What’s the first internet rabbit hole I remember tumbling down? It’s a great question, and I have a very specific answer. It was the first time in my life I ever went on the internet. I would have been about nine years old, in my computer class at my elementary school. I remember some kind of AOL interface. I remember having the internet explained to me as a place where you could read about anything you were interested in.
So I put that promise to the test: I was obsessed with Beanie Babies at the time, going so far as to carry them around in a brown paper grocery sack so I could dump them out in a satisfying mound all over my school’s gray, nubby industrial carpet. I looked up Beanie Babies using the search term phrasing rules that our computer teacher had written on the chalkboard. And the internet delivered — there were pages and pages, I remember, an uncountable bounty, just a real grocery-sack-load, of Beanie Baby information. Who knows what would have happened if I had not picked such a hot topic in 1995, but pick it I did, and for the first of what would be many times, I found the internet boundlessly rewarding.