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Monday, January 21, 2008

Google Zeitgeist Game

Simon J. James proposed a Google Zeitgeist game*. As you may know, the Google Zeitgeist (and it’s more real-time sibling Google Trends) shows the popular search queries in Google. Now, in the Zeitgeist game your task is to pick the top 15 queries from the list – pick any date from Google’s Hot Trends archive – and build a little story using those words or phrases in order.

For instance, if the top queries are ...

1. subaru impreza
2. priyanka chopra
3. build a bear
... and so on ...

... then your narrative may go like this, to quote from Simon’s try:

I went out and bought a brand new Subaru Impreza last week, which was very scary as I have only just passed my test. I took Priyanka Chopra, the Indian film star, with me to keep an eye on me and exert a calming influence as I was pretty nervous because the Impreza is wild beast of car.

“Let’s go build a bear”, I shrieked as we weaved through traffic, “an actual live bear that will do our bidding”.

“Good idea,” agreed Priyanka, “This bear could drive us around too, anything would (and so on) ...

Have a good one? Please post in the comments!

[Thanks Andy J. C.!]

*By the way, the word “Zeitgeist” is originally German. If you want to try pronouncing it German too, you can say tsight-guyst.


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