Six Japanese idiotsThis is a fun wee survey for your Sunday entertainment from goo Ranking, this time looking at what people think there might just be too much of these days.


Between the 23rd and 25th of June 2008 1,014 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.1% of the sample were male, 6.5% in their teens, 14.5% in their twenties, 31.0% in their thirties, 28.1% in their forties, 11.1% in their fifties, and 8.8% 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’d have to go with idiot celebrities myself, with number 4, quiz programmes packed with usually the same idiot celebrities. Pictured above are six professional idiots from the Hexagon quiz show, a show which has spawned almost as many groups as Morning Musume has.

Most of the idiots ham up their stupidness, and the quiz shows are sometimes (usually?) fixed so they can be even more entertainingly thick.

Ranking result

Q: What do you think there is just too much of these days? (Sample size=1,014)

Rank   Score
1 Idiot celebrities 100
2 New features on mobile phones that don’t get used 86.6
3 Celebrity politicians 80.2
4 Quiz programmes packed with celebrities 68.5
5 Membership, store cards having credit functions 54.1
6 People playing mobile games in trains 50.9
7 Subtitles on television shows 32.5
8 Legendary Pokemon 30.9
9 Regional character items 29.5
10 Regional airports 29.5
11 Electronic money 28.1
12 Blog comment spam 28.1
13 Rambling news items 22.8
14 Third-sector beer (made from peas, beans, etc) 22.0
15 Number of megapixels on compact digital cameras 19.6
16 Shops labelled as the “Originator of Something or Other” 18.8
17 SNSs with exclusive functions as unique selling points 18.2
18 Dentists 15.8
19 Spam mail with sensible subject lines 14.8
20 Convenience stores 12.6


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