Friday, April 03, 2009

The Opposite of Serendipity

If you're interested in what Connie Francis was doing at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport in 1970 - then Google think this site is the place to be.

Radio Free Stan came out top of the search listings for the search string "connie francis op schiphol 1970" on Dutch Google when someone tried that search yesterday.

That's probably doubly true today after I've mentioned the words Connie, Francis, Schiphol and the year 1970 above. Twice.

And a third time just now. Must stop doing that.

Google's search engine is pretty dumb sometimes, because the truth is I can only just about hum "Lipstick on your Collar" and I can recommend the chips with satay sauce at the airport while you're waiting for the fast train to Brussels in the morning and in 1970 I was running around Blackpool in short trousers making car noises. Additionally, ik spreek niet goed Nederlands, which might be a problem if you're one of the three or four people in Holland who don't speak totally flawless English.

Radio Free Stan after three years now runs to a few hundred thousand words and so the search engines' dumb brute-force algorithm regularly brings people together from all over the world to find no information at all about Schiphol airport, decorating bakewell tarts and houghmagandies.

Hopefully the person who was searching on "Why do you want to be a Magistrate ?" found something useful though.

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