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What’s The Best “Best Original Song”?

SOURCE: Wikimedia Commons, Anirudh Koul

Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards the “Best Original Song” Oscar. The songs that have won are, needless to say, an eclectic bunch. We want to find out which is the best, and to do that we need your help.

Listen to the short, ~30 second excerpt of each randomly selected Best Song winner (or, in the case of 2017, the nominees). Then, click the name of the song you think is better. Try not to judge them on the quality of the audio, as obviously contemporary recordings have a higher quality than earlier records.

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Mars Madness

Mars is fascinating, so fascinating that FiveThirtyEight is spending a whole month just writing about it. Given that it’s March Madness — and given humanity’s longstanding tradition of hurling robots and cameras at Mars with varying degrees of success, you know, like a free throw — we wanted to figure out the winner of the ultimate Martian bracket.

Seeds and such come later, but for now, merely select the cooler Mars mission or landmark:

Which is the cooler mission or landmark?

Battle: : Mars

Sojourner (1996)

Six-wheeled rover returned images and weather data from aroung the Pathfinder landing site.

Mars 96 (1996)

Crashed into the ocean during launch.

What’s the best event at the Summer Olympics?

Photos are for illustrative purposes only and don’t always reflect the specific event. Click as long as you feel like doing so.

Which is the better sport?

Battle: : 2016olympics

Also, my fellow Americans, an “M” means “meter,” which is like a mediocre yard, and “km” means kilometer, which is about three fifths of a mile.

Which Bond Had The Best Bond Chest?

Besides the gadgets and the guns and the baddies, the most consistent element of the James Bond canon is James Bond has a chest and damn right he wants you to check it out, ma’am.

Somewhere out there is the platonic ideal of James Bond, and that platonic ideal has a chest. Which of these Bonds came the closest to representing the ideal Bond chest?

Which is the better Bond Chest?

Battle: : Bond Chests

Do this as long as you like, but if you get bored please do help us figure out the best Bond gadget, the best Bond villain, the best Bond villain henchman, the best MI-6 employee, the sexiest Bond, and Bond’s best act of spycraft.