About this time of the year (it is 1st March after all) I start to look back over my posts to review what has been going on. One of the things that I like to do is to take a look at the search questions that seem to bring web-surfers by the site and take a look at some of the more bizarre and unusual.
Before Google got nervous about web search findings and tightened up on publishing results this was a lot more fun and there were a lot more to choose from but over the last year I have spotted a few that amused me…
I am going to start with one about crime and this search request – “Is bag snatching bad in Krakow” and my response to that is bag snatching is bad everywhere so don’t do it because you can end up in a whole lot of trouble.
On roughly the same subject I rather liked this one – “How to avoid Pickpockets in Athens?” The answer of course is simple – don’t go to Athens!
Actually I have some experience of pickpockets in Athens and although I have always considered Greece to be an honest and safe place and Athens has always been regarded as a city where stealing from tourists was unheard of, yes, Kim and I were robbed on the Athens Metro and this is our story… “Athens Pickpockets”
I am being adventurous (or maybe just foolish) this year and have trips planned to Naples and to Barcelona, two cities with an unenviable reputation for street theft!
On a lighter note I offer you this one … “Can you see the Giant’s Causeway from the Car?” and the answer is yes of course you can but only if you are prepared to take your vehicle across a muddy field and then drive it over the cliff edge.
The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland is free to enter but managed by the National Trust who don’t really encourage people to visit for nothing and make it as difficult as they possibly can to avoid the extortionate car parking and entry Visitor Centre entry fees.
Shortly after returning from a visit I wrote a post about visiting Giant’s Causeway and how to do it on the cheap and it has turned out to be one of my most successful with almost five thousand hits – “Top Tips for Visiting the Giant’s Causeway on a Budget”
Now, what about this one – “How often is the Titanic visited?” As almost everyone knows the RMS Titanic sank on its maiden voyage in April 1912 after an unfortunate encounter with an iceberg close to Newfoundland. It sank to the bottom of the Ocean and rests about two and a half miles from the surface. That is a long way down and requires specialist deep sea diving equipment to explore it so the answer is a simple one – Not Very Often At All!
It is possible that the enquirer was directed towards my post about my visit to the “Titanic Experience in Belfast” and on the subject of visitor numbers here I find that I can be more helpful because I happen to know that since opening in 2012 the Museum has had over four million visitors from over one hundred and fifty different countries.
Mine is a travel blog so sometimes people seek answers to questions about popular holiday resorts. This year I have picked out this strange question – “Where does the waste go in Benidorm?”
Benidorm was one of the first big Spanish holiday resorts and by the 1970s had acquired a dubious reputation for holiday lager louts and badly behaved visitors from Northern Europe and for that reason I am tempted to say that Benidorm waste goes back home at the end of a fortnights holiday!
Thankfully Benidorm isn’t nearly so bad these days and it has left its sordid past behind. I visited the city in 2017 and wrote a post about the changes that I noticed… “Travels in Spain, Benidorm and How Things Change”.
The next one wasn’t really a question it was a statement – “Italians don’t respect the Highway Code” and whoever said that was absolutely correct. In Italy, traffic regulations currently in force were approved by the Legislative Decree number 285 of 30th April 1992 and are contained in the Italian Highway Code called the Codice della Strada, but anyone visiting a busy Italian city or town would be certain to dispute that there is such a thing as a highway code in Italy.
I foolishly attempted car rental in Italy in 2013 and almost immediately wished that I hadn’t. Trying to be helpful I wrote a post about my nightmare experience upon my return… “Travelling – Car Hire Advice – Driving in Italy”.
In brief my advice was ‘DON’T!
Staying in Italy this search question caught my eye – “Prostitution People Dead Caused by Volcano” and I imagine the enquirer might have been researching Biblical plagues or judgments or something similar. I don’t know if prostitutes or sex workers are singled out in this way for natural disaster punishments but my post about Mount Vesuvius is my fifth most popular ever with fifteen thousand seven hundred hits – “Sorrento, Mount Vesuvius – Living on the Edge of Disaster”
I conclude this year’s list with a very bizarre search question – “Nazi Crisps”. I really don’t know if Adolf and the German High Command liked foil wrapped potato crisps (I doubt that they were even invented then) but if they did I imagine that there favourite flavours would have been Bratwurst, Cabbage and Brawn Cocktail.
I wrote a post about potato crisps/chips but I am certain that I didn’t mention the Nazis – “Chips, Crisps or Fries – How Do You Eat Yours?”
That’s it for this year, thanks for reading and I will do another round up when I have enough material…
… Have you spotted any bizarre search questions bringing unexpected visitors to your blog posts? – Do Tell!
Here are the previous posts in this series of weird internet searches…
Great collection. I must go check out mine.
Worth looking because just now and then you get a really funny one!
I will now 😊 have you seen http://www.quora.com ?
Thanks for the link!
Don’t know that I’ll get to reading all the links (I’m suddenly pretty busy with stuff that I had let slide), but I’ll try and hit as many as I can.
As far as driving in Italy, I did it twice; 1995 and 2003. In 2003 it was all Italy for three weeks, but in 1995, it also included Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. This is my summary of the Italian driving experience:
“Finally! Driving among people I don’t have to worry about. These people know how to drive.”
Seriously, I was very comfortable and didn’t find it a problem, which means that it’s in the blood since I left Italy before I learned how to drive.
Here, with the exception of Detroit, driving is an exercise in frustration as it appears the average driver is unfamiliar with the operation of the automobile.
I suppose Driving in England might also be frustrating because it looks as if they don’t even know what side of the road they should use.
Lucky you in Italy, you must be a natural. I like this quote from Bill Bryson –
“I love the way Italians park… it looks like a parking competition for blind people. Cars are pointed in every direction, half on the pavements and half off, facing in, facing sideways… fitted into spaces so tight that the only way out would be through the sun roof. (Italians) park their cars the way I would park if I had just spilled a beaker of hydrochloric acid on my lap.”
Germany, Switzerland and Austria are easy to drive because unlike the Italians they have rules and they obey them!
As well as England (UK) three other countries in Europe are sensible enough to drive on the left – Malta, Cyprus and Ireland!
Thanks Andrew. It’s a while since you’ve been to Italy. Jerez is lovely but very wet x
Oh Dear! I am following another blogger who is currently in Malaga and he tells us the same!
Loved Jerez, though I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere wetter and windier. Asked the receptionist at the Alcazar this morning ‘is it always like this?’ She said ‘Never!’ Should I believe her? 🙂 🙂
i love these, andrew –
Thanks, I am working on my all time top ten now!
Thanks! The odd search questions always amuse me!
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I love your answers!
Thanks, I love the questions, I check them most days!
Brilliant, I like the Stan Laurel impersonation too 😂
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So funny! The questions AND the answers.
I am gong to post my all time top ten for those which I like best.
Look forward to that!
Fun post, Andrew. I’ll have to go digging. 🙂 Who knows what drives traffic. I once posted a moose sign photo from a Nova Scotia Highway and it got hundreds of hits. Why? –Curt
I wish I had the answer to that one Curt. My most views picture is a postcard map of the Spanish island Fuerteventura. The odd thing is that when I posted it I misspelled it as Fortuventura so I am reminded daily of the mistake.
Laughing, Andrew. One of my popular posts is on a small town in Nevada. I think I must be the only person that ever blogged about it! –Curt
Why do I feel confused?
Difficult to get inside the minds of those asking these obtuse questions.
Now I’m more confused than ever 😜
These always give me a giggle, Andrew. I just checked mine. Here are a few that brought people to my blog.
1. Hello, I’m on one
2. Can you take people up the ayia nap?
3. if you give me the permission i want to hug you
4. Do Cadbury’s Creme eggs explode if you put them in a microwave?
5.mississipi pussy cats
The mind boggles.
Hugh, they are just brilliant, especially the Crème Egg explosion!
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