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82 Countries, 43 Things · 29 November 04

Apparently, the world is full of twinklers. Here’s a list of goals from around the world. Have an idea what these say? Add your translation to the comments.

Update: Steve Rubel predicted we’d see some press on our 43 Things preview, Twinkler but, as if on cue for the point we were trying to make about international users, here comes this international story from a news site in Norway. Today we’ve seen as much traffic from Norway as from the USA!

In the first 2 weeks of the preview, we’ve seen traffic from the following countries (listed in order)

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. Australia
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Sweden
  6. France
  7. Netherlands
  8. Germany
  9. Belgium
  10. Italy
  11. Denmark
  12. Switzerland
  13. Japan
  14. New Zealand
  15. Finland
  16. Singapore
  17. Brazil
  18. Poland
  19. Austria
  20. Portugal
  21. Argentina
  22. Mexico
  23. Norway
  24. Israel
  25. Slovak Republic
  26. Ireland
  27. Spain
  28. Iceland
  29. Russian Federation
  30. Greece
  31. Croatia
  32. Hungary
  33. Hong Kong
  34. Czech Republic
  35. Estonia
  36. Turkey
  37. Taiwan
  38. Lithuania
  39. Luxembourg
  40. Romania
  41. South Africa
  42. India
  43. Chile
  44. New Caledonia (French)
  45. Indonesia
  46. Peru
  47. Thailand
  48. Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  49. Saudi Arabia
  50. Slovenia
  51. Tonga
  52. Cyprus
  53. Uruguay
  54. Colombia
  55. Belarus
  56. Virgin Islands (British)
  57. Costa Rica
  58. Trinidad and Tobago
  59. Fiji
  60. Azerbaidjan
  61. Latvia
  62. Philippines
  63. Dominican Republic
  64. Pakistan
  65. Mali
  66. Turks and Caicos Islands
  67. Tuvalu
  68. Ukraine
  69. United Arab Emirates
  70. Malaysia
  71. Nepal
  72. Sri Lanka
  73. Guyana
  74. Bermuda
  75. China
  76. Ecuador
  77. Venezuela
  78. Micronesia
  79. Malta
  80. Ascension Island
  81. Oman
  82. Bulgaria

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  1. Using Google I’ve translated #5 as, “reconstructs my individual website”. A better translation might be “redesign my personal website”.

    笑顔を増やす - 16 people want to this.
    Daniel Spils    Nov 29, 1:54pm    #
  2. These are just guesses, since I’m barely fluent in one language.

    #1: run the Castelnaudary semi-marathon in 1 hour, 20 minutes
    #6: build a house
    #12: spend more time with my wife/girlfriend (literally, “woman”)
    #24: kiss (something; “verteilen” is the infinitive form of a verb, but I don’t know what it means)
    #27: girlfriend (literally, the feminine form of “friend”)
    Craig Cottingham    Nov 29, 2:22pm    #
  3. #29 means “to play in Maracana”. Maracanã is the biggest soccer stadium in the world, located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    Marcelo Calbucci    Nov 29, 3:24pm    #
  4. #16 should be something like:

    “Put online the site, what you said Heric?”


    suze    Nov 29, 5:03pm    #
  5. полохматить бабушку: бабушкa means grandmother and the form бабушку indicates something happens to grandmother. Meanwhile, полохматить appears to be a slang infinitive verb. Given the often ribald nature of Russian slang (mat) I think it’s likely something nasty is going to happen to poor dear grandmother. If I had to guess I’d say it means “to rub out granny” or “to clean out granny’s nest egg.” Or perhaps a semi-literal translation of the phrase completely misses the point? I really shouldn’t have given away my Russian text books.
    Carrick    Nov 29, 8:19pm    #
  6. 17) ‘Become a light’
    20) ‘Rule the world’
    24) ‘Distribute kisses’
    27) ‘Friends’ (sorry Craig, it’s plural for friend, not femenine)
    32) ‘Grow old happlily’
    Joost Schuur    Nov 29, 8:46pm    #
  7. What would be really cool is if I could meet people who are interested in twinkler in a particular country; and find out if they are interested in twinkler because:
    a.) They like one or all of the employee blogs of the Robotcoop.
    b.) Like Ruby & RubyonRails.
    c.) Like to start a company similar to the Robotcoop.
    d.) Like Mac’s
    e.) Something else.

    Basically starting a community. Could you guys integrate meetup.com into your site or something like that?
    Prakash S    Nov 30, 5:53am    #
  8. I took all the French ones. Some had already been translated above, but I included them anyhow for completeness.

    1. Do the Castelnaudary half-marathon in less than 1 hr 20 min. (Note that “in” was in English.)
    6. Build a house.
    10. Not be forgotten when I’m gone.
    12. Spend more time with my wife. (Just wife, not girlfriend. :-) )
    13. Have my own bakery and not care if it doesn’t make any money.
    22. Eat good stuff.
    23. Open my eyes underwater.
    28. Eat b’fast [sic] with Clara Morgane.
    34. Graduate from high school.
    36. Succeed in life.
    38. Be happy.
    43. Smoke a family-sized joint.
    Morgan Doocy    Nov 30, 5:38pm    #

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