With the 2012 Olympics almost with us and Euro 2012 just gone I suppose I've got international competition on my mind. And I reckon that if there were spanko Olympics us Britons would be in with a chance of a medal.
Anyway, I was a Geography major so I've always had a bit of an obsession with maps, population distributions and all that. So, I thought I'd spend some time on this weighty question.
First I thought I could base my study on visits to this blog - but then I realised duh, this is an English language blog and that's going to skew things a bit. So I've had to limit it to all time hits from English-speaking nations then - the four that pop up close to the top of the stats are the US, the UK, Canada and Australia.
Based on population totals courtesy of Wikipedia I can reveal that Brits come out in front with 474 hits for each million people. That's way ahead of the next highest, the US; the good people of the USA have been dropping by at a rate of 139 per million.
Canada comes in third with 114 per million while Australia registers a rather modest 57 per million. What should I conclude from this little exercise? Not much, I think. A UK blog is more attractive to Brits, but that doesn't mean that Brits are more likely to be spankos than people from other countries.
And as far as North America goes, are the people of the US really more inclined to redden bottoms than their neighbours north of the border? An interesting question.
Which probably means that only open competition could settle things. Quite how it could be organised I'll leave with you.