TotL – 5 Things
After the marathon of Star Trek lists I’ve done over the past couple of months I was torn over which direction I’d take the Top o’ the Lot, or TotL (pronounced “Total” by the kids) now that I’d have to move on. The answer was actually quite easy. Top o’ the Lot was started to shine a focused beam of light on the obscure, trivially specific things in comics, movies, TV, and all of popular culture, so it’s time to take TotL back to those roots, and what better way then to get paradoxically ironic while also being specifically trivial. What the f*&^ is a Thing? We’re going to find out together. So, without further ado, we’re all over the damned place, kind of half-assing it, and really missing Star Trek lists, in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: 5 Things.
The Volkswagen Type 181 is a rare and obscure automobile from VW marketed during the height of the Cold War. Now a sought after collector’s item, the Thing was a two-wheel drive, four-door convertible that could seemingly go anywhere thanks to some beautifully technical German engineering. It’s so disturbingly beautiful in its design, and that boxy design is really turns heads.
4. Thing One and Thing Two
‘I will pick up the hook. You will see something new. Two things. And I call them Thing One and Thing Two. These Things will not bite you. They want to have fun.’ Then, out of the box came Thing Two and Thing One! And they ran to us fast. They said, ‘How do you do? Would you like to shake hands with Thing One and Thing Two?’
And Sally and I did not know what to do. So we had to shake hands with Thing One and Thing Two. We shook their two hands, but our fish said, ‘No! Things should not be in this house! Make them go! They should not be here when your mother is not! Put them out! Put them out!’ said the fish in the pot.
3. The Thing
One quarter of one of the coolest super hero teams every created (It’s true, damn it!), Ben Grimm was a pilot caught in a horrible accident that was really only truly horrible for him. While the rest of his fellow victims kept their youthful good looks, The Thing was a big, old, ugly dude made out of rocks. Yeah, it’s weird as hell. Unfortunately those damned movies and an utter lack of the Fantastic Four from marvel comics drops Sweet Aunt Petunia’s favorite nephew down a few spots on this Lot, but it ain’t a list of Things without THE Thing.
2. The Thing
There are at least a few movies that have the title The Thing, but we’re focusing on John Carpenter’s 1982 alien horror masterpiece The Thing. Holy shit! This just might be my favorite horror movie of all time. Great practical effects, tons of gore, and an all around great movie in its own right. But it’s really the effects that get me every time. I’m a sucker for that stuff.
The Addams Family began as a comic strip in the 1930s, continued its appeal into the 60s in the form of the classic TV series, and continues to find fans in the duo of films that dropped more than a decade ago, but Thing is without a doubt the most compelling, fun, of all the Things, with a mass appeal that’s inarguable. Everyone loves this hand! When are they going to remake those movies?
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