February 6th, 2012 | by WW Arts & Culture Staff Features | Posted In: It List

The It List: The Top 10 Things in Portland and the World

     
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Each week our culture scientists rank their 10 favorite things in the universe. The resulting list is infallible. The list is perfect. If you don't agree with the list, you are wrong. Some items may stay atop the list for weeks, others may only make a brief appearance. Some items are Portland-centric, but only because Portland is at the center of the universe. Please do not write to us, asking for the metrics behind the list. We will not provide source material. We will not be swayed. Bow down to the list. Love the list, as the list loves all things. Let the list move through you. (And, you know, if you have suggestions for the list, stick them in the comments section below.)

1. That Chrysler ad
Is it good news or bad news that David Gordon Green made a really great car commercial? Anyway, we're happy for our rich friends at Wieden+Kennedy, and we know America will turn around as soon as they buy us a Chrysler.

If you were really any good at being a boyfriend/girlfriend, you'd buy two plane tickets to somewhere with a White Castle and make some steam-grilled romance.

3. Hilariously blatantly racist campaign ads
Pete Hoekstra approved this message.... Wha? Really? Congrats to Debbie Stabenow on her impending reelection. Woof. It's especially sad on the heels of the aforementioned Clint Eastwood Super Bowl ad that made us want to move to Michigan, too.

 

4. Lewis & Clark student Remy Neymarc's yogurt ad
The best spot of the Super Bowl was made by a 22-year-old computer science major. Who says a liberal arts education is worthless?



5. The fact that Remy Neymarc's yogurt ad has "outraged" John Butler Trio fans
This may be the greatest Australian music copyright scandal since Men at Work vs. "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gumtree."

6. Le Voyage Dans La Lune
The "new soundtracks to very old movies" trend reaches an apogee with Air's extraordinarily creepy-crawly score to Georges Méliès' A Trip to the Moon. (It's showing Friday at PIFF!)

7. Eli Manning
He may not be the football hero America wants—the religious guy who won't take his pants off to sell underwear and the guy who sells men Uggs and is married to a millionaire model are probably more in line with the nation's deepest desires—but he is the football hero America needs.

8. That
Grimm money—let's get it!
Film at my house! Film at my workplace! Pay me in cash! Let's get it!

9. Reading headlines about Typhoon! closing
Because mid-sentence! exclamation marks makes any statement! feel exciting and spontaneous.

10. Baby lemurs

Because this is one species that is not cuter when small.
 
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