Cincinnati Versus Lexington Google Battle!
So I started poking around and found out very quickly that this isn't some boring academic tool, it's a gladiator arena! You can use it to pit one thing against another and see which one wins out in popularity.
Let's start with the major cities nearby: Cincinnati versus Lexington. Cincinnati is the clear winner, although not by much. Strangely the most searches for Cincinnati was from some place called Dunkirk (???). Now let's pit Maysville's past and current exports against each other in the Tobacco, Bourbon, and Hemp competition. As you may have guessed, tobacco is the heavyweight here. More surprising is that both bourbon and hemp are neck and neck, registering about the same popularity. Poland seems to have a huge interest in hemp, by the way. Finally, let's see where local celebrities Nick and Rosemary Clooney stand in comparison to each other. Again, pretty evenly matched. Of course Nick had more news coverage on him during his recent campaign for Congress.
Google Trends is a lot of fun, so check it out. You can also use it to do more mainstream popularity searches, like... ahem... pitting Lindsay Lohan against Jessica Simpson to see which girl is more popular. You know, for purely academic reasons of course : )