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Posted on: June 3, 2008 9:11 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2008 9:16 pm
 

Dezy's Top 50 CBS Sports Posters

Well I have been here as of tomorrow one full year (not many posts to show for it because CBS loves to erase are hard work) but o well. When many people celebrate, there accomplishments they only look at what they have done. However, I decided I would thank and give props to 50 of the best posters on this site and that have made my time here fun and a way to kill some time. Although there are many more then 50 I could list, if I listed them all my hands would start to bleed (and I like my hands the way they are at the moment) in no real order    Rsoxrule, one of my favorite female poster on here she is always knowledgeable about the great sport of baseball DragonRider23, always has interesting things to post BuckeyesRok, what can you say about Rok I would have to say he is thee nicest bar none poster on this site and is one of the only osu people I can stand in the world (and that list is only 5 names long) he would do anything for you even though he only knows you through the internet SantanasBack, is just a cool poster lol he keeps it real NateO, is a poster who I respect greatly on these boards I can’t recall a time when I ever read anything he posted that was sub pare Mudsville Geo, a Michigan Man and the Defender of the BnG if there is anyone causing trouble in those parts he is always one of the 1st to step up and take the troll down Hans Penguin, RIP to your old SN the King of the Arcade to say the least no one can beat his scores classof68, another Michigan Man, class is just a great guy and never puts his foot in his mouth mopsele, another one of the kindest posters on these boards momluvsfootball, one of the best football minds on this site without a doubt bigdmgr, or Mr. Facts, has a great baseball mind and doesn’t get the credit he deserves DaBombBizzle, my bother (not really) Lion form the North Biz is the Beast and a pot head as well lol Abez2, he may be a bit old but lol im just joking he’s "experienced" lol DJTANKELITE, a great pistons fan SAMMCG-20, now he is Mr. Michigan and you have to love his passion for the sport and the wolverines...and don’t forget the suckeyes The Big B, My favorite basketball poster by far Attcj, very interesting poster always intelligent slkaos3, one of my favorite Lions posters on here bleeds the Honolulu blue and silver w/black accents Steelhat55, dudes just a beast when it comes to posting he is everywhere all at the same time MGOBLUEGIRL2, has to be my favorite female Michigan poster around here TwoCents22, great lion’s poster and one of his threads was the reason I signed up here 1 year ago kburjr, what can I say other then live free or die Focko4, great lion’s poster spent many game threads together Skydog, simply is the song games blitzburgh, another one of the few osu fans I can stand in the world metabolik13, another one of the nicest people will ever find on these boards Katsfanforlife, a good ol boy from Tucy, my homeboy for life lol SlumpBuster, My favorite hockey poster around and wears the wings wheel proudly Timebomb322, great lion’s poster Crunchybacon, is a homer if he likes it or not but he is still go in my book Bluejay39, just a great person he likes NASCAR but you can’t hold that against him, well you can but I won’t lol JUSTLIKE97, if you need something he’ll do it for even if it takes a month lol LionsWhyMe, great lion’s poster packers_XXX1, Wabbit is my favorite female poster by a mile on this site not to mention she is a very nice person even though she roots for the Packers and is form Michigan (I know I don’t get it either lol) adrian82, is may favorite tigers poster on this site solar, another great lion’s poster and another person who I have spent many a game day thread with dlpackers, is nothing but a crumbpacker through and through complete waste of space lol TDbeagle, a man of the north and basketball rockflorida, randy is another great person on this site and loves music nother point, is my favorite Detroit poster tampabaybishop, lol Mr. 9 or 5.888 how ever you look at it lol DDriver80, may be a hater but he is my favorite hater at very least lol and another one of the osu guys I guess I can stand BlotznNuts, haven’t seen you in a while but you’re good in my book pizza hut, unfoundedly he shows his age A LOT but he isn’t doubt at all he just needs to learn how to deliver his information better Pats Fan, very knowledgeable about all sports as they come and loves his icons CowboyB, many in these parts dislike him but he says what we are all really thinking Bengalsrock, BN is a great person just needs to learn how to take a joke lol Berlyn3014, ber will never say anything mean even if you try to force her to lol RDH2850, everyone knows RDH he’s a posting machine Birdofperey99, great wings poster LETSDoTh1S, or whatever he is called now lol lets just say it tastes good with butter has recently become addicted to arcade games lol, but he’s a great person  
Posted on: February 6, 2008 3:15 pm
 

The Office Temperature Wars

temperature affects productivity

But it's not just a comfort thing. Studies show the temperature in a workplace affects productivity. Alan Hedge, a professor in the department of design and environmental analysis at Cornell University, conducted two studies on climate's effect on productivity (a third is still in progress). Hedge and his team placed monitoring devices on employees' desks to measure keystrokes and mouse movement at different temperatures.

The results surprised him. Hedge placed the temperature in the low 70s in the winter, basing the temperature on standards set by the American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers; they say 76 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal in summer, and 72 in the winter. "We expected that when you cool people down, they work harder and better," he says. "We found the exact opposite. When it was cool to colder in the office, people did less work and made more mistakes."

Steinberg doesn't need a scientific study to figure that one out. "It's really hard to type when wearing gloves," says the senior sales director at the trade show group Go Green Expo.

Hedge explains that temperature is adaptive. So the ideal thing to do is measure what the outdoor temperature was the previous month and set the thermostat accordingly.

Wouldn't it be nice if life was so easy? In the case of employees at Go Green Expo, their building is pre-war, which means the heat comes from a radiator and is nearly impossible to regulate. Things are complicated by the air-conditioning unit, which opens to the outdoors, sending chilly air throughout the building's ducts. The copy room gets the brunt of it -- employees literally see their breath when they go in to make copies -- though vents open onto the main floor. One employee has placed plastic bags over the vent to minimize the chilly draft.

women get colder than men

If it seems like there's a gender divide, you're right. Muscle insulates, says Hedge. Since men tend to be more muscular than women, they tend to run warmer. Their clothing adds to it too. Men often dress for work in suits and pants and sweaters that allow only their face and necks to be exposed, whereas women's clothing tends to expose more skin.

Many women turn to the trusted office sweater draped behind their chair for comfort. That's not enough for Nicole Bradshaw-Jackson, who works as a public liaison for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. She comes to work dressed for the warm Atlanta days, but you'd hardly know that it's 75 degrees outside. She keeps wool socks, a long scarf and a sweater at her desk, and frequently wears all three. She supplements them with a space heater under her desk and about five glasses of hot tea throughout the day.

"I have to wrap myself up to keep warm, and when I'm cozy, I get sleepy," she says. She recently switched to a new department at the CDC and is hesitant to call building services to raise the thermostat because she doesn't want to start a temperature war in her new office. "Yesterday I was cold and the people on both sides of me were burning up," says Bradshaw-Jackson. "I had my thick sweater on."

Before the department switch, she was "infamous" to building services. She didn't want to seem like she was nagging them, so she made sure to ask how their families were doing and what they were up to for the holidays.

heated arguments

Temperature wars at the office are a real problem. Judith Bowman, a workplace etiquette expert and author of Don't Take the Last Donut, was once called in to mediate an office fight over the temperature. One employee was notorious for sneaking to the thermostat and changing it to her liking while the others weren't looking. To solve the dispute, Bowman recommended taking a poll. If 99% of the people are comfortable, then there has to be a give and take," she says.

Hedge, the Cornell professor, says technology is getting to the point where companies can individualize workspaces, similar to cars. He says it's possible to put ventilation openings in the floor and allow employees to control the air that comes out and even the direction it flows. Another approach is to separate the "spines" that connect cubicles and put ventilation in there, or do it through the duct work in the floor.

That way, employees can dress for the weather outside -- not the weather inside.

Category: General
Tags: Cold, Warm
 
Posted on: February 5, 2008 3:36 pm
 

Top Ten Drug Lords

Offhand, drug lords make for a problematic top 10, as reliable data concerning their operations doesn’t exist, making their “achievements” impossible to verify and subject to all sorts of exaggeration and rumor. However, such legends and modern folklore also present the best criteria by which to rank these kings and queens of the black market; what follows is a list of the top 10 drug lords based on an amalgam of their influence, innovation, notoriety, and legend.

Number 10

“Freeway” Ricky Ross

Country of operation: USA
Clients: The Western United States  
Product: Crack cocaine

A major crack distributor during the 1980s, Ross’ operation is alleged to have purchased in excess of 400 kilos of cocaine a week while selling as much as $3 million of crack every day. As a result, some consider him to be solely responsible for the crack cocaine epidemic in the U.S., a claim flatly refuted in 1999 by the U.S. Department of Justice, who acknowledged the mammoth size of his operation, but dismissed any notion that Ross -- or any one individual -- could conceivably shoulder all the blame.

Downfall: In 1996, Ross was set up by his partner to sell 100 kilos of coke to an undercover DEA agent. 

2008 status: Ricky Ross is currently incarcerated in the U.S.

Number 9

Paul Lir Alexander, aka “The Baron of Cocaine”

Country of operation: Brazil
Clients: USA
Product: Cocaine

Some early aspects of Alexander’s story -- namely his claims of having been trained by the Israeli Mossad -- are highly suspect. What is known about him is that he became a major Brazilian coke trafficker before his luck ran out, and he also became a DEA informant. As an informant, he was instrumental in bringing down a number of major traffickers, or -- to put it another way -- he succeeded in eliminating many of his competitors, as Alexander did not bother to shut down his own operation while ratting out others.

Downfall: Alexander had a habit of double-crossing people, and the DEA didn’t appreciate that.

2008 status: Alexander is currently incarcerated in Brazil.

Number 8

Santiago Luis Polanco Rodriguez, aka “Yayo” 

Country of operation: USA
Clients: USA, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic  
Product: Crack cocaine

Rodriguez brought crack to the masses by using a more traditional business model than is typically seen in the drug trade. His clever merchandising techniques included weekend discounts, the use of business cards, brand recognition, and distribution to dealers in glassine envelopes (the kind stamp collectors use). In the words of sociologist Robert Jackall, “One has to recognize his particular and peculiar genius even if one doesn’t honor it.”

Downfall: Rodriguez ditched a massive DEA dragnet in 1987, but non-drug-related trouble in the Dominican Republic earned him some prison time.

2008 status: Today, Rodriguez lives lavishly with his wife and children in the Dominican, beyond the reach of U.S. authorities.

Number 7

Felix Mitchell, aka “The Cat”

Country of operation: USA
Clients: USA
Product: Heroin, crack cocaine

“Mob 69,” Mitchell’s massive, gang-controlled drug operation, was the first of its kind, and he controlled it in part with a brilliant bit of PR: Sponsoring local athletics and taking children on field trips to zoos and amusement parks. Yet, when he was thrown in prison, a new kind of inner-city violence was born: what had been a tightly controlled monopoly under Mitchell became an unstable battleground in his absence, replete with drive-bys and increased violence between competitors vying for his business.

Downfall: Mitchell’s notoriety made him a target for authorities, earning him a life sentence in Leavenworth.

2008 status: Mitchell was stabbed and killed less than two years into his sentence. His funeral was a spectacle: Rolls Royce limousines followed a horse-drawn carriage bringing his casket through crowded Oakland streets lined with thousands of mourners.

Number 6

Carlos Lehder

Country of operation: The Bahamas
Clients: USA
Product: Cocaine

Lehder made two significant contributions to the illegal drug trade: 1) He cofounded the Medellin Cartel, possibly  the  most profitable and violent drug cartel in history; 2) He revolutionized the transport and distribution business by upgrading from drug mules to prop planes, flying drugs from Colombia to the U.S. via the Bahamas. In one stroke, he increased volume exponentially; profits -- in staggering numbers -- inevitably followed.    

Downfall: Lehder’s megalomania got the better of him. He commandeered an entire Bahamian island and transformed it into his own untouchable transport headquarters, where an estimated 300 kilos of coke arrived every hour.
  
2008 status: Lehder is currently incarcerated in the U.S.

Number 5

Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha

Country of operation: Colombia
Clients: North, Central & South America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and possibly Asia.
Product: Cocaine

As a young man, Rodriguez was a hired gun for emerald-mine mobsters, working for notorious coke traffickers like Veronica Rivera de Vargas before moving up to become the Medellin Cartel’s No. 2 man behind Pablo Escobar. He would ultimately amass a fortune in the billions, drawing the attention of Forbes, which put him in their list of global billionaires in 1988.  

Gacha was nothing if not tireless, always looking for new, creative trafficking routes from Mexico into the U.S. He is also credited with substantially raising the brutal profile of the Cartel by hiring foreign mercenaries to come to Columbia and train the cartel’s troops in such things as assassination and guerrilla warfare.

Downfall: Increasing violence on behalf of the Cartel, including multiple assassination orders direct from Rodriguez, led to a crackdown on Medellin in the late 1980s.

2008 status: Gacha died in 1989, following a gunfight with Colombian police.

Number 4

Griselda Blanco, aka the “Cocaine Queen of Miami”

Country of operation: USA
Clients: USA
Product: Cocaine

As the undisputed “Cocaine Queen of Miami,” the brutal, ruthless and probably psychotic Blanco proved a highly effective trafficker for the Medellin Cartel, amassing a personal fortune estimated at $500 million.

She also liked to wear haute couture fashions and loved to smoke crack, but her greatest passion -- as well as the source of her enduring legend -- was in ordering creative, cold-blooded assassinations, possibly as many as 200, including one failed attempt in which the hitman was instructed to use a bayonet.

Downfall: Blanco’s ruthlessness -- which included the shooting death of a 2-year-old -- gave DEA agents added incentive to hunt her down. In 1985, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison for trafficking.

Status: Released from prison in 2004 and immediately deported to Columbia, Blanco’s current whereabouts are unknown.

Number 3

Khun Sa, aka “The Opium King”

Country of operation: Burma (Myanmar)
Clients: Predominantly the USA
Product: Heroin (opium)

In the mid-1960s, Burmese warlord Khun Sa disappeared into the jungle with an army of 800 men and began to cultivate opium. An entire town sprung up around his operation, and at the height of his power, Khun Sa was the world’s most prolific heroin trafficker, producing as much as three quarters of the world’s supply and regularly running mule trains loaded with heroin through Thailand en route to the U.S. The DEA, which referred to him as a ruthless “Prince of Death,” desperately wanted to bring him to justice and continually offered Burmese officials as much as $2 million to hand him over.

Downfall: In the mid-‘90s, allegedly concerned that officials would in fact turn him over to the U.S., Khun Sa surrendered to the Burmese government, which then steadfastly refused to extradite him.

Status: Khun Sa lived a luxurious life in Rangoon until his death in late 2007.

Number 2

Amado Carrillo Fuentes, aka the ““Lord of the Skies”

Country of operation: Mexico
Clients: USA, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile.
Product: Cocaine

Fuentes learned the drug trade by working for Colombians during the cocaine boom, but his first brilliant move was to eschew cash payments. Instead of cash, Amado took his pay in coke and used it to develop his own distribution system. As Colombian cartels buckled under the crackdown of the late 1980s, Fuentes was turning the colossal Juarez Cartel in Mexico into a $30-million-a-day juggernaut -- in large part due to his audacious decision to use a fleet of 727s to ship product from Peru, Bolivia and Colombia to Mexico. At his peak, he had Mexico’s top drug enforcement official on his payroll, and his own net worth was believed to be somewhere around $25 billion.

Downfall: Although a sophisticated and diplomatic businessman, Amado’s operation was so huge that he inevitably became the most wanted trafficker in the world. 

Status: In 1997, plastic surgeons altering his appearance fatally botched the procedure; those surgeons were later discovered stuffed into oil drums.

Number 1

Pablo Escobar

Country of operation: Columbia
Clients: North, Central & South America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and possibly Asia.
Product: Cocaine

Pablo Escobar was not the most intelligent drug lord, nor was he the most organized or the most innovative. Simply put: He was the most ruthless, and this made all the difference. The head of the Medellin Cartel ran his empire with virtual impunity within Colombia, carrying out a campaign of violence against anyone who dared challenge it, resulting in the assassination of 30 judges, over 400 police officers, and the bombing of Avianca Flight 203 in the mistaken belief that Colombian presidential candidate Gaviria was on board (he wasn’t, but 107 civilians were). Estimates put the Medellin kill toll at over 3,000.

At its peak, Escobar’s cartel is believed to have controlled four-fifths of the world cocaine market, seeing an estimated annual revenue of $30 billion (roughly double the revenue for Oracle between Colombia and the U.S.).

Downfall: Anxious about being extradited to the U.S., Escobar brokered a sweetheart deal with the Colombian movement that put him in the most luxurious prison imaginable, but Escobar couldn’t stay out of trouble and soon he fled the prison.

Status: Pablo Escobar died in 1993 after being hunted down by Colombian and U.S. government forces.

i need a new drug lord

Notably missing from this list is Frank Lucas, subject of the Denzel Washington film America Gangster. Although the film portrays him as one of the era’s most powerful drug lords, it has since been revealed that the movie’s source material was Lucas himself (to a magazine writer some years ago) and that, in the words of one of the case’s prosecutors, the film is “1% reality and 99% Hollywood.”

Category: General
Posted on: January 31, 2008 3:23 pm
 

Just Play the @#^& Game

I hate to say it, but it’s Super Bowl week and I’m ready for it to be over with. I can’t take any more of this crap the talking heads call journalism. I was in a great mood this morning and was beginning to feel some excitement about the game Sunday and then I was sucked into listening to a ten-minute discussion about Michael Strahan’s facial hair. I almost threw my coffee at the TV. What has happened to this game?? Does anyone in the media even care if they play the stupid thing?? I guess the people in charge of it are the same ones who think we care what Britney Spears does with her spare time. Anyway, with that off my chest, I will be the port in the storm and actually delve into the football game a little.

Do any of you actually think there is something wrong with Tom Brady’s ankle?? The walking boot is all Bill Belichick!!! Personally, I think it’s funny. The press takes that stuff hook, line, and sinker. And all the while, Belichick and Brady are laughing their butts off.

do think the game sets up to be a good one. The Giants defense has an idea what to expect. Notice I said… “has an idea”. Belichick is capable of installing an entirely new offense with two weeks off. The Patriots defense is the key to the game for me. At some point they have to start playing old don’t they?? Bruschi, Seau, Vrabel, and Seymour are a collective 874 years old. I guess you could argue they have started playing old given the struggles of the second half of the season. I know, it’s hard to talk about struggle when they’re 18-0, but you know what I mean. We know the Pats are going to score. What we don’t know is whether the Giants can keep their momentum going for one more game. Eli seems to have finally grasped that if he doesn’t do stupid things with the football, the Giants have a chance to beat anyone. What the Giants offense has done over this run through the playoffs is not rocket surgery!! They’re running the ball effectively and completing short, possession type passes which opens up the vertical passing game. …DUHHH!!! I believe we discovered this formula at about the same time Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. The question here is whether they can do it when the game starts on Sunday.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 30, 2008 1:51 pm
 
Category: General
Tags: Commercials
 
Posted on: January 27, 2008 2:59 pm
 

The Words of the True HomeRun King

Didn't come up here to read. Came up here to hit.
Hank Aaron

Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is eighty percent of being a successful hitter. The other twenty percent is just execution.
Hank Aaron

I don't feel right unless I have a sport to play or at least a way to work up a sweat.
Hank Aaron

I don't see pitches down the middle anymore - not even in batting practice.
Hank Aaron

I looked for the same pitch my whole career, a breaking ball. All of the time. I never worried about the fastball. They couldn't throw it past me, none of them.
Hank Aaron

I never doubted my ability, but when you hear all your life you're inferior, it makes you wonder if the other guys have something you've never seen before. If they do, I'm still looking for it.
Hank Aaron

I never smile when I have a bat in my hands. That's when you've got to be serious. When I get out on the field, nothing's a joke to me. I don't feel like I should walk around with a smile on my face.
Hank Aaron

I'm hoping someday that some kid, black or white, will hit more home runs than myself. Whoever it is, I'd be pulling for him.
Hank Aaron

It took me seventeen years to get 3,000 hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.
Hank Aaron

It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.
Hank Aaron

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.
Hank Aaron

On the field, blacks have been able to be super Giants. But, once our playing days are over, this is the end of it and we go back to the back of the bus again.
Hank Aaron

The pitcher has got only a ball. I've got a bat. So the percentage in weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting.
Hank Aaron

The triple is the most exciting play in baseball. Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood why fans are so obsessed with them.
Hank Aaron

You can only milk a cow so long, then you're left holding the pail.
Hank Aaron

You got to play a hundred and fifty games a year, so pick your spots. You can miss two games a month; so pick the days you're gonna be hurt, or you're gonna rest or you're gonna have a drink or two. The rest of the time, be on that field.
Hank Aaron
Category: MLB
Posted on: January 26, 2008 8:58 am
 

Texas Highway Patrol

Two men are pulled over by a Texas Highway Patrolman. When the trooper reaches their car he leans inside and smacks the driver on the head with his flashlight.

"What the hell did you do that for?" the driver asks.

The trooper responds, "You know damn good and well that when I step up here you're supposed to have your driver's license and proof of insurance ready for me to check."

After the trooper is finished writing the ticket he walks over to the passenger side, leans in and smacks the other man in the head with his flashlight.

"What the hell are you doing?" the passenger screams.

"I'm just granting your wish," replies the trooper.

"What wish?" asks the man.

"I know for a fact that half a mile down the road you're gonna lean over to your friend there and say, 'I wish he woulda pulled that crap with me.'"
Category: General
Posted on: January 25, 2008 3:09 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2008 3:40 pm
 

Top Ten Irritating Cartoon Characters

Number 10

Robin

Batman

Lame doesn’t even begin to describe what your life must be like when you spend your teenage years cruising around town with a 35-year-old man, wearing little more than a pair of green leotards. If he had served a better purpose it would have been one thing, but Robin’s primary duty was to get rescued by the Dark Knight while uttering idiotic lines like “Leaping lizards, Batman!” Thanks, but if my life is on the line, I’ll stick with Superman.

Number 9

Rocket J. Squirrel

The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

I’ve always believed that squirrels are just rats with better PR, which is one of many reasons we detest Rocky the Flying Squirrel. I also hate his morally righteous attitude and his voice, which is so gratingly high-pitched that it sounds like he has been squeezing his nuts rather than hiding them.

Number 8

Boo-Boo Bear

The Yogi Bear Show

It’s appropriate that Boo-Boo is named after a mistake, because that’s precisely what William Hanna and Joseph Barbera made when they added this pint-sized cub to The Yogi Bear Show. A genuine wet blanket, this blue bow-tie-wearing bupkes always brought the action to a grinding halt, preventing his old pal Yogi from satisfying his carnal need for “pic-a-nic” baskets. And what was the deal with his painfully plodding cadence? If anyone actually thought as slowly as he talked they’d still be deciding what to have for breakfast yesterday. Suffice it to say, this Jellystone Park resident was -- and always will be -- duller than the average bear.

Number 7

Newton

The Mighty Hercules

Easily the most inept superhero sidekick of all-time, Hercules’ little buddy was constantly getting nabbed by Daedalus and even his cat Dydo. No matter how you do the math, the bare-chested, girly sounding Newton was half boy, half horse and all annoying.

Number 6

Dennis Mitchell

Dennis the Menace

The very personification of annoyance, Dennis Mitchell was a devilish little imp whose mischievous spirit caused headaches for everyone around him. From the smudge of dirt on his nose to the well-worn slingshot protruding from his back pocket, this spawn of satan was less welcome than mono at a make-out party.   

Number 5

Tweety Bird

Looney Tunes

I’ve never subscribed to the belief that something is adorable simply because it’s pathetically undersized, and that’s especially true with Tweety. This cloying yellow canary’s schtick can be boiled down to a single redundant plot, a tiresome catchphrase and a voice so sickly sweet that it could send a listener spiraling into a diabetic coma.

Number 4

Olive Oyl

Popeye

I like our cartoon characters to be voluptuous vixens like Jessica Rabbit, which is why we’ve always been disappointed by Olive Oyl, a one-dimensional beanpole with enormous feet and breasts that look like mosquito bites. In addition to having a face that could stop a clock, Olive Oyl was also constantly disrupting Popeye’s schedule by getting kidnapped and tied to railroad tracks. Just once we would have loved to have seen the crusty ‘ol sailor man leave her there and get on with his life.

Number 3

Lucy van Pelt

A Boy Named Charlie Brown

A fuss-budget of the first degree, Lucy lived to torment others. Whether converting Linus’ beloved blankie into a kite or swiping the football away from Charlie Brown at the last possible moment, her thoughtless actions always left a path of heartache and destruction in their wake. As if that weren’t bad enough, Lucy was also the group’s resident know-it-all whose psychiatric advice would always leave her patients feeling more distressed than when they arrived. It’s no wonder that Schroeder constantly rejected her advances.

Number 2

Woody Woodpecker

The Woody Woodpecker Show

One of the industry’s original screwball characters, Woody Woodpecker was a cruel prankster with the kind of voice that would make you want to drive a lawn dart into your ears. When he wasn’t polluting the air with his sickening laughter, Woody was stealing from hapless victims and drilling his razor-sharp beak into the heads of innocent bystanders.

Number 1

The Great Gazoo

The Flintstones

It’s never a good sign when you need to introduce an annoying green alien to help reinvigorate your program. It’s especially troubling when your program is set in the Stone Age. That was precisely what happened on October 29, 1965, when producers of The Flintstones foisted The Great Gazoo on an unsuspecting public. This blatant Mr. Mxyzptlk knockoff was constantly showing up at the most inopportune of times and would literally add insult to injury when he would refer to Fred and Barney as a pair of “dumb-dumbs.” Not surprisingly, The Flintstones was canceled soon after The Great Gazoo’s first appearance, bringing an inglorious end to an otherwise classic cartoon.

toon in

Unfortunately for today’s cartoon aficionados, annoying characters aren’t limited to a single generation. Irritating sidekicks and meddlesome villains continue to pollute our screens and ruin promising shows.
Category: General
 
 
 
 
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