How Tall is Sarah Jessica Parker?
It's Sunday evening, and like usual I'm watching Sex and the City. At this point I've seen each episode so many times that I mostly keep it on in the background while I'm doing other things (like right now). But today, for one episode, I sat down and watched. One scene in particular caught my attention, when Carrie was standing with Aiden, and I thought to myself, "this woman is so perfectly proportioned, but damn, she's a PIPSQUEAK!!" then, "let me Google her, I must know how tall she is" (I figured about 5'3" or 5'4", but I had to know for sure).
But as I started to type in "how tall is..." into my Google search, a few of their suggestions popped up and I found myself getting sidetracked. How do these suggestions work? Well according to "Google Suggest FAQ":
"Our algorithms use a wide range of information to predict the queries users are most likely to want to see. For example, Google Suggest uses data about the overall popularity of various searches to help rank the refinements it offers..."
So whose heights are people Googling the most? In order of popularity:
1. Barack Obama
2. Michelle Obama
3. Lil' Wayne
4. Tom Cruise
6. Taylor Swift
7. John McCain
8. Miley Cyrus
9. Sarah Palin
So there you have it. We care about politics, musicians, movie stars, and talk show hosts. I believe that's quite an accurate summary of America. I mean really, who else is there?
Then of course I went on a rampage, typing in "how ___ is..." to see what else these people are searching. Type in "how smart is" and Google suggests:
2. Sarah Palin
3. Your dog
4. Your right foot
5. Barack Obama
6. Your baby
7. My dog
8. A dog
...people really wanna know how smart their dogs are. This is where my searching frenzy stopped.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, Sarah Jessica Parker is 5'4".
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