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Knocking big knockers

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goo Ranking took a look at big breasts, specifically the problems with them.

Demographics

The survey was conducted between the 26th and 28th of March 2014, and 1,048 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. I think the survey was for the women in the sample only, but it is not clear from the description.

A fine pair of knockers yesterday:

I translated this survey in the first person, but non-big-breasted people also answered.
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Facebook clickbait Japanese cannot resist

goo Ranking had another fun survey, this time looking at what dodgy link topics on SNS’s people end up clicking on.

Demographics

The survey was conducted between the 26th and 28th of March 2014, and 1,048 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Sadly, “Translations of dodgy link topics” does not feature on the list.
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Friends’ mildly disagreeable behaviour

I’ve translated a number of surveys about what makes Japanese people want to run a mile, but here we have a survey about words or actions of friends that make you want to run perhaps just a couple of hundred feet.

Demographics

The survey was conducted over the 3rd and 4th of March 2014, and 1,067 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.
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“It’s just not my day!” train happenings

goo Rankings took a look at moments on the train or the station that make people think “It’s just not my day!”.

Demographics

The survey was conducted over the 3rd and 4th of March 2014, and 1,067 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

My event, which happens about once a month, is when someone brings on a 551 Horai carry-out and stinks out the carriage with it. Incidentally, when I was in a slightly posh cafe once, an adjacent table was asked to wrap up their 551 Horai tightly to stop the smell bothering other patrons.

I can smell them just by looking at this picture…
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The Twenty Habits of Highly Effective Oyaji

Unlike the similarly-titled better-known book, these are habits you do not want to pick up! An oyaji is a middle-aged man, usually a derogatory term for the kind of middle-aged guy who has the various habits listed below. This survey was by goo Research, and a more correct title translation would be what oyaji habits would you not want to acquire.

Demographics

The survey was conducted from the 22nd to the 24th of February 2014, and 1,047 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. This survey is for the males of the sample only.

Rather than trying to find a picture of someone hacking up phlegm, here instead are two (point five) online acquaintances who do a regular Two and a Half Oyajis YouTube show.

I have a bit of a cold this weekend, so I’ve been scolded twice today already for hacking up phlegm with a “you’re sounding like an oyaji!” comment from my wife.

About the only one I do is number 4, licking my fingers to open plastic bags at the supermarket. And number 19, of course, which reminds me I wonder if I can find a survey that investigates why women happily wear mini and micro skirts or shorts so frequently, but cleavage is perhaps a once per week sighting for me.

For number 20, according to the internet, in a dodgy pub where you are a regular, doing the finger “x” thing is acceptable; anywhere else is a major faux pas, it seems.
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Features of couples who are likely to split up

goo Ranking conducted a ranking survey looking at the distinctive features of couples who could split up easily.

Demographics

The survey was conducted from the 22nd to the 24th of February 2014, and 1,047 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

It’s interesting that most of the negative character flaws are voted as bigger problems when found in women rather than men; I don’t really know what this means.

Don’t ask me what the difference between answers 34 and 35 is!

I’ve managed to survive number four quite happily despite being a vegetarian, so I’d take this survey with the requisite pinch of salt!
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Takarazuka fans’ surprising unwritten rules

With Takarazuka Theatre celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, goo Ranking took a look at surprising unwritten rules of Takarazuka fan clubs and the stereotypical behaviour of Takrazuka fans.

Demographics

The survey was conducted from the 22nd to the 24th of February 2014, and 1,141 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

I used to live just down the road from Takarazuka theatre, so every morning and evening going to and coming from work I could see fans milling about at the ticket office and the stage door.

Note that the actresses are usually known as Takarasienne, to introduce a sort of European mystique as the inspiration is Parisienne. It is often abbreviated to just ‘sienne, and pronounced “jenne”.

It’s not 100% clear from the question working if the questions are ranked on the degree of surprise or the degree of unknownness.
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What men think women should have less of

A fun survey today from goo Ranking, a look at what men think women should be able to cope with decreasing. There was no female equivalent, but I’ll try to bring it to you if I see it.

Demographics

The survey was conducted from the 27th to 30th of January 2014, and 1,141 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. This question was obviously for the men only.

Here’s some random out-of-focus women shopping:

I cannot really find much to disagree with in this survey! Fortunately my wife doesn’t wear eyelashes and is not a slave to brand goods, but otherwise I think I have to agree with almost all the others, although for 19 the last time we had an overnight stay I actually ended up with more luggage than her!

My own personal answer would be the number of times she asks me to pull out white hairs!
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Forgivably-cute self-centred utterances from your Japanese girlfriend

Sorry for being away for a couple of weeks, but I’ve been busy at work and unable to dedicate enough time to translation here. However, I’m back with goo Ranking looking at forgivably-cute self-centred things one’s girlfriend says.

Demographics

The survey was conducted from the 27th to the 30th of January 2014, and 1,141 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. Only the males in the sample answered this question.

Here’s a Korean guy doing number 4, and also carrying some other strange-looking device…

I’m sure, or at least I’d like to think, that when I was dating my wife I was more forgiving, but right now I’d be hard-pushed to let my wife off with more than a handful of the below, or at least not do any of them without a visible eyeball roll or an audible sigh!
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Bad table manners in others that Japanese cannot abide

goo Ranking recently published a survey looking at which bad table manners in other people just cannot stand.

Demographics

The survey was conducted from the 24th to the 27th of December 2013, and 1,076 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Here’s a random foreigner doing a number 10 and perhaps 20 too, as the middle finger looks a bit out of alignment.

Pretty much all of them annoy me to a certain exten; on the other hand, I can also be guilty of 3, 4, both 12s, and 17, although since 17 is a no-no in the west, it’s a difficult habit to break.
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