Jillian C. York

Jillian C. York is a writer and activist.

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Size Matters

I know this is an awfully silly post to kick off my new blog design.  I can’t help it.  /explanation.

Last weekend Yazan chatted me up with a fun fact: Marlboros in Japan are nearly 20% shorter than those back in his home country of Syria.  His question: “Do you think Marlboro Japan is being racist?”  While we, of course, proceeded to make all kinds of cracks (about height, you cheeky monkeys!), the fact of the matter is, it’s true: Japanese Marlboros are indeed 20% shorter than Syrian ones.


Then it occurred to both of us that, without a frame of reference, we couldn’t actually prove that the Japanese smokes were the different ones.  So I dug into my own pack, pulled up my trusty iRuler (which is awesome because no, I don’t actually have a ruler in my house), and lo and behold – American Marlboros are equal to Japanese ones.  There goes that racism theory!

And with the determination that Syrian cigarettes are, in fact, the longer ones, you would think my friend would have some great innuendo; but alas, no: “You bastards, you are literally trying to kill us.”

Photo Credit: The inimitable Yazan

Fun with Google Analytics

All Visitors Ever

Visitors this week

As you can see, I’m missing very few countries!  Unfortunately, most of Africa has not yet visited my blog, and no -stan has set foot here.  I’d love to get at least one visitor from every country, eventually!

This week, visits from the United States, Morocco, and Japan have been heavy, with India, France, the UK, and Canada following.

All in all, the majority of my visitors actually come from Massachusetts.  I get between 500-600 visitors per month, about 75 of which are first-time visitors.  About 78% of my visitors are PC users.  Only 3 people have ever visited my blog on their iPhone (and I think I know who you are!)  This last bit gives me great satisfaction – well over 50% of my visitors browse with Firefox!

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