I love Google's predictive texting, which often finishes my search idea before I get to the end of typing.
It's also quite informative about what's on people's minds.
For example, as you start typing: "why do bank", you get a list of the most popular things people are asking about banks:
Why do banks exist? charge interest? need guarantors?
All good questions, although the most popular one here is: why do banks fail? Very topical.
Or try "why are bank":
and again, it's very topical: why are banks not lending? not lending money? still not lending? and, again, the most popular question: why are banks special?
Sounds like the general public are wondering why banks are too big to fail.
A good question.
The thing is, you find general searches are rather more telling. For example, "what do" comes up with:
Fascinating that the top three searches that start with this are: "What do I want to do with my life?", "What do I do with my life?" and "What do I want for Christmas?"
IF YOU DON'T KNOW, THEN GOOGLE ISN'T GOING TO TELL YOU, YOU DOLT!!!!!
Sorry. A Homer Simpson moment.
But y'know what, there are some real strange things going on with Google lately.
For example, when typing "why do":
How come the first question is: "Why do men have nipples?"
It's a good question, but it wasn't the obvious one I thought of when typing "Why do".
Or try "is it wrong" …
… mmmm, there's something about that cousin isn't there?
Or try "why is there":
"Why is there a dead pakistani on my couch"?!?!?!
Are we in Google UK-land the weirdest searchers in the world or what?
Ah well, have fun trying a few yourself.
This was certainly very, very illuminating (and inspired by Graham Norton).