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9 Things You Should Never Google

Avoid spiraling down the dark hole of Internet searches and creating unnecessary stress for yourself by skipping these keywords and things you should not Google.

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Things You Don’t Want to See in Ads Later

You may have an odd question about diaper rash ointments for your friend’s baby, but if you Google it, good luck! Chances are, every time you open up a page online, there will be an ad for said diaper rash ointment for weeks to come. Speaking of the Internet, here’s how to increase your internet speed for faster browsing when searching for DIY projects!

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Anything That’s Going to Embarrass You


We all have embarrassing inquiries, but if you’re concerned they could be used against you, say, in a political race, then it’s best not to search Google for it! Even if you permanently delete your search, you’re out of luck according to security experts Svea Eckert and Andreas Dewes, who managed to gather the online habits of some 3,000,000 German citizens without their knowledge, as well as the private web history of prominent public figures, including judges and politicians.

Besides that, you really don’t want ads popping up for those embarrassing inquiries, especially if your boss is lurking over your shoulder. Speaking of embarrassing things, would you be embarrassed to have these 12 toilet seat lids?! We would!

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Anything That’s Going to Incriminate You


If it’s against the law, you’re probably not going to want to Google it — especially considering what the security experts can do. “It is now a common occurrence for computers to be analyzed along with telephones and for all social media to be interrogated,” explained Brian McConnachie QC, a criminal defense barrister. “It is almost commonplace for there to be reference to at least one of these in any serious trial.” If you’re bored, skip the weird Google searches and check out these DIY projects to keep you busy instead.

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Skin Conditions


Wondering what that new blemish on your face is? Don’t Google “round, reddish mole.” It will only bring you a whole lot of information and images that relay some pretty disgusting things. Make an appointment with a dermatologist instead. Speaking of skin, here are 12 ways to combat dryness in your home.

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Worms


If you are looking for the best worms for your garden, you’re going to have to be VERY specific with your Google search, otherwise, you’re going to get back some creepy, crawly and totally disturbing images and information. Avoid the Google search altogether and check out our information on attracting beneficial worms to your garden.

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Whether a Product Is Safe or Not


The Internet has A LOT of opinions, with people claiming to be experts on everything. But if you’re wondering if a certain product is safe for your skin, safe to ingest, etc. and you get back a “yes” from some forums and a “no” from others, you might be tempted to swing toward the positive side. It’s best to seek out medical and/or professional advice. Call your doctor or the company in question. On the topic of product safety, here are some cleaning products that cause more harm than good.

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Your Symptoms


Similar to Googling that weird mole on your face, using the search engine to decipher why your stomach hurts, why you feel tired or why you’re itchy is going to instill more fear than simply going to see a doctor. Rather than being your own medical doctor, try being a doctor for your car. Here’s how to diagnose car problems.

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Your Favorite Thing + Cancer


Cancer is a terrible thing, and it seems so much is linked to it. But did you know even owning a dog has been linked to cancer?! Yep, there’s research out there that links your precious pup to the disease. But let’s be honest, you’re not going to give up Fido, so why even tempt yourself with a Google search. Maybe spend your time surfing the web for dog houses instead, like these 12 incredible ones your best friend will love!

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Translations


How many times have your translations actually panned out when trying them on someone? You likely get a “What?!” from the person you’re trying to impress or communicate with. As the Guardian points out, if the English version of The Girl from Ipanema was translated via Google, you’d get “Girl in the golden body, sun from Ipanema, then it swung its more than a poem.” Nope! Doesn’t make sense. Speaking of foreign concepts, check out these nine international organizing ideas.

Plus: Check out this cheat sheet for Google Home commands.