What do Americans want to know how to do? We look at the most-often Googled "how-to" searches from across the country. Washington residents want to know how to eat, drink — and be hot.
Washingtonians want to get things done.
But, even armed with a lifetime of education and practical know-how, there are highly technical procedures that can confound even the most intuitive person.
Such as how to cook a wolf. Or how to dab.
Fortunately, there’s the internet.
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Estately recently compiled which how-to questions internet users in each state asked more frequently than others. Using Google Autocomplete, the site compiled hundreds of the most common how-to questions Americans type into the Google search bar. Those searches were then run through Google Trends to determine which state queried each of these selected searches the most over the past five years.
For Washington state, the findings were:
- How to bake salmon?
- How to cook a wolf? (Attentive reader notes that this is a Seattle restaurant)
- How to use a french press?
- How to eat a fig?
- How to be hot?
- How to dab?
- How to make hard cider?
- How to compost? (tie w/Colorado)
- How to survive an earthquake?
Ever-practical Oregon residents wanted to learn how to hack Wi-Fi and how to make floral arrangements. In civic-minded Idaho, they wanted to know how to register to vote, how to cook quinoa, how to cook rice, how to draw and how to address a letter.
Across the country, Delaware’s preoccupation with consequence-free murder should warrant attention from law enforcement; South Dakota wants to learn how to make slime (what kind of slime, we ask?); and the most-pressing question on the mind of Illinois residents is how to sell Beanie Babies.
Floridians just want to know how to get out of Florida.
The meta award goes to residents of the Hoosier state, whose most-Googled how-to question is how to Google something.
The full list is available here.
Estately’s caveat: The list does not represent what each state Googles the most, it simply shows the searches each state Googles more frequently than the other 49 states and the District of Columbia.