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Wow! Hal-f A Million Hubs!

Updated on September 23, 2009
Presenting: Hal Shahrukh Khan
Presenting: Hal Shahrukh Khan

With the news that HubPages has just exceeded half a million Hubs, it is time to reflect on the magnificent and explosive growth of this superlative and premier online writing platform.

While there was a time when HubPages was neck in neck with Calamaridoo, this website has since left all competitors in the dust. There is no way to compare the overwhelming reach of HubPages with any other similar website on the planet, and that is a factoid which makes me extremely proud.

I am certainly not conceited enough to claim that I deserve even 1 thousandth of one percent of that success, as my brand of 1300+ Hubs is an acquired taste which not many readers have the tough hide or esoteric interest to acquire. Although I probably have written a considerable proportion of the most controversial material on this site, it is telling that on any given day traffic to my Hubs discussing Obama's Marxism, the comparative values of Judeo-Christianity vs. Islam, or the quantum nature of the universe are outdrawn by an order of magnitude by my Hubs dealing with plastic wine glasses, where to buy wholesale flip flops, and where to play free soccer video games online.

It seems that we live in a world where online soccer video games trump the devastation of the U.S. Constitution and the epic pre-Armageddonian confrontation of great theologies... and I do have to admit that fact saddens me. I never did truly and enthusiastically embrace the prospect of enrichening my bank account through the shower of pennies from AdSense, thus I stubbornly and unrealistically maintain that there is still room for intellectual, vigorous and informed debate about critically important global topics in an age soaked in electronic media hypnosis and Ecstasy.

Yeah... and I'm probably wrong.

However, when nobody was looking, a factor quite different from PS3-addled adolescent pixel wanking creeped onto HubPages. It seems that although this website is a jaw-droppingly high 170th in popularity on the Alexa rankings in the USA, it is 125th in Pakistan, 67th in Sri Lanka, 66th in India, and 57th in Bangladesh.

Those ranking figures are nothing short of astounding. When you consider the tens of thousands of major websites in the world such as,,, et al., to reach double digit levels in the Sub-Continent while beating the ranking of such powerhouses as eBay India is simply incredible. Would anyone at the founding of HubPages have believed that by late 2009, this website would have been more popular in India than Apple Computer and The Pirate Bay???

The appeal of HubPages to readers in the Sub-Continent is truly stunning, and a testament to the wisdom and expertise utilized to create and develop this precious online resource.

The overwhelming committment of time and interest by that area's online readers is the main reason why, effective immediately, I'm changing my name to Hal Bollywood. From now on you can look forward to reading these pearls of Hub Wisdom from your favorite motorcycle riding cat Hubber:

Beautiful Desi Girls Show Their Best Ass-ets
Secret Sicilian Garam Masala Recipes
I Slept With Aishwarya Rai
How To Rebuild Your Hero Honda 125 Engine For The 37th Time
Proof That Dr. Manmohan Singh Is An Alien



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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      OK, I'll eat some extra chili today! :)

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      Rubes 8 years ago from Somwhere up high

      Pass some purple haze my way!!!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      eovery: I think I've seen about half a dozen of the Indian filmi chicks Hubs and then really wondered what that's all about. I think I lack the cultural prerequisites to see them as interesting.

      Catherine R: Yup, the train for Bollywood is leaving... all aboard! :)

      quicksand: You jump in front of my car when you,

      You know all the time that

      Ninety miles an hour, girl, is the speed I drive

      You tell me it's alright, you don't mind a little pain

      You say you just want me to take you for a ride...

      on my mo bike! :)

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      oops! I meant to say Mr Khan has borrowed your mo bike.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Purple haze all around

      Dont know if Im comin up or down

      Mr Khan has borrowed you mo-bike, oh my!

      x'cuse me while I kiss the sky

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      Catherine R 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Nice hub Hal Bollywood. Amazing ranking figures for India and surrounding countries too - clearly it is the way to go!

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      eovery 8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      I have started to to quit being fans to these sleazy picture hubs. Others may disagree, but I do not need to sell and support sex.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      quicksand: 'xcuse me while I kiss this guy... er... I mean... kiss the sky... :)

      Shalini Kagal: I don't know if "Beautiful Desi Girls Show Their Best Ass-ets" is so horrible... I'm starting to gain an appreciation for filmi dancing... maybe I can be the next Shiamak Davar or Vaibhavi Merchant! :)

      Apu: Well, honk honk right back at ya! :)

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      Apu Nahasapeemapetilon 8 years ago

      Now you have honked me off. Perhaps you should take your business elsewhere.

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Hal!!!! You are just toooo much! :)

      If HP is so popular in the subcontinent, it's because of those awful hubs! I cringe each time I see them! Never mind the numbers - it would be sad if Sleazy Street is the new direction!

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      I thought you resemble Jimi Hendrix! :)