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Following on from a previous sleep fail ranking, this time we have a look with goo Ranking about which times people feel they have failed by falling asleep.

Demographics

Between the 6th and 8th of August 2013 the survey was conducted, but goo Ranking have still not got round to adding the page that contains the further demographic information. 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 someone passed out on the pavement:

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Given that falling asleep on the train is compulsory for commuters, I feel that number 1 should be read with an imagined trailing clause “…and then I missed an important stop” or the like. My usual sleep fail is, however, falling asleep at the theatre…
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Beach FAILs

Today is the last day of my summer holidays, and although I didn’t go to the beach – indeed, I’ve never been to the beach in Japan – this survey from goo Ranking into slightly painful to behold women’s actions or behaviours one sees at the beach will perhaps be the last mention of summer on this blog for this year.

Demographics

Between the 7th and 9th of July 2013 1,096 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.5% of the sample were female, 24.4% in their teens, 25.2% in their twenties, 24.8% in their thirties, and 25.6% in their forties; there was no-one older than 49 in this sample. 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 rather painfully sad to behold scene came up when I did a Flickr search;

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I did think of posting real women, but I’m uncomfortable with the privacy aspect and also with using cheesecake as a hit-gathering technique.
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White Day boyfriend FAIL

Today is White Day, the day when women expect to get a return gift for their Valentine Day present, so goo Ranking took a look at what White Day presents women would be shocked to get in return from their boyfriend.

Demographics

Over the 6th and 7th of February 2013 1,122 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.1% of the sample were female, 10.2% in their teens, 16.6% in their twenties, 26.5% in their thirties, 25.0% in their forties, 11.1% in their fifties, and 10.6% aged sixty or older. 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 for the females only.

White Day Signage.

Number 8, comedy chocolates, is my succinct translation of the original Japanese, sweets with a gag element to them, which might include amusingly-shaped chocolates. (Mildly NSFW link!)

One of the women in our office got number 14, alcohol; two bottles from all the guys in the office, one from a friend, some takuan (pickled daikon radish), and a case of Ukon no Chikara hangover remedy…
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Pyjama party FAIL

goo Ranking recently took a look at what behaviour by friends when they come round to stay the night ruins the mood.

Demographics

Between the 5th and 7th of November 2012 1,049 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 58.8% of the sample were female, 10.2% in their teens, 14.6% in their twenties, 27.5% in their thirties, 25.1% in their forties, 11.0% in their fifties, and 11.7% aged sixty or older. 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’ve done number 3, once in Scotland and once in Japan… If we count company overnight stays, one person who I shared a room with has excessively noisy gargling and left the sink under about 10 centimetres of water.
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Avoiding a rented accommodation FAIL

Continuing the accommodation theme, this survey from goo Ranking looks at nuggets of wisdom for avoiding a failure when choosing rented accommodation.

Demographics

From the 6th to the 9th of July 2012 1,016 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.0% of the sample were female, 9.9% in their teens, 12.7% in their twenties, 29.0% in their thirties, 27.0% in their forties, 11.0% in their fifties, and 10.3% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

The first time I rented in Japan I was accompanied by people from the office who I assume dealt with all the tricky bits. About the only thing I should have confirmed was how to use the air conditioning, and the maxiumum load on the electrics. The second was a serious fail as turning on the microwave and the television simultaneously, for instance, was enough to trip the breaker. Looking at my parents-in-law’s place, they have a major problem that although the flat was remodelled before they moved in and the main window replaced by a nice new one, the window frame is not airtight and in winter a cold breeze blows though their flat.
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Drunken Japanese FAILs

Woohoo, another FAIL ranking! This time it’s a good one for not just the festive season, but also for tomorrow’s Coming of Age Day, which usually includes getting blootered with your old school mates after (or indeed, before) the ceremony. So, the subject is failures people have had when drunk, conducted by goo Ranking as usual.

Demographics

Over the 25th and 26th of November 2011 1,074 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 57.4% of the sample were female, 11.6% in their teens, 14.7% in their twenties, 26.9% in their thirties, 25.0% in their forties, 11.1% in their fifties, and 10.7% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. Further note that the 125 people in their teens would not have been asked this question since they are below the drinking age of 20.

It’s a bit of a cliche, so I’ll skip a photo of number one, and instead find a different kind of crashed-out drunk:

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I’ve never had the falling asleep in the train one, although when I first came to Japan in the evenings seemingly random trains decided not to stop at my stop, so it was all too common for me and other foreigner colleagues to end up quite a bit further down the line than we intended…

Looking at the list, I’ve only done four, honest!
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Posted postcard FAIL

It’s a while since I’ve had a FAIL post, so here we go with the second-last post of this year, a look by goo Rankings at what New Year postcard failures people have realised after posting them.

Demographics

Between the 18th and 20th of October 2011 1,092 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.3% of the sample were male, 11.2% in their teens, 16.2% in their twenties, 25.7% in their thirties, 25.8% in their forties, 11.5% in their fifties, and 9.5% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

The first answer refers to when people have a death in the family, that year they will send out In Mourning postcards in late November or so to announce it, so for that year one should not send them a card. My wife accidentally sent one this year, but she didn’t seem terribly bothered by the affair. I also nearly send out some without my name and address, but I caught it in time! I also wrote a rather sarcastic message to a boss this year, but wife refused to let me send it…
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Girlfriend beach FAIL

A bathing beauty from another eraFollowing on from last week’s boyfriend beach FAIL, goo Ranking published the other side of the story, what men do not want to see their girlfriends doing at the beach or in the pool.

Demographics

Between the 21st and 23rd of June 2010 1,137 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 65.1% of the sample were female, 8.0% in their teens, 20.4% in their twenties, 31.2% in their thirties, 23.9% in their forties, 9.2% in their fifties, and 7.2 aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. In addition, this question was for males only.

I’m not really sure why her spirally body hair is such a problem, as it should have been covered by the option above. Furthermore, I’ve never really noticed any Japanese women with enough body hair to make it an issue.

And don’t ask me why doing the butterfly well is a problem for men!

Finally, not surprisingly showing off too much skin comes dead last.

The photo on the right is taken from Okinawa Soba’s excellent collection on flickr.
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Boyfriend beach FAIL

goo Ranking had another fun summer survey, this time looking at what women do not want to see their boyfriends doing at the beach or in the pool.

Demographics

Between the 21st and 23rd of June 2010 1,137 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 65.1% of the sample were female, 8.0% in their teens, 20.4% in their twenties, 31.2% in their thirties, 23.9% in their forties, 9.2% in their fifties, and 7.2 aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. In addition, this question was for females only.

Talking of ogling other women on the beach, here’s an advert for a mobile gaming site:

She tuts, “Damn – stolen”.
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Summer fashion FAILs of Japanese women

Having done male summer fashion FAILs, here we go with the follow-up from goo Ranking on what Japanese men think are women’s summer fashion FAILs.

Demographics

Between the 21st and 23rd of June 2010 1,137 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 65.1% of the sample were female, 8.0% in their teens, 20.4% in their twenties, 31.2% in their thirties, 23.9% in their forties, 9.2% in their fifties, and 7.2 aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. In addition, this question was for males only.

Winter boots in summer in Japan

My fashion fail for women is wellies (sadly, no pics, only the above from gohsuket on flickr) – they seem relatively popular in both exceptionally loud patterns and boring old Barbour green, but in the hot weather they must be murder on the feet and a wonderful breeding ground for athlete’s foot, and of course with a short skirt they just look so unbalanced.

Furthermore, too many shoulder straps on show annoy me.
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