# Statistics

May 9, 2011 • 8:41 am

I received this email from pinch-blogger Matthew Cobb:

I was idle, so I Googled these:

Google hits: 2 billion for “sex” and “food”. “Death” & “porn” =  900 million.  ‘Life’ > 4 billion. “man” > 3 billion, “woman” = 900,000, “cat” = 2 billion! dog <900 million.

So the modal web page would be about a man who has a life and thinks about cats and sex and food…

Need I say more?

## 20 thoughts on “Statistics”

1. Dear sweet Jesus on a pogo stick — does this mean you really are Jesus on a pogo stick?

Not that I’m into that sort of thing, mind you — but I’ve got this side bet going with Blaise, see, and….

b&

2. Need I say more?

What about cowboy (108M) boots (350M)?

3. Michael Fisher says:

Try this “bauble from the nerds at Google”

The Books Ngram Viewer allows you to plot the frequency of words and phrases that appeared in books published in the past few hundred years. Google estimates they’ve scanned and OCR’d more than 10 percent of all the books ever published, and this plotter is based on a sample of that data

4. saintstephen says:

He said “modal.”

Not “model.”

Big difference.

I’ll shut up now.

5. Grania says:

Teehee!

6. Sal Bro says:

Among all of the possible combinations of man, life, cats, sex, and food, you picked a good one.

But – that can’t explain evolution!?

[Or in other words, maybe Google isn’t a modern oracle after all.]

8. MoonShark says:

Randall Munroe from xkcd found out that beyond a certain number of hits, Google apparently says “screw it” and throws out a giant number. So this probably isn’t accurate. Sorry to rain on the fun.

http://blog.xkcd.com/2011/02/04/trochee-chart/

Actually, according to its own statistics it says “get a life”. =D

9. Smith says:

“So the modal web page would be about a man who has a life and thinks about cats and sex and food…”

But then it’s essentially a blog.

1. rcs says:

Or, of course, a woman talking about a man.

Well, what else would she be talking about?

1. Dominic says:

Cats.

2. Diane G. says:

LOL!

10. Zoe says:

OK, I’ll throw this into the mix. I Googled ‘Jesus’ and I got, 338,000,000 hits.

1. Zoe says:

I meant to add that Jesus gets fewer hits than any of those except maybe ‘cowboy boots’ so why worry? 😉

11. thinks about cats and sex and food

Simultaneously?

1. Dominic says:

Cat sex, not with a cat!

12. Going to page 6 of my “Cat” google search.

I get Oregons Center for Appropriate Transport.