Satan, Santa, and Zombies: Search Patterns Revealed

Posted by Ryan on December 19th, 2011

The University of Oxford’s Internet Institute has analyzed Google search patterns and discovered that there are places in the United States where there are more people searching for zombies and satan than for Santa Claus.

“a few pockets including just outside the San Francisco Bay and Seattle and the cities Houston, Dallas and Austin in Texas have a lot of zombie angst. Hmmm…it might be the only things these places are in agreement on. But one of the more interesting clusters runs from Tampa to Orlando Florida….home of Disney World. Sort of makes sense in a way. Also of interest is a thin band of zombies stretched out along the Eastern seaboard, west of most of the major metropolitan areas.”

Check out the Satan cluster around Tampa Bay; I am going to have to start watching my neighbors a little more closely. You can download the data here and find your own patterns.

[Floating Sheep via Gizmodo]

  • http://twitter.com/BlackSpiralX Rob Harper

    Hey Justin did you ever think that YOU are the reason for the cluster in Tampa Bay!!!!

  • http://iTricks.com/news JustinRYoung

    I am on the opposite side of the state in Fort Lauderdale. Where we love Santa. Hardcore Santa lovers we are.

  • mxyzptlk

    I want to see if the Florida Satan clusters map onto the Florida death metal clusters (should such clusters exist). Back in the 80′s and 90′s it seemed like retirees, snowbirds and death metal all went to Florida for a new  lease on life.

  • Jomark

    I’m in the Tampa area, and may be because we’ve put on a  SF Con in Tampa for the past 30 years called Necronomicon. ;)