Saturday, January 12, 2008

Weird Facts: 'Stock' Beats 'Sex' on Google China

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BEIJING (Reuters)—The names of three banks and the word "stocks" beat "sex" to become four of the most Googled words in China last year, according to a Google China list seen on Thursday.

China Merchants Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and China Construction Bank ranked second, third and sixth, according to a list supplied by Google China on its website (

"On the Chinese mainland, it was money and technology that took the honors last year," the China Daily said, pointing out that "sex" was the most popular keyword for Google users in some other countries.

Fourth on the list was "stock", not surprising with Shanghai shares having risen 97 percent last year. At number 1 was "QQ", a Chinese instant message service and a brand of car.

China's Central Bank, the Ministry of Finance and Banking Regulatory Commission ranked first, third and fifth in the "Most Popular Departments" list, the Web site said.

In another list named "qiu zhi", or "seeking knowledge", "what is a blue chip" and "how to invest in the stock market" were the most searched questions on Google in China, while "what is love" and "how to kiss" ranked top of the global list.

China keeps a tight rein on Internet content and has launched several campaigns to root out online pornography, perhaps one reason why "sex" did not score so well.

[Via - eWeek]


Weird Facts: Colombia Opens Museum Of Laziness

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A museum dedicated to laziness has opened in Colombia's capital, Bogota.

The event features sofas placed in front of televisions, hammocks and beds - anything associated with the avoidance of work.

The idea is to get people during the holiday season to think about laziness and its opposite, extreme work, and perhaps reach some balanced conclusion.

Visitors will have to shed their laziness long enough to get to the museum soon - it closes in a week.

'Social issues'

The BBC's Jeremy McDermott in Colombia says Bogota's newest museum, sponsored by the city government, is much-visited and could be ideal for those overwhelmed by the traffic, the fumes, the fast pace of life or the pressures of work.

Marcela Arrieta, the museum curator, told Associated Press news agency: "We always think about laziness as an enemy of work.

"So we wanted to explore that and make people think about the social issues implied in taking a nap, in being jobless or in feeling that maybe we are wasting time - so we want to ask ourselves about that."

[Via - BBC]

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Weird Facts: Couple Gets Married In A Bank

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A bank teller and her fiance were banking on love when they tied the knot at a Bank of America branch. Sharon Paine and Thaigo Goes exchanged vows in the Sabattus Street branch lobby Tuesday as customers went about their business making financial transactions.

For ambiance, a candle was put on top of a copier, a linen tablecloth was draped over a desk and music from rocker Bryan Adams played over a speaker. "We’re having a wedding," branch manager Deanna Kinsey told customers.

The 24-year-old Paine is a Bank of America teller who used to work at the Sabattus Street branch. She and Goes, who is also 24, were planning on a legal ceremony and were surprised when bank employees made it into a more elaborate affair.

[Via - The Weird World Of Economics]

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