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25 Totally Random Pop Culture Facts That NO ONE DENIES

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | July 26, 2013 | Comments ()


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1. A new scientific study showing that 8 out of 10 teenagers will reflexively do the Carlton dance whenever hearing the music of Wham! despite having no knowledge of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” is the single greatest demonstration of EVOLUTIONARY PROGRESS of the 21st century.

2. Dexys Midnight Runners’ “Come On Eileen” is the greatest one-hit wonder of the ’80s.

3. The least-discussed Emmy snub this year was Steve Carell’s guest performance in “The Office” finale.

4. The single best television acting performance from the past five years was Margo Martindale’s turn on “Justified.”

5. The world did not appropriately grieve the death of Falco (“Rock Me Amadeus”), who died of injuries suffered after his car was hit by a speeding bus. RIP, Johann Hölzel. Your genius will never be truly understood.

6. People who give their baby pun names should be shot on sight. (I’m talking to you, Rob Morrow. Tu? Really?)

7. Bill Hader was better on “Saturday Night Live” than Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey.

8. “Orange is the New Black” is the best new television show since “Game of Thrones.”

9. Stacked up against any television series, new episodes of NPR’s “This American Life” would always win.

10. Among dramas that have overstayed their welcome, the last two seasons of “Dexter” are worse than the last two seasons of “Alias.”

11. Bottle Rocket remains Wes Anderson’s most rewatchable film.

12. John Voight’s sex scene in this week’s episode of “Ray Donovan” was the most disturbing television scene of the decade so far.

13. Twizzlers are better than Red Vines, Dr Pepper is better than Mr. Pibb, and Cocoa Pebbles are preferable to Cocoa Krispies.

14. Ninety-five percent of Americans would not believe you if you told them that “The Drew Carey Show” was on for the same amount of seasons as “Seinfeld.”

15. The most axiomatically poignant scene in cinematic history is Richard Dreyfus’ voiceover narration at the end of Stand By Me.

16. Up contains the greatest opening sequence of the 21st century.

17. Indianapolis Colt’s Quarterback Andrew Luck has the least attractive unkempt beard in sports.

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18. “Parks and Recreation” Season 4 > “Community” Season 2.

19. “Bob’s Burgers” is the best animated sitcom on television.

20. Haberdashery is the most misunderstood word in the English language.

21. Let’s be honest: The Treblemakers really should’ve won the final competition in Pitch Perfect. Right?

22. The Commitments’ version of “Try a Little Tenderness” was the best soundtrack song of the ’90s.

23. No one has better bone structure than Cate Blanchett. No one.

24. The Breakfast Club is John Hughes’ best film. Though wrong, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is also an acceptable answer.

25. At the time it aired, “Blink” was the greatest episode of “Doctor Who” of the modern era. However, due to diluting power of the Weeping Angels’ reappearances, “Girl in the Fireplace” is officially the best “Doctor Who” episode of the modern era. This cannot be disputed.

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  • TeeMitch50

    When you can count something -- like the number of seasons a television show was broadcast, you refer to it by "number," to wit: "Ninety-five percent of Americans would not believe you if you told them that 'The Drew Carey Show' was on for the same number of seasons as 'Seinfeld.'" "Amount" is reserved for things that can't be counted -- like milk, grass, and anxiety. A writer should know this. Also, Red Vines beat the living hell out of Twizzlers. Everyone with a brain and taste buds should know this.

  • fred

    Definite "yes" on The Commitments rendition of "Try a Little Tenderness"

  • Dr_Regina_Phalange

    18. Community Season 2 > Parks and Recreation Season 4

    Firstly, that's a huge thing to say with out an explanation. I can see how some would say that Parks and Recreation Season 3 > Community Season 2, but that still wouldn't be true.

    Parks and Rec Season 4 is a huge step down from the fantastic 3rd season, but it also begins to settle into a huge formula for the show. Sure, the Ben/Leslie relationship is good, but what else comes out of that season? Leslie wins the council race? If you didn't see that one a mile coming, then clearly you didn't see the underdeveloped Bobby Newport, who you could see from miles away would eventually lose to Leslie.
    Now, season 4 is a solid season and I laughed a lot, but there is no way that you can say that this "solid" season is better than one of the most heartwarming, hilarious, ground-breaking, meta seasons of TV in a long time.

    Community is one of the few shows that can go from a Zombie episode, to a Bottle Episode, to a "Let's Go To The Bar" episode, a Stop-Motion episode and an episode centred around a game of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons game with in 8 episodes, while developing the core characters to reveal underling emotions that are universal. Season 2 is definitely the best season of Community, not only for its' homage episodes, but because it acknowledges fears that everyone has: "I'm going to be alone" or "I have no idea what my future looks like". And then it shows through the power of humanity, that instead of fearing these things, we can be united in helping each other.

    And that I feel is far more powerful that anything that Parks and Recreation Season 4 ever gave us.

  • Bodhi

    "16. Up contains the greatest opening sequence of the 21st century"

    False. It contains the saddest & most heartbreaking opening scene of the 21st century.

    That movie absolutely WRECKED me. I thought about watching it again the other day, but couldn't do it.

  • STUN_Runner

    "This American Life" is not an NPR show.

  • Conor

    #22 is the only point here that is TRULY non-negotiable.

    Dublin represent!

    ..... I'll get my coat.

  • Even Stevens

    Best one hit wonder of the 80s: Simple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me"

    NO ONE DISPUTES THIS

  • Enrique del Castillo

    19. “Bob’s Burgers” is the best animated sitcom on television.

    I agree, only because I don't consider Archer a sitcom.

  • Bananapanda

    Why couldn't it have been Spandau Ballet?! Why, God, why?!!!!

  • Ben

    "Bob’s Burgers” is the best animated sitcom on television."
    Venture Bros is clearly the best. You couldn't be more wrong captain wrong of wrongville.

  • DominaNefret

    Tainted Love is the best One Hit Wonder of the '80s.
    Mr. Pibb is way better than Dr. Pepper, tastes less like HFCS.

    The Empty Child, The Doctor Dances, Silence in the Library, and Forest of the Dead are far and away the best New Who episodes. The weeping angels just aren't scary.

  • asherlev1

    DOCTOR WHO. *rolls around in post and warmly reminisces about the Tenth Doctor* Just seeing that suit made me break out in shivers. HOW I MISS HIM.

  • manting

    Great list. You got me at 90% total agreement
    11. Rushmore
    19. Venture Brothers

  • Lauren_Lauren

    Why are you trying to set the internet on fire?

  • emmalita

    He's board now that he's no longer counting votes for Idris Elba.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I hate "Come on Eileen".

    I can't relate to "Parks & Rec" because of the faux documentary style, and the cringe-worthy stuff the characters do, so Community always wins out here.

    I submit "Dalek" as the best Doctor Who episode of all times.

  • Thank you. It's nice not being the only one who is right about Doctor Who.

  • SelenaMac

    Okay. GitF and Blink are worthy competitors for Best Episodes of New Who to introduce n00bs to. Neither are competitors for Best Episode of New Who, Ever, which clearly goes to "Turn Left." Because Donna Noble.
    We can still be friends. This time.

  • Haystacks

    Lies! "Turn Left" is the greatest modern Doctor Who episode. Catherine Tate destroys me. She was so good you barely notice the doctor is hardly in it.

  • She's so good, it's almost as good as 'Dalek' which is the best modern episode. It's reeeeeal close, but still..silver medal isn't bad.

  • SelenaMac

    JINX! You owe me a coke and your lifelong friendship, because you need to come sit by me.

  • kaizee

    Margo Martindale! Was lucky enough to meet her while she stayed at the hotel I work at. Saw her almost every day for a few weeks. Lovely person, absolutely one of the sweetest and funniest actors I've met at my job. I fangirled a bit the first day, and then she made a point of stopping to talk with me whenever she saw me so I calmed down and was able to have some really great conversations with her. Mags Bennett was one of my favourite characters and now I gotta go back and rewatch her season :)

  • Sirilicious

    Falco's awesome (even awesomer than Rock Me Amadeus) "Jeanny" came on the radio, and while i was rocking out, my 21-year old colleague asked who/what is was.

    Get off my fucking lawn.

  • e jerry powell

    It's all over, Baby Blue.

  • kirbyjay

    Slap the smile off his face and toss a black hat on his head and you have The Luck of the Amish

  • michaelceratops

    Sorry, The Doctor's Wife is the best single episode of Doctor Who in the modern era. The Girl in the Fireplace made me fall asleep multiple times.

    Come at me.

  • annie

    I... did not like Girl in the Fireplace. At all.

  • Leonard

    No to #10. Seasons 7 and 8 of Dexter have been quite good.

  • Rachel

    You are right about everything here, except for twizzlers. Those things are nasty.

  • Agreed. Red licorice in general is a major fail. (Not a huge fan of black licorice, either. But at least it tastes like something other than wax.)

  • Bea Pants

    That's it! Vaguely fruit flavored wax! I've been trying to describe that flavor whilst explaining why I hate red licorice since childhood.

  • e jerry powell

    Side note: George Michael also does the Carlton Dance when hearing the music of Wham!, even though the music of Wham! pre-dates the existence of Carlton Banks by at least six years.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    "16. Up contains the greatest opening sequence of the 21st century."

    There's an opening sequence from any other century that bests it? I defy you to show me that opening, sir.

  • HowardTheDeck

    #16 could not be more true

  • Tinkerville

    Blink, Girl in the Fireplace-- both equally brilliant. Why did you have to go and turn into such a raging twatsicle, Moffat? Sigh.

  • mairimba

    Came back to say the the most rewatchable Wes Anderson movie is actually Life Aquatic.

  • Amanda Cotylo

    Rectify is the best series since Game of Thrones, hands down. Orange Is The New Black is great, despite stupid name. However, Rectify is exquisite...

  • Jerce

    Dexys Midnight Runners’ “Come On Eileen” is the greatest one-hit wonder of the ’80s.

    INCORRECT. The greatest one-hit wonder of the 80s is "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors.

    Yes it is too. Shut up. I'LL KILL YOU.

  • Lemon_Poundcake

    #24: Sorry, but I gotta go with "Sixteen Candles."

  • billdog

    #3. Michael Scott wasn't in the episode long enough to warrant an nomination. Biggest snub is and has been Nick Offerman

    #13. Red Vines kick ass.

    #21. I thought I was the only one that thought they were better. I concur 100% with you on that.

  • Berry

    The empty child/Doctor Dances are the best episodes of modern Who, bar none. Anyone who disagrees needs to get their head examined, because being that wrong can't be healthy in the long run.

  • DominaNefret

    Yes. Thank-you. I have been scrolling through all of these comments to see if someone would finally say this. Blink and The Girl in The Fireplace are good, but they do not come close to The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead are also above Blink and The Girl in the Fireplace.

  • lowercase_see

    My nightmares and I must disagree.

    'Blink' was scary and all and talking about Weeping Angels does make me side-eye every statue I pass, but if you want to see me run screaming for cover, a simple "are you my mummy?" will suffice.

  • Tinkerville

    "Are you my mummy?" doesn't make me piss myself quite as much as Midnight did, which I personally think is the most underrated episode of New Who. I didn't sleep one damn wink after watching that.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    Midnight just annoyed me. It was like all those times my little sister followed me around repeating everything I said.

  • Berry

    Midnight is great, absolutely. @Captain_Tuttle:disqus, I thought it was so scary and unnerving precisely because it took something familiar (your annoying little sister/brother/cousin/whoever, we've all been there, repeating what you say) and went somewhere dark and inexplicable with it. Uncanny, you know? (Not trying to say you're wrong, just trying to explain its effect on me.)

  • Berry

    No, wait. What the hell am I doing, being reasonable, and allowing for differences of opinion and taste? Let's try this again. You're so wrong @Captain_Tuttle:disqus that hundreds of your from now, your descendants will remember this day, and hang their heads in shame.

    There, that's better.

  • Tinkerville

    But did your sister look like this whilst doing it? http://bowjamesbow.ca/images/m...

  • PowLo

    Come on, I'm dean. And my hands are so clean. At this moooooment, I am STAAPLING.

  • Lizzy

    I would have to disagree with #15. I have to give it to Morgan Freeman's narration at the end of "The Shawshank Redemption." (Interesting that both movies were made from Stephen King novellas. This is why I love the author so much. The man can flat out write a great story.)

  • Captain D

    That's pretty awesome that Andrew Luck works at Schrute Farms during the offseason

  • KV

    12. John Voight’s sex scene in this week’s episode of “Ray Donovan” was
    the most disturbing television scene of the decade so far.

    I assume you are talking about the scene where Liev Schreiber was hallucinating while standing in front of the window. Or did I miss anything?

  • kushiro -

    The most misunderstood word is not "haberdashery". It's "amazing".

  • "Literally." Hands down.

  • I was going to say "awesome" but it's essentially the same problem.

  • Snath

    Isn't a haberdashery a men's clothing store, or something?

  • It's where Nigel Tufnel sells you hats.

  • muertemaria

    I keep the Vincent and the Doctor episode in my Tivo at all times. So while I like the totality of the Doctor when it was David Tennant better, that one episode gets me every time. I do think number 2 is Girl in the Fireplace and all the Doctor/Donna. Best Companion = Donna.

  • ljridley

    Best Companion = Donna

    This is indisputable.

  • apsutter

    There are people who think Steve Carrell was snubbed by not being nominated this year? He was only onscreen for like 5 minutes tops.

  • Gordon McAlpin

    I’d deny that about Bottle Rocket. It drops to a dead halt after Ines shows up. Bores me shitless. Rushmore is his most rewatchable flick by far (in my opinion).

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Moonrise Kingdom is really sweet - I've rewatched that. Just skipping over the kiddie porn sections (er, I mean, touching illustration of childhood discovery of love & sex)

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I knew it was all a joke when he referred to THIS AMERICAN LIFE as an NPR program, even though it is actually distributed by PRI. Nice try, Rowles!

  • tmoney

    Um, I believe Pibb+Red Vines=Crazy Delicious!?

  • Jezzer

    People hate themselves enough to rewatch Wes Anderson's films?

  • TK

    That's high quality trollin' right there. You should teach a fuckin' class.

  • emmelemm

    Made me laugh, dammit.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Don't you dare disparage the Royal Tenenbaums.

  • Jezzer

    I wouldn't dare. That movie's like a fucking Christmas miracle baby, the way it managed to beat so many odds.

  • seth

    Of you're wrong about most of this, especially regarding Wes Anderson's rewatchableness.

  • John W

    Okay now that's settled.

  • Jon Voight is KILLING it.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Honestly, I don't know what was worse, the sex scene or him dancing at the end.

  • They were both great because he's clearly enjoying the f*ck out of himself.

  • lowercase_ryan

    he is. Everytime he's onscreen I tense up. I just expect him to do something terrible. It's strange.

  • pajiba

    He DOES do terrible things. Everytime he speaks, he does irreparable damage to the television medium. I really hate that show. If the Sopranos were a toy doll, and someone shook that toy doll REALLY HARD, threw it down a flight of stairs, stomped on it, let a pit bull play with it for a while, then threw it in a blender, what remains would be Ray Donovan minus the TERRIBLE Boston accents.

  • Wigamer

    So the hotness of Liev really makes up for nothing? Damn.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I have no defense for the accents :(

  • Bea Pants

    #19 is so clearly Archer I feel like you MUST be fucking with me.

  • And if it's not 'Archer', then it's 'South Park.'

  • TheOriginalMRod

    8 out of 10 every-bodies will reflexively do the Carlton dance whenever hearing the music of Wham!

  • annie

    Get.Out.Of.My.Head.

  • Lauren

    And Six Feet Under had the greatest series ending of all time.

  • jptaylorsg

    The Belles' final mix is slightly better only because of the degree of difficulty brought on by mashing the songs. "Don't You Forget About Me" felt tacked on (and let's be honest, it was Anna Kendrick's worst singing in the whole flick - much as I love her), but they crushed the rest of it.

  • Lemon_Poundcake

    Thank you! Her singing just doesn't work for that part.

  • foolsage

    Agreed. The Barden Bellas' final mix was considerably more difficult and sophisticated that anything the Treblemakers performed. The Bellas layered six songs into that medley.

  • Mrcreosote

    but...but..GIRLS!!!

  • foolsage

    That, too. The Bellas were girls.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Shouldn't #1 specify "white teenagers"?

  • Ponytail

    White American teenagers. I have no idea what the Carlton dance actually looks like (I've only seen stills) and I hadn't realised it was done to a cartain song.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    well, the point is, it's not done to a certain song - but certain songs do make it inevitable. Also - you don't have to know what the Carlton dance is to be doing it - your body and genetic memory just take over; that's the evolutionary argument.

  • BWeaves

    I was going to say that I cannot dispute this stuff because I've never heard of any of it, and then I hit #25 and I agree, sort of. Girl in the Fireplace has some problems I can't get around. Blink is still #1 for me.

  • I could be wrong

    People think of the Carlton Dance when listening to WHAM!? I always thought Tom Jones.

  • pajiba

    Listen to this song and TRY not to do the Carlton dance. CAN'T BE DONE.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Maguita NYC

    The shorts!!! The short-short cottony shorts!

    The 80's were the best! Men wore the least possible, while women stacked on layers of clothing, shoulder pads, make-up, and let us not forget the cans of hairspray!

  • Steph

    The only explanation for 18 is that you're posting something so obviously wrong that it's guaranteed to provoke people. Season 3 of Parks isn't better than Season 2 of Community, and that's the best one.

  • toblerone

    26. Lists like "25 Totally Random Pop Culture Facts THAT NO ONE DENIES"

    Are almost always WRONG! And only serve the moment or too stir the pot.

  • Maguita NYC

    My pot is stirred. And I quite love it when my pot is stirred. Makes me want to wiggle-wiggle-wiggle it.

  • lowercase_ryan
  • Maguita NYC

    OMG!!! DOUCHIEST SONG EVER!

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