It is my pleasure to present the 4th annual Festival of Strange Search Terms – the weird, bizarre, and unusual phrases that folks have entered into search engines…and for some weird, bizarre, and unusual reason they wound up here anyway. Here are some of the best of the strange and odd search terms that have brought visitors here in 2012 – with my comments, of course! Note: these are actual search terms used!
If Only It Was That Easy
how did aunt joan die – Well, I know how my Aunt Joan died. I’m not really sure about yours.
what heritage am i – Who needs a DNA test or all that annoying research? Just Google it!
ww2 my grandpa in his uniform with my grandma – I wish finding photographs was this easy!
my grandmother in 1927 – And they really expected to find her…
find grampa – I’m tempted to Google this to see the search results. Maybe my grampa is there too!
my great great grandparents – Ta Da! I wish my smartphone was that smart. It would have saved me tons of research time.
Things That Make You Go “Huh?”
if only i had shown him my heirlooms – I so want to know the story behind this one! We need to make this a writing prompt for the next Carnival of Fictional Genealogy!
alien skulls – Hmm…
missouri recycling statistics from 2008-2011 – What’s amusing about this one is: 1) it led to my blog, which as far as I know has never mentioned either Missouri or recycling, and 2) they stayed long enough to view two posts.
worst libraries – Why search for the best of anything when you can search for the worst?
animated obsessive compulsive – Do they mean a cartoon of an obsessive compulsive, or just an obsessive compulsive who uses a lot of hand gestures and facial expressions?
Make Me LOL
did fotomat have bathroom – While I may have wondered that as a kid, I would have never thought to search for the answer online.
if plan a doesn’t work, remember there are 25 more letters in the alphabet – If you need 26 tries to make your plan work, it’s probably not that great of an idea. Just say’n…
cat movie camera – Is this a movie camera that can only be used to film cats or one that can only be operated by cats?
a story from my past – Oh, wait, I’m drawing a blank on that memory so let me search for it online…
i used to have a life then i discovered genealogy – Didn’t we all?
This Sounds Like Fun
fountain of youth birthday party – I’ll drink to that!
time travel pictures 1940 – If they are pictures obtained by traveling back through time to 1940, then I’m all ears!
facebookancester.com [sic] – Because if they only had Facebook back then, we would now know that Grandma was often bored and played FarmVille all day.
“gene kelly’s ass” – Who could ask for anything more?
So there you have it! The next edition of the What’s Past is Prologue search term carnival will include more bizarre, freakish, and unusual ways that bring me more traffic. Until next time, I remain the Queen of Grampa’s Alien Heirlooms and Time Travel Photos of Gene Kelly’s Ass.
[Note: My past crown titles include Queen of Forgotten Unusual Facial Expressions and Dumb Mistake Cake Spelling Roulette, Queen and Super-Finder of Renegade Name-Labeled Regal Dog Portraits and Queen of Ugly Teady Beer Shakespearean Transvestite Marriage Photos. I bet you’re really jealous now.]