by    in Game of Thrones, Popular Lists

Hypocritical Politicians, Birthday Fails & HODOR!!

In case you missed these gems, here are some of our favorite lists y’all have been ranking this month. Enjoy!

Introducing: Ranker of Thrones
All Men Must Rank. Visit our ‘Game of Thrones’ hub for interactive GoT content you won’t find anywhere else on the web. Rank the most epic insults in Westeros, listen to original GoT songs, and ponder which cats actually look like characters from the show. Stop by and get your Hodor fix. Hodor!

16 Prominent Anti-Gay Activists Who Were Caught Being Gay
Lots of hypocrites out there, ladies and gentlemen. This week, news broke that Steve Wiles, an anti-gay GOP Senate candidate, used to be an openly-gay drag queen named Miss Mona Sinclair. Thank goodness for the Internet.

40 Hilarious Birthday Fails/Wins
These photos prove that just because it’s your special day, doesn’t mean that you’re safe from your crazy relatives.

Simpsons Jokes That Actually Came True in Real Life
We’ve always loved how ‘The Simpsons’ riffs on current events and pop culture, but we never thought that real life would follow in the footsteps of the show. Weird.

The 13 Craziest Deaths Caused by Social Media
Everyone is guilty of doing their fair share of internet sleuthing, stalking, creeping, and… killing? Well, at least these 13 people are. Read about the weird, effed up things people are doing through social media these days.

Baby Animals That Could Melt the Coldest of Hearts (Photos)
Adorable baby animals: everyone loves them. But which type are actually the cutest? Until now, science has had no way to decide… but with your help, we may have the found the answer.

That’s it! Stay in touch, and we hope you’re having a great month!

by    in Data, Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones: Don’t Get Too Comfortable

[Spoiler Alert: This post contains references to Seasons 1-4, Episode 3 of the show. There are no references to the books. If you’re all caught up on the show, then you are safe!]

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Have you recently found yourself unreasonably happy about a certain child’s death? Excited, even, to watch the bile frothing out of his mouth and the blood streaming from the far corners of his eyes? Have you rationalized incest-rape and chalked it up to the pressures of the times? Rejoiced as a small girl murders a man in cold blood? (Something wrong with your leg, boy?)

Don’t get too comfortable.

Now that you’re fully immersed in the world of the Seven Kingdoms, your capacity for moral relativism may surprise you. You may feel like nothing on the show could totally shock or upset you anymore. Now that you’re sort of OK with incest-rape, should you just hang up your hat and quit? Can’t anything feel uncomfortable or shocking anymore?!

Don’t worry: If we’ve learned anything about this series so far, there will be plenty of horrific incidents to come. And according to our data, there is pretty much something on the show to upset every sensibility.

We were looking at our list of The Most Uncomfortable Game of Thrones Moments again (weird, we know — we like to keep the wounds fresh) and noticed an interesting pattern in our data that gives us an insight on what makes certain viewers uncomfortable. So far, over 1,000 people have voted on this list an average of 5 times. There are 18 uncomfortable moments to choose from, and they are ordered from jaw-dropping to ain’t-no-thing. (Vote if you haven’t already. It’s fun!)

As more and more people vote, some interesting correlations have emerged.

TheonFor example, Ranker users who said that they were very uncomfortable when Theon Greyjoy lost his “most prized possession” were far more likely to also feel uncomfortable when Jaime Lannister’s right hand was cut off. Jaime
A particular distaste for bodily harm, it would seem.

[In plain English: The majority of people who hated watching that first scene also hated watching the second. Most people who didn’t mind the first also didn’t mind the second.]

But there’s more. Two main “camps” of voters emerged in our data. We’ll call them “Camp Emotional” and “Camp Physical.

People who voted for one thing that could be considered emotionally distressing — witnessing an incest scene between brother and sister, for example — were highly likely to also vote for other moments that can be associated with emotional distress: Lysa Tully’s disturbing breastfeeding scene and Viserys Targaryan’s willingness to whore out his own sister in exchange for power both come to mind.

Similarly, people who voted on one item in “Camp Physical” were more likely to vote on other physically revolting scenes. Viserys Targaryen getting “crowned,” Khaleesi eating a horse heart, and the execution of Eddard Stark were all positively correlated.

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The “Game of Thrones” show creators certainly have their bases covered as far as upsetting every sensibility.

Don’t mind a six year-old suckling on the teat of his mother? Maybe your favorite character will be brutally executed. Don’t think the gory stuff is that big of a deal? Maybe a character you thought you trusted will double-cross his sister, have sex with his mother, and steal the crown for himself. This is all just speculation, of course, but we’re just saying: no one is safe. Not even you.