When I was cooking dinner, I recalled that I wanted to Google something. I moved five steps over to the laptop (the advantage of living in a bedsit) and—I realised I forgot what it was that I wanted to Google. So I promptly asked Google.
As I started to enter the query I wanted to Google something but I forgot what it was, Google’s search predictions showed that I’m not the only one. Not only did the autocomplete correctly fill in my request, also the actual search results proved perfectly relevant, as apparent from the screenshot below (click to enlarge, then hit Back to return to the post).
As an exercise in futility, I repeated the same search on Bing, typing I wanted to Bing something but forgot what it was. No autocomplete suggestions were available and no relevant results were available either. Ridiculously, Bing returned results of itself, and of a dictionary definition of wanted. Wanting is what Bing is.
I was also wondering whether and how using a different browser with different settings will affect my Google search. The first search was performed on Chrome, with the AdBlock extension on (obviously). I switched to Edge, went on Google and repeated the same search. There was a major difference in the first result—the very definition of my problem, Google amnesia, from Urban Dictionary.
I couldn’t find out how come that the Urban Dictionary result was missing when performing the same search on Chrome. I tried pausing AdBlock to see if it by any chance blocks the result, taking it for an ad, but no change. The same search run on Mozilla, with AdBlock Plus enabled, also included the Urban Dictionary result, though not on the first place. (Also, why, yes, I deliberately have three browsers installed.)
To conclude this rather inconclusive experiment on a funny note, the other day I forgot the term Stockholm syndrome. I needed it when I was considering whether my cat actually likes me or whether she has grown pathologically attached to her captor (of course, another option is my cat hates me). I Googled the closest I could come to it, Swedish complex, and guess what—Google (on Chrome) gave me Stockholm syndrome in answer. I was chuffed.