Strangest Thing You’ve Ever Googled For A Story

As writers, our imaginations can be limitless. The worlds we create for our stories range from our own world to fantastic and strange worlds millions of miles away or set in a different time. But no matter where our muse takes us, the worlds we spend time writing in, there comes moments when we have to pause and go in search of something based in reality to advance the story.

For that, there’s Google.

(Sorry, couldn’t resist the My Little Pony. My enthusiasm for horses may have calmed as I aged, but I still  love those four legged creatures!)

And just like our stories, the things we search can be boring and normal or insanely crazy. For example, one story I was working on (and abandoned. Maybe one day I’ll get back to it) I searched for Victorian style clothing and blood letting. Another story had me googling the cycles of the moon. That lead to the discovery that a full moon only lasts a few minutes. Made me rethink the werewolf story I was working on and how that might affect their shifting. My short story series, Path of Angels, had me googling how to blow up a gas stove (I wonder if that search got flagged by the NSA. *Waits for them to comment*) There’s more, but I can’t for the life of me recall other crazy things I’ve googled for a story.

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Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn't regretted a moment. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow. She writes New Adult under the pen name Patricia Josephine.

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  1. Oh how I would love to win this prize! I love that you found story cubes to add to the Writer’s Dream Kit! The Strangest thing I ever Googled for a story: I have a story with five siblings and two of them are twins. I wanted to know if it were possible for them to be born a month a part http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1603799,00.html and… for them to be from one egg but two sperm http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1603799,00.html. I found out both were possible.

    I knew they had very different personalities and that they would have different astrology and elements. It was really cool to discover that it was possible, for both the type of twins and being able to be born a month apart, when I knew nothing about it before I Googled.

      • *pulls up folder in Evernote* *copies list*

        Imbecile
        Moron
        dolt
        lunkhead
        half-wit
        numskull
        dunce
        dimwit
        dunderhead
        dingbat
        birdbrain
        knucklehead
        blockhead
        nincompoop
        addlebrain

        I think I actually came up with a couple of those… and none of them are making this round of edits. I’m not doing the bad guy’s POV, so I don’t need them!

  2. The strangest thing I ever Googled for a story was probably… Uh, I don’t know. Hmmmm. Probably how to murder someone 101 or the term for a certain sexual exploit that I couldn’t remember to save my life. I shan’t say the term since it’s mixed company here. ;D

    • OMG When I was writing the post, I blanked out on the strange things I had googled. Took me a few minutes to remember some.

      Good move, wifey. Those of us that know you can fill in the blank with our imagination. 😉

  3. Mattress firms in an area where my book was set. I just needed a big docking area for a scene in my book. Lol. I use the shopping district, but not the name of the store. 🙂

  4. Hard to recall the weirdest, but the weirdest this week:
    1. UV Pens (okay, they are real)
    2. Jainism logo. Nice swastika (predates hitler by a millennium, still not want you want in a return)
    3. Saskatchewan lentil production.

  5. I’ve searched for all kinds of things though mostly towards the mundane like which plants help cure illnesses and the different types of swords used back in the medieval times and renaisance. My last search was for natural poisons and how to make your own poisons. (I wonder if that search was flagged) as well as motorcycles mostly for the engine sounds they make.

    My strangest search was for slugs.

      • Oh, just something to encounter in a swamp setting. High fantasy produces strange things and adventuring pair got stranded in a swamp. I went searching for a few good ideas to ‘enlarge’ to help make a humorous little twist in the scene.

        Let’s just say it someone was scared out of their armor. >;)

  6. Umm… This one is tough, because I write some strange stuff sometimes XD
    Let’s just go for my post in a similar thread on the NaNoWriMo forums;

    Never thought I’d be researching genetic mutation, the evolution and mutation of viruses and other pathogens, the transference of diseases from humans to animals and vice versa along with the effects.

  7. Haha! I love reading everyone else’s search terms. Interesting stuff about the twins. Who knew?

    Since I frequently write about quirky, offbeat travel destinations the majority of my Google search terms are a bit odd!

    Here are a few weird ones from my Google history:
    1. Salt Palace visiting hours
    2. which president met famous Texas horny toad
    3. address for plaque commemorating Santa Claus lynching
    4. space alien buried in Texas cemetery
    5. famous midget mummy hit song Dallas american pie cemetery

    And, yeah, that last one is for a story I haven’t had a chance to investigate yet, but as you can tell, it’s quite a strange tale!

    ~Tui

  8. I think the weirdest thing I ever searched would be the clothing from the 1700’s for my Vampire/Werewolf story. And I’m still working on finding out all the information for it.

  9. *snork* Could not begin to count the weird things I’ve googled for writing. Lunar cycles, grey seal breeding seasons, images of stab wounds, concussions, driving distances in Scotland and Ireland by horseback, psychosis, Alzheimer’s disease, ghosts and people who write about hauntings… and many weirder things that I sadly cannot remember.

  10. I googled how to ship a live cow by mail from the US to England for a story and because I was curious as to who would do it for me. Turns out, UPS will think you’re nuts, FedEx will just say no and the United States Postal Service will take you seriously and actually give you a price quote.

  11. Here are a few that I’ve asked Google to answer in the last couple of months:

    “What’s the most popular smartphone in South Africa?”
    “Does Japan have Gatorade?”
    “How fast can a tiger swim?”
    “What animals are in Hawrelak Park?”
    “Ugly animals”
    I also apparently google a lot of single words to make sure I’m using them right.

      • Most popular phone in Africa is a Blackberry (surprising to us in the US!)
        Japan does not have Gatorade, but Coke (which has a huge presence in Japan, none of which is actually soft drinks) has a line of sports drinks.
        I don’t think I found an exact number, other than “almost as fast as they run” and “fast enough to eat you”.
        I ended up using beavers (did you know Alberta has no turtles?) though they also have a lot of birds.
        I… Why WAS I looking for ugly animals?

  12. I feel so normal after all those answers. I suppose I’m quite boring, because the strangest thing I can remember googling is the alignment of planets in the future. Sounds like you all have wonderful imaginations.

  13. My husband says I’m not allowed to do research on his computer because he’s afraid he’ll end up on some government watch list. I’ve googled everything from the mob to gambling, from tsunamis to Belgium, from Sumerian mythology to the Bible. I’ve even googled the average size of the male sex organ.

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