Might not have occurred to me if I had not accidentally stumbled upon the effect: If you have a hit counter embedded in your template and it gets deleted from the HTML but not disabled at the server of the hit counting service, then your stats page may still register hits from visitors who are running with cached versions of your page. That could include versions squirelled away by search engines. [Ask.com in my case].
BTW, do hop on over to Majikthise and see what a busy week in muck-making it has been for the Corrupt Old Party. One party with no balls, one with no scruples. Do you blame Americans for tuning out politics? I find the report on the stealthy growth of corporate militias that operate with no more oversight that Shiite or Sunni militias particularly alarming. The second amendment applied to individuals, not corporations and it is quite bad enough that corporations already exercise the rights of speech more powerfully than any of you little piss ant voters.