That's how I was starting a query into my search engine with the idea of exploring the pros and cons of students borrowing money to pay for college. I got stopped in my tracks by the automatic completions proposed by the search engine:
-Is it a good idea to microwave an airbag?
-Is it a good idea to lease a car?
-Is it a good idea to join the marines?
-Is it a good idea to get back with your ex?
-Is it a good idea to invest in gold?
Now I can't stop staring at them. Microwave an airbag?!?? These automatic completions of search queries offer amazing snapshots of the public mind.
And here's the big question: what does it all mean? If the first thing an internet user is wondering about is whether to microwave an airbag, is it a sign that this society is bored to death?
UPDATE: I changed my search settings to turn off the automatic completion option. It's fun, but very distracting!