There is no arguing the fact that Google has come to be an integral part of our society today. Even the simplest, most mundane questions are met with the phrase ‘I’ll Google it’ as if there is no other obvious answer. After all, the internet holds the answer to everything, right?
Sure, there are other search engines available, but Google is currently used for over 63% of searches in the United States today. However, if there is one thing that our generation has learned the hard way, it’s that we need to be careful what exactly we are searching. After all, a seemingly innocent search may return some REALLY messed up results – especially if you don’t have ‘Safe Search’ enabled!
While no one can predict every questionable search out there, many people have taken to social media to share their own errors in an effort to help others learn from their mistakes. Unless you’ve got a fascination with the disturbing, frightening and gory corners of the internet, you may just want to take this advice to heart.
Here are 13 things you should avoid searching on Google:
#1 – 2 Kids, 1 Sandbox
The title sounds innocent enough, but the video that this will trigger is anything but! There are a few ‘questionable’ adult videos that have made their way around the internet and this is one that has left many men cowering in fear. The video shows a couple seemingly having a good time, in a 69 position. She is rubbing his male part with a dildo; however, the disturbing part comes when she proceeds to shove the half-inch thick object inside his of it, stretching his urethra out. Don’t worry, it appears he’s used to this treatment as he seems to be enjoying the process…
#2 – Jiggers
This is a search that is very real, and very disturbing. Unless you are going to be in a location where the chigoe flea or jigger is found (Central and South America, and sub-Saharan Africa) you may want to avoid acknowledging these disturbing parasitic insects exist at all. The jigger is so small in the beginning that it’s nearly invisible, burrowing into a person’s skin to feed and lay its eggs. However, they then swell up reaching up to 1000 times their original size, while their eggs also start to hatch and take over the area. An infestation is painful and disturbing to see. Graphic images of the infestations are something you can’t unsee.
#3 – Clock Spider
This is one of those searches that may not bother you at all, in fact, it may actually interest you BUT if you have any fear of spiders this is one you’ll want to avoid! The term ‘Clock Spider’ or ‘Clockspider’ was first associated with a series of 3 pictures posted in 2003 showing a large huntsman spider on an individual’s wall, with one of the photos showing the spider under the clock with its legs still visible from underneath. The sheer size of the spider triggered the instant popularity. Since that time, however, people have used the phrase as a tag for any photo that showed abnormally large or ‘creepy’ spiders. The image search is an arachnophobe’s nightmare.
#4 – Kid Criminals
If you’re hoping to retain any faith in humanity, this is a search you may want to avoid. While we have accepted that crime occurs among the adult population, the idea that children, the ‘innocent’ and ‘vulnerable’ individuals in our society, may also engage in these behaviors is disheartening at best. This search may lead you to discover some of the world’s youngest offenders and even those who are so violent that they are sentenced to life in prison despite their young ages.
#5 – Fournier
If you’re searching this word, it’s likely that you’re just searching for information about well-known Orlando Magic NBA player Evan Fournier. However, what you may not have known is that the term ‘Fournier’ is also the name of a gangrene-like infection that specifically targets the genitals. Needless to say, the photos that will come up in the search will make you cringe.
#6 – Nikki Catsouras
The story of Nikki Catsouras was a heartbreaking one. The 18-year-old had an argument with her parents, who then took away her car keys. In retaliation, she took the keys to her father’s Porsche 911 Carrera when he wasn’t home the next day, taking the car for a joy ride. With no prior experience handling the high-powered vehicle, she lost control and struck a concrete tollbooth, killing her instantly. What happened next, however, was disturbing. Photos of Catsouras’ accident hit the internet and went viral, some even showing her body, so mangled that even her parents couldn’t identify her. Someone even went as far as creating a fake MySpace page with the pictures. Despite her parents’ pleas to remove the images from the internet, they still come up today with a quick Google search.
#7 – Krokodil
Another thing to watch out for when you are searching on Google is your spelling, as a misspelled word may lead you to a seriously disturbing find. For example, if you’re searching for a crocodile but aren’t familiar with the spelling you may wind up with Krokodil, which is a street name for the morphine derivative ‘desmorphine’. While you weren’t likely searching for drugs, that’s not the worst part of this error, it’s the images of the drug’s side effect. It is known as a ‘flesh-eating drug’ causing widespread tissue damage and infection.
#8 – Spider Bites
This is another search that any arachnophobes reading this may want to avoid. Unlike a mosquito bite or tick bite, the reactions triggered by a spider can be quite severe. Some will present as nothing more than little red bumps on the skin, but others, like those caused by brown recluse and black widow spiders, may include serious swelling, pus, lesions and more. Just looking at the images will make you itchy.
#9 – Bed Bugs
Another insect related search, with a large number of bed bug reports across North America, many people will find themselves searching these little critters in an attempt to identify an infestation as well as to discover the best method to combat these bugs. However, the images that you will discover very well may lead you to fear ever falling asleep in your own bed again. At the very least, you’ll be searching for them every night.
#10 – Symptoms and Illnesses
This isn’t necessarily one that’s going to pull disturbing images, and it’s likely not going to release a virus onto your computer, however, it is highly recommended that you avoid using Google as an alternative to seeking medical care. Why? You’re not a doctor, and the great knowledge that is the world wide web isn’t either. You don’t ‘want to know how many people end up visiting their doctor panicked because a Google search revealed that they have cancer when it’s nothing more than a sinus headache or a rash caused by an allergic reaction. There is nothing to be gained by putting yourself through the worry. Just call and make an appointment instead.
#11 – Skin Conditions
Like diseases and illnesses, Google isn’t a credible source of information if you’re noticing some sort of skin condition. If you try to describe your symptoms in your search, you’re going to find yourself staring down some seriously disturbing visuals. The worst part is that there is no way to accurately know just by reading online whether your irritated skin is a minor allergic reaction, or whether these nightmare conditions are in your future. Instead, skip Google and head to the dermatologist if you’ve got questions.
#12 – Blue Waffle
If you’re looking for a recipe for making blueberry waffles, be careful what you type! Blue Waffle is a term that has been associated with a fictional STD that apparently causes a woman’s vagina to become disfigured and blue in color. It gets its name because it is said to look similar to the human version of a blue waffle, a disease only contracted by those who ‘get around’. Rest assured, there is no disease by this name, its nothing more than a hoax that was associated with a bait and switch website back in 2008. That doesn’t make the manufactured images any less disturbing.
#13 – Lamprey
The Lamprey, or ‘Sea Lamprey’ is an eel-like fish that can be found throughout the northern Atlantic Ocean, the Baltic, western Mediterranean, and Adriatic seas. This is a creature that is searched often lately due to the fact that they have invaded the Great Lakes. However, in an effort to ‘give people the creeps’ it appears that a series of photos have been photoshopped, placing the mouth of a Lamprey onto the human body and claiming it is ‘Lamprey Disease’, contracted by touching the Lamprey. This hoax has been traced back to 2007, but the pictures are still all over the internet.
#14 – Lemon Party
This is another seemingly innocent search that’s anything but innocent when the results roll in. Another bait and switch website hoax, dating back to 2002, the phrase ‘Lemon Party’ referred to a video of 3 elderly gentlemen in bed with one another kissing and performing oral sex set to the song ‘If You Wanna Be Happy’ by Jimmy Soul.