Friday, July 20, 2007

Kick off your boots and stay awhile

I think my blog is attracting aliens.

No, I'm not talking about Mexican migrant workers, although I'm quite sure they would find this site entertaining - if they had computers. I'm talking about the thousands of visitors who have been finding my blog over the last year in an attempt to discover the secrets of those mysterious motorcycle hand waving gestures that bikers flash each other on the road.

Ever since I wrote this tongue-in-cheek story on that topic last August, my entire 100-slot site tracker thingy has been overflowing on a daily basis with visitors who have either come from other sites that have linked to this post (dozens of motorcycle web sites and forums), or are searching for the answers to those secret signals on Google.

Honestly, I didn't realize there was such an interest out there in why bikers are waving to each other.

Unless... unless these bikers are not people at all - but aliens like I suggested, who are living among us (ala MIB) and are communicating with each other via these secret signals. Thus explaining why they are so interested in this story.

And if you think I'm making this up, check out this snapshot of the last 20 Google searches to my blog. I captured this on Wednesday afternoon.






















As you can see, I've marked all the motorcycle-related searches that have led people to this blog and to that story. This is what my search results have looked like EVERY day for about the last 6 months.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining by any means. I just find it fascinating that SO many people out there are desperately searching for this information.

Unless, of course, my theory about alien bikers is correct...

...which might explain why they're stealing our luggage.

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"Put up your arms and all your flippers." - Agent K (Men In Black)

19 comments:

Dan said...

Well I certainly learnt something today.

I wonder if the same principles apply for people who are walking. Maybe that's why all the neighbors keep sticking their middle fingers up at me

Whit said...

when I had a jeep we had the same thing, you always waved at a fellow jeep

it meant the mothership is coming

rick said...

I googled "motorcycle hand signals" and you were number nine on the first page. You're famous!

Mooselet said...

Can't you file a missing baggage claim with your local airline about that?

Stepping Over the Junk said...

that is very funny. I get alot of hits based on searches for "Bon Jovi affair" or "Bon Jovi teeth".

Carla said...

Hey, I have noticed the sunglasses are unusually LARGE these days. It must be because those large alien eyes need protection too. I was curious as to where the trend started. Thanks again for the heads up.

Diesel said...

That is hilarious. Your guide looks very convincing, btw. Wouldn't it be ironic if you became the authority on this matter completely by accident?

I seem to be the expert on Harry Potter and Satanism, btw. Try doing a Google Image Search for "Harry Potter Satanism" some time.

Jeff said...

dan - Naw, they just think you're #1!

whit - What, Christ is coming! Oh wait, I bet you meant Chrys-ler. (wow, that was really lame)

rick - That's right. Now, how to covert this fame to cash....

mooselet - Actually, aliens stealing our luggage is as good of an excuse as anything the airlines come up with.

stepping - How ironic, I was just wondering about Bon Jovi teeth myself. Weird.

carla - I know. Kids today are wearing large mirrored aviator sunglasses again. Damn those paybacks.

diesel - Thanks, I'm scheduled to give a talk on it at Sturgis this summer.

Ba Doozie said...

dangit, you caught me googling about aliens stealing my luggage, now I feel embarrassed!

Sandy said...

Do you think those are the same people that caused that huge Sink Hole???

Just a thought.

rick said...

I just Googled "secret hand signals", and there was Masonic stuff, and something by Pat Robertson, but you were number eight on that page. I'm definitely switching to the Vulcan "Live Long and Prosper" hand signal. Much better than a nod.

Anonymous said...

OMG Sandy that sink hole is less than a mile from our house - it is unreal.
Charli

Andromeda said...

I am neither an alien nor motorcycle lover. I just found your blog quite randomly today. So what are your thoughts about aliens who ride motorcycles?

yellojkt said...

The power of Google is a little disturbing. It surprises me what people search for and how many do it. I got a hit for "Jordan Todosey naked" (she's twelve) the other day. Now you will too.

Gale said...

Actually the biker wave thing was the very first of your blogs that I read. As I am a biker myself I took great interest in it and noted that you weren't too far off the mark, so I stuck around....no I am not stalking you. really...no really.

Jenny said...

Better to steal you luggage than to probe your anus I always say.

Jeff said...

jenny - Nice try on trying to make that the last word on this comment thread. Although what you say does make sense.

Heather said...

Hey, Craig actually took a printed version of that blog entry to work for one of his co-workers who couldn't figure out why only some guys would wave at him when he was riding. I think you actually helped him!

I do not ride a motorcycle, but there are PT Cruiser waves as well. Although I'm usually too busy yelling at my kids to notice anymore.

There are the neighborhood waves as well...

neva said...

huh. i could have sworn i left a comment on this completely hilarious post a few days ago...

damn those aliens!

and can i just say how much i lovelovelove that quote? tooooo funny! ; )