I was too busy hosting brunch and raiding my kids’ Easter baskets to notice what yesterday’s Google doodle was, but apparently it was INCREDIBLY controversial. The anti-religious leftists in Mountain View had the gall to not only choose a doodle that had nothing to do with colorful eggs, chocolate bunnies, or Jesus H. Christ himself — they honored a big old lefty instead by celebrating would have been the 86th birthday of Latino civil rights leader Cesar Chávez.
Clearly this was a political statement from those sneaky liberals. Why else celebrate the lesser-known birthday of a progressive icon when they could be reminding us all that it was EASTER?
Unless … unless they’re a non-religious organization that isn’t held to a Christian agenda and they’re known for focusing on historical events that educate, rather than consistently pointing out something that everyone’s already aware of? Read more…
We’re sure none of our esteemed readers would ever use Google’s wholesome Image Search to find filthy pictures of naked people committing depraved acts. But on the off chance that you do, you might notice that it’s a little harder to find what you’re looking for. Google yesterday implemented a change in its SafeSearch settings that some users are complaining is filtering out porn. “What is this? communism?! BRING BACK THE PORN!” one Reddit user complained yesterday. Read more…
Christina Aguilera has fallen victim to an exceptionally strange search engine quirk: If you Google ‘dying grandparent’ in Google Images, it’s predominantly images of her, and she’s neither a grandparent nor dying.
So what’s going on?
It’s a result of a gossip item published in June about her family troubles. Aguilera was widely considered to be snubbing her… you guessed it … dying grandparents. Read more…
“I Googled him right away! And it was shocking, ’cause he was like two completely different people. I was just in awe of his ability and his talent. And then to know him on the other side of it, and how sweet and simple and loving he is…You know how people say that when you meet somebody you love, you feel at home?”
– Kate Hudson, looking ridiculously gorgeous on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, opens up about the humble beginnings of her relationship with Muse frontman Matt Bellamy. After meeting him at one of his shows, Kate did what any of us would do: she went straight to Google to get the scoop on her new crush. Now the couple has an adorable baby named Bingham, and splits their time between LA and London, where Kate gets her lifestyle tips not from Google, but Gwyneth Paltrow: “She’s been my go-to about where to get things done—grocery shopping, a good mani-pedi, you know, all that.” Quick question: how do I join this Famous Blondes Who Marry Rock Stars And Get Pedicures Together In London Club? Because damn, life dream status. [Us Weekly]
Google has launched a new campaign, Legalize Love, which hopes to end discrimination against homosexuals. At the Global LGBT Workplace Summit on Saturday in London, Google executive Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe introduced the campaign, sharing Google’s goals to “[develop] alliances with local companies and [support] grassroots organizing efforts in [other] countries.” The purpose of the campaign is not about necessarily legalizing gay marriage, but is more focused on supporting LGBQT workers in countries where homosexuality is criminalized. Keep reading »
Remember that Google Chrome ad featuring a Google Doc aimed at winning a spurned girlfriend back? How annoying is that commercial, right? Well the folks over at Upright Citizens Brigade made a response video, from the perspective of pissed off girlfriend Jen, and it’s pretty funny. Check it out, and watch the original video after the jump! Keep reading »
Philly, how you feeling? Everything okay? According to info from Google, you guys are the most depressed city in the country. At least based on your Googling habits. According to researchers, Philadelphians search for depression-related terms more than people from any other city. And that kind of makes sense, considering Pennsylvania is the most depressed state in the country, based on the same set of criteria. Also in the top five most depressed cities: Dallas, Texas; Chicago, Illinois, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Seattle, Washington.
Now, before you feel too morose about your town making the list (compounding your no doubt already morose feelings), think of it this way — maybe it’s just that people in your city are more proactive about exploring their emotions, while those of us in other cities and towns are just shoving our emotions down and eating our feelings. Yes, that’s it. [PsychCentral]
I don’t really get it — because it’s generally understood that most guys don’t like short hair. And if guys don’t like short hair then girls aren’t going to get out of their way to get their hair cut short. However, according to Google stats, Emma Watson’s cute little pixy haircut (sorry, I’m biased!) was the most Googled haircut of 2011. And for the men’s, Justin Bieber’s revolutionary boy teen locks were the most Googled, too. Weirdly, those two haircuts may be slightly interchangeable, so perhaps soon we’ll see a whole army of Emma Bieber bots. [WSJ]
Conservative Pennsylvanian politician Rick Santorum announced that he’d be running for president earlier this year, but he’s facing an uphill battle–in part because he’s got a little Google name association problem. You see, Mr. Santorum raised the ire of sex columnist Dan Savage the last time he ran for president because of Santorum’s stringent anti-gay positions, so Savage advocated that “Santorum” should become the new name for “the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.” So yes, now when you Google “Santorum” you get results for Rick Santorum, conservative presidential candidate and, well, that other stuff.
And now Santorum wants Google to do something about it. Keep reading »
I Google stuff to find answers to everyday questions, like, “How old is Anne Hathaway?” (Answer: 29) and “What is the name of tiny salty berry-type things in Caesar salad?” (Answer: capers). Google has probably made me dumber because I no longer actually have to suss out the answers to problems on my own — instead I just type in a selection of random words that I think may lead to an answer and hope for the best. But what if your problems go deeper than trying to find the new Jeffrey Campbell wedges on sale? What good would Googling do? Could Googling solve my many emotional problems, too?
Let’s find out! Keep reading »