Hopefully this node does not fit in with the title and I’m sure that given the chance, fellow noders could probably come up with some ideas of their own. Amazingly, most of these have been noded in one form or another but I thought it might be a good idea to have them in one place. Have fun creating the soft links.

Anyway, a while back Time Magazine conducted a poll asking their readers to come up with the 100 worst ideas of the century. I don’t know if they provided their readers with the choices or not. What follows is the results and the percentage of votes for each. From top to bottom...

Prohibition – 8.12%
That Teensy Programming Decision That Led to the Y2K Bug – 7.98%
Geraldo Rivera Opening of Al Capone's Vault – 7.82%
Telemarketing - 7.67%
The Jerry Springer Show - 6.88%
The immortal line from the Simpson Trial “Mr. Simpson, Step forward and try on the glove.” – 6.63%
Spandex in Plus Sizes – 4.73%
The Designated Hitter Rule – 4.22%
Driftnet Fishing – 3.41%
Watches that Beep –3.04%
DDT – 3.00%
The Ugandan Space Program (somebody please have some fun with this)– 2.28%
Personal Watercraft –2.03%
The Dalkon Shield – 1.63%
Red Sox sale of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees – 1.57%
Michael Jackson's Marriage to Lisa Marie Presley – 1.42%
The Treaty of Versailles – 1.33%
The Titanic – 1.18%
Breast Implants – 1.10%
Psychic Hotlines -1.08%
Barney – 1.07%
New Coke – 1.06%
Spray-on Hair - 1.03%
Thong Underwear for Men - .92%
The Attack on Israel on Yom Kippur - .89%
The Blacklist - .75%
New Math - .68%
Not Bombing the Fuel Tanks at Pearl Harbor - .66%
Suntans - .61%
Sailing the Exxon Valdez into Prince William Sound -.59%
Fast Food - .59%
Infomercials - .50%
The Hitler Diaries - .49%
The United States Metric System Campaign - .48%
Bush's Choice of Dan Quayle - .46%
Susan B. Anthony Dollar - .45%
Asbestos - .44%
Introducing Kudzu to the U.S. - .41%
The Maginot Line - .41%
Laugh Tracks - .41%
Milli Vanilli's Grammy - .38%
Choosing VHS over Beta - .37
Staffing the White House with Interns During the Government Shutdown - .36%
Crystal Pepsi - .35%
Installing a Recording System in the Oval Office - .34%
Michael Jordan, Outfielder - .33%
Strip Malls - .29%
Flowbee - .29%
The Independent- Counsel Statute - .28%
Leisure Suits - .26%
The Paperless Office - .25%
Hydrogen-Filled Blimps - .24%
Aerosol Cheese - .23%
Heaven's Gate - .23%
The Russians' Diverting the Tributaries of the Aral Sea - .22%
Rocky V - .21%
Tie-Breaker Shoot-outs in the World Cup - .20%
Daryl Hall's Solo Career -.20%
Astroturf - .20%
Cold Fusion - .19%
George Lazenby As James Bond - .19%
Smell – O – Vision - .18%
Videophones - .16%
Mohawk Hairstyles - .16%
Letting Oliver North Near a Shredder - .14%
Gone With the Wind Sequels - .14%
Woody Allen, Paterfamilias -.14%
The Stiletto Heel - .13%
Hooked on Classics - .12%
The Edsel - .11%
Fen/Phen - .11%
General George MacArthur's Defying Truman - .10%
Shoe-Store X Rays - .10%
Cryogenics - .09%
Muzak - .08%
IBM's PC Junior - .07%
Ishtar - .07%
The Eight-Track Tape - .07%
Hair Club for Men - .07%
Biosphere 2 - .07%
Vinyl Siding - .06%
Ponzi Schemes - .06%
Comeback Tours - .06%
The Spruce Goose - .05%
Earth Shoes - .07%
Radium Cures - .05%
Message T Shirts - .05%
Theme Restaurants - .05%
AfterMASH - .05%
Culottes - .05%
Swine-Flu Vaccine - .04%
The DeLorean - .04%
The U.S.F.L. - .04%
Rod McKuen's Poetry - .04%
Promoting Kim Philby - .04%
The Apple Lisa - .03%
Prestige Area Codes - .03%
Mood Rings - .03%

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