It's early November, so it must be time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group! And this month's question is a good one:
What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?
I've Googled some really odd things over time, and learned a lot from my research. I often end up going down rabbit holes for hours on end, so if I have limited time, I tend to just leave myself a note if there is something I need to Google, and do it later. But sometimes you just need to do that research because you can't move on with the story until you know that specific fact, or how that thing actually works.
I think the weirdest thing I ever Googled (and the thing that might get me in trouble if anyone ever needs to do deep forensics on my computer for some reason) was for Stumped. I was looking for clinical research or medical papers about amputees and sex so I could inform some of Ozzy's experiences better.
There are a lot of weird people out there, and some equally weird fetishes... Who knew there were so many porn sites offering amputee sex? It was quite disturbing, especially discovering there are people out there who fantasize about this stuff. Maybe one day I'll use this knowledge in a character. But probably not...
What's the weirdest thing you've ever Googled? Did you find what you were looking for?