I love research, and I’m a secret admirer of Google search anthropologist Daniel Russell. So I’ll be sharing with you latest search challenges from Search Research. Believe me, you can find the answers to these challenge questions by a simple Google search, and this challenge will be fun.
This week’s search challenge
1. In 1908, How much would it cost to travel from San Francisco to Hawaii?
2. About how long would it take to get from San Francisco to Honolulu at this same time?
3. (Extra credit) If you were an average guy living in San Francisco at the time, was this just ridiculously expensive, or could just about anyone afford the fare? (Another way to think about this–what fraction of an average annual salary would the round-trip fare be? If it’s more than 10% of an annual paycheck, that’s too much.)
Look at a postcard from the US navy in that year:
The Great White Fleet pauses in Hawaii for pineapples. Postcard from 1908 Hawaii.
So why don’t you fire up Google search and let’s have some fun, shall we?
When you’re done, you can find the solutions on Search Research.