Dr. Slaw: the Google Search Phrase Psychologist

Looking through the Google search terms that reach this blog is a little like rooting out the public's deeply buried desires and shivering, jagged fears. Ones that have otherwise shied from the light of day.

It's the place where the people of Webland feel safe and free to search for answers in their most starkly insecure moments...

Some of them not even involving poop, women licking things, or the Jonas Brothers.

Scanning these terms, our blog mascot, Old King Cole Slaw, indicated he felt he could help many of these poor, lost individuals.

Apparently, in between representing Of Cabbages and Kings, he has been slaving away to get his Psychology doctorate from the SFIHHSF. That is-- Steve Freud's International House of Head Shrinking and Flapjacks.

His last assignment involved creating his own inkblot charts using filo dough and jam. I have to say, they were delicious.

And since we are about nothing more than helping and guiding here and spreading vast amounts of misinformation -- I have asked our leafy-green brain expert to examine some of the searches that reached Cabbages this last week, and give his professional opinion. I'm terribly excited about it!

So without further ado-- I bring you Dr. Slaw and our real-life Google search visitor patients:

"What famous dead person would hang out with me? quiz"

Dr. Slaw: You are looking for love in all the wrong places. Clinging to fame and expecting it to rub off on you is not the answer. Celebrity is fleeting. If you are looking for friends, finding famous dead people to share the good times with you is highly unrealistic and possibly delusional.

I recommend digging up some long-dead relatives and trying to work things out with them first. There is less hired security to overcome, for one. And once you gain confidence in dealing with them, then you might feel secure enough to move on to department store mannequins, Furbies, and drunk Steelers fans enjoying the "I love you man" phase of their buzz.

"Murder by Slap Chop"
Dr. Slaw: Murder by Slap Chop is never the way to effectively work out your problems. First of all, you would have to cut the body into very, very tiny pieces in order to get it into the Slap Chop, making double the work for yourself.

Secondly, a consumer group test on KDKA showed that the Slap Chop plastic guard can actually break apart, leaving tiny plastic shards in the item you're chopping. So even if you could Slap Chop someone to death, this would give any forensics experts a clear clue to the weapon used. I would not recommend it. Stick to arsenic, if you must; it's a classic.

"Clich├ęs wrecking people's vocabulary"

Dr. Slaw: Why are you fixated on this? First of all, I don't believe this is true. But secondly, remember, every time you point a finger at someone else, there are three fingers pointing back at you. There is no 'I' in 'team'. And it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game. You have to love yourself before you can love others. Now, move along sonny, you bother me.

"Does tony the tiger live in shepherd"
Dr. Slaw: You, my friend, seem to have trouble separating fiction from reality. You are unable to see how your delusions and your wish-fullfillment are affecting your perceptions, and this is bound to bring you disappointment. Let me explain this to you: Shepherd exists only in your mind. There is no Shepherd. Once you can come to grips with that, you will be better able to enjoy life.

"Which parts of the cabbage do the clones come from?"
Dr. Slaw: Er... I believe these are not cabbages you are seeing; they're Brussels Sprouts.... Yeah, that's it. Brussels Sprouts. But -- (ahem)-- enough about me, let's talk about you. How much do you know about the cabbage clone invasion and where did you hear about—

Oh, I'm so sorry, Dr. Slaw, that's all the time we have. Thank you so much for your fine work today. I wish you the best of luck with your second career. I believe you've helped the Internet become a more mentally healthy place, one Google searcher at a time.

And really, this wouldn't be the first time a vegetable gave psychological advice. I mean, I've seen clips of Dr. Phil.



Jaffer said...

Awww and I was just getting interested in the cabbage clone - err Brussels sprout invasion. You never could trust those Belgians !

Oh and thanks for clearing up the confusion of Tony the Tiger and the Shepherd.

No!No! That wasn't me I swear !

screwdestiny said...

WTF to all of those searches. People are so strange.

Jenn Thorson said...

Jaffer- Yeah, yeah, I know it was a Canadian IP address... it was you. Don't fib. :)

Screw Destiny- Seriously! I'm hoping the cabbage clone thing is some bit of trivia the person was trying to find out from some obscure science fiction tale or something. But it sounded a little paranoid to me.

And if we hear about any attempted murders by Slap Chop in the news, I may have to give the police my Statcounter records so they can trace things. :)

JD at I Do Things said...


"Murder by Slap Chop." That's awesome.

Dr. Phil has nothing on Old King . . . er, Dr. Cole Slaw. Tho I'd love to see him take on the Slap Chop guy.

Jenn Thorson said...

JD- That would have to be a multi-post job, I think. :)

Jay said...

Hahahaha! Yes, these search terms do give one pause for thought, don't they? I might do a post on my own some day. I'm sure it would be enlightening, but yours is a family blog so I won't quote any here.

This one made me laugh -

"Does tony the tiger live in shepherd"

Um ... no, sweetie. People don't eat tigers. Usually, it's the other way round.

Skye said...

First let me say that these are all priceless!

Secondly let me ask how you find these things out. I'd be very interested to know if you wouldn't mind indulging my interests :)

Jenn Thorson said...

Jay- I have some non-family-oriented searches that come to the blog, too. It's amazing what combinations of things people decide to Google.

Skye- Hey, no problem--- I have Statcounter for my site-- a free tool that gives you information on traffic and the keywords used to reach the blog.