“How to” . . . a snapshot of life in mid-May

I was about look something up online just now – but couldn’t get past the list of top search terms that dropped down from the Google rectangle when I typed the words “how to”:

  • Tie a tie
  • Hard boil eggs
  • Boil eggs
  • Take a screen shot on a Mac
  • Write a cover letter
  • Make hard boiled eggs
  • Delete Facebook
  • Make French toast
  • Solve a rubix cube
  • Cook asparagus

 What do you think?  I’m guessing this is what May looks like for many of us:

1.  Someone who doesn’t usually wear a tie is dressing up for an out-of-the-ordinary occasion.  Prom?  Graduation?  One of my students, who works full-time as a cake decorator, says that between First Communion, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and graduations, this is her busiest time of year.   

2.  Grilling season is here, so we’re eating lots of potato salad (made with hard boiled eggs).  Or, possibly, people are going on diets for swimsuit season and eating lots of hard boiled eggs.  Could these “egg” searches possibly be left over from Easter? 

3.  The kids made French toast for breakfast on Mother’s Day.

4.  The high school graduate just got (or is getting) a new computer (Mac) and someone (the graduate or the parents) is experimenting.

5.  The college graduate is job-hunting – cleaning up the online footprint (“Deleting Facebook”), sending out resumes, and possibly wearing a tie to interviews.

6.  Someone wants to solve the Rubik’s cube, which they a) apparently don’t know how to spell, and b) apparently see as a destination rather than a journey (hence the Google search for instructions).

 7.  Asparagus crops are rapidly overrunning backyard gardens.

Google’s top searches are like little “found poems.”  It’s fun to type a sentence or phrase into the search box and discover what the “crowd” is thinking about.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. My blog is a space for playing with ideas about creativity, innovation, lifelong learning, and the nature of "insight."
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