Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What Do We Want to Know About the Presidents?

When you type in a President's name, Google Instant will pop up with the most common suggestion of what should come next. Here are those results, at least in Boston, MA. I think it says a lot about human nature.

"facts", 17: James Monroe, Martin van Buren, William Henry Harrison, James Polk, Zachary Taylor, Rutherford B Hayes, James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding, Herbert Hoover, Lyndon B Johnson, Gerald Ford, George HW Bush

"quotes", 7: Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, George W Bush

"biography", 3: Ulysses S Grant, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Barrack Obama

"university", 3: George Washington, James Madison, Franklin Pierce

"impeachment", 2: Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton

"house", 2: John Adams, John Quincy Adams

"gay", 2: James Buchanan, Richard Nixon

"suburban": Millard Fillmore

"school": Woodrow Wilson

"library": John F Kennedy

"grandsons": John Tyler

"rabbit": Jimmy Carter

"jihad": Andrew Jackson

"vampire hunter": Abraham Lincoln