Title: Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure
Author: Dave Gorman
Page Count/Review Word Count: 343
Dave Gorman is back again with another bizarre adventure – he’s the comedian who also found 54 other people called Dave Gorman and who followed his horoscope exactly for forty days and forty nights. The only difference with this challenge is that he didn’t set out to do it – he almost stumbled in to the challenge by accident, in stark contrast to his other journeys.
In fact, Gorman’s reluctance to embark on the adventure is almost annoying – he repeatedly talks about how he doesn’t want to do it, and yet we all know that he did or the book wouldn’t exist. As a reader, you want to tell him to man up and get going, as he eventually and inevitably does.
The premise is a little complicated, but I’ll do my best to explain it – a Googlewhack is a term that’s used to refer to the results of a Google search for two different words when there’s only one result, like ‘spatula denoument‘ or ‘Francophile namesakes‘. Of course, now that those Googlewhacks have been featured in Dave’s show, they’re no longer Googlewhacks – in fact, if you search for them now, this web page will be included, and so will dozens of others that have since been released.
Dave’s mission was to meet the people whose websites included these Googlewhacks, and to ask them to find two further Googlewhacks of their own – he’d then continue the chain until he’d met ten people in a row via a Googlewhack. Along the way, Dave Gorman meets an old friend called Dave Gorman (see Are You Dave Gorman? for an explanation on that), gets a drunken tattoo in Texas, has a nervous breakdown and ends up in the middle of a storm. I’ve probably made it sound easier than it is, because it turned out to be an emotional journey spanning multiple continents, but you’ll have to read the book to find out all about that.