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Google Trends Mystery Solved!

This morning on "the most" I talked about a google trends mystery: why was "Fisher Space Pen" in the top 10 on google trends? And why did searches spike at 8 p.m. ET? That usually means something was on T.V. It being insanely early here at BPP world headquarters (much too early to call the company) I had to rely on my wits and the internet for the answer. Nothing. I surmised that maybe there was a Space Pen on the primetime version of "The Price is Right" last night. Rachel watched it, but only the first 15 minutes (we BPPers have to go to bed early). Dan thought maybe they were on sale on QVC.

So at a reasonable hour today, I called the Fisher Space Pen people, and a spokesman named Timothy Lawson gave me the answer right away. The Space Pen was featured on a show called "Factory Made" on the Discovery Channel last night. So yes, it was a t.v.-related google trend. Mystery solved. To be honest, I feel a little let down. Not by the Space Pen itself. But, you know, the chase is all.



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I got home at 8 that night, and this is the ungodly boring show that one of my roommates somehow always has left on when I walk in the door. I didn't watch enough of Factory Made to know what was on, other than that it was a pen, but as I was listening to the most, it clicked.(which the space pen does not do) I typed my way over to the Blog, but alas because I listen to the BPP online at about 2 you already had it solved, and my theory was unneeded.

Sent by Jake | 3:25 PM | 6-5-2008

My husband absolutely loves his Fisher Space Pen. he never leaves home without it and even when he's at home, it is clipped to the neck of his t-shirt. He just thought it was a trend because the pen is awesome.

Sent by Susie | 12:49 PM | 6-6-2008