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When too much information confirms your suspicions

Sometimes I check the referrer logs for Ratlands just to see where my visitors are coming from. This isn’t a high traffic blog, so the fun isn’t in the numbers, it’s in the locations. In case you didn’t know, referrer logs can show the search strings people used in a search engine that gave your web site as a result. While I find this fascinating, sometimes it is just too much information and sometimes it just confirms my suspicions.

For example, I really didn’t want to know that someone in Islamabad, Pakistan entered the terms “Hamas” and “sociopolitical” in Google and ended up at my web site. I was going to mention it when it happened, but never got around to it. In the interim, I haven’t blown up, so I guess it all worked out.

I noticed today that someone at Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center in New York visited my web site after entering “clorofluorocarbons” into Google. Perhaps the fact that the staff are researching carcinogens on 4th rate blogs explains why I haven’t heard of any breakthroughs in cancer treatment coming out of Sloane Kettering. Or not.

The one I find funniest is that someone at the United Nations had nothing better to do to type in this search string:

italian jewish leader luzzatto wine

and then had the time to come visit my web site to see what I had to say about the subject. Have I mentioned that I am against continued funding of the United Nations and am for kicking it out of the US?

By the way, I have a screenshot of the referrer page just in case anyone at Sloane Kettering or the United Nations try to sue me for casting aspersions on their noble institutions.

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