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Quintessential Batman movie
The Dark Knight (2008)

- faces off against the Joker
- Version of the Joker the most famous now
- over a billion dollars at the box office
- very much improved on its previous movie
- widely regarded the best Batman movie, if not the best superhero movie

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Dorothy Hamill

* American
* won lots of medals
* very skilled
* cute
* iconic hair
* still remembered when many other skaters have faded into obscurity

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Captain Kirk

- introduces the series in opening sequence
- handsome dashing captain who scores with all the alien chicks
- Shatner's over-the-top acting style is often mimicked and appreciated
- KHAAAAAAAANNNNN!!!!!!

Quintessential Star Wars character
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Quintessential Star Wars character
Han Solo

- way cooler than anyone else
- hugely important to the success of that first movie
- one of the few roles to actually push the actor into stardom
- everybody wanted to either date him or be him
- flies the coolest ship in the series

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Zoroastrianism

- Of the hundreds of different religions the world has seen this is one is fairly typical
- one of the first to introduce the concept of dualism
- polytheistic
- started in the same general region where so many other of today's A list religions have started (e.g. Judaism, Islam, Christianity)
- still practiced today

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"In The Mood by Glen Miller

-People know this song
-People also know who did it
-Topped the charts at #1 for 13 straight weeks in 1940
-Featured first in the movie Sun Valley Serenade
-Used to set the time period in many films and TV shows
-Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
-National Public Radio included the song in its list of "The 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century"
-The best selling swing instrumental ever

Quintessential song by a single member of the Beatles (John, George, Paul or Ringo)

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Quintessential song by a single member of the Beatles (John, George, Paul or Ringo)
My Sweet Lord by George Harrison

- is actually a good song
- remains popular to this day(decades later)
- uniquely in the style of individual who wrote it
- launched his solo career and established he really could stand alone

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Twitter

- completely unnecessary except for emergency notifications
- electronic power is wasted so millions of users can be passive-aggressive to each other
- notification hell
- retards the ability to think, reason, and spell properly because of character limit
- a hundred years from now, historians will look at Trump's tweets and wonder how he became president with such little knowledge

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The NBC chimes

- so successful as a jingle you probably don't even think of it as a jingle, yet that's what it is
- one instantly associates these three notes with the network
- will exist as part of our civilization's historical records long after the network ceases to be

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Getting drunk

-THE activity most associate with college
-Totally legal as long as you are 18 or 21
-Makes people mellow
-Okay as long as you don't drive under the influence
-Still seen as "funny" by many
-Animal House anyone?

Quintessential vegetarian dish

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Quintessential vegetarian dish
Salad

- people eat it even if they aren't vegetarian
- also vegan if you prepare it right
- first thing people think of eating when they "cut out meat"
- also represents the low calorie feature people think of with vegetarianism

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Minecraft

- 2nd highest selling video game behind Tetris
- has won multiple awards
- spawned merchandise toys and Legos
- considered a CAD app for purposes of designing structures
- does not require complicated controller sequences for successful gameplay

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Frozen

-The title alone says it all
-Based on a classic Hans Christian Anderson story
-Extremely well done
-Great soundtrack
-Inspired a Broadway musical

Quintessential Hans Christian Anderson story
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Quintessential Hans Christian Anderson story
The Emperor's New Clothes

- has become a common idiom
- has ramifications for adults and kids
- just a very far reaching story, much more than his others

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Hogfather

--A perfect balance of standing on its own as well as adding nice touches for those who are familiar with the rest of the series.
--Also a balance between the darker elements of the series and the more lighthearted parts.
--DEATH, ONE OF PRATCHETT'S BEST CHARACTERS, WHO EVEN CROSSED OVER INTO GOOD OMENS, IS THE MAIN PROTAGONIST.
--Death, who evolved over the series to become one of the greatest defenders of life, once again gets an opportunity to preserve something that is important to the living, even though he doesn't quite "get it".
--Death finally gets to stick it (literally) to the Auditors--his bosses--who hate life and would prefer the entire universe extinguished.
--Ranked 137 in the most beloved British books of all time
--Adapted into a TV miniseries

Quintessential Christopher Guest film
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This is Spinal Tap

- first of many improvisational mockumentary films that became his forte
- memorable lines such as "Volume 11" and "He choked on vomit. It was somebody else's vomit at the time"
- showed his talent as a musician and his chameleon-like ability to adapt to any role

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The moment when the smartest computer in the universe announces that "42" is the answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.

- one of the most poignant moments of absurdism in modern literature/entertainment
- pokes fun at that most serious of human occupations - philosophy
- the fact that most readers are probably aware that the correct answer to the question is in fact "43" underscores the absurdism

Quintessential resulting aftereffect of colonialism
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Rwandan Genocide

- German and Belgian rule established the minority Tutsis as the ruling class
- Hutus rebelled and killed over half a million Tutsis and Twa in 1994
- Rwanda declared independence and established Hutu rule
- tens of thousands of Rwandan refugees still live outside the country

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Alot for a lot.


-- It's annoying to see but people use it a lot.
-- People conflate the spelling "a lot" with another word "allot."
-- Autocorrect should show that it's wrong a lot.
-- A lot of people throw their lot with alot.

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Earthquakes

-Cannot be predicted
-Happen everywhere
-Cause incredible damage
-Cause incredible loss of lives
-Can also cause a tsunami, leading to more damage

Quintessential TV crime drama series
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Dragnet

- first of its kind: was originally a radio drama, then adapted to TV
- established the TV detective as a diligent, no-nonsense public servant
- model for future procedural shows
- "Names were changed to protect the innocent" still used in conversation

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Merlin


-- "Wise wizard" character who predates Gandalf, Yoda, and Dumbledore
-- Appears in the Arthurian Legend and medieval Welsh poetry.
-- Featured in numerous storied including movies based on Arthurian fiction, television shows, books, comic books, and other movies that require a wise wizard from the Great Britain area.



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Rocky

- series of movies that are all about the underdog conquering ostensibly superior opponents
- Rudy was only the one movie
- David didn't have to get his face all smashed and broken when he beat Goliath
- the cartoon Underdog didn't have abs

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Chicago to LA

- time honored road trip dating back the time when Route 66 was the route
- it's a nice loooong trip through several different types of environments
- famously depicted on film
- Sure it's not all about the destination... but, yeah, it's really all about the destination.

Quintessential blue collar job
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ditch digging

- old saying, "the world needs ditch diggers too"
- type of job that can be given to newest worker without looking too oppressive
- gets hands dirty, mark of a real man

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Rocky Mountains

-Largest USA/Canadian range
-Nickname of The Rockies used for sports teams
-Rocky, a common name and film series
-Rocky Mountain High, John Denver's most favorite song

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William H. Bonney "Billy the Kid"

- killed eight men
- was a cattle rustler who fought in the Lincoln County War
- was captured by the law and escaped
- shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett


Quintessential activity associated with hippies in the 1960's
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Smoking weed, man

-The whole drug culture thing
-Gave Cheech & Chong a career
-Lead to a lot of changes in stupid drug laws
-People realized that marijuana does not always lead to other drugs
-We all toked, and very few people committed crimes to do it.
-Now considered arelatively harmless, recreation drug. FINALLY!

Quintessential activity associated with rappers

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Getting shot and killed

- over 40 rappers suffered that fate since 1987
- notable homicides include Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Jam Master Jay, and XXXTentacion
- before 2000, 5 of those murders took place in NYC

Quintessential musician not of Earth
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Sun Ra

- claims to have psychically travelled to and interacted with beings on Saturn
- sometimes the term 'avant garde' gets thrown out lightly. Not so in connection with this dude

Quintessential service organization
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American Red Cross

-founded in 1881
-Clara Barton, famous founder
-Does really good work
-At every disaster
-Good fundraising techniques

Quintessential 1960's historical event
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The assassination of John F. Kennedy

--One of only four presidential assassinations in U.S. history
--Caught on film
--Everyone remembers where they were

Quintessential music video of the 1980s

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a-ha's Take On Me (1985)
- Combined real life with pencil graphic
- Masterfully done
- Known by almost everybody
- Won 6 MTV video awards
- Has over 830 million views on youtube
- Used on Family Guy and in a Volkswagon advertisement

Quintessential news hoax
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War of the Worlds, 1938

- Happened during a Halloween-themed radio performance of the show The Mercury Theatre on the Air
- Orson Welles adapted War of the Worlds into news bulletins that interrupted regular programming
- Calls flooded radio stations broadcasting the show and mobs of panicked listeners took to the streets
- Newspapers added fuel to the fire, competing over disaster headlines

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I Want You for the US Army*

- iconic Uncle Sam image
- Everyone knows the line
- came out at an urgent time
- was everywhere at the time

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*either that or Rosie the Riveter

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Rupert Boneham

Appeared on four seasons of Survivor
While he didn't win any of them, he still received 85% of the fan vote to win a million dollars on a special episode of Survivor: All-Stars
Very distinct appearance
Former candidate for Indiana governorship (Libertarian party)*


*Interestingly, he lost to current vice president Mike Pence.


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Leonardo

- Leo is their courageous leader.
- While all the Turtles are named after famous Renaissance figures, Leonardo Da Vinci is probably the most recognizable name from that period.
- fights with the most skill using a ninja sword.

Quintessential food item to grill outdoors
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Hot dogs.

-Available everywhere
-Taste better grilled
-Come in all sorts of varieties, including vegetarian
-Really taste the grilling
-Lots of toppings for them
-Lots of side dishes
-Very easy to eat with hands while standing up

Quintessential American-style dish
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corn dogs

- while the true origins of a hot dog and its' ancestral sausage forebears may be a bit debatable, no one disputes that corn dogs are a purely American invention
- the food is designed around that most American quality - convenience
- a respectable food [sausage] was somehow bastardized and made into something inferior [corn dog]. What else can you expect from the country that unleashed Franco-American "spaghettios" on the world?

Quintessential science fiction movie since 2000
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Inception

- not based on previously existing material
- soundtrack was immediately iconic
- was very creative with its "levels" of dreams
- very beautiful film with many practical effects

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"Rudolph" TV special

-A simple question leads to mayhem. Dopers at their best
-Started by poohpah chalupa who has since died.
-Gets resurrected every holiday season, like an old family ornament
-One of the funniest SDMB threads ever
-Pure holiday tradition at its best

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Quintessential gay icon

Judy Garland

- Garland's father and many friends were gay, tying her into community.
- Phrase "Friend of Dorothy" was code for gay.
- Many consider "Over the Rainbow" as the "sound of the closet"
- See has appeal as camp and as a tragic figure, which gay people identify with.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judy_Garland_as_gay_icon


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Terry Crews

- muscular
- successful in multiple careers(hosting, acting, sports)
- polite and considerate of others
- shows that men can be strong and compassionate

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Adulthood

- we were all in a terrible hurry to get there but once we did quickly discovered that the downsides heavily outweighed the upsides. One will happily forego being able to purchase alcohol or telling kids to get off your lawn if it means not being responsible for things like mortgages, taxes, jobs, and jury duty.
- ends in old age which is a special subcategory that has its own special pains associated with it


Quintessential trouble that adolescents get into
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Getting drunk

-It's illegal to drink before a certain age
-Getting alcohol is extremely easy
-A sign of rebellion
-Until recently, considered "normal" adolescent behavior

Quintessential springtime activity
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Skipping School or Class

- seems pretty bad when you are a kid
- first signs of outside the box thinking(I don't HAVE to be there)
- also sign of awareness the world goes on without you
- very common beginning in middle school

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Stars and Stripes

-Same flag for over 200 years
-Easy to add stars for new states, thus acknowledging them
- Has songs written about it
- When someone says "The Red, White & Blue" you know which flag they are referencing
- The sign of solidarity after 9/11, and still seen today every day

Quintessential Gordon Lightfoot song
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Quintessential Gordon Lightfoot song

"Canadian Railroad Trilogy"
- theme is an homage to work that went into building Canadian Pacific Railway
- showcases more musical diversity than most of his songs

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Food Lion

- This grocery chain has about 1,000 stores in a 10 state region corresponding to the southeastern US
- the stores are tightly clustered in this region and one doesn't find the odd outlier stores in Minnesota or Indiana (like competitor Piggy Wiggly) that mar the otherwise perfect regional distribution

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We used to call the SETAF patch the Food Lion when we wore it.

Anyway, Quintessential one hit wonder pop music group

"Steam" with "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"

- Written and recorded by a then-fictitious band.
- Became a number one hit single in December 1969
- Chicago White Sox began playing it during games in 1977 and its use spread. It is still heard today at sports events.
- Song was covered by Bananarama, the Supremes, and Donne Summer, is also sampled in other songs/raps.


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