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Tits are popular, apparently

I had no idea these birds were so popularNow, writing this blog is, for me, a sort of release.  It lets me think about obscure topics, organise my thoughts and put my musings in black and white.  I cannot deny, however, that part of the motivation for writing a blog is to reach people and get a little bit of attention, so that other people might read what I write and come away with a notion they might not have had before.  I may not update as regularly as it would take to get a regular daily readership, but the idea of expanding my reach still appeals to me.  My hope is that by writing on a variety of topics, I can cast as wide a net as possible, one that will catch young men, mature women, teens, students, working people, the elderly and quirky thinkers from all walks of life.

Nevertheless when I found myself reading the statistics for the blog, I found it very eye-opening to find that the topics that interest me personally (science, history and hypotheticals) did not feature heavily in the search terms that led people to this page.  In fact, the search term that led to the most hits in the last few weeks was “toothbrush” and that by an overwhelming margin.  I briefly considered giving the people what they wanted and turning this blog into a dental hygiene guide, but then I realised that it would cover topics I have no interest in, that I am not a dentist, and that medical advice is a serious thing that is best left to the professionals.

This led me to do some thinking on what topics I might be able to cover that would sex up my blog and make it more appealing to the average Internet denizen without having to become more than an amateur at any one topic or delve into controversial topics, such as interracial relations in the new millennium.  To help me with this, I employed Google Trends, a handy tool that lets you compare the relative popularity of two or more search trends and did a random (and very unscientific) informal poll to determine what some of the most popular search terms might be.  Plugging these into Google against the word “toothbrush” yielded some interesting results, most of which I will save for another day.

One of these potential search queries, however, one in particular stood out as being incredibly popular and somewhat surprising.  When I looked at the trendline, it was as if I had tapped into some vein of longing and desire, of lust, if you will, that was prime to be exploited by a blog seeking to expand its readership.  So what was this word, you ask, that seemed to set the Internet into a quiver?

How are tits more popular than toothbrushes?

It was tits

Not only was “tits” one of the most popular search terms in Google, but it had stayed consistently popular for a number of years.  Not being one to argue with the numbers, I set out to do some research.  A quick look on Wikipedia yielded this page, which led down a veritable rabbit hole of bird varieties, ranges, taxonomy and reproductive cycles.  It also led me to a number of websites filled to the brim with beautiful examples of tits, such as this one.

This led me to wonder why it was that these small birds were such a hot search item.  Did people want to keep them as pets?  Are tits a pest species and the search terms looking for ways to repel them?  I had to know.  One thing that was clear, however, was that tits are everywhere, and billions of people have been exposed to them, whether they like it or not.

They are everywhere, just about

Perhaps the fact that their range does not extend to Australia contributed to my confusion

The sources I found through Wikipedia at did not make it clear at all what it was that made tits so darn interesting, but I did see one obvious trend.  For whatever reason, for people on the Internet at least, size matters (at least when it comes to small birds).  This is seemingly ironic, but makes sense if people intend to either keep these birds as pets or keep them away.  My intuition is that bigger tits are not as soft as their daintier cousins, are more robust and better suited to life in cages.  Basically, they will live longer and are harder to kill, which makes them better for pets.  The same qualities that make big tits preferable to tiny tits will also make them more annoying pests.

People like them big, apparently

People really like big tits... or really dislike them. This graph doesn't make the distinction clear.

I did some further research, and it turns out that the world’s biggest tits are of the species Parus Major, otherwise known as Great Tits.  These lovely birds are a riot of colour with black on white faces and a great yellow splash on their breasts.  They are also common and have almost as wide a range as the rest of the Paridae family do, except in the Americas, which makes them a Eurasian species.  Recent DNA analysis has revealed, however, that populations of Great Tits in Asia, India and the Middle East were in fact distinct species and subspecies from the Great Tit, so now we have Japanese Tits, Turkestan Tits and Cinerious Tits (from South-East Asia) in addition to Great Tits, though in lay circles, you may find people tell you that they are all the same.

I don’t know what else to tell you, honestly.  I’m no biologist and no doubt anything I would write about Great Tits would be trite and pedestrian.  All I can recommend to you if you came to this page searching for Great Tits is to step outside and try to spot one if you live within their range.  While they rarely migrate in winter, the best time to spot them would be on a warm spring day or in the height of summer, when the smell of flowers and life are in the air.

To close, I will say that tits are beautiful and while I cannot vouch for their suitability as pets or their potential as pests, I for one, am glad that tits of all kinds are around to be appreciated.

Great tits

A pair of big Great Tits.

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