Earlier this month, the cost-estimating website Fixr.com put together a map of the world with the most-Googled for object in each country, using the autocomplete formula of "How much does * cost in [x country]."
And from the results it was evident that “Wedding” was the most searched product in Nigeria while cow, camel, and petrol also rank highest as one of the most searched product in Africa.
In popular culture, certain countries are stereotypically associated with certain products — beer in Germany, carpets in Turkey, electronics in Japan, petrol in Nigeria.
But those things aren't what people are really searching for. While the results are far from scientific — since Google autocomplete results vary based on the searcher's history, the time of search, and the place of search — they do say at least a little bit about how countries are perceived.
Some of the fascinating (and troubling) results:
• People want to know how much a wedding cost in Nigeria
• People want to know how much a MIG aircraft costs in Russia
• People want to know how much a prostitute costs in Brazil
• People want to know how much rhinoplasty costs in South Korea
Here are the maps.