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Answers to the most frequently searched for questions and phrases on the internet

Why do I forget words mid-sentence?

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Replacement brain technology has come a long way in recent years…

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090312133045AAeWPvX

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February 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm

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What’s the best way to get music?

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You can stream it free online; you can download it for money or pirate it.

You can buy it the record store, read the liner notes and highlight it.

What’s the best way to get music? Perhaps we’ll never know.

How about get off your computer and go to a show.

http://www.facebook.com/questions/permalink.php?qid=183702298334864&t=1&keep_objects=1

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February 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm

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Who are the best up and coming rappers?

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I hear that Eminem guy has real potential! But seriously, my favorite rappers are Mos Def and MF DOOM, but they’ve been around for awhile. Click the link to see what’s next on the radar.

http://www.facebook.com/questions/permalink.php?qid=164995953543484&t=1&keep_objects=1

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February 6, 2011 at 10:39 am

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How does Google work?

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The more links there are to a particular page on the internet, the closer to the top of the search results that page comes up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PageRank

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February 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

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Do cell phones cause brain cancer?

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Scientific American writes: “Three studies since 1999 indicate that people who have used cell phones for more than a decade may have as much as three times greater risk of developing brain tumors on the side of the head against which they most often hold their phone.” Ruh roh.

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February 6, 2011 at 8:50 am

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How do I submit my website to search engines?

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According to Wikipedia, as of December 2010, Google accounts for 85% of internet searches, with Yahoo (7%), Baidu (3%), and Bing (3%) trailing far behind. Others account for less than 2% of searches, and thus can safely be ignored.

Submit your website to Google.

Submit your website to Yahoo.

Submit your website to Baidu.

Submit your website to Bing.

Funfacts

Baidu is the most popular search engine in China, accounting for it’s ranking worlwide.

Bing is Microsoft’s attempt to dethrone Google, clearly a failure despite heavy advertising.

Yahoo is the oldest member of the list, and used to be far more popular than it is now.

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February 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm

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What is the best karaoke song?

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I’m partial to “Just What I Needed” by The Cars, “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles, and “Cry Me A River” by Justin Timberlake, but what do I know…

http://www.facebook.com/questions/permalink.php?qid=692921572453&t=1&keep_objects=1

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February 5, 2011 at 10:10 am

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Are astrologists using the wrong signs?

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Recently a scientist argued that astrologists are using the wrong signs. Are they?

http://www.facebook.com/questions/permalink.php?qid=619216977184&t=1&keep_objects=1

The consensus appears to be (a) astrology is silly, and (b) who cares.

For a more factual account of the issue, look here.

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February 5, 2011 at 2:22 am

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What is the meaning of life?

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Answer: “Life is a characteristic that distinguishes objects that have signaling and self-sustaining processes (biology) from those that do not” (Wikipedia).

Note: some have argued that there’s more to it than that…

http://www.facebook.com/questions/permalink.php?qid=460701688159&t=1&keep_objects=1

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February 5, 2011 at 2:22 am

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Should there be a limit on how many children people can have, like in China?

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Before following this link, two things to keep in mind are (1) people on the internet are libertarian a-holes, and (b) you’re free to write your own answer if you don’t like what’s there now.

http://www.facebook.com/questions/permalink.php?qid=1658366892915&t=1&keep_objects=1

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February 5, 2011 at 2:21 am

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What is the purpose of prison?

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Some say punishment, some say rehabilitation. Some say rehabilitation but don’t really mean it.

http://www.facebook.com/questions/permalink.php?qid=495303657023&t=1&keep_objects=1

Comparative research with adult humans, children, and non-human primates suggests that we are all “gifted” by evolution with an instinct to punish wrongdoers. But just because it is so doesn’t make it right.

Recommended reading: A Clockwork Orange; Crime and Punishment; Beyond Good and Evil; Demonic Males.

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February 5, 2011 at 2:21 am

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How many alcoholic drinks do you drink in a typical week?

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Apparently most people on Facebook don’t drink very much. Set the record straight by voting in this reader poll.

http://www.facebook.com/questions/permalink.php?qid=618550452782&t=1&keep_objects=1

Though alcoholism is a terrible disease, scientific research suggests that moderate alcohol consumption may prolong your life, so drink up!

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February 5, 2011 at 2:20 am

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Was morality created by god or evolution?

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Evidence from chimpanzees and monkeys suggests that our own primate ancestors had some sort of proto-morality. But I could be wrong. Vote today!

http://www.facebook.com/questions/permalink.php?qid=1845785792539&t=1&keep_objects=1

Btw, if you don’t believe we evolved from other animals, then you don’t believe the main assumption of modern biology, so stick to your guns and stop benefitting from modern medicine already! Also, there’s a beautiful bridge I’d like to sell you…

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February 5, 2011 at 2:20 am

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What are 5 must-haves (couldn’t survive without) for the first year or two of your baby’s life?

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Apparently much of the internet is devoted to people posting pictures of their baby. If you’ve decided you really do want one of those, here’s some helpful information about what you’ll need to do to prepare:

http://www.facebook.com/questions/permalink.php?qid=493437115875&t=1&keep_objects=1

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February 5, 2011 at 2:20 am

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What was the best decade for music?

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I always thought it was the 1820s, but this poll only goes back as far as the 1970s. Vote today!

http://www.facebook.com/questions/permalink.php?qid=10150133368979283&t=1&keep_objects=1

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February 5, 2011 at 2:19 am

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What should I be looking for in a good plastic surgeon?

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Studies show that getting plastic surgery is one of the few ways to improve your self-reported happiness long-term. Not even winning the lottery can do this for you. But how to find the right doctor?

http://www.facebook.com/questions/permalink.php?qid=1825816733466&t=1&keep_objects=1

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February 5, 2011 at 2:13 am

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Can science determine human values?

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This question comes from Facebook. Apparently the answer is: yes and no.

http://www.facebook.com/questions/permalink.php?qid=1712841624517&t=1&keep_objects=1

Here’s my take on the issue. Science can help us discover what acts we are biologically predisposed to intuitively perceive as moral and immoral, and also what our cultures teach us about morality, but none of this makes these morals “true” in the way that “the earth is round” is true. Morality is a true fact of human nature and culture, but not a true fact about the universe.

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February 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm

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Are people happier now or in the past?

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Economic downturn, natural disasters, environmental calamities, and humanitarian debacles. Does all this mean that we are less happy than we used to be?

http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/786158.html

Actually, no. People in the U.S. rate themselves as slightly happier in recent years than they did in the past. However, self-reported happiness measures only tell you how happy people think they are, not how happy they really are. Perhaps a longitudinal study of endorphin (happiness) and cortisol (stress) levels in the population of the world is in order.

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February 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm

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Chinese New Year – 新 年 好

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Chinese New Year Celebration

Chinese New Year is one of the most popular searches on Google right now. That’s right folks, today, February 3rd, is the first day of the year of the Rabbit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year

According to the internet, Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese holidays. It consists of a fifteen day festival of feasts and fireworks finally finishing on the full moon.

I was once in New York Chinatown during the festival. My mother used to bring her whole Kung Fu School to the sadly now defunct Vegetarian Paradise on Mott St every year. I was an impatient student, but I liked the food. Outside I could hear a string of firecrackers going off in what sounded like gunfire. Thick smoke billowed through the narrow street, and a couple of tourists, coughing, and with bandanas clutched tightly over their mouths, came inside to escape it. Too bad they didn’t stay for a meal. Oh man, cold pressed “duck” and mixed vegetable pork buns — not eating meat never tasted so good.

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February 4, 2011 at 2:07 am

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Top Five Global Events of 2010

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Oil spill on fire

The top five global events of 2010, according to Google Zeitgeist were the the ash cloud, the oil spill, the Haiti earthquake, the Olympics, and, of course, the World Cup. Now if only I was good enough to Photoshop a picture of god kicking the earth into a soccer goal while mountains erupt and fall, and magma ignites oil-slicked waves as the sun sets on our unequal world. The end is coming! Run for your lives!!

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February 4, 2011 at 1:43 am

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Revolution in Egypt

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Apparently there’s this awesome revolution thingy going down in Egypt. At least, that’s the word on the street. Why not read about it?

Or just watch this cute animal video instead OMG 🙂

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February 4, 2011 at 1:19 am

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#1 A-OK Fastest Rising Search WOW!! is . . . chatroulette

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Chatroulette is a web site where you can video chat with random strangers. According to Southpark, it’s all just naked men masturbating into their cameras. Don’t try this at work!

http://chatroulette.com/

By the way, I rarely myself read or watch or even follow the links I post here. I am the laziest person ever.

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February 4, 2011 at 1:08 am

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Second Fastest Rising Search: iPad

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You guessed it, the iPad. Make sure to get the extended data plan for those heavy flow days (zoink!).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipad

Wow. Hard to believe I had even less to say about this than Justin Bieber. Gimme a break, it’s 2 am…

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February 4, 2011 at 1:04 am

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Third Fastest Rising Search: Justin Bieber

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Yes that’s right, the third fastest rising search on Google in 2010 was not oil spill, Haiti earthquake, Egypt revolution, or even world cup, but lovable child star Justin Bieber.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Bieber

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kffacxfA7G4

Obviously I’m not a 12 year old girl, but if this piece of evidence means anything at all, it would appear that they are taking over the internet. LOL 🙂

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February 4, 2011 at 12:56 am

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How to delete your browsing history

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In this week of Most Asked, I tackle the issue of deleting your browsing aka browser history:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_browsing_history#Deleting_history

That’s right, this is one of the most frequently asked questions on the whole internet. Maybe you were looking at videos of fuzzy bunnies on your work computer. Whatever the reason, follow the link above and find out how! Why you are still reading this part I don’t know…

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February 3, 2011 at 11:10 pm

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