World's Fair

This morning, I was thinking about the truth experiment, and its iPod giveaway, and it occured to me that all this google ranking might be parlayed into a fun meme.

Anyway, here goes:

I’d like to suggest a meme, where the premise is that you will attempt to find 5 statements, which if you were to type into google (preferably, but we’ll take the other country specific ones if need be), you’ll find that you are returned with your blog as the number one hit.

This takes a bit of effort since finding these statements takes a little trial and error, but I’m going to guess that this meme might yield some interesting insight on the blog in question.

To make it easier, we’ll let you use a search statement enclosed in quotations – this is just to increase your chances of turning up as number one, but if you happen to have a website with the awesome traffic to command the same statement without quotations, then flaunt it baby! Of course, nnce you find your 5 statements, pass the meme on to others.

Anyway, without further ado, here are the five World’s Fair statements that give us a number one rank.

1. “Ultraman (aka Paul)” *

2. “buying into Stevie Wonder” *

3. “being fancy at drumming” *

4. “cathedral building stuff” *

5. “research on losers” *

Oh, we are so special…


  1. #1 Coturnix
    October 23, 2007
  2. #2 David Ng
    October 23, 2007

    Awesome Bora!

    I’m gonna do one of these for the SCQ, which probably has a bit of muscle. I noticed, for instance, that the SCQ ranks number one for:

    “creationism is silly”

  3. #3 Coturnix
    October 23, 2007

    I’ll check a few more to see if it is #1 and will let you know. This is kewl!

  4. #4 Warren
    October 23, 2007

    Here are some of mine:

    1. Einsatzgruppen-überkristians
    2. Molecular biologist Barbie
    3. Lardass McOffspring
    4. Religiously deranged
    5. Arizona theme deck*

    There is, without doubt, a trend here.


    * With one purchased ad appearing above. Hmph.

  5. #5 John McKay
    October 23, 2007

    So far I’m first for:

    “Nazi Yeti in flying saucers”
    “Nazi mammoth”
    “frozen mammoth penis”
    “nude photos of Ann Coulter”

    As you can see, I run a classy and intellectual blog.

  6. #6 Warren
    October 23, 2007

    John, the mix suggested by the latter two (frozen mammoth penis/nude photos of Ann Coulter) is something that will haunt me unto the very grave.

  7. #7 Andrew
    October 23, 2007

    Can I suggest a fun scoring system: the phrases score a point for each hit they return in total.

    I’m number one for:
    > dave hitt is a twat (856 hits)
    > religious crackpot (633k hits)
    > journalists are shit (1.33m hits)
    > carex hand lotion kills bad bacteria (284 hits)
    > mps are idiots (264 hitsk)

    All without quotes. I honestly thought that would be much harder than it was.

  8. #8 Dennis
    October 23, 2007

    Ooo, fun!

    I’m first for:

    -mental midgets like Dinesh D’Souza
    -closeted gimp-suit wearing evangelicals
    -“victim of an evil ideology”
    -Professor Dawkins hugs like a grizzly
    -It’s a Shame There’s No Such Thing As Hell

    Only one requiring quotes!

  9. #10 Blake Stacey
    October 23, 2007

    I’m first for computers internet blog.

    No, really.

  10. #11 SMC
    October 24, 2007

    This ought to be interesting…

    (Links go to the page that comes up as the first hit for the google search for the phrase…)

  11. #12 SMC
    October 24, 2007

    Dagnabbit, I forgot the bonus one: I’m also #1 for Beer cures anthrax (no quotes needed)

  12. #13 Blake Stacey
    October 24, 2007

    Oh, also dangerous ideas dark matter (no quotes necessary).

  13. #14 Blake Stacey
    October 24, 2007
  14. #15 Susannah
    October 24, 2007

    Cool idea!

    Mine are boring, though. And mostly “buggy”.

    fat momma, or FM

    privacy of eagles

    We haz babies

    house spider momma

    post-coital bliss, sort of

    aphid in sheep’s clothing

    I know that makes 6; I actually came up with a dozen or so. It seems that the place names I use, combined with “creepy-crawlies” or “beasties”, consistently put me at the top of the list. But I figured that was cheating.

  15. #16 Luigi
    October 24, 2007

    This is what I came up with:

    Farming kumato ripens diversity
    DNA leitmotif for livestock
    Luigi and Jeremy like domestication
    Transhumance in Italy in question
    Focused immersion to complementary cereals

  16. #17 John McKay
    October 24, 2007

    One would think there would be lots of competition for “Dinesh D’Souza fascist gasbag.”

  17. #18 Dave Child
    October 24, 2007

    No quotes, and mostly some decent in-bound links:

    1. ASP VBScript
    2. Improve Your Website Conversion Rate
    3. Are Cookies Dangerous
    4. Online Marketing for Beginners
    5. Fish Banana Druid

  18. #19 markus
    October 24, 2007

    1. battle-scarred muffin pan
    2. “your mama : not fat”

    well, that’s about all. so far, anywayz…

  19. #20 sciencewoman
    October 24, 2007
  20. #21 PalMD
    October 24, 2007

    This has great vanity value!

    1. null enema
    2. pertussis basement
    3. quack miranda
    4. sparticus homeopathy (which highlights my poor speling abilaties)
    5. salt woo

  21. #22 SMC
    October 24, 2007

    I found 8 interesting ones for my blog thus far (linked from the “SMC” below this post, if you’re curious):

    Expired Jello (and related searches, e.g. expired gelatin, empirical jello science, etc.)
    Mexican Zap Death Ray Guns
    “Socrates was a Jerk” (had to quote that one)
    Do not taunt happy fun park
    Gram stain is worse than Harry Potter
    “No you can’t have a cookie” “Not yours” (two phrases, one search)
    Microbial fuel cell interpretative dance art project.

    I already mentioned the Beer Cures Anthrax one above…

    Top THAT! (Though I’ve got to admit, “null enema” is pretty good…)

  22. #23 etbnc
    October 24, 2007

    I was kinda surprised by some improbable phrases that didn’t return my site near the top. There are some especially improbable sites out there.

    blue aardvark cream cheese
    alphabetized zen hamster
    book report puzzle cave
    finger trap smoke cloud
    crazy blue culture iceberg


  23. #24 Stupid Reality
    October 25, 2007

    I got a few obvious ones to start with:

    Stupid Reality (No great surprise there)
    Stupid Kirk Cameron Pain (Hehe)
    My Brain Exploding
    Atheist Kung Fu

    But then I realized that because I use so much sarcasm in my arguments, a lot of people were getting my blog through search terms that were the opposite of what I was saying. So I went for reverse vanity and got number one for:

    Stupid Reality Believes in Biblical Literalism
    Stupid Reality Contributes to Global Warming
    Stupid Reality has Broken the Internet

    But my personal favorite would have to be:

    Stupid Reality is Pope of the Catholic Church


  24. #25 Coturnix
    October 25, 2007

    I am first three hits (on three different blogs of mine) for

    unwiped anal orifice (no quotes needed)

    It’s about Horowitz, of course.

  25. #26 Mod
    October 25, 2007

    Coturnix – “The World’s Fair” is now in second place for unwiped anal orifice – which was an interesting sentence to type.

  26. #27 Timon
    October 25, 2007

    Actually, The World’s Fair seems to have taken #1 for unwiped anal orifice. Congrats to Ben and Dave!

  27. #28 tai haku
    October 25, 2007

    Here’s my 5 – delighted to learn “tuesday nudi” brings you my seaslugs before any badly spelt day of the week themed porn

  28. #29 Jody
    October 25, 2007

    severed leg heroes

    goodwill monkey statue

    embryonic rubber chicken

    one-legged dutch people

    one-eyed freaky thing

  29. #30 Jon Swift
    October 26, 2007

    Here are mine:

    1. “reasonable conservative”
    2. “i have not actually read this book”
    3. “narnia made me a born-again christian”
    4. “i am paris hilton”
    5. “michael ledeen is dead”

    and one bonus one:
    “can this guy really be this idiotic?”

  30. #31 Blake Stacey
    October 26, 2007

    As of right now, I’m actually beating Neil Gaiman’s blog for the query neverwhere gay character.

  31. #32 James Killus
    October 26, 2007

    killus returns my web page and not my blog.

    I get #1 blog hits on four single words:


    I’ve located 18 other search strings that do the trick without quotes, including some real favorites:

    brittle strategies
    John Galt is a slan
    fox hollow cafe lena
    creepy little smile
    death rays and disintegrators
    playing the rent
    max headroom stirner
    magic market fairy dust
    privation morality
    tihs not typo
    dorothy slave girl of oz

    “Son of On the Road” requires quotes, but anytime I can claim jump territory from Mad Magazine, I am triumphant.

  32. #33 Mike
    November 11, 2007

    Here are my five

    “on the playing of violins” (3)
    gradatim ferociter (687)
    bonk and flying fish (17,000)
    burnt pyjama story (92,300)
    facebook students and porn (1,650,000!)

    ferociter (17,000) entered as a single word also provides me a number one placing.

    I really don’t know what this list says about me or my interests.