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In a moment, the Mr. Men. But first, there has been a Canadian statistical breakthrough. Those clever folks at the University of Toronto have come up with BlogScope, which is tracking blogs like they're going out of fashion (figuratively - they actually are going out of fashion, but that's not important right now) and offering juicy statistical analysis on demand. Not too many types right now, but what they have already is amazing enough, and can and will shed light on lots of news and stuff on It Is What It Is in the future. For instance, to watch the newses you'd think that Jacqui Smith was the hottest news since sliced bread ran amok, but the blogosphere tells a different story:
So, even at the height of Jacquimania, where you see that tiny blip bottom right, when she was the beginning and end of the news, she was nowhere near as talked about as Doctor Who. There's a few possibilities. Maybe the media hyped the story up. Maybe, although Doctor Who is hugely popular with the masses now and you don't have to be nerdy to like it you are more likely to be pretty nerdy if you're a blogger and more likely to blog about Doctor Who if you're pretty nerdy. Not that there's anything wrong with being nerdy. That's what we have to say nowadays. We can't throw their satchels on the roof and smash their Dooleys LPs anymore. That's 'oppressive'. I won't say it's political correctness gone mad because I'm on message. Anyway, the third option, which is probably the most likely, is that it's a combination of the two.
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Anyway, the Mr. Men. As part of a piece of work that has been commissioned from me by the intelligence community, which I obviously can't talk about mostly, I have had to examine some Mr. Men iced lollies. The orange one was Mr. Tickle, who is orange in colour, fair enough. But the raspberry one was Mr Bump, who is blue! What is going on, I wondered. On further examination I saw that the lolly itself was blue. But, I thought, what is the deal with the colours of the Mr. Men? Is there something to it? I must study it. The Mr. Men generally, but particularly the colours. Already I have discovered that the colours of the first ten are orange, pink, yellow, green, blue, blue, white, pink, orange, yellow. So two each of orange, pink, yellow and blue and one each of green and white. The white is debatable as some fundamentalist Mr. Mennonites regard Mr. Snow as an abomination and not a proper Mr. Man, as he's clearly just a snowman and not a proper Mr. Man shape. But that debate isn't relevant right now, the point is so far no pattern has emerged in the colours, there is the use of a noticably small selection of colours and it is notable that there has been no red Mr. Man so far, but nothing can be inferred from any of this at this stage with the small sample size. More on this to come over the next thirty years or so. Bet you can't wait.
that's all from me for now
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