Category Archives: Google Game

The weekly Google search for truth.

Google Game: What time of…?

The theme of today’s Google Game may not be readily apparent upon first glance. It wasn’t to me. But a little rumination on this selection of seemingly disparate searches revealed that many of us are looking for very much the same thing: rebirth and renewal.

Continue reading

Google Game: What to do about…

Google grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

Or maybe what we really need: The serenity to walk slower, the courage to wear bug spray and the wisdom to keep our personal shit under control.

Google Game: Videos

Honestly I don’t really know what to make of this. Why is it almost entirely in Spanish?

Even if you don’t speak-a the spanish, it’s not too hard to decipher what la gente is searching for: funny videos, adult videos, videos of captured Puerto Rican drug lord Jose David Figuera Agosto, and of New York-born Dominican band Aventura, who made their way from the Bronx, to the Lower East Side via Chico’s mural artistry, to MSG and beyond.

In fact, I think more translating is needed to figure out what the English-language searches are getting at. Um, you guys know you’re already online, right?

Google Game: Preparing

When I started this search I wasn’t prepared for such a striking contrast between issues of great import and cooking marginally exotic vegetables.

I’m certainly no expert on any of this stuff, but I’m pretty sure that for the first and the last queries Step One is the same: Bend over.

Google Game: Since when is…

Some good questions, here:

Another might be: Since when do people Google Fran Drescher?

Well, it turns out Since When is Fran Drescher Jewish? is the name of a book by Chiara Francesca Ferrari, an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at California State University that looks at the cross-Atlantic cultural translations of three major American TV exports, The Simpsons, The Sopranos and, of all things, The Nanny.

“Since when is Fran Drescher Jewish?” This was Chiara Francesca Ferrari’s reaction when she learned that Drescher’s character on the television sitcom The Nanny was meant to be a portrayal of a stereotypical Jewish-American princess. Ferrari had only seen the Italian version of the show, in which the protagonist was dubbed into an exotic, eccentric Italian-American nanny. Since When Is Fran Drescher Jewish? explores this “ventriloquism” as not only a textual and cultural transfer between languages but also as an industrial practice that helps the media industry foster identification among varying audiences around the globe.

At the heart of this study is an in-depth exploration of three shows that moved from global to local, mapping stereotypes from both sides of the Atlantic in the process. Presented in Italy, for example, Groundskeeper Willie from The Simpsons is no longer a belligerent, alcoholic Scotsman but instead easily becomes a primitive figure from Sardinia.

Sardinia!

It’s pretty easy to take our prejudices for granted. Like the way I consistently offend my Japanese friend for a split second before he remembers that I grew up disdaining Jewish American Princesses. Or how mocking their accents really falls flat at a dinner table in Delhi.

At least we can count on people thinking the French are assholes. Am I right?

Google Game Get

I stumbled upon this by accident, but since “get” got me here, I’m using this Google Game as an excuse to show you my favorite comic strip, Get Fuzzy.

Check out Comics.com to enjoy the day-to-day hilarity of Bostonian Rob Wilco, his feisty cat, Bucky, and sweetly dim dog, Satchel. I get it emailed to me for free every morning. It’s a day-brightener. Click on for a few goodies. Continue reading

Google Game: So annoying

I swear: I wasn’t even trying to go the Jew route with this one. It just happened.

I really want to focus on other results here — like what the internet can tell you about flies being annoying that you can’t tell from, you know, flies, or why so many people want to know how to say “so annoying” in Japanese — but I just can’t resist. Just. Can’t. Resist… Continue reading

Google Game: Gloria

Suddenly I was overcome with a need to listen to Gloria, by Laura Branigan. I lifted my already-plugged-in mp3 device and searched for the song. To my dismay I realized that– what the fuck? — I don’t have it on there. Other Glorias, yes. U2’s Gloria. And Mineral’s. But not Ms. Branigan’s, the one I was currently butchering a capella.

Too lazy to rummage through my CDs and ruing that visit to a record shop in Kansas City when my friend picked up the Flashdance soundtrack before I did, I went to the YouTube for the quick and easy way to play it. I noticed a number of other Gloria tracks up there, so I decided to do a little Google investigation:

That’s a lot of Gloria. And that’s not even all of them. (See Mineral, above. Cross ref: Emo as fuck and still in rotation.)

I’ll let you poke around and find your own favorite Gloria, but read on for a couple suggestions.

Continue reading

Google Game: Cool

Hold the phone. Hold the freaking phone. A Google Game that generated pleasant surprise instead of soul-withering disappointment in humanity? Get out.

Cool games? Cool fonts? Cool websites? It’s what the internet is supposed to be about! Cool words and cool math games? I couldn’t be happier. Seeing those results puts me in such a good mood I don’t even feel like making fun of the people searching for cool quotes.

Continue reading

Google Game: Why Do You? Dunno… Why Do U?

There are those questions that plague us all, the brilliant and the dull alike. Why is the sky blue kind of questions. Things we see all the time but don’t always think about and certainly don’t fully understand. So I wasn’t surprised when I checked out “why do you” and “why do u” on the Google and found queries of why we yawn and why we hiccup submitted with either spelling. Whether you’re the kind of person who writes out “you” or the kind of person who thinks it’s ok to substitute the letter (it’s not), they’re both ever-mystifying bodily experiences.

And people from both populations may have an interest in working with kids or serving the public — but you could do it one way, or u could do it the other…

Continue reading