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A Cluster Analysis of the Superpower Opinion Graph produces 5 Superhero types

If you could have one superpower, which would you choose?  Data from the Ranker list “Badass Superpowers We’d Give Anything to Have” improves on the age-old classroom ice breaker question by letting people rank all of the superpowers in order of how much they would want them.  Because really, unless you’re one of the X-men, you probably would have more than one power. So, if you could have a collection of superpowers, what kind of superhero would you be?

Using Gephi and data from Ranker’s Opinion Graph, we ran a cluster analysis on people’s votes on the superpowers list to determine what groupings of superpowers different people wanted.

This analysis grouped superpowers into 5 clusters, which we interpreted to represent unique superhero types.

 

The Overall Superpower Opinion Graph

Allpowers

 

 

The 5 Types of Superheroes

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1. The Creationist God: This superhero type is characterized by creation and destruction, Old-Testament Christian God-style. Notable superpowers: the ability to create/destroy worlds, die and come back to life, have gods’ weapons (Thor’s Hammer, Zeus’ Thunderbolt), remove others’ senses, and resurrect the dead.

timelord

2. The Time Lord: This superhero type is basically The Doctor from Dr. Who. Notable superpowers: omnipotence, travel to other dimensions, open portals to anywhere, and travel beyond the omniverse.

elementalist

3. The Elementalist: This superhero type has the ability to manipulate the elements and use them as weapons to their advantage. Notable superpowers: manipulation of water, fire, weather, and plants, ability to shapeshift, shoot ice, and lightning and fire.

superman

4. The Superhuman: This superhero type is humans+, with enhanced human senses and decreased human limitations. Notable superpowers: sense danger, x-ray vision, walk through walls, super speed, mind reading, flight, super strength, and enhanced flexibility.

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5. The Zen Master: This superhero type sounds a bit like being permanently on mind-altering psychoactive substances crossed with Gandhi. Notable superpowers: speech empowerment, spiritual enlightenment, and infinite appetite!!.

 

-Kate Johnson

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Today's List of the Day is Full of Band Geeks

Remember that movie Drumline and how unmistakingly badass it made marching bands look?

Yeah, neither do we. 

BUT, turns out that a lot of the band geeks you might have picked on in high school may actually turn out to be quite the famous celebrities, so watch who you pick on.

Please.

This comes from experience. Being a band geek wasn’t like in Glee. One assembly didn’t lead to people singing along with you, a huge fanfare and you somehow getting the girl/guy; it most often led to your parents buying you some ice cream on the way home before you tried to fit in as much Nintendo as you could before bed. 

No, this is not the way of marching band nowadays. Geeks are taking over the world and everything that used to be weird or nerdy is now okay and downright cool. So if you were in marching band, you were most likely missing out. Although it seems lately that we’ve gone from this…

to this…

although nowadays you do get a fair amount of this…

So, just to prove that people in band CAN be cool, here’s a list of celebrities that, at some point in their school careers, were in marching band. From Halle Berry, Gwen Stefani and Woody Allen, to Julia Roberts, Steven Spielberg and even Bill Clinton.

Wear your band geekdom proud today, nerds, and let your flag fly (and please, try not to drop it).

30 Famous People Who Were Once in Marching Band

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Hey Girl, It's Today's List of the Day. Awww Yeah.

Some internet memes take very specific occurrences we face in life every day and bring attention to them in a hilarious manner using a cute animal or dumb looking person. This meme is just a series of science puns put together with sexual innuendos. It’s immature. 

And juvenile. Who thinks this is funny?

We do. Because these are amazing.

They also kind of remind Lon and I of one of the greatest sketches of all time, if not for just how sleezy all of these pickup lines sound. This is a clip from The State, one of the greatest sketch shows of all time (form the 90s). 

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Amazing. Imagine that song playing whenever you read today’s list of the day The Very Best of the Pickup Line Scientist Meme (or The Big Bang Theory Meme), because we know you’re gonna come crawlin’ right back to the list next time you need a way to pickup a fine piece of lovin’ at your local internet cafe.

Uhnf.   

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The "Happy Birthday Star Wars" List of the Day

Our old girl Star Wars: A New Hope turned 34 years old today, and she’s becoming quite the cougar (although 34 isn’t quite cougar age, so I believe the correct term should be Bobcat).

Bobcat Wars! Rawr!

RAWR

In honor of this, our List of the Day is a collection of the best Star Wars Fan Films ever made. Have fun losing your afternoon to this collection of 30 pieces of fan art. That’s right, art. What? 

Star Wars Fan Films