Have you ever been asked a question so shocking you sit back in your chair to let the realization slowly set in that yes, they DID indeed ask that.
For me, the shock from the questions aren’t the actual topics themselves. It’s more the fact that they asked ME with the expectation of an accurate answer.
Some of my favorite questions asked of me from inquirers who have a laptop (connected to the Internet) in front of them have been:
“Do you know what time it is in Australia right now?”
“How many days are in a leap year?”
“How do you spell the word “vacuum”?”
“How do I zip a folder?”
“What is the keyboard shortcut for copy and paste?”
I am flattered that at times I am revered as possessing omnipotent powers and am a firm believer that if you have a question, you should always seek the answer. I just choose to refer to Google for those answers.
If you, dear reader, are also a recent graduate from the school of Google and Wikipedia, I have a wonderful tool to share.
Enter… Let Me Google That For You (www.lmgtfy.com)
This joy providing website (also available as an app) has a one sentence about section.
“LMGTFY is for all those people who find it more convenient to bother you with their question rather than google it for themselves.”
And it’s amazing!
You essentially type out the question being asked of you into the search bar and then select either “Google Search” or “I’m Feeling Lucky”.
This is followed up by lmgtfy.com providing a link and asking you to share it.
When you send this link, the inquirer witnesses a glorious Google page – blank slate – before animation appears, typing out the question you just inputted and then selecting, “Google Search”.
It’s followed up by a question appearing on the screen stating, “Was that so hard?”, before redirecting the viewer to the very accurate Google results page related to that query.
I LOVE it!
One of my favorite reactions post send was when the inquirer stood up from their chair and exclaimed, “You sent me a virus!! I’m not even touching my mouse and its moving!!!”
Granted it took a moment for the realization of what lmgfy.com was to fully sink in, but it no way detracted from my joy. 🙂
It is the most skillfully crafted, delightfully passive aggressive yet unmistakably clear “tool” I could have ever hoped for. I highly recommend it.