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what were they thinking?

A few years ago we posted a round-up of our favorite bizarre search terms that had led people to click on our blog, and we thought it would be fun to revisit the theme. Our blog has been around long enough now that we can only view the top hits while thousands of search terms are omitted, meaning that likely we are missing some real gems. Even so, here are a few terms that caught our eye or gave us a chuckle.

Understandably, towels figure prominently in our search queue. What we found surprising is the sheer variety of towel-related searches that brought readers to our blog pages. Just this year alone, we had visitors looking for: mafia towels, elephant baby towels, gem towels, frisbee towels, new world rafting towels, native towels, literary towels, first impressions towels, and rosh hashanah towels. And this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. There were also geographically themed towel searches, including nairobi, uganda, and tanzania towels, and musically themed ones, such as punk towels and ska themed towels. And, most enigmatically, someone clicked on our blog after entering we are 12 towels into their search engine.

A few people had clearly sat down to do real scientific research before getting distracted by our blog pages, as the searches for unborn puppy development week by week and is the coquerel’s sifaka monogamous or polygamous seem to indicate.

Other people were looking for answers to more existential answers. Should we go traveling or renovate? It seems like a rather personal question, but our advice would be to go traveling. Ten years down the road you won’t remember renovating, but the memories you’ll form traveling will stay with you for a lifetime.

Puzzled by some search terms, we looked them up ourselves, learning a few interesting tidbits along the way. For example, we thought someone had mistyped a classic literary title in searching for whom the cow bell towls, but it turns out there is actually a website entitled ForWhomTheCowbellTolls, dedicated — rather perplexingly — to fans of the Mississippi State Bulldogs college football team. And then there was devils foot seen on earth, which could very well refer to the Devil’s Footprints, believed to have been seen after a heavy snowstorm in England in the middle of the 19th century.

One of our readers wondered, will the ussr come back. It’s not a question we have ever addressed in these pages but we sincerely hope not.

Finally, there’s our all-time favorite: children’s picture book chameleon eating ice cream pterodactyl — a string of words that is so improbable in its composition that it must owe its creation to either drugs, lunacy, or a poor grasp of the English language.

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  1. Loved this, thanks.

    July 17, 2014
    • you’ll be amused to know that since the last post we have had several hits from variations on the “girlfriend Israel birth right” search term.

      July 18, 2014
  2. What a fun list. I love it when I see weird search terms on my blog. Not surprisingly, most of them are search terms related to prostitution in Singapore since I wrote about that once.

    July 18, 2014
    • Thanks! Most of ours, not surprisingly, are related to safaris and various Kenyan animals, but then there are ones like these that make us smile (or scratch our heads).

      July 18, 2014
  3. I love this! My blog hasn’t been around long at all, but I’ve had some doozies. I actually googled a few of them myself to see if Mama Mgeni actually showed up with such a search!

    July 18, 2014
    • Thanks Tara! It’s usually our Kenya posts that inspire the more bizarre search terms too.

      July 18, 2014
      • I had a look through my search terms again and found some really bizarre stuff. I may have to take a page from the Towels Packed book and do a similar post! Will link back to your post for inspiration… :)

        July 23, 2014
        • Look forward to it, T!

          July 25, 2014
          • So, most of mine are not really appropriate for blogging, actually. Lots of fetishy breastfeeding searches, and just today I had “does Nakumatt in Nairobi sell condoms?”

            July 29, 2014

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