Peculiar Research!

First of all, let me just get this out of the way:
So I was doing my usual Google routine the other day, researching various stuff for my book. (Now that I think about it, it was done quite similar to the video above, with snappy music playing as I scrolled through various newspapers and books.)

This particular time, I was trying to find out what human flesh tastes like. I guess I could’ve done some field research as well, but I don’t think that would be very popular. Asking on twitter would’ve been another solution, but I have a funny feeling people would unsubscribe if someone answered; “They taste like chicken, quite delicious, really! Try with some mushroom sauce as well, and potatoes on the side. Oh, and find someone young, because old people-” You get where I’m going with this.

So anyway, this whole ordeal got me thinking; in today’s angst-ridden, terrorist-fearing, big-brother-is-watching type society: Can we possibly get away with researching anything we want?

What if you’re writing a novel along the lines of Tom Clancy or Robert Ludlum, with corrupt governments, homemade bombs and planes crashing into other planes crashing into five-sided buildings? What if your hero is a suburban housewife suddenly set upon by waves of drug-crazed hobos, and she desperately needs to get her hands on a fully loaded M4 carbine Assault Rifle. Maybe it’s 8:00 a.m on a Sunday morning, and your lead character’s crazy kids decide to Anthrax-prank someone – but you don’t know what that stuff looks like! (Or where to get it…)

In my experience – and yours, I truly hope – the worse a crime or act is, the less I know about it. Not that I’m such a goody two-shoes, but I generally avoid killing, maiming or bombing in my daily life. The answer in today’s modern society is, of course, the internet!