You [Auto]Complete Me December 5, 2009Posted by pupfiction in Just for Fun.
Tags: autocomplete, google, humor, the millions
The Millions has just produced an article likening Google’s auto-complete function to glimpses of the “collective unconscious”, iconic psychiatrist Carl Jung’s theory that argues for “a second psychic system of a collective, universal, and impersonal nature which is identical in all individuals.” He believes that this, “collective unconscious does not develop individually but is inherited. It consists of pre-existent forms…archetypes…” (Wikipedia). Much more entertaining than the Millions’ revelatory musings is the site they link to: Autocompleteme.com, a site dedicated to sharing the humorous prompts that Google suggests when searching. Though some of these are so incomprehensible as to seem ‘shopped, I started to do my own searches to see if such hilarity would ensue. One of the reasons I found for Google’s strange auto-completions was song lyrics. This is what happened when I typed in “sometimes I” (inspired by the site’s “sometimes I wonder”):