AOL User Positively ID’d Based On Search History

NYT matched user 4417749 to Thelma Arnold, 62, of Lilburn, Ga.

Her searches included “numb fingers,” “60 single men” and “dog that urinates on everything.”

    “Those are my searches,” she said, after a reporter read part of the list to her.”

You can tell the NYT editor’s directives were “Ok, ID someone but make sure their results are totally innocuous, you know, fit to print.”

(Thanks to Andrew!)

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