Today is the National Day of Sweden. I thought that I should look at some statistics from SCB to see what surnames are more common in different parts of Sweden.
The result is quite interesting. The most common names seem to be dividing Sweden close to what used to be the old lands of Sweden. Eriksson is the most common name in Svealand. In Gothia, Johansson is the most common name in Westrogothia and Karlsson is the most common name in Ostrogothia. Near Stockholm (near the Karlsson-Eriksson border), Andersson is most common. In Scania and Blekinge that used to be Danish, Nilsson and Svensson are the most common names. In the island of Gotland the name Petterson is the most common.
Today is Thursday, and on Thursdays in Sweden it is a tradition to eat pancakes. I ate 6 pancakes today. But this made me think about how many pancakes other people eat. So I googled, and this is what I came up with.
I ate 6 pancakes, You ate X pancakes? Graph made using GD for perl.
Here we can see that eating just a few pancakes is the normal thing to do, and that eating two pancakes is the most popular thing to do. Then there seem to be some who use 10 as a big number if they have eaten a lot.
However, I thought I had to examine this further. So I continued checking number of google hits. As I expected, 20 was the next big number for those who wanted to brag about how many pancakes they ate. But then nothing happened until 33.
I ate 6 pancakes, Olivia Wilde ate 33 pancakes. Graph made using GD for perl.
Why is eating 33 pancakes almost as popular as eating a few? The answer is that a lot of websites writes that Olivia Wilde (known from House and Cowboys and Aliens.) once ate 33 pancakes in 20 minutes.
Olivia Wilde at a San Diego Comic-Con panel for Tron Legacy in July 2010. Image from Wikimedia. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
My Sinclair ZX Spectrum became 30 years. Happy Birthday! We have had a lot of fun together for the last 30 years. I hope we can have fun for another 30 years.
My Zx Spectrum
We must perform a Quirkafleeg
I have spent many hours writing programs and composing music using my Speccy, but even more hours have been spent on fun and very playable games. A favorite is, Jet Set Willy. In this game you collect things (cleaning his house) before you get to go to bed. There are many difficult rooms to visit before you succeed. You can only go left or right and you can jump. It may sound simple, but it is very playable and fun.
It started in November and in December another previously unknown girl grabbed the top spot of the top-10 searches. This time I had heard about her at the Letterman show, but never seen her. How stupid are people. Why do they come to berka.com and search for it??? Just think how much bandwidth are wasted by the internet morons.
What a hysteria. I noticed an increase in traffic and thought that someone was spamming my search function, or maybe doing some strange DOS attack. There was way too many searches from users with IP at AOL that searched for “kobe bryant accuser” and similar searches.
I didn’t know who Kobe Bryant was, or what he had done. (I’m not following the NBA.) But now I know that he is accused of rape, and is a famous basket ball player.
How did all these people looking for information end up here at berka.com? Well, someone started, and then came the search bots, and looked at my 10-latest-searches listing, and now I am listed as number one at Google when searching for “Kobes accuser pic“.