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Numa Numa fever reaches Japan

Posted by on Sunday, 11 September, 2005

Well it seems Numa Numa fever has reached Japan and exploded completely here. Unfortunately, it seems to have lost a bit of its roots – not many seem to know the “original” Numa Numa Dance (see link above) as made popular by Gary Brolsma.

Here in Japan the main theme seems to be dancing cats drinking sake….? What’s that all about? And they pronunce the “numa numa” as “noma noma” which sounds like “drink drink”. I dunno, t

Here’s a whole page dedicated to the Numa Numa craze in Japan – it’s bookmarked all vital sites and flash animations produced over here. The page is in Japanese, but if you scroll down you get videos and flash animations.



Posted by on Friday, 9 September, 2005

I know this makes my blog feel like some teenager’s friggin LiveJournal (sorry Ophey) but I really really felt the need to post this meaningless piece of info: (as usual, link shamelessly stolen from Sushi Zume

You Are Strawberry Pocky
Strawberry Pocky
Your attitude: fresh and sweet
Comforting, yet quirky … quietly hyper
You always see both sides to everything

Classic Japanese horror movies with English subtitles

Posted by on Monday, 5 September, 2005

The Japan Foundation Forum in Akasaka will screen some classic Japanese horror movies with English subtitles on September 16 to 18!

Some of the cinematic gems being shown are:

The Tale of Oiwa’s Ghost (怪談お岩の亡霊
Kwaidan (怪談)
Onibaba (鬼婆)
Seance (降霊)

Sounds like great fun! It’s not often you get to see classic Japanese movies like this with English subtitles, let alone in the movie theaters! For details, check the MDN link above.


Forbes Celebrity Ranking Deluxe

Posted by on Friday, 26 August, 2005

Well it’s been about two months since Forbes presented their Celebrity Top 100 list for 2005, but I really didn’t notice until a few days ago. A simple blog-post about it would not do, so I decided to get out my statistical gloves and do some calculations!

First of all, what I did was take all Top 10-ranked celebrities from the lists 1999-2005 (and check where they were ranked in all the other years, when they might not have made the top 10). This I entered into a list and calculated average ranking, number of top ten placements etc. The graph you see below (click on it so zoom in) shows the Top 10 celebrities on this year’s list with their rankings from 1999-2004 shown as well, plus average ranking.

A note about the methodology I used when calculated what I call “adjusted average ranking” : For the years that the person in question did not make the Top 100-list, I gave them a ranking of (100 + 10 * n), where n is the number of years outside the list. For example, Celine Dion has missed the Top 100 on 3 occasions, so when calculating the average ranking, I gave her a ranking of 110 the first missed year, 120 the second, and 130 the third. Perhaps not a perfectly fair methodology, as it favors consistency over peaks; but I didn’t really have a better idea.

Forbes Celebrity Ranking 1999-2005

Some more (useless) stats for your enjoyment:

Celebrities who have been on the Top 100 every year:
Oprah Winfrey
Tiger Woods
Shaquille O’Neill
Steven Spielberg
Michael Jordan

Number of Top 10-placements:
Oprah Winfrey : 7
Tiger Woods, Steven Spielberg : 6
Michael Jordan : 5
Rolling Stones : 4
Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks : 3
Britney Spears, Madonna : 2

Biggest gainers:
Mel Gibson (Not ranked in 2003, No.1 in 2004)
Julia Roberts (Not ranked in 1999, No.1 in 2000)
Eminem & Dr.Dre (Not ranked in 2002, No.2 in 2003)
George Lucas (Not ranked in 1999, No.2 in 2000)

Biggest losers:
Britney Spears (No.1 in 2002, Not ranked in 2003)
Tom Cruise (No.1 in 2001, Not ranked in 2002)
Eminem & Dr.Dre (No.2 in 2003, Not ranked in 2004)
Beatles (No.3 in 2001, Not ranked in 2002)


Borderline-Inappropriate Dancing!

Posted by on Thursday, 18 August, 2005

:rolleyes: Well, this is yet again an old site that probably is wellknown to everyone and his uncle, but I first found it today (via Waxy Links).

Timothy McSweeney’s Lists

Hilarious collection of lists of everything you can and cannot imagine… To give you an idea of what type of lists to expect, here are a few excerpts:

Ten Precepts From The Art of War That Never Made It Past Sun Tzu’s Editor
e.g. Always keep the hair of your men shorn close to the scalp. Nobody likes hippies.

Seven Band Names That Would Be Impossible to Book
e.g. No Event Scheduled, Renovating, Canceled Due To Fire

Lesser-Known Movie Prequels
e.g. Borderline-Inappropriate Dancing, Thursday the 12th

Twelve Sequels to Dances With Wolves That, Due to Monetary Constraints, Were Never Produced
e.g. Makes Sweet Love to Wolves, Pays Alimony to Wolves

Well, you get the picture…hehe… Gotta love it, has that Jack Handey-feeling to it, doesn’t it? :)