The winner of the Google Suggest contest.

Do things better.
Nov. 10 2009 5:44 PM

Is It Wrong To Sleep With Your Sister?

The winner of the Google Suggest contest.

(Continued from Page 1)
how to de

Second Place

can a person

vs.

can a human

This one boggles the mind a bit. I suppose person is a more civil way to refer to ourselves than human, a word that brings out our animalistic side. To be fair, "Can a human outrun a bear" is a great question.

First Place

is it wrong to

vs.

is it ethical to

The winning entry, from Ted Bendixson, follows Google Suggest into the realm of moral inquiry. It doesn't neatly divide into "less intelligent" and "more intelligent," but it's the best example I received of how one word can make all the difference. Wrong involves love affairs, God, and younger men. Ethics puts us on the plane of animal research, privacy concerns, and cooking the books.

So the experiment ends where it began, with astonishment at the range of human experience that finds its way into the search box. We ask Google for directions to Burger King. We ask Google whether it's all right to sleep with our cousin. And Google answers, to the best of its collective knowledge, without smirking.

Advertisement

There is, however, at least one query that Google won't help you with: Type in "I hate," and no suggestions appear.

P.S. Thanks to everyone who entered. The most numerous entries were "Why is my poop green?" and "What are these strawberries doing on my nipples i need them for the fruit salad?"