July 07, 2002
More Disturbing Search Requests
Nothing obscene about these, but still rather odd. My hit count for Friday was 40-50% more than usual, and most of the difference came from Google and Yahoo searches. Here are the top ten strings searched, with total hits in parentheses:
- what is the name of travis tritts first horse (32)
- travis tritts first horse (25)
- travis tritts horse (11)
- name of travis tritts first horse (8)
- what is the name of travis tritts first horse (6)
- what was the name of travis tritts first horse (5)
- what is the name of travis tritt first horse (5)
- travis tritt horses name (4)
- travis tritts horses name (4)
- dr. weevil (3)
There were several similar strings on the next page (11-20). Somewhere in the world there must have been a trivia contest in which the name of Travis Tritt's first horse (in childhood? after he made it big in country music?) was one of the questions.
Contestants were led here by this post from June 19th. I wonder how many will ever return. Not many, I would guess, since they didn't find what they were looking for.
I can only assume that the contest had a time limit, because I only had one Tritt-related equine search yesterday. A brief Google search turned up nothing likely, so I'm guessing the contest was on television or radio.
Update: (12:42 AM the next day)
If hundreds of Travis Tritt fans have easy access to the internet, does that mean that the Digital Divide is a myth, or at least a thing of the past? His fans seem likely to be more lower than upper middle class on the whole.
Posted by Dr. Weevil at July 07, 2002 10:14 PM
Gosh, that comment about the Digital Divide and Travis Tritt is kind of snobby, especially coming from the Country Western Gladiator. Would it be fair to say that since you're active on the internet, you must be a rave-going, X-eating, nose-piercing Gen-Y male?
How is it snobby? If you follow the link to the previous mention of Tritt, you will see that I include myself among his fans, despite the fact that actual snobs despise him. If there were a contest for 'most successful artist least likely to be reviewed in the New Yorker or invited to play Carnegie Hall', he would do very well. If I were Frasier or Niles Crane, that would be enough to make me avoid him, but I'm not.
The whole point of my update is that being on the internet today does not imply inclusion in your own little stereotype. It looks like there is little or no digital divide in the U.S. today, and that seems to me to be a good thing. Do you have a problem with it? If not, what's your point?
And what the Hell does 'X-eating' mean?
I guess it was the upper/lower class thing that threw me off, but not even really that. It was meant tongue-in-cheek, but earlymorningwriteritis prevented that from coming through loud and clear, or even mumbledly through a spinning electric fan. I blame pre-caffeination syndrome for my lapse. So solly, chollie.
X=Ecstasy, that love-drug stuff the kids dig so much.
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