Mr. Blog’s Tepid Search Engine

3 Feb

January 3, 2011

Why do I always rag on Wikipedia? Read this.

When Jeopardy! questions were fed into search engines, Google got the correct answer 69% of the time, 68%, and Bing 63%

The average person came up with the correct answer 60% of the time, which is  a decent argument against technology and for the wisdom of the masses.

So how did Wikipedia stack up?
It was correct 23% of the time.

Take that, high school term paper writers.

However, search engines are good for something. They are good for finding my blog. Here are the top terms that led people to Mr. Blog.

fred flintstone 14,898 clicks
charo 5,141
chumlee 2,591
richard simmons 2,367
erin andrews 2,229
kate gosselin 1,323
queen elizabeth ii 1,007

Fred Flintstone is more popular than Kate Gosselin, thank God. On the other hand he seems to be more popular than Queen Elizabeth. Of course, if this were Google UK the results might be different. The Erin Andrews number doesn’t surprise me, I have a Hell of a good picture of her in one of my old blogs. But Richard Simmons? Who is searching for him? Maybe it is someone who likes his shorts. At number two and three, Charo and Chumlee make a nice couple. Someone should hook them up.

Fred Flintstone is far and away the most popular term leading people to Mr. Blog. In fact, if I were add up all the various searches related to Fred, the total shoots up to a lofty 22,390 clicks. For example, “Fred Flintstones” brought 597 people, “fred çakmaktaş'” which is Turkish (!) brought 536, and “Flintstones Fred” another 111. I even got 35 views from “fred flinstone immagini” and 7 views from “Fred the Fintstone.” Sadly, not one search for Rock Roll or the Twitch came my way. (For the record, click here for the most popular Flintstones picture on the site.)

Other popular interesting search terms were Marcia Strassman, Geri Jewell, and Whitman Mayo. If these people were ever in the same show the internet would blow up.

Hundreds of people came to me asking “who is Odie on American Chopper?”

I got views from “butt crack,” “finger in butt,” and “gaytoon.” “Burt Reynolds mustache” got me 14 views, and even a person I actually once knew, Christine Fajen, got 10 peeks.

Just today I got traffic from a new search term, “seniors with wet knickers.” I have no idea why.

So thank you internet! Without you I’d be typing this on my old word processor and not bothering to print it out.

10 Responses to “Mr. Blog’s Tepid Search Engine”

  1. Supermonge February 3, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    That reminds me…I still haven’t made a print out of this…


  2. bmj2k February 3, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    Get it done and maybe google will be your friend too.


  3. JRD Skinner February 3, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    I’m highly enthused to see Fred is huge in Turkey – but I have an idea:

    It’s obvious from your list of popular search terms that what you’re really in need of is some sort of television special. You and Fred host, while a parade of stars – starting with a Chumlee/Charo duet – make their way through the studio.

    (Of course, the whole thing would be written & produced by Art Lieberman.)


    • bmj2k February 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

      I’d have to wear a Burt Reynolds mustache and ride an American Chopper.


  4. Thomas Stazyk February 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    You sort of have to wonder about why people would google “finger in butt” and “seniors with wet knickers.” What would you want to know about those topics?

    A couple of scary ones on mine were “king arthur movie panties,” “cloven hoof boots,” and “DIY bulge enhancer.” Who are these people?


    • bmj2k February 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

      “DIY bulge enhancer?”
      Your site wins.


  5. bmj2k February 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    BTW- I am about a week away from my 100,000th visitor. I’m going to be on top of that.



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