Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip Google search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up."

Today I typed in "the most popular is," unearthing all kinds of odd trivia, though were I to reprint it here, I think you'd find it mostly the kind of insipid reading that makes the phone book feel like a page turner. That said, I did find the following three lengthy entries (at least for the Turnip) worthy of your time. So in breaking with our short bulleted tradition, here ya go:

After reviewing Stephen Fry's "˜The Ode Less Travelled', a book about how to write different types of poems, it got me thinking; What are the main types of poetry people are searching for online? The most popular is love poetry (1,668 searches per day).

Japan publishes the five most popular daily newspapers in the world according to circulation figures. The most popular is Yomiuri Shimbun with a circulation of 12,246,000. The Japanese buy more newspapers than any other nationality. From a thousand Japanese adults, on average 649 buy a daily newspaper. In Britain, which is second in the world to Japan in terms newspaper readership, only 393 adults per thousand buy a newspaper. [For a complete list of the top publications of the world, check out ifabc.org.]

Several styles of swing dance are done at Saturday Night Swing, but the most popular is Lindy Hop. Lindy Hop is the most popular form of swing dance in such places as Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City. Lindy Hop is the joyful playful musical exuberant and improvisational swing dance style from the 1930s and 40s which is popular again today. The modern revival of Lindy Hop (after the dark ages of social partner dancing in the 60s) started in the 1980s and reached Canada (starting in Toronto) in late 1995. There are different styles of Lindy Hop and always were, but, as Malcolm X said, "Any two people who can Lindy at all can Lindy with each other." (Malcolm X was an avid Lindy Hopper and air steps keener in the Swing Era before he became a leading figure in the civil rights movement - in this quote he is of course probably referring to a lead and a follow.)