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28 August 2008

Most worthless Google searches? First, I was inspired by this thread, where BP tried typing pasta salad into a recipe site. [More:]Then, since I'm thinking of switching diets, I thoughtlessly typed "dieting" into Google and decided that that's probably the most worthless Google search after "sex". What are some other words or phrases that are completely useless to search for?

(Keep it to words or phrases that have some substance or humor to them, please--things like "the" don't count.)
"laptop memory"

seriously. I had to refine my search six times before it got me what I wanted.
posted by lonefrontranger 28 August | 13:20
yeah also "free music download" but that one is probably obvious
posted by rmless2 28 August | 13:48
It's not the word, it's google. My first query always contains at least three terms.
posted by Ardiril 28 August | 13:53
Searching for material related to the game of Go can be a little tricky.
posted by Prospero 28 August | 14:31
As is searching for Commodore 64, the nerdcore group.
posted by goo 28 August | 14:37
"internet web sites"
posted by Hellbient 28 August | 14:39
I am just depressed and sleepless over how all google searches for St. John's Wort and Valerian lead to a billion and one trash sites selling the stuff rather than presenting me with useful informative links.
posted by DarkForest 28 August | 14:45
I'm looking for this awesome web site that I saw about a year ago. It allows you to enter the name of a paint color and will give you the matching color from every manufacturer -- Pantone, Benjamin Moore, Behr, Sherwin Williams, etc. Say you like "Montana Sky" from Pratt and Lambert but you don't want to pay mega bucks for Pratt and Lambert. You enter this color and it will show you the match from other companies. It's the most magnificent website ever and I cannot find it. I found it through Metafilter. The thing is it wasn't directly from Metafilter. A Metafilter user had a home remodel blog and he linked this amazing and glorious website that I now cannot find.

Last night I entered "paint chip" and "paint chip by company" and other vague terms and got a ton of stuff that was not my website. *cry*
posted by LoriFLA 28 August | 15:06
LoriFLA: Was it this?
posted by unsurprising 28 August | 15:14
Oh, you have to pay for that. Maybe not. Sorry.
posted by unsurprising 28 August | 15:15
Okay, once more. This?
posted by unsurprising 28 August | 15:19
unurprising, I saw MyPerfectColor last night. It's not it. Thanks for looking though! One day soon I'll find it. One day soon.

The last website you linked isn't it either, but it's pretty neat.
posted by LoriFLA 28 August | 15:24
Okay, one more try. I'm getting super curious about this too.
posted by unsurprising 28 August | 15:30
This is it! Thank you, unsuprising! You are a beautiful person and I will love you forever!
posted by LoriFLA 28 August | 15:32
another one. "fedex COD"

Currently attempting to explain to a potential craigslist buyer (without coming off as bitchy) why I refuse to ship COD via major courier. Too much scam potential; drivers are known to have accepted any cheesy faux inkjet slip of paper rather than a certified cheque.

However the above google search only brings up eight kajillion fly-by-night pharmaceuticals shippers.

posted by lonefrontranger 28 August | 15:33
Almost anything involving a computer interface metaphor, where you're searching for the real thing. "Desktop" "Mouse" "Icon" "Wallpaper"
posted by stilicho 28 August | 17:52
There's a ton of band names that aren't googable...

"The The", "X", etc.

"Can" works... cool.
posted by sleslie 28 August | 18:59
After I got my fencing jacket, I wanted to check if I had to take any special care when washing it. So I googled "laundering fencing gear" and was momentarily confused as to why I was getting results from the Department of Justice...
posted by The Pusher Robot 28 August | 21:19
Searching for material related to the game of Go can be a little tricky.

A lot of sites, for this reason, also include the term "baduk" - Korean for "go" and much more unique for English folks.
posted by Meatbomb 29 August | 04:12
Photo Friday....any suggestions? || I have a job interview tomorrow.