Sometimes in online media literacy we need a Google search that will turn up a mixture of high quality and low quality information for students to sort through. But it’s surprisingly hard to come up with a large array of unique queries on the spot.
I generated this list of questions to ask Google, Bing, or whatever from a combination of Buzzsumo results and Google autocomplete suggestions. Quality and complexity of results may vary, and what Google returns is ever-shifting. So please check the search results before assigning them to your students as mini research projects to make sure the difficulty is right for your purpose.
Here we go:
- Are “Hail Satan” license plates now available in Tennessee?
- Are Americans flocking to Mexico for dental care?
- Are President Trump’s vacations bankrupting the Secret Service?
- Are Tasmanian tigers extinct?
- Are baby boomers squeezing millennials out of the housing market?
- Are birth control pills in our water supply causing “transgender” fish?
- Are children of divorce more likely to fail exams?
- Are children of divorced parents more likely to divorce?
- Are children of divorced parents more likely to leave religion?
- Are children reading less?
- Are e-cigarettes as bad for people as smoking?
- Are earth temperatures cooler than when Al Gore won the Nobel Prize?
- Are illegal aliens in Canada complaining about a lack of free housing?
- Are learning styles real?
- Are men who marry “chubby” women happier?
- Are millennials finding it hard to transition into adulthood?
- Are more terrorists right wing or left wing?
- Are most convicted terrorists in the U.S. citizens?
- Are opioids killing more people than AIDS at its peak?
- Are people who are late more likely to live longer?
- Are people who are late more successful?
- Can a “raw diet” cure eczema?
- Can adding water to whisky increase its flavor?
- Can an algorithm be racist?
- Can an algorithm catch a serial killer?
- Can an algorithm predict risk of suicide with 92 percent accuracy?
- Can baking soda cure cancer?
- Can cannabis cure opioid addiction?
- Can celery prevent chronic inflammation?
- Can colloidal silver cure cancer?
- Can dandelion weed cure cancer?
- Can embracing your darkest emotions improve mental health?
- Can magnets be used to retrieve short and long term memories?
- Can magnets cure cancer?
- Can water bottles set things on fire?
- Could a recent sperm count drop make humans extinct?
- Does happiness reduce stress?
- Did 2,000 old seeds grow into an extinct biblical tree?
- Did 200 hundred protestors demand that New York City take down a statue of Teddy Roosevelt?
- Did Belgium ban halal butchers?
- Did Belgium ban the kosher slaughter of animals?
- Did Black Lives Matter activists interrupt a Montreal Pride parade?
- Did China buy Volvo?
- Did China buy Walmart?
- Did China hack the U.S. Seventh Fleet?
- Did Common Core kill music programs?
- Did Donald Trump pay actors to cheer during his announcement he would run for president?
- Did France ban plastic plates and cups?
- Did France ban the use of Gardasil?
- Did George Clooney donate millions to tear down Confederate statues?
- Did German schools ban pork to accommodate Muslim students?
- Did Harvard researchers find Exxon misled public on climate science?
- Did Hitler execute “fake news” journalists that were telling the truth?
- Did Idaho health premiums spike 81 percent?
- Did Illinois ban travelling elephant acts?
- Did Iran ban Zumba?
- Did John McCain approach Russia for a campaign contribution?
- Did Joy Ann Reid retweet a hoax about President Trump hiring black actors for a Phoenix rally?
- Did Millennials kill Applebee’s?
- Did NASA predict earth will experience 15 days of darkness in November 2017?
- Did Nancy Pelosi’s father dedicate confederate statues?
- Did Obama deport more people than any president before him?
- Did Obama pardon 1970s terrorist Elizabeth Anna Duke?
- Did Obama pardon a Puerto Rican domestic terrorist?
- Did Obama pardon a crack dealer who went on to brutally murder a family?
- Did Obama refuse to pardon and army officer who killed jihadists?
- Did Oberlin, Ohio replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day?
- Did President Trump eliminate a plastic bottle ban in National Parks?
- Did Putin ban fluoride in Russia?
- Did Robert E. Lee’s descendant denounce white supremacy at the VMAs?
- Did Russia ban cryptocurrencies (such as Bitcoin)?
- Did Russia ban the Neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer?
- Did Russia ban the use of VPNs?
- Did Russia classify Jehovah’s Witnesses as dangerous extremists?
- Did Salt Lake City’s Mayor go undercover as a homeless man?
- Did Secretary Devos end Common Core?
- Did Switzerland ban animal tested cosmetics?
- Did Switzerland ban the import of halal meat?
- Did Switzerland ban the import of kosher meat?
- Did Switzerland ban the wearing of the burqa?
- Did Switzerland band certain deodorants due to cancer risk?
- Did Sylvia Plath not return to America because of the lack of affordable health care?
- Did Trump rescind Obama’s flood risk rules weeks before Harvey?
- Did U.S. GDP set a new record under Donald Trump?
- Did Wikileaks turn down leaks on Russia during the 2016 campaign?
- Did a Facebook AI invent its own language?
- Did a London police chief say that non-English speakers would get priority treatment?
- Did a Memphis theater stop showing Gone With the Wind due to racial insensitivity?
- Did a Nigerian student develop a cure for breast cancer?
- Did a cargo ship cross the arctic without an icebreaker for the first time ever?
- Did a reporter who exposed a BBC pedophilia cover-up die under suspicious circumstances?
- Did a severely mentally ill sperm donor father 36 kids after lying on application?
- Did an ancient map show Antarctica without its ice cap?
- Did an op-ed in the New York Times argue that raping children shouldn’t be a crime?
- Did hackers breach dozens of voting machines brought to a conference?
- Did illegal border crossings decrease by 40% in Trump’s first month as President?
- Did over 500 Android apps contain spyware?
- Did people in Baltimore vandalize a Christopher Columbus monument?
- Did police in Seattle bust a Satanic pedophile ring in August 2017?
- Did protestors in Atlanta tear down a “Peace Monument” after mistaking it for Confederate Statue?
- Did representative John Conyers introduce a bill for reparations?
- Did scientists just successfully “edit” the first human embryo ever in the U.S.?
- Did teens in Hawaii kill albatrosses, setting conservation efforts back 10 years?
- Did the Australia Weather Bureau tamper with climate numbers?
- Did the American Cancer Society cancel a Mar-a-Lago event?
- Did the Catholic Church claim child sex abuse victims ‘consented’?
- Did the Every Student Succeeds Act end Common Core?
- Did the National Cancer Institute confirm that cannibis cures cancer?
- Did the University of Southern California misspell Shakespeare’s name on a new statue?
- Did the first-ever “Customized Lipstick” store open in downtown Montreal?
- Did the head of Starbucks say it was OK to commit violence against whites?
- Did the two day care workers spend 21 years in prison over fake Satanic ritual charges?
- Did two Douglas County men get 33 years in prison for flying Confederate flag?
- Did waitress Brianna Siegel receive a $1,200 tip on a $20 bill?
- Do 11 California counties have more registered voters than voting age citizens?
- Do 96% of Trump voters stand by their decision?
- Do Concord grapes improve your memory?
- Do DNA test results change health habits?
- Do acts by Muslim terrorists get less press attention?
- Do bilingual speakers experience time differently?
- Do birth control pills cause brain tumors?
- Do changes in the sun have influence on global temperature?
- Do children of divorce have higher stroke risk?
- Do cleanses work?
- Do detox diets work?
- Do drugs kill more people than guns?
- Do lemons cure cancer?
- Do men who eat more vegetables smell sexier to women?
- Do nitrates cause cancer?
- Do nitrates cause heart attacks?
- Do people with an X on both palms make better leaders?
- Do people with blood type O get bit more by mosquitoes than blood type A?
- Do police arrest more people for marijuana use than all violent crimes combined?
- Do sanctions work?
- Do sanctuary cities have significantly higher crime rates?
- Do sanctuary cities violate federal law?
- Do six Baltimore schools have zero students who are proficient in math and English?
- Do unattractive people out earn average looking people?
- Do vaccines cause autism?
- Do vegetables have more nitrates than hot dogs?
- Do video games improve your memory?
- Do vinegar baths cure fevers?
- Do women have more stamina than men?
- Does “science say” it’s in our nature to social media “creep”?
- Does Facebook keep deleted posts?
- Does Facebook now allow users to flag things as “Literally Hitler”?
- Does fracking cause air pollution?
- Does Russia have more prostitutes than doctors, farmers, and firemen combined?
- Does SPAM cause cancer?
- Does Social Security add to the national debt?
- Does Social Security have a surplus?
- Does U.S. solar power employ more people than oil, coal, and gas combined?
- Does aerobic exercise increase oxygen levels?
- Does alcohol cure cancer?
- Does avocado cure eczema?
- Does bad weather make us horny?
- Does being near the ocean “change your brain”?
- Does caffeine trigger a taste for sweets?
- Does climate change cause earthquakes?
- Does climate change cost India $10 billion per year?
- Does diet soda cause heart attacks?
- Does dietary fiber affect blood sugar?
- Does dietary fiber have calories?
- Does drinking alcohol improve memory?
- Does drinking champagne prevent Alzheimers?
- Does eating soy cause cancer?
- Does exercise improve COPD?
- Does exercise improve your memory?
- Does fracking cause cancer?
- Does fracking cause climate change?
- Does fracking cause droughts?
- Does fracking cause earthquakes?
- Does franking cause sinkholes?
- Does lipstick cause cancer?
- Does loneliness cause dementia?
- Does loneliness cause heart disease?
- Does loneliness kill you?
- Does one child in the U.S. disappear every 40 seconds?
- Does oregano oil kill warts?
- Does oxytocin cure xenophobia?
- Does peanut oral immunotherapy work?
- Does physical activity reduce stress?
- Does smoking reduce obesity?
- Does smoking weed improve your memory?
- Does sniffing rosemary improve your memory?
- Does soda kill hundreds of thousands of people a year?
- Does stevia improve focus?
- Does stevia improve memory?
- Does sugar kill more people than cigarettes?
- Does swearing improve stamina?
- Does taking birth control pills increase your risk of death?
- Does the U.S. Navy see climate change as a threat?
- Does the creator of Minecraft believe Pizzagate is real?
- Does the president of France spend $30,000 on makeup?
- Does toothpaste cure acne?
- Does toothpaste help a burn?
- Does visiting the beach change your brain?
- Has Cuba found a cancer vaccine?
- Has Melania Trump issued a ban on Monsanto products in White House?
- Has a one trillion dollar lawsuit been filed against media for “staging” Sandy Hook?
- Has chlorpyrifos, a pesticide, been linked to autism?
- Has the U.S. killed more than 20 million people in “victim nations” since World War II?
- Have 59% of Millennials raised in a church dropped out?
- Have Greenland’s polar ice caps melted past the point of no return?
- Have Monarch butterfly numbers been dropping?
- Have anti-white hate crimes in LA nearly doubled from the previous year?
- Have neuroscientists discovered a song that reduces anxiety by 65 percent?
- How dangerous is Cancun right now?
- How dangerous is mold?
- How does childhood poverty in the U.S. compare to other nations?
- How have American views of Nazis changed over time?
- How many Indians are at risk from rising sea levels?
- How many Indians are in the U.S.?
- How many black slaves were there in 1850?
- How many people does air pollution kill each year?
- How much does U.S. life expectancy vary by county?
- How much more do white men make than black women?
- How much more expensive are elections now than the late 1800s?
- In June 2017, was a first grader’s artwork hung at the Met?
- Is Alaska’s permafrost thawing?
- Is America’s biggest bank stealing land from indigenous tribes?
- Is California about to tax clean drinking water?
- Is China ahead of the U.S. in robots?
- Is China ahead of the U.S. in solar?
- Is China now a majority stockholder in Walmart?
- Is China working on climate change?
- Is FIFA considering banning players from making “cross” sign?
- Is Fukushima dumping hundreds of tons of dangerous water into the Pacific?
- Is Osama Bin Laden’s son about to take over Al Qaeda?
- Is Sweden safe to visit?
- Is Vladmir Putin richer than Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos combined?
- Is a Kentucky coal company planning to build the state’s largest solar farm?
- Is alcohol a carcinogen?
- Is being annoyed at others chewing a sign of genius?
- Is being jobless better for your health than a bad job?
- Is cancer a fungus?
- Is cigar smoking safer than cigarette smoking?
- Is dietary fat linked to a low sperm count?
- Is divorce contagious?
- Is sitting the new smoking?
- Is sodium glutamate dangerous?
- Is sodium glutamate gluten free?
- Is the Spix’s macaw extinct?
- Is the earth flat?
- Should kids get anesthesia for dental work?
- Was Common Core a part of No Child Left Behind?
- Was Common Core passed by Congress?
- Was Common Core repealed?
- Was Common Core started by Obama?
- Was Dr. Phil cancelled in Denmark for exposing a pedophile ring?
- Was Hitler financed by the Federal Reserve?
- Was Huma Abedin’s family business owned by a violent extremist group?
- Was a Las Vegas school counselor caught on camera kicking an ADHD student?
- Was a Maryland teen barred from graduation due to “immoral” pregnancy?
- Was a border patrol vehicle sprayed with manure after an argument?
- Was a first grade student punished for “misgendering” transgender classmate?
- Was an Egyptian academic accused of ‘glorifying Satan’ after teaching Milton’s Paradise Lost?
- Was celery the “avocado toast” of the Victorian era?
- Were HPV vaccine deaths hidden deliberately by researchers?
- Were Samuel L. Jackson and Magic Johnson mistaken for ‘lazy migrants’ in Italy?
- Were there early democratic societies in the Americas?
- Were two Indian engineers recently shot in Kansas as part of a suspected hate crime?
- What country has the highest STD rate?
- What county has the highest STD rate?
- What county has the highest crime rate in Florida?
- What county in the U.S. has the highest life expectancy?
- What county in the U.S. has the lowest life expectancy?
- What happened to Sylvia Plath’s missing novel?
- What is the chance of an asteroid killing most human life on earth?
- What is the lowest approval rating a President has had?
- What is the most spoken language in Africa?
- What percentage of America’s wealth do the richest one percent hold?
- What percentage of American children live in poverty?
- What percentage of French children live in poverty?
- What percentage of India’s wealth do the richest one percent hold?
- What percentage of Japanese children live in poverty?
- What percentage of motorists use a mobile phone when driving?
- What percentage of teen cases of HIV involve gay teens?
- What percentage of worldwide terrorism deaths occur in Europe and America?
- What percentage of San Franciscans can’t afford rent?
- Which state had the most slaves per captia in 1850?
- Who runs CNN?
- How many people does coal kill each year?
- Who runs FEMA?
- Who runs the inquirer.net site?
- Why are so many Millennials living with their parents?
- Why has the Japanese birth rate plummeted?
- Will eating more salt make you healthier?
- Will troops be deployed to halt illegal immigration?
- Would 36% of Brits consider having sex with a robot?
- Did Black Lives Matter block emergency crews from reaching Harvey victims?
- Did Oregon’s Governor sign a “gun confiscation” law?
- Were confederate soldiers considered U.S. veterans under law?
- Were pyramids discovered in Antarctica?
- Did John McCain admit to being a “war criminal”?
- Did a Johns Hopkins Scientist expose risks of flu vaccine?
- Was Bill Clinton expelled from Oxford over a rape incident?
- Was Robert E. Lee opposed to Confederate monuments?
- Is an Ohio cemetery exhuming bodies of Confederate soldiers?
- Were significant numbers of Irish slaves in America?
- Was a cop who arrested Malia Obama found dead?
- Is collecting rainwater illegal in some states?
- Will House Bill 610 defund education?
- Did an elementary school in California force students to cross dress for LGBT Week?
- Were 98 million Americans given cancer through Polio shots?
- Is wrapping string around a baby’s toes dangerous?
- Does eating carrots improve you vision?
- Do Ramen noodles use a wax that causes cancer?
- Was the body of missing White House intern Margaret Sanguay found?
- Did 179 kids go missing in Indiana in the first 100 days of 2017?
- Is a Facebook Drug Task Force now monitoring all Facebook posts?
- Have crime rates in Australia increased since its gun ban?
- Is high salt intake associated with double the risk of heart failure?
- Will there be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050?
- Does lemon aroma reduce blood pressure?
- Does lemon scent improve concentration?
- Do lemons reduce blood sugar?
- Do lemons help diabetes?
- Why do so many millennials have tattoos?
- What percentage of millennials have tattoos?
- Did German almost become the official language of the U.S.?
- Would America have won the Revolutionary War without French support?
- Can vigorous coughing prevent a heart attack?
- Did 234 people die eating contaminated Patti Labelle sweet potato pies?
- Does a single volcanic eruption contribute more to global warming than 100 years of humans?
- Are polar bears going extinct?
- Is the rainforest in danger?
- Can wrapping yourself in plastic wrap increase weight loss?
- Can robots have emotions?
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Oh thank you. What an amazing resource.