • rcs
      Posted May 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

      Or, of course, a woman talking about a man.

      Well, what else would she be talking about?

      • Dominic
        Posted May 10, 2011 at 3:45 am | Permalink

        Cats.

    • Diane G.
      Posted May 13, 2011 at 2:07 am | Permalink

      LOL!

  12. Zoe
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    OK, I’ll throw this into the mix. I Googled ‘Jesus’ and I got, 338,000,000 hits.

    • Zoe
      Posted May 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

      I meant to add that Jesus gets fewer hits than any of those except maybe ‘cowboy boots’ so why worry? 😉

  13. Posted May 9, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    thinks about cats and sex and food

    Simultaneously?

    • Dominic
      Posted May 10, 2011 at 3:45 am | Permalink

      Cat sex, not with a cat!

  14. Posted May 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Going to page 6 of my “Cat” google search.

    I get Oregons Center for Appropriate Transport.
    Canadian American Transportation
    Coalition for Appropriate Transportation
    Caterpillar Inc’s (Nasdaq ? code CAT)

    Doing the same thing with “dog” and going to page 6 of google search all the hit are still related to the canine.

    So your cat > dog failz, soz.


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