Commenter of the Day: Rain Man Edition

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Years ago in New York I was watching TV with my roommate. A trailer for the movie October Sky came on. That was the movie about the kids in the coal mining town who want to build rockets but their parents want them to slave away (like them) in the mines but a plucky science teacher steps in and encourages their hobby and now they all work for NASA. Something like that. Anyhow, after watching the 30 second spot, my roommate says, "rocket boys." I had just heard on NPR that the movie is indeed based on a book called Rocket Boys. I asked him if he'd read the book. He says no, but he figured out that you can rearrange the letters of "October sky" into "rocket boys." I'm still stunned. Speaking of....

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Today's one of my favorite times of the year — when we get to vote cars out of the Fantasy Garage! A couple clicks, some well-intentioned bitching and just like that and hours and hours of my hard work gets dumped down the proverbial drain. And one commenter wants to make it even easier for you. Not content with simple democracy, Tanshanomi figured out the following:

As a public service, I went back through the prior JFG posts and did a little tabulating. Here are the cars ranked by popular vote. As for me, I propose we dump everything that didn't get an 80% or better margin, and make that the standard for entry from now on.

McLaren F1 - 96.7%
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL - 96.3%
Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe - 95.1%
1931 Daimler Double Six 50 Corsica Drophead Coupe - 94.9%
Ferrari 250 GTO - 94.9%
Ferrari 288 GTO - 94.2%
Porsche 917 - 93.7%
Jaguar E-type - 93.7%
1978 Aston Martin V8 Vantage - 93.5%
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - 92.3%
Lamborghini LM002 - 90.5%
Toyota 2000GT - 90.5%
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 - 90%
Talbot-Lago T150C SS Figoni et Falaschi Raindrop/Teardrop Coupe - 90%
Tucker 48 - 90%
Citroen SM - 89.5%
Bugatti Type 41 Royale - 89.2%
Audi RS4 Avant - 88.6%
First Generation BMW M Coupe - 88.5%
Buick GNX - 88.3%
Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 - 87.7%
Ford GT - 87.6%
RUF RT12 - 87.4%
Honda 1300 Coupe 9 - 86.4%
Bentley Speed Six - 84.5%
Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 - 84.5%
Facel Vega HK500 - 82.6%
Continental MK II - 77.7%
Jensen FF - 77.6%
Voisin C28 Aerosport - 77%
Porsche 928 - 76.9%
Maybach Exelero [Later voted out] - 76.8%
BMW 507 - 73.8%
Volkswagen Phaeton W12 [Later voted out] - 70.6%
Maserati Bora - 70%
Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT [Later voted out] - 68.3%
Rolls-Royce Phantom - 62.5%
DeTomaso Vallelunga - 62.3%
BMW E39 M5 - 54.1%*
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Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R - 51.0%*
Lamborghini Miura - 48.2%*
Audi Quattro S1 - 46.5%*
1970 Buick GSX 455 - 45.5%*
Dodge Charger/Challenger R/T - 51.2/48.8%*
*shootout voting
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Rotus LS1-powered Se7en - Honorary

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Ladies, at parties, Tanshanomi'slamp shape shade is always on.

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Jeff Glucker

@SubyDrew: I support this comment 100%