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March 10, 2009

Time Waster for the Day

Via Metafilter, someone with way too much time on their hands compiled a few amusing lists from Facebook entries. First, he correlated average SAT score with the favorite book listed on Facebook pages.

Pretty funny. Atlas Shrugged rates near the top (average SAT score: 1228). My favorite novel isn't on the list. He did the same thing for music. Several bands I like made the list but again, my favorite band wasn't included. Not surprising. They're kind of a niche band: Big Head Todd and the Monsters.

I like them because they're hard to pigeonhole and they rarely bore me. Here are a few clips, in case you've never heard them. This wistful song is one you may have heard on the radio:

You probably haven't heard this one, but it's one of my favorites. A little of Todd Park Mohr's blues-y guitar work:

If you're in the mood to explore, metafilter also had a link to the top 3000 recommended albums of all time. They have an extensive list of recommended songs, too (use the menu near the top of the page). If you're into jazz, there was a good a link to yet-another-jazz-blog that features rare/out of print clips. I'm not sure how closely taste in books and music correlates with intelligence, but there you go.

Posted by Cassandra at March 10, 2009 06:06 AM

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Odd. I never realized that Shakespeare, C.S. Lewis, Dan Brown, James Patterson, and Nicholas Sparks were *books*.

Makes you wonder about the English Comprehension scores of the kids who gave those particular answers...

Posted by: BillT at March 10, 2009 09:18 AM

I think he may have aggregated responses (Hamlet, Macbeth, etc. became "Shakespeare".

It wasn't the most scientific thing out there - correlation doesn't prove causation - but I thought it was funny :p

Posted by: Cassandra at March 10, 2009 09:57 AM

That's what I thought, originally, until I saw separate listings for Lewis and Narnia, and for Willy Shake and Hamlet.

It wasn't the most scientific thing out there...

Yeah. Lolita at the top of the heap? Geez, I was the poster boy for raging hormones in college and I ditched it halfway through because it was boring...

Posted by: BillT at March 10, 2009 05:41 PM

Ummmmmmmm -- f'rgot to close my *i*, evidently...

Posted by: BillT at March 10, 2009 05:43 PM

Interesting that I didn't see anything by Heinlein on the list.

Posted by: Heartless Libertarian at March 13, 2009 04:04 PM