The Most Popular Words In Heavy Metal Band Names

What are the most popular words used in the names of heavy metal bands? To find out the answer, we looked to Encyclopaedia Metallum, an online archive of heavy metal bands from around the world. The 109,579 bands in the database contain 60,271 unique words. After excluding entries like to, for, and the, as well as one letter initials, we calculated the top 50.

As of late May, when we analyzed the data, the top 50 most popular words in heavy metal band names, in order, were: black, death, dark, dead, blood, hate, hell, eternal, dawn, soul, silence, evil, darkness, chaos, funeral, war, flesh, pain, fire, beyond, god, human, angel, lord, metal, steel, mind, terror, fear, infernal, ritual, decay, sun, last, winter, end, red, project, force, sin, lost, grave, ashes, machine, forest, tears, moon, silent, night, and storm.

Are some words more distinctive to certain countries? The methodology to figure this out is similar to that followed to find the most distinctive obituary euphemisms for death. First, we selected certain countries to get a diverse geographical distribution. Then, for each country the top 20* most popular words were calculated. Finally, for each of the top words, we divided the relative popularity (incidence per 1000 band names) in that country by the corresponding figure in the worldwide list. Total bands are in parentheses.

Argentina (1772): raza 
Australia (2132): internal
Brazil (5163): bestial
Canada (3355): northern
Chile (1740): austral
Egypt (30): hate
Finland (3426): hammer
Germany (9876): ashes
Greece (1782): astral
Indonesia (1307): bleeding
Israel (246): grimoire
Italy (5810): last
Japan (1569): rose
Mexico (2238): mortem
Russia (2560): forest
Spain (3039): negra
Sweden (4105): grief
U.S. (22,921): reign

*In the case of Italy, Sweden, Finland, Canada, Spain, Mexico, Australia, Greece, and Chile, more than the top 20 were calculated to accommodate ties in word counts. In the case of Japan and Indonesia, 17 and 18 were used respectively to ensure a minimum count of 5 for each word. In Israel and Egypt the minimum word count was 2. The top 15 words were examined in Israel and in Egypt the one word that met this threshold won by default.

The Most Popular Netflix Show in Every Country
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If you're bored with everything in your Netflix queue, why not look to the top shows around the world for a recommendation? recently used Google Trends data to create a map of the most popular show streaming on Netflix in every country in 2018. The best-loved show in the world is the dystopian thriller 3%, claiming the number one spot in eight nations. The show is the first Netflix original made in Portuguese, so it's no surprise that Portugal and Brazil are among the eight countries that helped put it at the top of the list.

Coming in second place is South Korea's My Love from the Star, which seven countries deemed their favorite show. The romantic drama revolves around an alien who lands on Earth and falls in love with a mortal. The English-language show with the most clout is 13 Reasons Why, coming in at number three around the world—which might be proof that getting addicted to soapy teen dramas is a universal experience.

Pot comedy Disjointed is Canada's favorite show, which probably isn't all that surprising given the nation's recent ruling to legalize marijuana. Perhaps coming as even less of a shock is the phenomenon of Stranger Things taking the top spot in the U.S. Favorites like Black Mirror, Sherlock, and The Walking Dead also secured the love of at least one country.

Out of the hundreds of shows on the streaming platform, only 47 are a favorite in at least one country in 2018. So no hard feelings, Gypsy.

Roadside Bear Statue in Wales is So Lifelike That Safety Officials Want It Removed

Wooden bear statue.

There are no real bears in the British Isles for residents to worry about, but a statue of one in the small Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells has become a cause of concern. As The Telegraph reports, the statue is so convincing that it's scaring drivers, causing at least one motorist to crash her car. Now road safety officials are demanding it be removed.

The 10-foot wooden statue has been a fixture on the roadside for at least 15 years. It made headlines in May of 2018 when a woman driving her car saw the landmark and took it to be the real thing. She was so startled that she veered off the road and into a street sign.

After the incident, she complained about the bear to highways officials who agreed that it poses a safety threat and should be removed. But the small town isn't giving in to the Welsh government's demands so quickly.

The bear statue was originally erected on the site of a now-defunct wool mill. Even though the mill has since closed, locals still see the statue as an important landmark. Llanwrtyd Wells councilor Peter James called it an "iconic gateway of the town," according to The Telegraph.

Another town resident, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Telegraph that the woman who crashed her car had been a tourist from Canada where bears are common. Bear were hunted to extinction in Britain about 1000 years ago, so local drivers have no reason to look out for the real animals on the side of the road.

The statue remains in its old spot, but Welsh government officials plan to remove it themselves if the town doesn't cooperate. For now, temporary traffic lights have been set up around the site of the accident to prevent any similar incidents.

[h/t The Telegraph]


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