image of code showing google search results for 'aliens want'

Aliens want cheese

This is a Google search run via NodeBox. If you run this in NodeBox, changing the value of the search_term (highlighted in the screen shot) - say to [your name] wants, the results can be similarly surprising and comical. The dual cultural and cosmic connotations of the word aliens accounts for the strange mix in the results.

The unpredictable outcome suggests meaning, even though - without digging beyond the number of times a word occurs - we cannot be sure that there is any.

('u' indicates a unicode string, for words with special characters - the default in Python 3)

Source code (2009), adapted from a lost example.
Created in Python with with NodeBox.