At Ranker HQ, we’re constantly monitoring the topics that get ranked a lot. It’s pretty easy to tell when a certain book or movie or musical artist is getting popular or hitting critical mass just based on how frequently the name is mentioned on lists. This is especially true of TV, where the start of a new season for a popular show means an eruption of lists mentioning that show. (Don’t believe me? Check out all the “Mad Men” lists streaming in!)
We weren’t necessarily surprised that HBO viewers were losing their heads for “Game of Thrones.” (See what I did there?) It’s back for Season 2, and obviously Rankers are going to have fun making tons of lists about the sword-and-sorcery-and-skin fantasy series based on George R. R. Martin’s novels. Instead, we were intrigued because the data reveals Game of Thrones fans are just as… idiosyncratic as the show they love. (Yes, idiosyncratic is a nice way of putting it. But hey, we’re not here to INSULT our users.)
And we say this not just because they watch a show in which incest happens as often as other series take commercial breaks. Also because they overwhelming love villainous characters and anti-heroes and they prefer a lot of lesser-known shows that failed to ever find an audience.
Read on for more insight into the weird, even twisted world of “Game of Thrones” fans (or Throne-heads, as we’ve dubbed them.)
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Just posted to our new Ranker “Data” blog is a fascinating infographic exploring the tastes and interests of hardcore “Game of Thrones” fans. The results are… you guessed it… a bit strange. Click through to see our findings.
Mad Men is one of the most critically acclaimed shows on television, and several of us at Ranker are fans. It is returning for Season Five this Sunday with a 2 hour premiere. So we did some Mad Men lists for your enjoyment:
Mad Men Season Five’s Promo Poster had ample blank space. This fostered some great subway, photoshop and street artists to take advantage. These are the top 20 Mad Men Season Five Promo Graffiti Posters.
Ranker is continuing to grow, both in terms of the traffic that comes to our website and in terms of our coverage of the world of objects to be ranked. As we grow, we collect more and more data and are only beginning to tap the possibilities of the data we collect. If you’re interested in our data, this video will hopefully give you a quick introduction to data at Ranker.com.
Below is a narrated powerpoint from a presentation I gave at South by Southwest Interactive on March 11, 2012. The point of this presentation was to explore the intersection of technology and psychology, and hopefully to convince technologists to try to use our data to examine intangible things like values. While the talk focuses more on psychology, many of the ideas were inspired by the semantic datasets we work with at Ranker. Working with semantic datasets puts one in the mindset of considering synergy among different fields with different kinds of data.
Objectum Sexuals -are a group of people who fall in love with objects. They believe that this is a reciprocated feeling and that they can communicate telepathically with these items.
This list is compiled of 13 people who suffer from OS, one woman on the list, Amy Wolf , is in love with a fairground ride called 1001 Nacht. She shows her love for the ride by writing it poetry, and carrying around extra nuts and bolts from the ride.
Erika La Tour Eiffel married the Eiffel Tower and then legally changed her name to “take” the last name of her wife. Yes, Erika gets a “sense of gender” and the Eiffel Tower is apparently a female. Erika joined the US Air Force but during her training, was sexually assaulted, and defended herself with a Japanese sword, which was her lover at the time. She refused to give up (break up) with the weapon and was then discharged from the military for psychological reasons. She then fell in love with an archery bow – she became a US medal champion in archery – but her feelings for the bow had run it’s course and that relationship ended. That’s when Erika moved on to Eiffel, on their one-year anniversary, Erika goes back to visit the Eiffel Tower to consummate their marriage. She lifts up her skirt, and straddles one of the beams with “no barrier” between them.
All of this can be seen in a documentary called “Married To The Eiffel Tower”, or you can just take a look at our list.