Saturday, September 1, 2007

Poll Results: Pottermania sweeps Land of Yajeev…

…followed closely by Hendersonmania and hairdressermania.

When asked who their favorite Harry was, 35% of Land of Yajeev readers selected magical boy wonder Harry Potter, which isn’t all that surprising given the mega-million dollar ad campaign.

The real winner in this poll is Bigfoot Harry of Harry and the Hendersons, played by the late Kevin Peter Hall. You might also recognize Hall from his role in Predator and Predator 2 (he played the Predator). Even without the ongoing publicity and endless promotion, the hairy Harry’s following is as vibrant as ever with 30% of blog readers selecting him as their favorite.

25% of Land of Yajeev readers chose my wife’s hairdresser Harry as their favorite. Good choice. And, no, I have not logged onto my own site from five different computers to vote for her hairdresser. Although, honey, if you are reading this, your hair looks as lovely as ever. Thanks to all who voted for Harry the Hairdresser, from the bottom of my heart.

“Give ‘em hell” Harry S. Truman was the favorite Harry of 10% of poll respondents. The buck stops here!

Bringing up the rear of vote getters were the multi-talented Harry Shearer (actor and voiceover artist) and Harry Anderson (actor and sideshow magician). Each received 5% of the votes (i.e. one apiece).

Speaking of magicians, Harry Houdini did not receive a single vote. It seems he has disappeared into relative anonymity, at least among Land of Yajeev readers.

If you’re doing the math, you’ll notice that the total value adds up to 110%. Before you cry "Fuzzy math!" or "Election fraud!" and demand to have the voting machines and chads checked, remember that voters were allowed, in this poll, to make more than one selection. n=20.

Thanks for voting!


Lisa said...

Yajeev, I love your blogs, but this last survey was a little offensive. (No offense.) All of the options were male, and in light of the zeitgeist and all that is fair and balanced in this world, some females should have made the list of "Harrys." You should not disqualify a Harry simply for having an "iet" instead of a "y." For example, surely Harriet Tubman's liberation of slaves should earn a minor mention in the write-up. What about Harriet Beecher Stowe? Maybe you were thinking that Uncle Tom's Cabin did not capture the hearts and minds as Harry Houdini did. Perhaps most beloved, Harriet the Galapagos tortoise, who lived to be 175 years old, was not even alluded to in your search for our favorite Harrys. (By the way, Harriet, the tortoise, was allegedly found by Charles Darwin.) As Friedan once said, "Man is not the enemy here, but the fellow victim." This comment is simply to allow all victims to see what Harrys have been overlooked. They may not have earned the top spots in your poll, but they deserved to be in the running. After all, one would be hard pressed to find a better Harry than Harry the Hairdresser

yajeev said...

Lisa, thank you for your thoughtful comments and uniquely feminine perspective... I will put your hypothesis to the test in a future poll. We'll pit the top three male Harrys (Potter, and the Hendersons, and my wife's hairdresser) against your three lady Harriets (Tubman, Beecher Stowe, and the Tortoise) or some variation thereof.

This is America. Let's get our vote on.

Russ Parker said...

I don't know how yall do it stateside, but dixide, we keep these domestic disputes private. We use megaphones, not blogs.

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