So I search how to do everything around the house. A visual essay by Xaquín G. You know that slightly sexist thing we do your essay handymen do?
In front of a man and a woman, they’d look at the man to explain what happened to that thing they just fixed. I don’t understand how they can’t read my blank stare: I’m never following, my wife usually is. I need to see it step by step, with drawings and explanations, so it clicks. Each item is sized based on the number of searches about ‘how to fix’ it. Walls, doors, and windows were the fixtures we searched the most in almost every country — I guess since they kind of are what makes a house a house.
So we discarded those three fixtures in search for some regional patterns. Each item is still sized based on the number ‘how to fix it’ searches within the country. On a sidenote — if I may. But ‘how to fix things around the house’ is only the tip of the iceberg. We looked at the top 100 ‘How Tos’ worldwide to see what else we desperately need help with. We have become so dependant on offloading, on relieving our brains from keeping certain basic, human information in storage, that we’ve forgotten how to do some fairly basic grown up tasks. I know some would say it ain’t that obvious, but I told you already that I know how to make liquid olives — I love cooking, and anyone that’s ever met me would attest to the extent of such love.
So, yes, ‘how to boil an egg’ or ‘how to make pizza dough’ rank as obvious questions in my book. They show the terribly sweet, innocent, romantic ignorance of our teens. This smaller chunk of questions sounds as if they were asked by someone just a bit older than 21, when some start missing all the terribly sweet, innocent, romantic ignorance of their teens. I didn’t — apparently I was born a grown up. And ‘how to tie a tie’! The catchall category actually contains some fun mini-categories.
My favorite ones are the questions about math and thievery. Oh, and ‘how to lose weight’! The ones that aren’t strictly beauty, could be defined as New Year’s resolutions. Some of those questions are recurring themes of our search behaviour, here are some of the most interesting seasonal ‘how to’ questions. How to cook asparagus Yup, food and seasonality. How to ask someone to prom Kind of like today’s teens, every year it peaks earlier.