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Question: What’s the most inappropriate thing you’ve ever Googled?

Rob Huebel: I'm not sure what the grossest thing I've ever Googled. I, like a lot of people, Googled my own name and I was Googling my own name a few months ago and this kid somewhere had written some blog post about me just ripping me apart. He hated, like, some commercials that I did. I used to do a fair amount of commercials and so this kid was, like, really slamming me and he was talking about much he hated me and how much he wanted to kill me. The last line of the thing said, "I hate him so much I want to kill him. I want to kill him with my hard dick." So I was, like, I don't even know what that means but I'll take it.


Recorded on: 4/1/08





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