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Radical Google tools

Mashable recently posted a list of 14 Google tools you didn’t know existed. Most of them are designed to view and filter data in different and hopefully useful ways.

We got lost for a few hours last night in the Ngram Viewer. It lets you search keywords in millions of books over the span of half a millennium, and displays the results in a graphic chart.

We created a game out of it. Try it with somebody. Taking turns, pick a word in the English language that you deem “trending” in recent years. Enter it. Observe the result. Then it’s your opponent’s turn. The person who achieves the most vertical spike in the graph wins the round. Results can be enlightening.

I had winning results with “internet”, “email”, “fuck”, “pitbull”, and “lesbian”.

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