Browsers leaking previously visited pages?

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I have this WordPress plugin called Statify running. It produces a pretty visitor count graph, a list of which pages were visited today, as well as referer addresses of visitors. Now the strange thing is that sometimes they contain meaningful addresses that do not seem like spam, but are also of pages that in no way link to me. One example is today’s list:

3 https://www.google.com/
3 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2015/01/28/bill-gates-on-dangers-of-artificial-intelligence-dont-understand-why-some-people-are-not-concerned/?tid=lk_inline_manual_25
1 https://duckduckgo.com/
1 https://www.openphilanthropy.org/blog/new-team-members
1 https://www.worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n2001093242/
1 http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/thermo.html

None of the 4 listed pages seem to contain a link to my blog. I am guessing that some browser reports a referer when it shouldn’t, but I am not sure.

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