While looking up "bulletproof glass" for the sake of a containment procedure, I realized I have no other reason to search for it. It led me to a question: What is the strangest thing you've looked for online for the sake of an SCP?
Oh geez, where to begin? Tragus piercings, earthquake-proofing building codes, tsunamis in Bangladesh, how to field-strip an assault rifle, types of bathtub construction, the phylogeny of Welwitschia, semiconductor doping, and the resonant frequency of the human eye.
And that's just off the top of my head. XD
This site teaches me something new every day.
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The history of Greek Orthodox illuminated manuscripts from the 4th century and associated care and preservation; the frequency, magnitude, and causes of every extinction event known to have occurred on Earth; the location, age, and suspected linguistic relationship of a half dozen yet untranslated ancient languages; the semantics of early (Republican era) and classical (Imperial era) Latin; the geological history of East/Central Pennsylvania; the evolution of Catholic ethics; thermo-voltaic technology; Saxon mythology; like Photosynthetic, also the resonant frequency of the human eye (~18 Hz, btw); effects of odorless, colorless, gaseous hallucinogenic agents and their potential to be weaponized; octal number theory; anterograde amnesia; emergency broadcasting protocols for the United States; the command structure and operational planning of USAMRIID; quantum multiverse theory; relationship between gravity and time dilation…
And that's not even getting into all the random military and intelligence stuff I've been studying for university or audio production skills I've gathered over the last dozen years, which I've applied a number of times to the site.
It was when i was looking for some game blog, and ran across a sprawling, lunitic search path spawned by this:
That i realized things had perhaps gotten out of hand.
Wow: Just for my own work:
- Engineering hardness scales
- the Heirloom Seal of China
- How to make a laser
- The dietary law of every religion I could think of, up to and including Druze, Baha'i, Seventh Day Adventist and Rastafarian
- The vocabulary and grammar of the Kikongo language
- Malaysian vampire folklore
- Ancient Chinese musical theory, and Guqin construction
- Noise-cancellation technology
- The military leadership of the United States Air Force in the early 1970s
- The command structure of the Kriegsmarine and of Auschwitz
- Taxonomy of pre-Cambrian sponge-like organisms, baleen whales, and turtle doves
- The mythology of the True Cross
- The Nazi "New Swabia" Antarctic exploration mission
- The cargo-carrying capacity and operational range of a 1938-model U-boat
- Ancient Ethiopian writing systems
- Carthaginian child-sacrifice
- The specific gravity of liquid methane
- History of Sikhism
- The "John Frum" cargo cult (watch this space, I'm still working on this)
- The leadership of the Enigma decoding team at Bletchley Park
- The content of creative commons licenses (for site admin-type stuff rather than writing)
- The name of the national postal system of Angola
- The name of the paramount head of the Soviet military during the negotiation of the SALT treaties
- A list of the metals used in commonly-available contemporary coins
- The geology of the isle of Rockall
- Siddhartha Gautama's funeral
- Places reputed to be the lake associated with "The Lady of the Lake" in Arthurian legend
- Date of game 5 of the 2008 World Series (baseball)
- The name of the weapon used by the protagonist of the Bhagavad Gita (Hindu epic)
I really hope you're using GoogleSharing (or Tor) when searching for stuff like that last one…
Can't think of anything I've looked up off the top of my head, but I know a few SCP comment threads have sent me off on a wild wikipedia chase. SCP-1881, for example, started me at Polybius and ended up at, uh… *looking through Firefox browsing history* …"Dagwood sandwich".
For SCP-984 I looked up rabies, for SCP-1248 I had to look up types of recording devices; for SCP-1448 I looked up Mark Twain's birthplace, date of birth, and the wart-curing ritual in Tom Sawyer; and for SCP-1626 I looked up polyester, hypothermia, tick saliva (didn't make the final cut), and rotting egg smell.
The history of chocolate fountains; historical neighborhood preservation societies in New York City, including the process for modifying the exteriors of buildings in historic neighborhoods; volcanism in the Solar System in general and on Io specifically; what really makes a haiku; the taxonomy of pretty much the entirety of orders Mammalia and Aves; brane theory; the history of the Welsh in southern Argentina; the history and development of Dungeons and Dragons; isotopes of hydrogen with more than two neutrons… and that's just for things I've worked on. This doesn't include all the stuff I've looked up or been referred to from stuff other people have written or mentioned.
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You guys are all in real trouble if the government ever looks at your search history.
That's why I said, use GoogleSharing and/or Tor. (Google's blacklisted most, if not all, Tor exit nodes, but since GoogleSharing servers are indistinguishable from a large corporate server in terms of request quantity/frequency, it works just fine. Does cause some lag, like any proxy would, and the plugin decides to randomly change the image-search layout every ten minutes or so, but it works just fine for keeping Google from knowing what you did.)
Oh, and rule number one of [REDACTED] internet searching to keep people from finding out about your interest in [DATA EXPUNGED]: Always make sure Google didn't somehow log you in without you noticing. GoogleSharing only works for services you're not actively logged in to (and it's not meant to work with high-bandwidth things like YouTube at all, so don't bother). Since logging in to/out of one service automatically does it for ALL the services, the only way to resolve it is to delete the "www.google.com" cookie folder yourself, leaving "accounts.google.com" (dependency for all other Google-related logins) and other ones you want to be logged in to.