Time to revisit the Google graph and what key search words are landing them up on this blog. Gauri Khan has virtually dropped off the radar and hence been dethroned by another sort of royalty altogether (of the four-wheeled persuasion) and Priyanka Chopra has over taken Kareena Kapoor (boohoo Bebo) but if it’s any consolation she squeezes in just past Kangna Ranaut (but mostly because of a spelling confusion) and the Obamas’ new pet, the Portuguese water dog.
2,970 rolls royce
1,471 marilyn monroe
0937 dawood ibrahim
0810 nicole richie
0801 priyanka chopra
0785 avantika malik
0735 kareena kapoor
0724 portuguese water dog
0719 kangana ranaut
0610 britney spears circus tour
0575 miss malini
0553 britney spears circus
0492 sonal chauhan
0426 saif ali khan
0424 karishma kapoor
0375 gauri khan
0331 rolls royce phantom
0310 audrey hepburn
0295 minissha lamba
0291 kareena kapoor and saif ali khan
0268 kangna ranaut
0253 aamir khan
0216 freida pinto
0201 sonam kapoor
0200 nikki bedi
0198 amrita rao
0194 audi r8
0187 saif ali khan and kareena kapoor
0179 laila mallya
0168 hrithik roshan
0168 ranbir kapoor
0158 manisha lamba
0153 kareena kapoor saif ali khan
0153 yash birla
0152 kareena kapoor and saif
0151 miss india 2009
0150 anoop desai
0137 ash ansari
0126 shahrukh khan
0125 sanjay dutt
Shortly after this first successful test, Royce took Rolls and Johnson for a ride in his new car. It so impressed the two auto entrepreneurs that in March of 1906, the three of them formed Rolls-Royce Ltd. (they decided that name sounded better than Rolls-Royce-Johnson) and began producing handmade automobiles.
The first Royce was a small four-seater with a 10-hp, two-cylinder engine, a 75-in. wheelbase, and a top speed of 30 mph. This model was later upgraded in size and power to four cylinders and 20 hp and called the Long 20. Then, after more refinements were made for racing purposes, the Light 20 was born. It had a top speed of nearly 55 mph, a wheelbase of 106 in., and a width of 36 in. It weighed in at 1,350 lb.–150 lb. lighter than the Long 20. The prices for these first cars were between $1,580 and $4,000. The expensive models included special features such as card cases and umbrella holders.
The Rolls-Royce today is as close to handmade as a modern car can be, assembled at the rate of 20 per week with care that has been likened by observers to that taken in making a fine watch. The finished cars are tested and retested, then tested again before they are sold; and after they are sold, Rolls-Royce sees to it that they are serviced as if each owner were a member of the royal family. This kind of care makes Rolls-Royce owners (even those who parted with $114,000 to own the new two-door Camargue) feel that the investment was worth every penny and that, truly, they do own “the best car in the world.”
Despite the company’s early successes and growing reputation for impeccable workmanship and sound engineering, Rolls’s craving for speed and excitement got the better of him. After being taken for an airplane ride by Wilbur Wright, Rolls began losing interest in cars. He bought his own Wright-designed plane and was killed in a crash in 1910. When Johnson died a little over 10 years later, Royce was left to manage the company alone.
The lineage of Rolls-Royce models over the years reads like the family tree of a member of the nobility: the Grey Ghost from 1905; the Silver Ghost, made from 1906 to 1925, the longest model run in history and considered by many to be the finest Rolls-Royce ever made (they were able to go from 0 to 60 mph in an incredible 18 seconds and were so tough and durable that the chassis was chosen as the undercarriage for the 8,000-lb. armored cars the British used in W.W.I); the Phantom I of 1926; the 160-hp Phantom II of 1929; the 1936 Phantom III; and so on, through the Silver Wraiths, Silver Dawns, Silver Clouds, and Silver Shadows that followed.
And then of course there was a fairly high (and unexpected) number of searches for “chopsticks”
The English word “chopstick” seems to have been derived from Chinese Pidgin English, a pidgin in which “chop chop” meant quickly.
Universal Chopstick Etiquette
* Chopsticks are not used to make noise, to draw attention, or to gesticulate. Playing with chopsticks is considered bad mannered and vulgar (just as playing with cutlery in a Western environment would be deemed crass).
* Chopsticks are not used to move bowls or plates.
* Chopsticks are not used to toy with one’s food or with dishes in common.
* Chopsticks are not used to pierce food, save in rare instances. Exceptions include tearing larger items apart such as vegetables and kimchi. In informal use, small, difficult-to-pick-up items such as cherry tomatoes or fishballs may be stabbed, but this use is frowned upon by traditionalists.
* Chopsticks should not be left standing vertically in a bowl of rice or other food. Any stick-like object pointed upward resembles the incense sticks that some Asians use as offerings to deceased family members; certain funerary rites designate offerings of food to the dead using standing chopsticks.
And in the category of bizarre (and somewhat creepy) searches; the winner is
“beautiful man eyes looking off”
And now back to Bollywood…