13 May

As a writer, what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever asked Google?

Going through some of my stories, I often find random notes about things that I need to research and facts to fine-tune for the novel, such as what a human body looks like after drowning or the effects of a stab wound to the side. Generally I have no qualms about Googling things for my stories — how else am I supposed to learn otherwise? — but sometimes it makes me pause when I see that my research has gone from asking about the weather in certain topics to figuring out what kind of drugs can induce coma-like effects.

I swear I’m a writer and not insane!

… Or are those two interchangeable?


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4 responses to “Research

  1. tahenryauthoress

    May 13, 2015 at 11:38 am

    None of these things are weird in and of themselves but all googled(etc) in the same hour, I was concerned someone would be knocking on my door soon.
    Ingredients for a Mickey finn, distance from various ports in japan to kamchatka, average speed of various kinds of fishing trawlers, likely locations of missile silos in kamchatka, distance to those locations from the only decent port in kamchatka, and flying range of a chinook without refueling.

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  2. orangepondconnects

    May 13, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Anything of the supernatural sort, because if someone were to look up my Google history then they would think that I am looking to join a cult :/

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  3. apprenticenevermaster

    May 13, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    What people used for toilet paper before toilet paper was invented (don’t google it. It’s not good), how people got water before indoor plumbing (there used to be a waterman, like a milkman!), old clocks/hour measurements (waterclocks were epic), effects of malnutrition on the body and the dangers to avoid in refeeding…

    Yeah, we all have strange things in our search histories. 🙂


  4. shegyes

    May 13, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Recently, I had someone email me interested in a freelance job. They wanted an erotic short story and listed a bunch of sexual terms I had never heard of. Of course, I turned to Google without a thought… Some of those images will never leave my brain now… 😦

    When Fifty Shades of Gray came out, I was still working at a used bookstore, and a lot of customers asked if it was good, so I read it. I’m not posting that here to start a conversation/argument about it. Just to also point out that while reading it, I did A LOT of research into BDSM as well as dom/sub relationships. At that point, I was still living with my parents and using the family computer. That was an interesting one to explain to them when they saw the search history. lol

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