A lone financial Google query came from Mississippi: "How to make money?"
At the conclusion of “It’s a Good Life,” a particularly unsettling episode of “The Twilight Zone” (the one with the “monster” who was a spoiled six-year-old boy), host Rod Serling reflected, “No comment. No comment at all.” The same observation applies with this story, courtesy Estately.com.
The real estate website decided (why, we’ll never know) to find out what questions Internet users in each state asked more frequently than others. “What we uncovered was both inspiring and depressing,” the Estately Blog reported.
The researchers used Google Autocomplete to compile hundreds of common questions Americans type into the Google search bar. Those searches were run through Google Trends to determine which state queried each of these selected searches the most over the past 12 years. “To be clear,” the blog stated, “the list does not represent what each state Googles the most, it simply shows the searches each state Googles more frequently than the other 49 states and the District of Columbia.
Some of these queries seem absolutely reasonable. From Alaska: “How to smoke salmon?” From Colorado: “What is fracking? From Florida: “Why does everyone hate Florida?”
Being a website devoted to research in the wealth and retirement industries, we wondered if there were any money-related queries. There was one. From Mississippi: "How to make money?"
It’s when you look a little closer that you might want to cue the “Twilight Zone” theme music. From Delaware: “How to get away with murder?” (We’re hoping that’s a search for an episode recap of the popular ABC-TV series). From Kansas: “How to make meth?” From Minnesota: “Is ‘funner’ a word?”
Across the country, one finds among the queries a curiosity into the imponderables of existence: From Hawaii: What is the meaning of life?” From Indiana: “Are aliens real?” From South Carolina: “Where is my phone?”
Not surprisingly in an election year, there is curiosity about the players in the presidential race. From Washington State: “Can Bernie win?” From California (where else?): “Is Bernie Sanders vegan?” From Michigan: “Is Trump presidential?”
Utah residents, though, seem to have their priorities straight. Among that state’s most Googled queries: “When is National Pancake Day?”
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.