'Why Won't My Parakeet Eat My Diarrhea': This (And Other) Weird Google Trends

Sasha Brown-Worsham

If you happened to look at Google trends this morning, then you would have noticed that one of the top search terms was "Why won't my parakeet eat my diarrhea."

It's a good question, of course, but probably not one you would expect so many people to have, especially all at once. But it turns out there is a reason odd search terms like this show up every once in a while.

The reason? Google takes previous searches, adds details about the specific user, and then combines them to come up with the suggestion on what they "think" you are searching for. And sometimes, oddly enough, they mess it up.

According to Time:

Clearly, some people have at some point in time have genuinely wanted to know about the aforementioned parakeet and/or diarrhea. And by word of mouth (and articles such as this), the surreal question has caught on with people trying out the search function to see the end result for themselves. Hilarity, presumably, has ensued.

So, just in case your parakeet doesn't eat your diarrhea, you're now safe to assume that you aren't the only one vexed by this particular issue.

Other weird trends that pop up from time to time include:

  • "Monster pig": In 2007, an 11-year-old shot a pig he claimed weighed 1,051 pounds. "Pigzilla" it was called and trend it did. Controversy ensued. Was this real or a hoax? Was there animal cruelty involved? All these things helped the search term "monster pig" climb its way to the top for a shining moment in 2007.
  • "Sparkling wiggles": A 4-year-old girl with a speech impediment that her parents posted to YouTube (you think you're so funny, mom and dad) helped launch this search term. When she said "sparkling wiggles," it came out in a dirty, horrible way. Some thought it was funny. Some thought it was racist exploitation. Google it and see for yourself.
  • "Anal fisting": For some odd reason in 2006, the term "anal fisting" topped the trends. No one really knows why. Was there a sudden rash of people trying this odd (and painful) sex maneuver? We may never know, but for a brief moment, this hideous term had its day.
  • "Can I get pregnant from a dog?": This trended in March of 2010. I am going to give the benefit of the doubt on this one because really? Come on. So let's just assume they meant an ugly person and that a lot of people were having sex with unattractive people that day because any other explanation is just too horrifying to contemplate.
  • "Where is the Easter bunny right now?": Did my 3-year-old have access to my computer on April 3 of this year? I get that it was close to Easter and all that, but were there seriously enough people who believe in the Easter bunny and also know how to use Google, typing in that search phrase? Also: where was he? Did they get an answer? So many questions ....

Have you ever searched for something bizarre?


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