The idea is simple. Let’s make a Google search for every number, from 0 to The Very Large Number; save the number of results returned by Google and plot them on a graph.
Simple, but with a very interesting outcome.
What does the graph tell us?
Basically, the graph shows which of the numbers between 0 and The Very Large Number are used the most. We can easily see that the small numbers are used way more often than larger numbers, and that usage of numbers gradually decreases.
With some exceptions.
The Year’s Spike
The first key exception is a big spike around 2000. It begins at about 1770 and marks the first of the range of numbers corresponding to calendar years. Its starting point is roughly equivalent to the birth of the Industrial Revolution, which saw the invention of the steam engine by James Watt and the United States gain independence.
The Year’s Spike peaks at 2015, which is not surprising.
The spike ends around 2060. We may conclude that this is the year when the future ends (at least the future we’re currently concerned about). After 2060, the normal curve resumes. It would be interesting to do the same research in the near future, 2–5 years from now, to see how The Year’s Spike has moved.
Also, if you take a close look at that part of the graph, you might notice a small dot way below the curve. That’s 1598. It would appear that nothing of any interest happened that year.
There are no extreme fluctuations between the Year’s Spike and 10 000’s Big Drop (which we will examine shortly). The numbers that don’t fit the curve, the outliers, are mostly thousands (3000, 4000, 5000, etc.) or numbers ending with 0 (3500, 6100, 7400, etc.).
We can see more clearly, at this point, that the graph appears to have two curves. The first one — the fat one — is on the bottom, containing almost every number.
But there is also another curve, less dense, above the fat one. Some of these numbers end with 0 (4110, 5320, etc.) or 5 (5315, 6425, etc.). There are other, more atypical numbers — like 6832 — that appear in this curve, and I don’t know why. If you have an idea, please let me know.
Oh, that dot below the curve — it’s 3592.
And now, the biggest surprise to me.
The 10 000’s Big Drop
The number 10000 itself skyrockets. It appears about 200 times more frequently than it’s predecessors. But then, everything drops dramatically by an order of magnitude.
Until 13000, we see chaos. There is one group of numbers at the bottom and a second cluster above it.
After 13000 everything starts to go back to normal.
The previous patterns (like spikes at numbers ending with 0 and 5) are still in place. Another big spike happens at 20000.