Thursday, November 01, 2007

Things We Learn From The SiteMeter

Our friend Daniel is puzzling over how Google works, after seeing his site drop about 600 places in the search results for a topic I have a hard time believing 600 people actually have written about.

I was wondering more or less the same thing this morning, but for the opposite reason. As of this writing, the humble site on your screen right now is the number one hit in the entire world when you Google the phrase what governor called Thanksgiving a damn Yankee institution, and I don't have the faintest idea why. For a long time, we weren't even the top hit if you searched for "Burro Hall." I also don't have the faintest idea what governor called Thanksgiving a "damn Yankee institution," but according to George Will it was Texas Governor Oran M. Roberts (1879-83). (I found this, of course, on Google.)

Having now addressed this specific question on the site, I imagine we will drop down to #603 in the rankings next time someone searches for it - which is still too high, when you think about it.


That Mexfiles guy said...

I know it's hard to understand, but in Texas, we expect our governors to say stupid things. While no one can touch George W. Bush for sheer lunacy, Oren Roberts ranks only behind Nellie Ferguson ("If English was good enough for Our Lord Jesus Christ, it's good enough for the people of Texas")for second place.

Ann Richards never had a chance by these standards.

Burro Hall said...

Up in the Northeast, we like our governors as bland as possible. I've lived under the administrations of Michael Dukakis, Mario Cuomo and George Pataki, to name a few.

Our mayors, on the other hand...