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It is very weird that Google remembers everything, but it is also kinda nice? I don't know what this will do to our lives and our brains, but when I type "When" into the search box and it auto-completes to some idle curiosity I had three weeks ago, it is a special kind of lovely.

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Good morning John.

So, a weird thing about modern life is that I can certainly forget what happened to me two weeks ago, but Google never will. So, because I can, let's go back through my top 22 most recent questions that I asked Google, starting with the wheres.

(0:14) So I was actually curious about where World War II soldiers pooped when they were in cities. Like, did people let them in their homes or did they go to the cinema or something or just poop in the gutter? What did they do? But I found no information about that. I just found a lot of pictures of dudes pooping in trenches. Which looked awful. Looked very bad.

(0:31) The nitrogen in the atmosphere came from geological processes in the earth, and then it's pretty heavy and stable so it sticks around for really a long time. That's why there's so much of it.

(0:38) And the lunar landers turned out to be really interesting. The landers, they would launch, and then they would take back off and reconnect with the command module and then be jettisoned. And almost all of them were crashed into the Moon to do seismic experiments.

Except for Apollo 13, which was used as a lifeboat, and then they crashed it into Earth's atmosphere. And Apollo 10, the mission before the one that landed on the Moon, the one that just flew around the moon. They actually jettisoned that lunar module and it went into solar orbit. So it is currently out there. We could go get it. It's just in space.

(1:07) Now for some whats. This first one is just me trying to figure out why when, where, and what can be answered with then, there and that which just—it can't be a coincidence. And I'm getting closer to the answer to this question? I'm not quite there yet. 

(1:20) A pinecone turns out to just be a pinecone. I thought maybe it was analogous to some other structure. It's really not. A conifer cone is a conifer cone that's what it is. It's an organ of a plant.

But interestingly, physiologically those little pollen things on conifers are actually pinecones. Is physiology something you can apply to plants? I don't know if that's just an animal thing. I can google it.