Hope you had a nice week singing that Drag Race song from the last newsletter! I know I did.
This week I am sharing eight things I Googled this week and what I learned.* Without further ado:
The same person who voiced Yoda in the original Star Wars movies also voiced Miss Piggy in The Muppets for a while (search term: voice of yoda)
Tortoises live on land, turtles live in/near water (search term: turtle vs. tortoise)
“Zombie Formalism” is a phrase coined to describe a style of 2010s paintings, which kept coming up in this podcast about NFTs that I started but didn’t finish (search term: zombie formalism)
Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne wrote “Just The Girl” by The Click Five, a song that played approximately fifteen times a day in my house for five months in 2005 (search term: just the girl the click five; thank you to newsletter comrade Miranda Reinert for starting the thread that brought this to my attention)
Remember when RuPaul issued a tweet apology for a transphobic statement, including what he must have thought was the trans flag but was actually a painting called “Train Landscape” by Ellsworth Kelly? I think about this a lot. To be fair, I didn’t actually learn this last week, I was just telling someone about it, but it still counts, I think (search term: train flag)
A pope has not been assassinated since AD 984, possibly 1303, depending on whom you ask (search term: when was the last time a pope was assassinated; thanks to Lars for asking me this question, which brought me to the “List of popes who died violently” wiki, which I then got to read out loud to him)
The “observer effect” describes the idea that looking at experiment can affect its results; I couldn’t remember this phrase when I started writing this newsletter. Meta! (search term: watching an experiment changes the outcome)
This is the weekend to change your clocks for Daylight Savings (search term: civil twilight dc)
Hope you find the answer you are looking for this week.
*I had wanted to write a newsletter with just a big list of everything I googled for a week, but once I started logging all my searches I immediately felt like I had to make rules for the experiment (i.e. not including typing things into my search bar just to get to a certain URL [“mal devisa bandcamp” for example] or all the things I look up for spelling fact-checks at work [felt boring] and then eventually not including anything I was looking up explicitly for work [boundaries?]) and then eventually I started realizing how much of an observer effect there was on the whole process, which felt like it was ruining it a bit.