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I love playing around with Google Trends. You can see when particular search terms:”recession”, say, or “bailout”, hit the headlines and world consciousness and how they have fared since then. Here’s a fascinating one, though. I typed “Irish” into Google Trends and I got this profile.

No huge surprise here. Each year, there is a big spike around March 17th for some reason. The bottom graph tells the story of the Irish financial meltdown from 2008 onwards. Curiously, the St. Patrick’s spikes seem to be declining in magnitude each year. Something to worry about, perhaps?

Then I typed in the keyword “Ireland“.

A similar pattern can be seen on the bottom graph, but what is happening in the top graph? St. Patrick’s Day is almost invisible amidst the noise and yet, each year around Christmas, the frequency of “Ireland” as a search term takes a precipitous dip.  I wonder what that is all about?

Incidentally, I can’t quite figure out what the spike in late 2007 was either. Both “Irish” and “Ireland” show a similar increase, and Google isn’t helping me to locate it.

One of the funnier things about blogging on WordPress.com is looking at the search terms people use to find my blog. So, in the spirit of public-mindedness, here are some of the best search terms and my earnest answers to their questions..

“ships budding”: Interesting concept. Lots of water and sun and you never know.

“bog smokers”: This is Ireland. That sort of stuff is banned here.

“what Ruairi did on September 19th”. Went to the shop. Bought a bar of chocolate. Got kicked in the shin by a 5 year old.

“findus och pettson”, “pancake man nordqvist”. Now HOW did my blog get hit by these search terms?

“hate spells” / “HATE SPELLS”. Try “anger management techniques”.

“SPELLS FOR MOTHER IN LAW”. Ah…, The mystery is uncovered..

“west coast of claire”. Clare is a county in Ireland. Claire is a girl’s name. Saying that a girl has a coast is not the best chat-up line in the book..

“man bog take” – man have smelly house, so.

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