Charlie Hatton About This
About Me
Email Me

Bookmark
 FeedBurnerEmailTwitterFacebookAmazon
Charlie Hatton
Brookline, MA



All Quotes
HomeAboutArchiveBestShopEmail

  |  

Howdy, friendly reading person!
I'm on a bit of a hiatus right now, but only to work on other projects -- one incredibly exciting example being the newly-released kids' science book series Things That Make You Go Yuck!
If you're a science and/or silliness fan, give it a gander! See you soon!

Weekend Werind: Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Browser?

(First up, a bit of news from the B&C front:

First Date with Nate: A Day Late, Not Great: “So much for making a ‘big splash’ in your debut performance. This display of ‘hitting’ looked more like a post-nasal drip.”

Now let’s move forward to this week’s look back. Onward and backward!)

” I can only conclude that there are some real perverted pieces of personry out there — and that I’ve written some pretty oddball combinations of words that probably shouldn’t be considered legal in the English language. Or this state. Or possibly humanity as a whole.”

One of the many kicks I get from blogging — most of them to the groin, as it turns out — is browsing through the logs to see what searches are bringing people to the site. Every so often, I’ll highlight some of the more disturbing query fare with a post in the Googlicious! category. Whether those searches reflect more scarily on the mommy’s-basement weirdos making the searches, or the unbalanced, twitchy blogger who wrote the pieces that led Google to send them this way, I can’t really say. I can only conclude that there are some real perverted pieces of personry out there — and that I’ve written some pretty oddball combinations of words that probably shouldn’t be considered legal in the English language. Or this state. Or possibly humanity as a whole.

Sometimes, though, the searches leading here are more innocent, if no less scary. Unlike the vast majority of searchers, these are folks not actually looking for comedy websites, nor for ‘kinky grandma wrestling’, nor for ‘shaved ostrich porn clips’. Instead, they’re genuinely looking for information — trying, in possibly misguided ways, to better their own lives. And using the web to do it. So that’s a couple of strikes against them for starters, even before they wind up here.

Take, for instance, an early post of mine entitled, ‘So, How Many Weight Watchers Points Would ‘M&Ms Chili’ Be?.

(Yeah, I know. Back in the day, the titles were nearly as long-winded as the posts. Shaddup, you.)

In this entry, I mentioned that I’ve been trying to eat ‘healthier’, and poked a little fun at the series of ‘I lowered my cholesterol!‘ TV ads that were airing back then, before many of you were actually born. The actual content of the post isn’t so relevant, in this case. Embarrassing, perhaps. Riddled with parenthetical asides, naturally. But relevant — not so much.

By one metric, though, that post is one of the most ‘popular’ on the site. It’s because of the juxtaposition of those two elements in the title: ‘Weight Watchers points’ and ‘M&Ms’. A fair percentage of people visiting this site do so because they’ve seen fit — and I use the term ‘fit’ loosely — to enter those two terms into Google. And Google sends them to me.

No. I’m not making this up. A lot of people really seem to want to know the WW score for M&Ms. Sometimes, they’ll be more specific, asking about ‘peanut butter M&Ms’, or ‘M&M minis’, or ‘a party-sized bag of M&M candies’.

I’ve never been in Weight Watchers, myself. But I can’t imagine these people are doing it right.

I’ve also wondered how many of these questions come after the fact. A lot of people overeat on impulse, or in response to stress. I find it hard to believe that many of them are taking the time to fire up their modems in the middle of a chocolate-fueled candy lust to ask how many points they’ll incur if they go through with that plan to snarf a whole bag of treats. My guess is they’re mostly sitting there afterward, with heaving breaths and sticky brown fingers, hoping they’ve still got enough points left to eat something besides rice cakes and celery stalks for the rest of the month.

Dubious as they are, though, these searches are pretty common, so I’ve gotten used to them. Ditto most of the other WW queries — I mention a lot of other (really, terribly unhealthy) foods in that post, so Google will sometimes send people looking for ‘Weight Watchers points’ and ‘chili’ or ‘milkshakes’ or ‘Snickers’ or hot fudge’ my way. Not that I’m of any help to them, or that they read any further than a sentence or two, I’m sure. But the stream of seekers is steady and unwavering, and over time, I’ve come to expect just about all of them.

Until yesterday. In the afternoon, I was looking through the logs and found a new one to me. Someone out there had popped onto the site by Googling:

Weight Watchers points for a 72-year-old man

Yow. And I thought a bag of M&Ms was binging. Somebody out there has seriously got the munchies, and I’m afraid his surname may be ‘Lechter’.

Still, it’s probably healthier than that M&Ms chili I was on about. Plenty of lean meat on those septuagenarians, if you know where to look. I just hope the person has a side salad instead of the French fries — it pays to cut back on calories whenever you can. Just ask Weight Watchers.

Permalink  |  2 Comments



2 Responses to “Weekend Werind: Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Browser?”

  1. Phillipia says:

    How about WW and cheesecake…not beefcake, cheesecake…that is how I found you…

    OK, I lie sometimes…WW offends my sense of, well, everything. If I like it, I will probably eat it, if it is edible, that is…or suppose to be eaten.

  2. Chris says:

    Hey, that presents a great idea, doesn’t it? Write a blog incorporating some weird stuff (more so than we usually do, even) just to see what kind of things the filthy underbelly are Googling. A post entitled: Mother Leather Baby Oil Monkeys, perhaps? Tom Cruise Fantasy Grapefruit Plunger? The possibilities are endless.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

HomeAboutArchiveBestShopEmail © 2003-15 Charlie Hatton All Rights Reserved
Highlights
Me on Film 'n' Stage:
  Drinkstorm Studios


Me on Science (silly):
  Secondhand SCIENCE


Me on Science (real):
  Meta Science News


Me on ZuG (RIP):
  Zolton's FB Pranks
  Zolton Does Amazon


Favorite Posts:
30 Facts: Alton Brown
A Commute Dreary
A Hallmark Moment
Blue's Clues Explained
Eight Your 5-Hole?
El Classo de Espanol
Good News for Goofballs
Grammar, Charlie-Style
Grammar, Revisitated
How I Feel About Hippos
How I Feel About Pinatas
How I Feel About Pirates
Life Is Like...
Life Is Also Like...
Smartass 101
Twelve Simple Rules
Unreal Reality Shows
V-Day for Dummies
Wheel of Misfortune
Zolton, Interview Demon

Me, Elsewhere

Features
Standup Comedy Clips

Selected Clips:
  09/10/05: Com. Studio
  04/30/05: Goodfellaz
  04/09/05: Com. Studio
  01/28/05: Com. Studio
  12/11/04: Emerald Isle
  09/06/04: Connection

Boston Comedy Clubs

 My 100 Things Posts

Selected Things:
  #6: My Stitches
  #7: My Name
  #11: My Spelling Bee
  #35: My Spring Break
  #36: My Skydives
  #53: My Memory
  #55: My Quote
  #78: My Pencil
  #91: My Family
  #100: My Poor Knee

More Features:

List of Lists
33 Faces of Me
Cliche-O-Matic
Punchline Fever
Simpsons Quotes
Quantum Terminology

Favorites
Banterist
...Bleeding Obvious
By Ken Levine
Defective Yeti
DeJENNerate
Divorced Dad of Two
Gallivanting Monkey
Junk Drawer
Life... Weirder
Little. Red. Boat.
Mighty Geek
Mitchieville
PCPPP
Scaryduck
Scott's Tip of the Day
Something Authorly
TGNP
Unlikely Explanations

Archives
Full Archive

Category Archives:

(Stupid) Computers
100Things
A Doofus Is Me
Articles 'n' Zines
Audience Participation
Awkward Conversations
Bits About Blogging
Bitter Old Man Rants
Blasts from My Past
Cars 'n' Drivers
Dog Drivel
Eek!Cards
Foodstuff Fluff
Fun with Words!
Googlicious!
Grooming Gaffes
Just Life
Loopy Lists
Making Fun of Jerks
Marketing Weenies
Married and a Moron
Miscellaneous Nonsense
Potty Talk / Yes, I'm a Pig
Sleep, and Lack Thereof
Standup
Tales from the Stage
Tasty Beverages
The Happy Homeowner
TV & Movies & Games, O My!
Uncategorized
Vacations 'n' Holidays
Weird for the Sake of Weird
Whither the Weather
Wicked Pissah Bahstan
Wide World o' Sports
Work, Work, Work
Zug

Heroes
Alas Smith and Jones
Berkeley Breathed
Bill Hicks
Dave Barry
Dexter's Laboratory
Douglas Adams
Evening at the Improv
Fawlty Towers
George Alec Effinger
Grover
Jake Johannsen
Married... With Children
Monty Python
Nick Bakay
Peter King
Ren and Stimpy
Rob Neyer
Sluggy Freelance
The Simpsons
The State

Plugs, Shameless
100 Best Humor Blogs | Healthy Moms Magazine

Alltop, confirmation that I kick ass

TopOfBlogs

HumorSource

Blogging Fusion Blog Directory

bloglovin

Top Blogs

 

Feeds and More
Subscribe via FeedBurner

[Subscribe]

RDF
RSS 2.0
Atom
Credits
Site Hosting:
Solid Solutions

Powered by:
MovableType

Title Banner Photo:
Shirley Harshenin

Creative Commons License
  This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons License

Mint Installation

Performancing Metrics

Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

Valid XHTML 1.0

Valid CSS!

© 2003-15 Charlie Hatton
All Rights Reserved