When talking about writers and their search histories I've joked that there are only two types of people who search for 'How do I dispose of my wife's body with a woodchipper'. Jason Cantrell talks about the realities of quite how dodgy a writer's web search history can look, and how you might end up on totalitarian government watchlists:
And of course, in addition to researching ponies and Mesopotamian slave names, I did extensive research into decay rates of human bodies. As you can see, I spent quite a bit of time visiting multiple websites on this topic. It’s almost as if I’m planning to enslave someone and I want to know how long it’ll take the body to decay when I finish killing her. But that seems unlikely . . . maybe if we go a bit further back, there’ll be something in my search history that will shed some light on this and explain what I’ve really been up to.
I tried to do this to find out what mad story ideas are shown in my own history, but it seems an earlier version of me had proactively disabled Google's web search history tracking for my account. Good thinking, yester-me.
Click here and check out Jason's history, if you dare: http://writingpossibilities.com/2014/07/07/how-writers-end-up-on-nsa-watchlists/