Google has become part of my daily life, but every so often, I am still amazed by what it makes possible.
This morning, while washing some dishes, a tiny fragment of melody from my childhood popped into my head — it was a line from some novelty song that I think we’d sung in elementary school. I’d never known the name of the song, and all I could really remember of the lyrics was this:
[something] is a raccoon….always hungry, very hungry….he sings [something else]
I couldn’t get the little bit of music out of my head, so I wondered if I could find out what it was.
I typed “always hungry very hungry” raccoon into Google and got two results, both of which were from Japanese pages, and both of which had a bit more of the song in the translated search result fragment. I clicked on the first one and was greeted with a page of imperfectly translated Japanese; searching on “raccoon” brought me to an entry with this text:
this song is sung by Arthur kit
and with a picture of an Eartha Kitt album in the left margin of the entry:
So I went back to Google and typed Eartha Kitt raccoon; the second hit was this YouTube video-free video, with Eartha Kitt herself singing the song, Sho-Jo-Ji (the Hungry Raccoon).
Elapsed time from wondering to result: about 90 seconds.
There are times I wish I could Google the workings of my mind, but perhaps I’m better off not knowing myself that well!