Why ants are cooler than flies, part 2 (or are they?)

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Relevant to our earlier discussion, google search statistics suggest “flies” should be able to hold their own against “ants” in the public eye.

Caveat: additional meanings of “flies” (such as, the conjugate of the verb ” to fly”) may overestimate the fly tally.

8 thoughts on “Why ants are cooler than flies, part 2 (or are they?)”

  1. Wow, the periodicity on the ants curve is really striking. Is that tracking a spring surge in home ant invasions? (In Davis this seems to be more of a winter phenomenon).

    Also, who knew that the Estonians were obsessed with ants?

  2. After playing around with other insect groups, it seems that many track the northern hemisphere summer. That flies don’t makes me think that there may be some spurious searches in there.

  3. “Also, who knew that the Estonians were obsessed with ants?”

    They’re not…look at the right hand side of the fuill page in google and notice that google is looking at many different languages and “ant” may refer to another noun in estonian.

    Using google to track popularity is many times completely useless.

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