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Google Auto-Fill. Creating awkward moments and destroying relationships

projectmayhemprojectmayhem Registered User regular
edited January 2009 in Debate and/or Discourse
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Ah Auto-Fill. At first our partnership was something fantastic. So what if I no longer cared to type out complete thoughts, you always knew what I meant. And now with Firefox's Awesome Bar, there is even less a need to type out 'penny-arcade' every time.

I soon found out however, that you Google...had more devious intentions.

I remember the first time in college. A friend of mine asked me, 'Whats a good sight to import games?' I thought for a second then said, 'play-asia'. There was then an awkward silence as playboy.com/____ came up more times than not. After this encounter of auto-fill technology gone wrong (not wild) I knew I would have to develop more clever methods to locate breast of the nude variety.

At first it started with some awkward Google Searches, 'Respectable girls who may or may not happen to have a dick inside of them', 'i dont want to see naked girls', and 'lesbians, a social commentary'.

Then tonight I happened upon a thread at absolutepunk.net which was more or less about this very thing (http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=777732). There are some funny stories there but they lack a certain PA-ness which would have wrought even more comedy and prose. I come here hoping to use you all for my own pleasure, I want to laugh and I know PA is a practical vat of lol's. What are your stories of Google Auto-Fill/Awesome Bar mishaps? Something really odd you've seen on your friends computer like 'How do you milk a cat?' or a girlfriend seeing 'best way to break up with a girlfriend'. Stories are fun! Stories are a go!

I told my girlfriend about Google Auto-Fill and we then decided (for some reason beyond me...I even wanted to) went into the google search bar and typed each letter of the alphabet looking at all the auto-fill results. We both use my computer so it was rather exciting. A few random things we found that made us lawl.

black or african american?
boogie man with knife
dita von teese (this one my girlfriend was guilty for. Color me shocked...ie: erect)

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    ZekZek Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    You realize Google's auto-fill is everybody's common searches, not just yours, right?

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    projectmayhemprojectmayhem Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Zek wrote: »
    You do realize you are totally awesome?

    Fuck yeah!

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    kimekime Queen of Blades Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Zek wrote: »
    You realize Google's auto-fill is everybody's common searches, not just yours, right?
    Didn't use to be. That's fairly recent, it used to just have the previous searches that have been done on the computer. I've got no fun stories, but some on that link were amusing.

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    edited January 2009
    kime wrote: »
    Zek wrote: »
    You realize Google's auto-fill is everybody's common searches, not just yours, right?
    Didn't use to be. That's fairly recent, it used to just have the previous searches that have been done on the computer. I've got no fun stories, but some on that link were amusing.

    This one time, on my ex-girlfriend's computer, I typed in a strange Google search for each letter of the alphabet. Like "Anne of Green Gables slash-fiction," "Bob Ross is a Nazi sympathizer," "Can't you see I'm trying to pee?" etc.

    Feral on
    every person who doesn't like an acquired taste always seems to think everyone who likes it is faking it. it should be an official fallacy.

    the "no true scotch man" fallacy.
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    marty_0001marty_0001 I am a file and you put documents in meRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I hate autofill/complete. Aside from wanting to keep my search history private, it was something that would interrupt your train of thought for just that one second while you searched for something. ie type half the word, the autocomplete list pops up, you reflexively look at it and scan through it, and then a second later you realise that actually clicking something in the list would take longer than typing it out.

    I turned it off many years ago.

    As a young lad looking for... uh... pictures... I used to either use an alternative search engine or bank on my family members not looking for anything that started with "X". I was never pulled up on it, probably more out of discretion on their part than this technique actually working.

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    FeralFeral MEMETICHARIZARD interior crocodile alligator ⇔ ǝɹʇɐǝɥʇ ǝᴉʌoɯ ʇǝloɹʌǝɥɔ ɐ ǝʌᴉɹp ᴉRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Do people really not know how to clear their cache?

    Feral on
    every person who doesn't like an acquired taste always seems to think everyone who likes it is faking it. it should be an official fallacy.

    the "no true scotch man" fallacy.
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    electricitylikesmeelectricitylikesme Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Feral wrote: »
    Do people really not know how to clear their cache?
    To be fair that's gotta be my number 1 favorite feature of Firefox - "Clear Private Data" is right there on your toolbar.

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    FeralFeral MEMETICHARIZARD interior crocodile alligator ⇔ ǝɹʇɐǝɥʇ ǝᴉʌoɯ ʇǝloɹʌǝɥɔ ɐ ǝʌᴉɹp ᴉRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Clearing my cache is such an ingrained habit that I live alone and most of the people who come to my house either already know my masturbatory habits or will shortly yet I still clear my cache right after doing the deed.

    Feral on
    every person who doesn't like an acquired taste always seems to think everyone who likes it is faking it. it should be an official fallacy.

    the "no true scotch man" fallacy.
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    theSquidtheSquid Sydney, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Well there was always the fun of trying to get rid of the cached addresses in the IE6 address bar.

    That used to take a visit to the registry to get rid of.

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    yalborapyalborap Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    See, this is why I use an alternate browser for all porn. I have two, based on where I am going. Even if you somehow caught the history of one despite me clearing it, you would only know some of my lusts. And then I keep fake stuff in my main browser, so if anyone checks, they won't know of the kinkier stuff.

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    kimekime Queen of Blades Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    yalborap wrote: »
    See, this is why I use an alternate browser for all porn. I have two, based on where I am going. Even if you somehow caught the history of one despite me clearing it, you would only know some of my lusts. And then I keep fake stuff in my main browser, so if anyone checks, they won't know of the kinkier stuff.
    Ah, but this is where the brilliance of Google Chrome is: Incognito Mode.

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    Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    the nice thing about the new thing is that it shows common searches
    so you can type something like "why do girls"
    and see what all the common searches for are that start with that phrase

    there are many hilarious combinations and results

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    GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    FUN WITH AUTOFILL

    In quotation marks, I will display my search. Afterwards will be shown selected Autofill results.

    "is "
    is obama the antichrist
    is obama a muslim
    is barack obama a muslim
    is obama a us citizen
    is lil wayne dead

    "is g"
    is google making us stupid

    "why a"
    why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria (117,000 results)

    "why are y"
    why are you wearing that stupid man suit

    "why i"
    why is my poop green
    why is a raven like a writing desk

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    yalborapyalborap Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    kime wrote: »
    yalborap wrote: »
    See, this is why I use an alternate browser for all porn. I have two, based on where I am going. Even if you somehow caught the history of one despite me clearing it, you would only know some of my lusts. And then I keep fake stuff in my main browser, so if anyone checks, they won't know of the kinkier stuff.
    Ah, but this is where the brilliance of Google Chrome is: Incognito Mode.

    I use equivalent modes in browsers that have them, except occasionally where I purposefully go for things to leave further fake trails.

    Basically, I'm fucking batshit insane and paranoid as all fuck.

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    FeralFeral MEMETICHARIZARD interior crocodile alligator ⇔ ǝɹʇɐǝɥʇ ǝᴉʌoɯ ʇǝloɹʌǝɥɔ ɐ ǝʌᴉɹp ᴉRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    "why won"
    why won't god heal amputees

    "why do w"
    why do white people smell like wet dogs

    "how does"
    how does criss angel walk on water

    "why should i n"
    why should i not commit suicide (2,540,000 results)

    Feral on
    every person who doesn't like an acquired taste always seems to think everyone who likes it is faking it. it should be an official fallacy.

    the "no true scotch man" fallacy.
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    yalborapyalborap Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    What do I do:
    What do I do with my life
    What do I do now
    What do I do with my heart
    What do I do if my ipod freezes
    What do I do with my 401k
    What do I do with my heart lyrics
    What do I do when I'm bored
    What do I do if I lost my social security card
    What do I do if my dog eats chocolate
    What do I do with my money

    Good times.

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    electricitylikesmeelectricitylikesme Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    the nice thing about the new thing is that it shows common searches
    so you can type something like "why do girls"
    and see what all the common searches for are that start with that phrase

    there are many hilarious combinations and results
    Ok I guess the puberty audience explains the first result but what the fuck is up with the second?

    The bottom 6 are no surprise though.

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    Anarchy Rules!Anarchy Rules! Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    the nice thing about the new thing is that it shows common searches
    so you can type something like "why do girls"
    and see what all the common searches for are that start with that phrase

    there are many hilarious combinations and results
    Ok I guess the puberty audience explains the first result but what the fuck is up with the second?

    The bottom 6 are no surprise though.

    Why do girls like guys who wear shirts with eight buttons?

    Surreal, to say the least

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    FeralFeral MEMETICHARIZARD interior crocodile alligator ⇔ ǝɹʇɐǝɥʇ ǝᴉʌoɯ ʇǝloɹʌǝɥɔ ɐ ǝʌᴉɹp ᴉRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    the nice thing about the new thing is that it shows common searches
    so you can type something like "why do girls"
    and see what all the common searches for are that start with that phrase

    there are many hilarious combinations and results
    Ok I guess the puberty audience explains the first result but what the fuck is up with the second?

    The bottom 6 are no surprise though.

    Why do girls like guys who wear shirts with eight buttons?

    Surreal, to say the least

    Apparently it's a kid's riddle.

    Q. Why do girls like guys who wear shirts with eight buttons?
    A. They fascinate.

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    every person who doesn't like an acquired taste always seems to think everyone who likes it is faking it. it should be an official fallacy.

    the "no true scotch man" fallacy.
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    MrMisterMrMister Jesus dying on the cross in pain? Morally better than us. One has to go "all in".Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Feral wrote: »
    "why should i n"
    why should i not commit suicide (2,540,000 results)

    :|

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    FeralFeral MEMETICHARIZARD interior crocodile alligator ⇔ ǝɹʇɐǝɥʇ ǝᴉʌoɯ ʇǝloɹʌǝɥɔ ɐ ǝʌᴉɹp ᴉRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Also, searching for that 'eight buttons' string pulled up a few high school math homework PDFs.

    Is it, like, standard teaching practice now to put cheesy math teacher jokes on homework assignments?

    Feral on
    every person who doesn't like an acquired taste always seems to think everyone who likes it is faking it. it should be an official fallacy.

    the "no true scotch man" fallacy.
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    DoctorArchDoctorArch Curmudgeon Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    When I was younger I worked at an indie-bookstore owned and operated by a fairly uptight church-going family. The two owners were female (mother & daughter-in-law) and my coworkers were all the daughters. One night after I closed I went in the back to special order a book for a customer. In the Yahoo search engine I typed the letter "M" and the first thing that came up with autofill was "masturbation." Seeing as how this was the Mom's computer, I was quite amused.

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    BurtletoyBurtletoy Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Feral wrote: »
    the nice thing about the new thing is that it shows common searches
    so you can type something like "why do girls"
    and see what all the common searches for are that start with that phrase

    there are many hilarious combinations and results
    Ok I guess the puberty audience explains the first result but what the fuck is up with the second?

    The bottom 6 are no surprise though.

    Why do girls like guys who wear shirts with eight buttons?

    Surreal, to say the least

    Apparently it's a kid's riddle.

    Q. Why do girls like guys who wear shirts with eight buttons?
    A. They fascinate.

    My god that is amazing.

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    flamebroiledchickenflamebroiledchicken Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    help i am locked in the library (8,790,000 results)
    help i am fat (60,700,000 results)
    why god hates amputees (33,100 results)
    why god hates you (417,000)

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    jothkijothki Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    theSquid wrote: »
    Well there was always the fun of trying to get rid of the cached addresses in the IE6 address bar.

    That used to take a visit to the registry to get rid of.

    The worst part for me isn't showing addresses that you don't want to show, but when you make a typo in an address and the browser decides that that's going to be the first autofill choice from now on. I really wish that there was a way to selectively kill off autofill choices.

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    AphostileAphostile San Francisco, CARegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I wish I could remember what you could type, it was only a couple of words like 'I want to' or 'i need the' or something like that and it essentially came up with 'I just want the baby to die' or something of the sort.

    Damn it!

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    japanjapan Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    So is this an option you have to activate, or something?

    I don't get any auto-fill in Google. I do in Youtube, though.

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    TK-42-1TK-42-1 Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    at a party a few years ago some drunk guys got on the host's computer and through IE autofill found his listing in an anonymous gay sex site.

    pretty funny stuff. i didnt know the people very well at all and the drama was entertaining atleast

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    FoodFood Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    One time I was using my room mate's computer at boarding school and typed in something starting with 's' in google and the auto complete showed tons of results about suicide. Being a dumb teenager I shrugged it off and forgot about it. Later the kid showed up at the headmaster's office threatening to kill himself with a knife. That's not a very funny story though.

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    tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
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    edited January 2009
    Food wrote: »
    One time I was using my room mate's computer at boarding school and typed in something starting with 's' in google and the auto complete showed tons of results about suicide. Being a dumb teenager I shrugged it off and forgot about it. Later the kid showed up at the headmaster's office threatening to kill himself with a knife. That's not a very funny story though.

    It's kind of a funny story.

    Feral on
    every person who doesn't like an acquired taste always seems to think everyone who likes it is faking it. it should be an official fallacy.

    the "no true scotch man" fallacy.
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    LeitnerLeitner Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    jothki wrote: »
    theSquid wrote: »
    Well there was always the fun of trying to get rid of the cached addresses in the IE6 address bar.

    That used to take a visit to the registry to get rid of.

    The worst part for me isn't showing addresses that you don't want to show, but when you make a typo in an address and the browser decides that that's going to be the first autofill choice from now on. I really wish that there was a way to selectively kill off autofill choices.

    Yes, that is so damn obnoxious.

    Talking of this though, for a while I got auto fill for google. But it appears to have dissapeared. How do I reactivate it? (using i.e., latest version)

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    Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    This is why I love the Private Browsing setting, and before that the Delete History button.

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    MarlorMarlor Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Feral wrote: »
    Apparently it's a kid's riddle.

    Q. Why do girls like guys who wear shirts with eight buttons?
    A. They fascinate.

    It took me a full 30 seconds to get the joke... it really doesn't work with my accent.

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    MarlorMarlor Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    "Recent Documents" on Windows can also cause a few problems.

    Last year, I was supervising some students as they rehearsed their group project presentations. There were a few groups in the lecture theatre (about 20 people in total), all waiting to use the projector to run through their Powerpoint slides and to test their newly-developed software on the big screen.

    One student grabbed his friend's laptop, went up to the projector and started running through the group's slides. That all went off with no problems. He then went to the Start menu to start up another application, but ended up mousing over the "Recent Documents" folder. Half the entries in there were porn videos.

    He then proceeded to click on one of the entries, displaying the porn on the big screen in front of everyone. The student who owned the laptop started screaming at him, and I asked him to close the video window. He did that, but he then went into the folder where the video was located, to uncover an epic porn stash.

    The student who owned the laptop ran up, grabbed it and left the room, much to the laughter of half the people in the room.

    The guy who was presenting then said: "now we know why he didn't do much work on the project, he was obviously busy with other things".

    It was pretty cruel. But I guess the moral of the story is not to have an epic porn stash on a laptop that you lend to other people... even if they are co-workers in a group project.

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    SamSam Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Marlor wrote: »
    "Recent Documents" on Windows can also cause a few problems.

    Last year, I was supervising some students as they rehearsed their group project presentations. There were a few groups in the lecture theatre (about 20 people in total), all waiting to use the projector to run through their Powerpoint slides and to test their newly-developed software on the big screen.

    One student grabbed his friend's laptop, went up to the projector and started running through the group's slides. That all went off with no problems. He then went to the Start menu to start up another application, but ended up mousing over the "Recent Documents" folder. Half the entries in there were porn videos.

    He then proceeded to click on one of the entries, displaying the porn on the big screen in front of everyone. The student who owned the laptop started screaming at him, and I asked him to close the video window. He did that, but he then went into the folder where the video was located, to uncover an epic porn stash.

    The student who owned the laptop ran up, grabbed it and left the room, much to the laughter of half the people in the room.

    The guy who was presenting then said: "now we know why he didn't do much work on the project, he was obviously busy with other things".

    It was pretty cruel. But I guess the moral of the story is not to have an epic porn stash on a laptop that you lend to other people... even if they are co-workers in a group project.

    From what you're saying it sounds like the guy intentionally went straight for the guy's porn in class on the projector. Apart from the bullying involved, isn't this a pretty flagrant classroom disruption during a graded presentation? The guy operating the computer should've failed...

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    emnmnmeemnmnme Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Gosling wrote: »
    FUN WITH AUTOFILL

    In quotation marks, I will display my search. Afterwards will be shown selected Autofill results.

    "why a"
    why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria (117,000 results)

    http://www.amazon.com/Black-Kids-Sitting-Together-Cafeteria/dp/0465083617/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1231384395&sr=8-1

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    Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    man you can solve all these problems by typing your complete query very quickly

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    StarcrossStarcross Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Dyscord wrote: »
    man you can solve all these problems by typing your complete query very quickly

    That doesn't help if someone else is on your computer.

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    MarlorMarlor Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Sam wrote: »
    From what you're saying it sounds like the guy intentionally went straight for the guy's porn in class on the projector. Apart from the bullying involved, isn't this a pretty flagrant classroom disruption during a graded presentation? The guy operating the computer should've failed...

    It was just a rehearsal for the presentation, and it certainly didn't seem planned. I told off the guy who did it, so I didn't see any need to take it further.

    (Not that I could fail him if I wanted to... the process involved in such a thing is so convoluted here that it's never done).

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