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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

IWSG: Strangest Google Searches

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NOVEMBER QUESTION: What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?



MY ANSWER: That would have to be "ritual suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword; practiced by samurai in the traditional Japanese society. Synonyms: hara-kiri, harakiri, seppuku Type of: self-annihilation, self-destruction, suicide, the act of killing yourself". I did some research on these ideas when I was writing my short story "WIN". I only briefly mentioned a similar event in the story, but I can only imagine what others might think of writers if they see our search histories ;-)

How about you? What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?

9 comments:

Sarah Foster said...

Ha! Yeah, I think my most disturbing Google searches are also about violent things.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I remember your story in the IWSG anthology. That's an interesting topic to research.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Whoa! I love your research topics.

Teresa

Chrys Fey said...

I have researched a lot of weird, gross, and questionable things, but I'm not sure I'd be able to research hara-kiri. There's something about that tradition that bothers me. Actually, it's everything about it. lol

Patricia Josephine aka Patricia Lynne said...

That's the kind of research history you don't want friends and family to find because they might start to worry and you'll have to explain it's for writing.

lostinimaginaryworlds.blogspot.com said...

Couldn’t imagine researching that - far too squeamish 🤭 Very brave.

Diane Burton said...

I admire you for researching those topics. Not sure I could.

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