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Books Is ‘Most Popular Online Buy’

More books are sold on the internet than any other product and the number is increasing, research suggests.

Polling company Nielsen Online surveyed 26,312 people in 48 countries. 41% of internet users had bought books online, it said.

South Korea leads the world with 58% of online users who actually buy books followed by Germany at 55% and both Austria and Vietnam at 54%. US is no where near the Top 10.

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w00t Is Now A Word in Dictionary

w00t!

According to Reuters, “w00t,” an expression of joy coined by online gamers, was crowned word of the year on Tuesday by the publisher of a leading U.S. dictionary.

w00t!

Massachusetts-based Merriam-Webster Inc. said “w00t” — typically spelled with two zeros — reflects a new direction in the American language led by a generation raised on video games and cell phone text-messaging.

It’s like saying “yay,” the dictionary said.

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Dumbledore Was Gay, JK Rowling Tells Fans

There could hardly have been a bigger sensation if Russell Crowe, Rod Stewart or Sven-Goran Eriksson had come out of the closet. Millions of fans around the world were yesterday digesting the news that one of the main characters in the Harry Potter novels, Albus Dumbledore, is gay.

The revelation came from author JK Rowling during a question-and-answer session at New York’s Carnegie Hall. It instantly hurtled around the internet and the world. News websites in China and Germany announced starkly: ‘JK Rowling: “Dumbledore is gay”.’ One blogger wrote on a fansite: ‘My head is spinning. Wow. One more reason to love gay men.’

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Harry Potter Price War in Malaysia

The scenario: Hypermarkets, Carrefour and Tesco decided to sell Harry Potter latest book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at a much lower price, MYR 69.90 (approx. USD 20.55) compared to the retail price of MYR 109.90 (approx. USD 32.31) and three bookstores, namely MPH, Popular Bookstore and Times decided not to sell the book.

In the U.S., Walmart is selling the book at USD 17.87 (approx. MYR 60.77) and is currently out of stock. Borders bookstore is selling at USD 17.99 (MYR 61.18). The price is not even discounted yet. The competition in the States and elsewhere is much higher even though these retailers are actually losing money but they are hoping customers would cash in on their other products.

You can get the book at USD 17.99 (MYR 61.18) by buying it online here at Yowazzup! Store. *Update*: If you live in Malaysia, please note that Amazon does ship books to Malaysia.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Suicide or Murder?

Once, someone asked in Yahoo! Answers,

“If you paid someone to kill yourself would that be called murder or suicide?”

My answer was chosen as the best answer. Sometimes, when I read back, I thought it was pretty humorous, so I’m sharing it here. Here is my answer:

actually it depends on these scenarios:

  1. if the someone I paid managed to kill me and then feel too depressed and killed himself, then the cops will call it ‘group suicide’.
  2. if the someone I paid managed to kill me and then someone saw that and he killed that someone and another person saw that and he killed that person too before killing himself, then the cops will call it ‘heavens gate’ cult suicide.
  3. if the someone I paid managed to kill me and managed to erase all the evidence and put up a show that I actually killed myself even though I didn’t have the guts to do it, then it will be called ‘suicide’.
  4. if the someone I paid managed to kill me and managed to erase all the evidence and put up a show that I actually killed myself even though I didn’t have the guts to do it, then it will be called ‘suicide’. but, later on the killer went to the police station and confessed, then it will be called ‘homicide’.
  5. if the someone I paid managed to kill me but didn’t manage to erase all the evidence that lead the police to him, and he didn’t have enough evidence that I actually paid him to kill me, then it’s called ‘homicide’.
  6. if the someone I paid managed to kill me and managed to run away and then, he starts killing more and more people, but the cops could not find out who, then it’s called ‘mysterious murder spree’.
  7. if the someone I paid managed to kill me but beforehand, I already have a terminal disease and the killing method is by lethal injection, then it’s called ‘assisted suicide’ or ‘euthanasia’.
  8. if the someone I paid didn’t manage to kill me but injured me, and the cops caught him red-handed, then it’s called ‘attempted murder’.
  9. if the someone I paid didn’t manage to kill me but injured me, and then he run away, I will report it to the police and call it ‘attempted murder’ and claim my insurance for a ‘major injury’.
  10. if the someone I paid didn’t manage to kill me but accidentally killed himself, then it’s called ‘accident’ or the court would categorize it as ‘homicide by misadventure’. I would call it ‘stupidity’.