Thursday, May 11, 2006

UK, vice capital of the world?

The UK gets a bad rap, but is it undeserved? Take a few minutes to play around with Google Trends, as I have. The results might look different when you check it out, as the data will change over time, but at this point it says a lot about the British "database of intentions." When I search for "booze," I get Portsmouth and Manchester as numbers one and two, "bondage" brings up Birmingham and Manchester in the top two slots, "Viagra" also returns Manchester as number one, "smoking" is a big hit with the people of Edinburgh, "crossdressing" seems to be popular in Milton Keynes (well, it is a very dull place afterall) and Manchester comes tops under "hooliganism." Spooky.