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Thursday, August 04, 2005

An objective conclusion

Posted by: Jambo / 3:54 PM

I've let it run a little longer than I intended and I think it is finally time to report the results of the great movie object poll.

With over 150 votes cast there were three clear favorites; The Amp That Goes to 11 (27%), The Ruby Slippers(20%), and Jason's Hockey Mask(19%). The second tier was clear as well with the Barrels (from Jaws) 7%, and the Bone (2001) and the Horse's Head both at 6%. All the other objects had only a handful of votes each, tho each of the 15 got at least one vote. That said I think I must post a small caveat to the voting. After the initial flurry of voting in the first week or two the Ruby Slippers were at the top with The Amp close behind. After that there was a steady increase in the Hockey Mask's share so that it eventually ended up in first place just ahead of the Amp. When I checked out some links to 3WN I found that others had linked to the contest and were encouraging others to vote for one of those two which I think artificially boosted their vote totals. Not that any of this matters or comes close to being an accurate representation of anything, but if I had to guess I would say that in terms of votes by single individuals the most popular object might have actually been the Ruby Slippers, tho I think quite a few people voted for the Amp as well. And to give an added degree of unwarranted accuracy to the whole endeavor I think a conventional poll of the same people who participated in this one would put the Ruby slippers at around 15% with the Amp maybe a vote or two ahead or behind it and the second tier objects, including the Hockey Mask, at around 10%. For anyone interested here are the raw numbers on the last "official" day of voting:


Bah. How could you have a movie props poll without Indiana Jones' bullwhip? (although if the choice had come up, I would have definately voted for 'the spoon' from The Matrix, because, well, there is no spoon. And I'm contrary like that.)

Anyway, there I go, offering advice after the contest is over. Not too helpful I suppose.

By Blogger Smartie, at 12:09 AM  

That's OK, the whole point of these sorts of things is to get a discussion going, not to actually resolve anything. The whip was mentioned by several people in the early stages of the discussion, before we ever thought to make a poll out of it. I ended up picking the top 15 things I thought were most iconic--either an object that you saw and instantly thought of the movie or objects that you thought of as soon as someone mentioned the movie.

By Blogger Jambo, at 12:47 AM  

Whew, I'm just glad that comment made sense. I was three sheets to the wind at the time I posted that last night.

By Blogger Smartie, at 8:11 AM  

We will eagerly await the next poll. Worst Oscar win? Best movie quote with a curse? Worst plot hole?

By Blogger Hammer, at 8:24 AM  

Hmmm, I now find out there were some votes directed towards the Ruby Slippers as well. Good to know for next time when I will not let the poll sit for so long.

By Blogger Jambo, at 10:00 PM  

Three sheets to the wind. I have seen you three sheet and a duve'cover. I think a best quotes would be good. Nice vaction Photo. Rough life for the Jambo. Closet sleeper

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:15 PM  

votes directed towards the Ruby Slippers

Jambo - ain't nobody reading that drivel but you, me, and Inktomi.

By Blogger Joey de Vivre, at 8:45 AM  

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