Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland
ffutures

Taking the...?

Gmail's advertising sidebar just excelled itself... for some values of excel. I got a PayPal receipt for some urine test strips I bought for work (we use them as a simple test for proteins and glucose, easier than Biuret's or Benedict's reagent) and the sidebar ads were for the following products:

Top 5 Teeth Whitening
Ketone Test Strips (actually relevant!)
Shelf Data Strips - UK
Fluorescent Tubes
Teeth Whitening
Pay Less Interest (not sure what that one's about or relevance to urine test strips)
Secret Hotels Marylebone (I work in marylebone)
Crest Whitestrips

So one in eight is relevant, one might just possibly be if I wanted a hotel near work, and the rest totally wasted.

They're usually rather more on target than this - e.g. if I get a mailing from an RPG list most of the links will be people like Wizards of the Cost etc. - but this goes to show how contextless common words can mess up a search.
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