I’m literally posting this for myself, so I’ll be able to easily go back and watch it. A lot.
“I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.”
-Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country
I recently discovered a fun thing: make your own searches in Google Trends.
Google Trends provides a 10+ year graph of how often a word or phrase has been searched on google.com. One of my first attempts was my favorite baseball team, the Kansas City Royals, who – for many years – were mediocre before their recent resurgence and World Series championship.
But wait, there’s more! You can also compare multiple search terms to see which is more popular over time. The possibilities are endless! Enjoy my very first “social commentary via Google Trends.”
Elbow room is much more popular than elbow grease (lazy punk kids – what’s wrong with the world?). However, elbow room is trending downward (maybe as millennials and boomers move to the cities?), and elbow grease is gaining momentum (as they build DIY compost bins and make gluten-free bread from tree bark).
I’ve compared colors, celebrity couples, sports teams, modes of travel, hair styles, dog breeds, body parts, etc. It’s fun. Go play with it.
On a recent drive by Taco Bell I learned about their latest invention – the Quesalupa. It got me thinking about what their marketing meetings might be like.
- Ok, there are 6 ingredients we use for every single menu item . We’re not adding more, so instead how do we rename what we have?
- How can we randomly combine new food-sounding words for a new name?
- How many prefixes, suffixes, letters, layers, and invented words can we add? How about Stuft? XXL?
- Can we just throw these ideas on the wall and choose at random?
Assuming this is true, I figured I could so the same with a Mexican fast food dice-roll game. I bring you TACO DICE. Here is one of my early throws:
Beefy Chipotle 5-layer Chicken Quesarito Supreme Party Pack
For math nerds, you can roll 4,665,600 different meal options (many fictional, of course).
I had so much fun rolling multiple menu items, that I put together a printable version to share. Print the file linked at the end of this article, cut the dice to build your game, and roll!
Enjoy, and if you play, post your meals in the comments!