Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Google Cardinals

Here are the top two Google search terms for the numbers from 0 to 22, as of September 26, 2008:

0 is for 02, followed by 007;
1 is for 192, followed by 160by2;
2 is for 2008 Olympics, followed by 2008 calendar;
3 is for 3G, followed by 3M;
4 is for 411, follwed by 4chan;
5 is for 50 Cent, followed by 5 day forecast;
6 is for 6th pay commission, followed by 649;
7 is for "7 Things" lyrics, followed by 7 Zip;
8 is for 888, followed by 84 Lumber;
9 is for 90210, followed by "9 11";
10 is for 10 day weather forecast, followed by 103.5;
11 is for 118, followed by 11 weeks pregnant;
12 is for 123 Greetings, followed by 123Musiq;
13 is for 1337, followed by 13 Days in Hell;
14 is for 144, followed by 1408;
15 is for 15 weeks pregnant, followed by 15th August;
16 is for 160by2, followed by 163;
17 is for 17 Tahun, followed by 17 weeks pregnant;
18 is for 1800Flowers, followed by 1800 Contacts;
19 is for 192, followed by 1984;
20 is for 2008 Olympics, followed by 2008 calendar;
21 is for 21 movie, followed by 21 soundtrack;
22 is for 22 weeks pregnant, followed by 220;
etc.

I'm pretty sure most of the seemingly random numbers (in the hundreds) point to specific websites. A lot of searches probably relates to the purchasing of mere trinkets. I don't know whether Googling for pregnancy information is a good or bad thing. And the popular search for "17 Tahun" apparently leads to photos of sexy Indonesian girls - a popular fetish, evidently. In any case, this is an at-a-glance snapshot of popular culture's relationship to numbers.

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