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Sony and Nielsen have collaborated on a study to determine the "most impactful televised events" in history . . . and the September 11th attacks came in at #1. The goal of the study was to determine an "Impact Score" to show which events "caused visceral reactions that are embedded in our memories." They figured out how many people watched each event live, asked people if they remembered details about what they saw . . . and asked if they remembered talking about watching it with others.
Here's the Top 20:
1. The Attacks of 9/11 (2001)
2. The Levees Breaking During Hurricane Katrina (2005)
3. The O.J. Simpson Verdict (1995)
4. The Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster (1986)
5. The Killing of Osama bin Laden (2011)
6. The O.J. Simpson White Bronco Chase (1994)
7. The Japan Earthquake (2011)
8. The Columbine Attacks (1999)
9. The BP Gulf Oil Spill (2010)
10. Princess Diana's Funeral (1997)
11. The Death of Whitney Houston (2012)
12. The Capture and Execution of Saddam Hussein (2006)
13. Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech (2008)
14. The Royal Wedding (2011)
15. The Assassination of John F. Kennedy (1963)
16. The Oklahoma City Bombing (1995)
17. The Bush / Gore Election Results (2000)
18. The L.A. Riots (1992)
19. The Casey Anthony Verdict (2011)
20. The Funeral of John F. Kennedy (1963)
The list is full of negative stuff, as that stuff sticks with us…but I would like to think of a more positive impactful moment, and I’m shocked that the most impactful TV moment in my eyes didn’t make the cut. What is it you ask?
I know you are think I’m kidding…but I remember watching that as a kid, and that moment made me a wrasslin’ fan for life…pretty impactful if you ask me. What would you put on the list? Here are some of the texts we got:
Watching them tear down the berlin wall
most significant moment on tv, debating with my buddies weather was 4 or 5 hand claps on the theme song for friends - the extra testicle
Jerry Lawlers slap to Andy Kauffman on Letterman. From GUMP
There was a 45 secnond up skirt on female audience member during a rikky lake episode. At the moment it was pretty impactful.
Phelps winning 8 gold medals
When janet jacksons breast fell out at the superbowl half time show. To bad it wasnt the full time show!
Motowns 25th anniversary show where michael jackson did the moon walk for the first time nahtahsha
The absurd Seahawks VS Steelers Super Bowl. That still pisses me off! Brandon, WA
America beating russia in hockey in 1980
When dale Earnhardt died at Daytona hit the turn four wall at almost 200mph
The Boston Red Sox winning the 2004 world series.
Jason in Bremerton says when Ross cheated on Rachel
Wto riots Elaine
Two girls one cup!!!! Grossest thing ever!!!!! Actually puked after i watched it!!!
We received this email from Jessica…
BJ – did you listen to Steve’s latest podcast? In it he admitted to something so strange, I know you will have a field day with it. He says that he doesn’t want to dispose of Lucy’s last “droppings” to pay tribute to her. I thought that would be a great topic, as my husband still has his dead grandma’s purse in the closet and his dead dog’s brush too. I think it’s weird, but he says that he keeps them in memory of them. I’m sure there are some great stories of Rock-A-Holics that keep stuff as a memento.
So this did lead to some texts about what I am doing…and some suggetstions on what I could do…
Steve: just take a photo of it... That way you can keep the poo, yet not.
Plant a tree in the poo
Dude, Steve..... That sounds like a crappy memorial.
Steve. Get it cast in bronze then you can leave her "dropping" in the yard and it will last forever
Plant something after the droppings decompose.
Use the droppings to grow magic mushrooms
Great idea. My grandmas passing away soon. I'll be sure to ask her for a duece.
He should freeze the duke with nitrisoxside and then spray paint it gold
Jessica’s idea was a great topic this morning: What odd thing do you keep in memory of something? It can be for something living or dead…here are the texts:
I've got my Grandma's, grandpas, moms, and dads glasses. And Grandma was known for her hair, so I have a lock of it as well.
ok so my uncle used to work for a meat packing company and he is gone now. So, I have a freezer in my garage with about 5 packages of steak he brought to me
We have our dead Gerbil in our freezer with our booze. Its fun to offer someone a ice cream bar and whip him out lol Holmes
I saw Toppy at a Hooters watching football. When he left i snagged one of the bones from the chicken wings he was eating as a cool momento
My fathers watch that was on his wrist when he was killed In a car wreck the strap is broken and it stopped on the time of the accident
My friend kept an empty YooHoo bottle, drank by Steve, at a "Peter Parker "show at Capitol Theater in Olympia. She also kept some toilet paper thrown by Sean Nelson of "Harvey Danger" from the same concert.
I have a piece of every rocket or bomb that almost killed me during all my combat trips. It's a big jar of crap built up for the last 10 years
My mom keeps her dogs ashes... It's to the point that she had to hold the small shrine (wich contained the ashes) on her lap for the entire plane ride.
I have all son's baby teeth in my jewelry box. He is 23 now.
A prostetic leg Katie
My dog passed 6 mos ago. I still have her dog bed on the floor next to mine. Just dont have the heart to move it yet. I guess that would make it too real.
I have my dead great grandfather's cowboy boots. He's been for 20 years.
I still have the sweat shirt my buddy got murdered in.
When my dogs pass I keep their collars separate never to be used on another dog. Name tags still attached.
My aunt keeps her birds that die, she freezes them in a chest freezer, there's a reason I don't communicate with her very much!
Today's Video Blog features a letter and package that Crazy Cheri sent us.