I never cease to be amazed at how easy it is to find the strangest information. We have an incredible wealth of knowledge at our fingertips, so long as we have internet access! Finding the information I need would take so much longer—and probably raise a lot of eyebrows—if I couldn’t do a simple online search.
Imagine the scene:
Me: How much damage does a single stick of dynamite cause?
Them: Damage to what? Why do you ask?
Me: I’m a writer and I need to know if a stick of dynamite will render someone unrecognisable. And how much would you need to blow up half a car?
Them: A writer, huh? (They give me a sideways look). I’ll need to make a quick phone call.
A little later.
Me: Honestly officer, I’m a writer. Ask Officer Brown, I showed him a copy of my book last week when I asked the pharmacist about poisons…
Without the internet I’d probably be on first name terms with half of the Tasmanian police force by now!
Other things I’ve searched:
Is it better to use a wooden or aluminium baseball bat to hit someone in self defence?
How much blood do you need to lose for it to be fatal?
What is a good substitute for blood?
How easy is it for eyeballs to come out?
What does a drowned body look like? (not nice, I assure you…)
Can you buy blood bags on the internet?
How do you give someone diarrhoea?
Poisonous mushrooms and where to find them.
And that’s just a few off the top of my head!
I used to joke about someone from a law enforcement agency noticing my search history and landing on my doorstep with questions. That was until I found out there is a program that can be run on you when your search history gets flagged. It goes through social media, websites, etc, and looks at groups you belong to and people you associate with to determine if you are a risk. I know the FBI use it, so I assume others follow a similar process.
“It’s okay, she’s just one of those writers…”
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