Dear Google, "Can You Get Crabs From a Ferret?"
When writing a spec ((a new episode of an existing TV show that serves as a writing sample for aspiring TV writers)) or a pilot ((the very first episode of a prospective television series that is used to sell the show to a television network)), sometimes you have to "conduct research" (Google stuff) to ensure the authenticity of your script. For example, if you create a story line that (hypothetically) involves a new pet ferret bringing crabs (the STD) into the lead character's apartment, causing a crab outbreak, which results in the lead character attempting to conceal the outbreak with a botched clean-up effort, you might first have to find out -- "Can you even get crabs from a ferret?"
If you don't do your homework, someone who is more knowledgeable about crabs will be distracted by thoughts like, "Hey, you can't get crabs from a ferret...And it's not even legal to own a ferret in California!" instead of laughing at how brilliant and hilarious your script is.
Below are a list of some Google searches I conducted while writing scripts:
Can you get crabs from a ferret?
Is it legal to own a ferret in California?
Do crabs travel in trails or do they scatter?
How do you get rid of crabs?
Is cat-AIDS a thing?
How do you get pink eye?
Is it PC to describe someone as "Mediterranean?"
In Lose Yourself by Eminem, is it "Feet fail me not" or "Beat fail me not?" (It's feet.)
Creative ways to commit suicide
Where do rich old dudes drink in LA?
What is the preferred liquor for rich men?
What do rich men say about women and money?
Expensive toys for rich people
What are common W.A.S.P. names?
Christian Bale in American Psycho
What's that saying about a step forward for mankind and a giant leap backwards?
Stupid inventions for lazy drunks
What's a skin tag?
Why are kids so allergic to everything these days?
What is a lipid profile?
What actors are known for ruining ever movie they've ever been in? (Nicolas Cage makes every list.)
What is a Hindu religious leader called? (A priest)
Types of lemon pie
Jewish last names that start with a "Z"
Did I make up the phrase "everything you touch turns to shit?" (No.)
Will a network let you spill wine on a baby's face in a scene? (We'll see.)