Following the BBC's 10 Worst Historical Britons poll, the blogosphere in the US has been peppered with similar 10 Worst Americans lists most noteable for the disparity of chosen figures according to the nominator's political persuasion. Wingnuts routinely pick Jimmy Carter and Dan Rather, progressives single out McCarthy and Nixon. For what it's worth, here's my list.
1. G. W. Bush
3. Pat Robertson/Jerry Fallwell
4. J. Edgar Hoover
5. Henry Kissinger
6. Rush Limbaugh
7. Joseph McCarthy
8. Ronald Reagan/Oliver North
This site claims to donate a dollar to Katrina victims if you click a box and submit. Meanwhile you get to look at an ad for Clorox. But, it's fast and easy. Who knows? A dollar here, a dollar there might add up to something worthwhile. Link
The Implicit Association Tests were designed at Harvard and the Universities of Virgina and Washington to reveal the hidden bias in attitude toward key social concepts like religion, sexual preference, ageism, politics, weight and disability. In the presidential test I'm told I prefer Reagan to Bush II. Not by much I'd say.
This is fun. I guess the late 80s & 90s was the time for "J" names for boys: Justin, Jared, Jeremy, etc.
I once asked a Brit how he tied his shoes, because it was different and nice and I wanted to learn how to do it. He was agog that I asked the question wondering " is there any other way?" Check it out.
I got taken to brunch once by the former president of CBS sports. He asked me to a place on the Upper East Side, his favorite restaurant for his favorite Sunday midday meal, Eggs Benedict. They were wonderful and I've seldom had them since. Maybe it's time.
This is the blot that supposedly can determine sexual preference. Most people see the two human figures. Both
figures have prominent "breasts" and an equally prominent "penis." If you don't volunteer the
gender of the figures, you'll be asked to specify it. By the traditional interpretation, seeing the figures
as male is a heterosexual response (for test subjects of both sexes). Describing the figures as female or
acknowledging the androgynous nature of the blot is supposed to be a homosexual response. Does it work? Not
really--many straights describe the figures as women, and not all gays give a gay response. A 1971 study at
Mount Sinai Hospital in New York showed the traditionally heterosexual response (two male figures) to be
declining in popularity.
The splotches of red ink are usually perceived separately. Common responses are "bow-tie" or "ribbon"
(inner red area) and a stomach and esophagus (outer red areas).