Macedonian mystery!
October 22, 2008 9:57 AM   Subscribe

Macedonia is all about a page I made and I'd love to know why. Translation request inside!

This page has been generating a ton of traffic for my site, but I sure can't understand it. Rumor has it that Macedonian is mutually intelligible with Bulgarian, but Google Translate disagrees.

Secondary question: What would be a comparable English-language site to YA just has it as a "popular web site."
posted by soma lkzx to Writing & Language (7 answers total)
Best answer: Што прават Јапонците?
Ако искрено ве интересира ова, луѓево направиле стварно неверојатен систем кој статистички ја покажува секоја активност на Јапонците во текот на денот. Онака, колку луѓе јадат во моментов, колку се возат накај дома, колку работат, колку гледаат телевизија и сето ова со редовно апдејтувани податоци, од денес за утре.

What are the Japanese doing?
If you're sincerely interested in that, [something something] really unbelievable system that shows statistically every activity among the Japanese in the course of the day. Such as, how many people are eating at the moment, how many are driving home, how many are working, how many are watching television, and all that, with regular updates [something], from today to tomorrow.

(Sorry about the gaps, but Macedonian isn't really one of my languages.)
posted by languagehat at 10:37 AM on October 22, 2008 [2 favorites]

Oh, and from the front page it looks like a "cool news of the day" aggregator.
posted by languagehat at 10:39 AM on October 22, 2008

Response by poster: Thanks, languagehat! I'm sure no one can beat that.
posted by soma lkzx at 10:56 AM on October 22, 2008

Thanks, languagehat! I'm sure no one can beat that.

I can't translate from Macedonian but the Japanese stats site (in English) has been all over the Web:

Tokyo Tuesday
posted by bru at 6:08 PM on October 22, 2008 [1 favorite]

Duh! It's the work of Mefi's own soma lkzx and is featured in Projects.
So "all over the Web¨begins at Mefi. Should have thought of that.
posted by bru at 5:30 AM on October 23, 2008

Uh, bru, did you notice this post is by Mefi's own soma lkzx, who wanted to find out why the site was getting so many hits? Not to rub it in, but you weren't even trying to answer the question in the first place.
posted by languagehat at 8:29 AM on October 23, 2008

Hey, languagehat, you are right.

I apologize.
posted by bru at 12:16 PM on October 24, 2008

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