The Best of Its Kind

 

There are very few things that are universally recognized as the best of their kind. But some things were simply better than everything that came before them, and remain better than anything since. In honor of Rush Limbaugh, who was the best talk radio broadcaster in history, I thought it would be fun to hear some of your thoughts on what is the best of its kind. Any category will do – best beer, best album, best handgun – so let’s hear it.

I will say right up front that the best toy for children of all ages are Legos. They’re educational, versatile, can be used to create more than their advertised design, loved cross-culturally, and cross-gender, and are a better investment than many stocks.

What’s your best?

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  1. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine
    @SaintAugustine

    Best fiction–Tolkien. Best juice–mango.

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  2. Hartmann von Aue Member
    Hartmann von Aue
    @HartmannvonAue

    Best prose fiction in English: C.S. Lewis

    Best drama in English: William Shakespeare

    Best prose fiction in German: Eduard Mörike

    Best drama in German: Friedrich Schiller (in particular “Maria Stuart” and “Kabale und Liebe”)

    Best prose fiction in Old Norse: Njal’s Saga

    Best poetry in Old Norse: Egil Skallagrimsson’s “Sonnatorrek”

    Best beer currently on the market: Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout

    Best Bier currently on the market: Kloster Scheyern Dunkeles

    Best American beer currently on the market: DeSchutes Stout (with honorable mention for Sam Adams Honey Porter)

    Best movie: The Seven Samurai. Ask me tomorrow and I’ll say Casablanca. Sunday it will be The Last of the Mohicans (1992 version). For some reason I find this category difficult to decide. 

    Best television series: The Granada TV version of Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett. 

    Best SF television series: Star Trek with the Enterprise NCC-1701 no bloody A, B, C or D. Or K. 

    Best jazz fusion album: The Inner Mounting Flame by the Mahavishnu Orchestra. 

    Best Christian rock album: Redemption Songs by Jars of Clay

    Best Christian progressive rock album: Jesus Christ: The Exorcist by the Neal Morse Band. “Love has called my name” and “Get behind me Satan” alone make the album fantastic. 

    That’s it for now. I have to look for work. 

     

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  3. Tex929rr Coolidge
    Tex929rr
    @Tex929rr

    Best handgun: 1911 

    Best Automitive engine: small block V8

    Best motorcycle engine: in line 4

    I agree with you about Legos. If I could only convince Mrs Tex to part with her duplicates (or triplicates) we could see some of that profit. Space limitations may force her to start reducing her inventory. (I never thought 880 sq ft would fill up this fast). Typical conversation:

    her: “this set I bought for $50 is selling for $300 on eBay”

    me: “how many do you have?”

    her: “three”

    me: “so…”

    her: “huh?”

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  4. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
    Eustace C. Scrubb
    @EustaceCScrubb

    Best children’s book author & illustrator: Dr.Suess

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  5. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
    Gossamer Cat
    @GossamerCat

    This post https://ricochet.com/897728/where-no-one-has-gone-before/ got me thinking. 

    The best Star Trek series? Why the original series of course.

    Best Star Trek Movie: Wrath of Khan.

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  6. Addiction Is A Choice Member
    Addiction Is A Choice
    @AddictionIsAChoice

    Best cigarette:

    Best Rock & Roll album:

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  7. Dan Pierson Coolidge
    Dan Pierson
    @DanPierson

    In these sense of “best” that both revolutionized and which everything that comes after strives to be, but can’t surpass? 

    I mean, ‘Merica! for best country 

    Yellowstone, best park/public space/national land. It took the concept of the King’s hunting estates from Europe and democratized it and well, revolutionized it. It is also still the best public space in America, if not the world. 

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  8. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Best beer: Grolsch

    Best James Bond: Sean Connery

    Best music: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the best version performed by John Eliot Gardner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

    Best car I ever owned: 1981 Corvette

    Best guitarist: Jimi Hendrix

    Best race car engine: 426 Hemi

    Best kick*ss computer character-female: Kassandra from Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

    Best kick*ss computer character-male: The Doomguy from the Doom series

    Best bowling score I ever rolled: 189

    Best round of golf (18 holes): 101

    Best personal football stats: 1 touchdown and 1 first down (soon followed by 1 broken arm-best injury)

    Best semester in college: 4.0 in the fall of my sophomore year

    Best wife: neutral observer

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  9. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller
    @AaronMiller

    Vince Guerra: There are very few things that are universally recognized as the best of its kind.

    I always carry a Swiss Army Knife and it is endlessly useful. Best carry-on. 

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  10. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio…
    @ArizonaPatriot

    Best book: Gospel of John

    Best song: Hymn to Joy

    Best novelist: Dostoyevsky

    Best novel: The Brothers Karamazov

     

     

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  11. Doctor Robert Member
    Doctor Robert
    @DoctorRobert

    Best novel: Moby Dick

    Best Gospel: Luke

    Best beer: Chimay Bleu

    Best medium-priced champagne: Laurent Perrier

    Best symphony orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony

    Best American symphony orchestra: Chicago Symphony

    Best symphony: Beethoven Fifth. No, Beethoven Seventh. No, Beethoven Third. One of those.

    Best symphony not by Beethoven: Mahler Fifth

    Best vacation spot: south Maui

    Best European city to visit: Amsterdam

    Best meds to have on a desert island: ibuprofen and prednisone

    Best US governor at present: Ron deSantis

    this is fun but I gotta go…

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  12. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
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    @GossamerCat

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra: There are very few things that are universally recognized as the best of its kind.

    I always carry a Swiss Army Knife and it is endlessly useful. Best carry-on.

    Used to be. I don’t think you can carry it on airplanes anymore.

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  13. Hartmann von Aue Member
    Hartmann von Aue
    @HartmannvonAue

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    This post https://ricochet.com/897728/where-no-one-has-gone-before/ got me thinking.

    The best Star Trek series? Why the original series of course.

    Best Star Trek Movie: Wrath of Khan.

    You are so right on both of these. I would give “Best Pilot Episode” to DS9, though. 

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  14. Vince Guerra Member
    Vince Guerra
    @VinceGuerra

    Hartmann von Aue (View Comment):
    Best Christian rock album: Redemption Songs by Jars of Clay

    We used to listen to a lot of Jars Of Clay and their music comes up on from time to time on my music ap, but I play Who We Are Instead pretty frequently. 

    The best Jars of Clay song: My Heavenly. 

     

     

     

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  15. DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone Coolidge
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    Best ephemeral art/artist: Hal Foster/Prince Valiant

    Down in the PIT, they’d know this would be my entry. Hal Foster’s skills in illustration are unmatched — and to think it was intended for the Sunday Comics section then tossed in the trash is almost blasphemous. The writing was excellent, too. (The current artist/writer team on the strip is . . . okay, but the Foster and Murphy eras are wonderful.) I’m thankful that publishers are still keeping them in print.

    Image result for Hal Foster Art

    (Second best: Mitt Caniff/Terry and the Pirates.)

    https://www.hoodedutilitarian.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Terry-cigs1-300x286.jpg

    http://www.hoodedutilitarian.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Terry-8-4-40.jpg

     

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  16. Mim526 Member
    Mim526
    @Mim526

    Best commonly known piano: Steinway

    Most beautiful melody: variation 18 of Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini

    Romantic classical music most widely beloved by pianists: Chopin’s nocturnes

    Best Mozart pianist: Robert Casadesus

    Favorite symphony number: Largo from Dvorak’s New World symphony

    Best opera number by best voice: Pavarotti in Nessun Dorma (@2:35…magnifico)

    My favorite soprano voice: Kiri Te Kanawa

    Best cures for the grumps: listing things to be thankful for, favorite music jams

    Speaking of jams, ultimate party jam: 1999 by Prince

    Best book ever written: Holy Bible

    Favorite protestant theologian: John Wesley

    Best historical biographer: David McCullough

    Best founding father and president: the first, George Washington

    Best form of government: democratic republic, if you can keep it

    Best sunset: tossup between desert or ocean

    Best soft drink: Squirt

    Best tea (tough one, but I’m going with): Darjeeling, lightly steeped

    Best fruit: oranges from my back yard

    Best candy bar: strawberry Twizzlers not technically a candy bar, so I’ll go with either Kit Kat or Snickers, but I really like Reese’s peanut butter cups…unfortunately, I like too many of them :-)

    Most memorable sound: ocean waves beneath window at night

    Best human institution: the oldest – family

    Sweetest sound (top 4 here): “you’re forgiven”, “I love you”, “thank you”, and a child’s laughter

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  17. Mim526 Member
    Mim526
    @Mim526

    Hartmann von Aue (View Comment):
    Best prose fiction in English: C.S. Lewis

    I’m pretty much a CS Lewis stan, but the Chronicles of Narnia I absolutely loved as a child. Still do.

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  18. Django Member
    Django
    @Django

    Best sounding LP: The King James Version from Sheffield Labs 

    Best live rock album: Waiting for Columbus by Little Feat

     

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  19. Dr. Bastiat Member
    Dr. Bastiat
    @drbastiat

    Best beer: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

    Best Scotch: Laphroaig

    Best Bourbon: Blanton’s

     

    Yes, I’m coping fine – thanks for asking!

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  20. OldPhil Coolidge
    OldPhil
    @OldPhil

    <<——— Best rock album

    Best beer: Gulden Draak Belgian ale; runner-up: Solace Brewing Co. Partly Cloudy IPA (a local Virginia brewery)

    Best movie: Classic, Casablanca; 90s-present: The Commitments; Sci-Fi: Forbidden Planet

    Best bourbon: Buffalo Trace

    Best Star Trek episode: The Menagerie (2-parter)

    Best singer: Frank Sinatra

     

     

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  21. MWD B612 "Dawg" Member
    MWD B612 "Dawg"
    @danok1

    Mim526 (View Comment):
    Best candy bar: strawberry Twizzlers not technically a candy bar, so I’ll go with either Kit Kat or Snickers, but I really like Reese’s peanut butter cups…unfortunately, I like too many of them :-)

    Coffee Crisp

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  22. Doctor Robert Member
    Doctor Robert
    @DoctorRobert

    OldPhil (View Comment):
    Best beer: Gulden Draak Belgian ale

    Phil, you should do a tasting with Gulden Draak, Chimay, Orval and some more of the Belgians. You’ll come around to Chimay.

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  23. OldPhil Coolidge
    OldPhil
    @OldPhil

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    OldPhil (View Comment):
    Best beer: Gulden Draak Belgian ale

    Phil, you should do a tasting with Gulden Draak, Chimay, Orval and some more of the Belgians. You’ll come around to Chimay.

    Haven’t tasted that many Belgians, so I’ll put them on my to-do list.

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  24. Vince Guerra Member
    Vince Guerra
    @VinceGuerra

    Tex929rr (View Comment):

    Best handgun: 1911

    Best Automitive engine: small block V8

    Best motorcycle engine: in line 4

    I agree with you about Legos. If I could only convince Mrs Tex to part with her duplicates (or triplicates) we could see some of that profit. Space limitations may force her to start reducing her inventory. (I never thought 880 sq ft would fill up this fast). Typical conversation:

    her: “this set I bought for $50 is selling for $300 on eBay”

    me: “how many do you have?”

    her: “three”

    me: “so…”

    her: “huh?”

    I’ve been lobbying Mrs. Guerra for a Remington 1911 since last summer. I almost had her when I was buying a shotgun but my phone battery went dead at the gun counter. :(

    Is that image in your home? If so, some of my children want to visit and stay for the summer. Wow. We have several large bins full of them and try as I have over the years to organize them the little guys always muddle it up in no time. That’s fine, because they’re toys after all, but inevitably my five-year-old will ask me to “help” him make a set from an old instruction manual and then we I will end up raking through the 27 gallon totes for the right pieces for the better part of a week. It’s a good thing I actually enjoy it. 

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  25. thelonious Member
    thelonious
    @thelonious

    Best rebounder in the NBA: Moses Malone

    Best Arm in the NFL: John Elway

    Best musical performance: John Coltrane “My Favorite Things” live in Antibes 1965.

    Best cup of Coffee: My first cup in the morning. 

    Best time of the week: On my way out the door from work when I have 2 days off.

    Best athlete I ever competed against: Al Hamilton. He was all Big Sky at Weber State. Dude had a huge vert man.. I was trailing him on a fast break and he raised up and dunked in front of me. His feet were above my freakin head. I saw the bottom of his shoes.

    Best golf score 18 holes: 78

    Best golf score 9 holes: 32. I was 4 under par. I think I was possessed by Tiger Woods for a few holes. The back 9 I woke up and didn’t even break 80.

    Best guitar: Fender Stratocaster.

    Best fruit: Rainer Cherries.

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  26. Tex929rr Coolidge
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    @Tex929rr

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    I’ve been lobbying Mrs. Guerra for a Remington 1911 since last summer. I almost had her when I was buying a shotgun but my phone battery went dead at the gun counter. :(

    Is that image in your home? If so, some of my children want to visit and stay for the summer. Wow. We have several large bins full of them and try as I have over the years to organize them the little guys always muddle it up in no time. That’s fine, because they’re toys after all, but inevitably my five-year-old will ask me to “help” him make a set from an old instruction manual and then we I will end up raking through the 27 gallon totes for the right pieces for the better part of a week. It’s a good thing I actually enjoy it.

    So the Mrs’s Lego habit had taken up a big corner of our shop building. We built another building with a 2 bedroom/2 bath guest apartment and 1/3 of the building is her Lego work shop. It looks like a plain steel building from the outside so we get taxed like it’s a warehouse (tax man can’t come on the property here, unless they are invited. Just like a vampire, which is pretty apt if you think about it).

    More pics where a friend’s grand kids came over, and some pics where you can see the wall of unassambled sets. When we have kids over she sets them up with an assembly table and send them home with little sets. As hobbies go it’s sure cheaper than a boat or airplane.

     

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  27. Vince Guerra Member
    Vince Guerra
    @VinceGuerra

    Tex929rr (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    I’ve been lobbying Mrs. Guerra for a Remington 1911 since last summer. I almost had her when I was buying a shotgun but my phone battery went dead at the gun counter. :(

    Is that image in your home? If so, some of my children want to visit and stay for the summer. Wow. We have several large bins full of them and try as I have over the years to organize them the little guys always muddle it up in no time. That’s fine, because they’re toys after all, but inevitably my five-year-old will ask me to “help” him make a set from an old instruction manual and then we I will end up raking through the 27 gallon totes for the right pieces for the better part of a week. It’s a good thing I actually enjoy it.

    So the Mrs’s Lego habit had taken up a big corner of our shop building. We built another building with a 2 bedroom/2 bath guest apartment and 1/3 of the building is her Lego work shop. It looks like a plain steel building from the outside so we get taxed like it’s a warehouse (tax man can’t come on the property here, unless they are invited. Just like a vampire, which is pretty apt if you think about it).

    More pics where a friend’s grand kids came over, and some pics where you can see the wall of unassambled sets. When we have kids over she sets them up with an assembly table and send them home with little sets. As hobbies go it’s sure cheaper than a boat or airplane.

     

    You and she are now two of my favorite people. 

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  28. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    @GlennAmurgis

    Best television series: The Sopranos 

    Best Cheap Whiskey Tullamore D.E.W.

    Best Rock Album: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon 

    Best Movie: The Godfather

     

     

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  29. Vince Guerra Member
    Vince Guerra
    @VinceGuerra

    GlennAmurgis (View Comment):
    Best Rock Album: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon 

    Yes. 

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  30. Vince Guerra Member
    Vince Guerra
    @VinceGuerra

    Best single game performance by an NFL defensive player: Derrick Thomas’ seven sacks vs. Seattle 11/11/90

    Best single game performance by an NFL offensive player: Ed Podolak Chiefs vs. Dolphins 12/25/71 (350 total yards: 85 rushing, 110 receiving, and 155 on returns.) 

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