The Bracket Challenge of Everything: Round 2

And now it’s really on! There were some thrilling, heated contests in round one. The survivors square off in round two of the Bracket Challenge of Everything:

Region #1

1. Back Rubs

Because, who doesn’t like a good back rub, hmmm?

vs. 8. Billy Mays
Amazing Billy Mays pitch man TV History Montage 

By all rights, he should be extremely annoying, but instead he actually made you want to buy things. So he must have something going on.

5. New Car Smell
Lane's Car Products New Car Scent - 16 oz

Whether it’s your car or not, always great.
vs. 13. Good Parking Place

photo by Zach K

Wait, is that a handicapped spot? It’s not! Woo-hoo! 

3. The Microwave Oven

photo by zoomar

So common it’s taken for granted, but goodness, how many inventions have been better than this? I would’ve starved to death in college.

vs. 6. Broken-In Jeans

photo by Zoë Campbell

For those of us who remember  when you couldn’t buy jeans that were already broken-in, this is especially sweet.

2. Naps

photo by John-Morgan

We fight them as kids, but part of maturity is learning that naps are totally sweet.

vs. 7. Found Money

photo by Pfau

How awesome is it when you’re going through your pockets and you find folding money?

Region #2

1. The Beach

photo by rayced

Where do people who live at the beach go on vacation? And why?

vs. 8. Losing 10 Pounds

Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir
When those pants start fitting again, it’s like getting new pants!

4. Harry Potter Books
 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
How many books to people line up at midnight to buy?
vs. 5. Pandora / iTunes / Your Favorite Music Service
 Apple iTunes Music Card $15.00 - Prepaid
When you think of great 21st century innovations, freer access to lots of music has got to be close to the top.
3. facebook

400 million users can’t be wrong.

vs. 11. Denzel Washington

 The Great Debaters
The only actor who makes me want to see his movies, no matter what they’re about.
2. 21st Birthday

photo by vissago

The king of birthdays.

vs. 7. Having a Good Comeback

photo by Rennett Stowe

When you think of it in time to use it, instead of three days later.

Region #3

1. Laughing

photo by cindy47452

 A strong #1 seed to say the least.

vs. 9. Baseball Caps

photo by Hendricks Photos

Dress ’em up; dress ’em down.  Always in fashion.

4. Sleeping In

photo by driki

The best kind of sleep comes after you roll over and go back to sleep.

vs. 5. Remote Controls
 Logitech Harmony 1100 Advanced Universal Remote Control
One of the great labor-saving devices of the last century.

11. Nerf

Nerf Pocket Vortex Football, Assorted
Let’s you throw things inside!  As hard as you can!

vs. 14. Bikinis

photo by Harvard Avenue

Men like to look at them, and based on the absurd prices, I’m assuming that women like to buy them.

2. Sunshine

photo by » Zitona «

On my shoulder, makes me happy.

vs. 10. A Good High-Five

photo by Rrrrred

A bad one can be tragic, but a good one can really make your day.

Region #4

1. Bacon 

photo by shawnzam

Mmmmm… bacon.

vs. 9. Your Own Private Bathroom

photo by Grumbler %-|

Go without one of these for a while and it will take on a whole new meaning.


photo by Amarand Agasi

It’s for more than just Halloween.

vs. 5. Coffee

Mr. Coffee DRX5 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Black
I’m not as big a fan as most people, but I think 2/3 of the US economy is based on it now.

3. Compound Interest 

photo by yomanimus

Albert Einstein called it a miracle, so it’s got that going for it.

vs. 6. The Beatles
 Let It Be (Remastered)
Broke up 40 years ago and still fairly influential.
2. Winning

photo by Libby Marr

As in, winning a game or contest of some kind (Not, like, winning at life or anything as grand as that. Keeping it simple here, folks.)

vs. 7. Giving / Getting Flowers

Purple Dendrobium Orchids
The only thing I know about women: they like flowers.

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