by Brian Clarey

1. “nido quebin son”

We get more than 6,000 page views a week at, the online home for our print archives and portal for bonus content, daily calendars and breaking news. Some come because they know and love our work, but others come “organically,” which means a search engine directed them to our content. In the earlier part of the year, when High Point University President Nido Quebein’s son Michael was named in lawsuit after an alleged hazing death of a fellow student there, the site got a rash of queries and hits like this.

“types of American Spirit cigarettes”

We wrote about American Spirits — or, more accurately, its parent company Reynolds American — for the cover story in our fourth issue. But we get a handful of hits every week from people looking for more information on the hipsters’ favorite smoke.

“postmodernism in print news”

Our readers are an educated lot, so most of them know that “postmodernism” means skepticism, deconstruction and transparency, especially when it comes to our newspaper.

4. “predilection for gerbils”

This phrase, when typed in quotes into the Google, brings up just three web pages, one of which refers to the actor Richard Gere. Another, which ranks slightly higher, brings up a Nicole Crews column.

“Adam Sandler’s son is in Orange is the New Black”

Nope, he isn’t. Glad we could clear that up for you.

“I would like to run for a councilman seat in High Point”

Our coverage of High Point government and city business brings a lot of traffic, including this person who used several variations on these search terms, all of which brought him to Good luck in the race, dude.

“can i push stroller along road without sidewalks”

I’ve been complaining about the lack of sidewalks on Greensboro’s Yanceyville Street for a decade. Still no sidewalks, but glad people are doing their research.

8. “триада сити комод

As best I can tell, this is how you type “Triad City Beat” in the Rusian Cyrillic alphabet: A quick run through Google translator turns this phrase into “Triad City Dresser,” which I believe means “bureau,” which can loosely be defined as a beat. That’s my take, anyway.

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