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# The Force Is Strong With This Formula My Dad Created To Rank The 'Star Wars' Movies

## Can you guess where "The Last Jedi" landed?

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My dad has been a Star Wars fan since childhood when he first saw "A New Hope" in 1977. Since then, he's created the tradition to see each movie in theaters three times. He raised my siblings and me right and we are all Star Wars fans now.

Since the release of "The Last Jedi," my dad is frustrated with some of the Star Wars fan base and how critical they are about different aspects of the new movies. But history repeats itselfâ€”people were overly critical about the prequels upon their first release as well. The fact is, there are aspects of each movie that are epic and other aspects that are cringeworthy.

That's how my dad got the idea for a formula to rank every Star Wars movie. As a big fan, he believes each movie is good, just that some are better than others. He also believes that the cringe factor is what hurts the movies the most. The cringe-worthy scenes detract from the epic scenes. "They ruin the flow of the movie," he says. His formula uses the duration of epic scenes offset by the cringe-y scenes. Plus, he's an accountant, so math is his life.

So here's the formula: Total time of epic scenes - total time of cringe-y scenes = net score. Then: Net score/runtime of the movie = Epic Percentage.

To make these calculations, my dad rewatched every Star Wars movie and used the stopwatch on his phone to time the epic and cringe-worthy scenes (I know, nerd alertâ€”but he's actually a pretty cool guy). He wrote the time of each scene in its respective category down on paper and then added the times in each category together so he could plug them into the formula.

And without further ado, here is what he found...

"Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" â€” 86.0 - 8.0 = 78.0/140 = 55.7%
"Episode VII: The Force Awakens" â€” 74.5 - 0.9 = 73.6/136 = 54.1%
"Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" â€” 55.0 - 1.6 = 53.4/127 = 42.0%
"Rogue One" â€” 57.6 - 1.8 = 55.8/134 = 41.6%
"Episode IV: A New Hope" â€” 52.7 - 2.4 = 50.3/125 = 40.2%
"Solo" â€” 60.3 - 6.5 = 53.8/135 = 39.9%
"Episode II: Attack of the Clones" â€” 67.4 - 21.7 = 45.7/142 = 32.2%
"Episode I: The Phantom Menace" â€” 41.5 - 19.5 = 22.0/136 = 16.2%
"Episode VIII: The Last Jedi" â€” 43.1 - 25.5 = 17.6/152 = 11.5%
"Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" â€” 39.5 - 25.3 = 14.2/135 = 10.5%

Do you agree?

If not, that's okay. The nature of this formula demands that personal opinion becomes a factor. Scenes that my dad thinks are epic may not make the cut for you, or scenes he thinks are cringe-y may be just fine for you.

My dad said he thought the original trilogy would rank higher than it did. But he also thinks it's kind of overhyped in its quality. And that rewatching the original movies again as an adult versus for the first time as a kid made him realize they have different qualities of charm than the prequels and more recent sequel movies. He can't get over the fact that Ewoks essentially defeated the Empire in "Return of the Jedi." He knew "The Phantom Menace" and "Attack of the Clones" would be lower on the list, though, due to their high levels of cringe-worthy elements (cough Jar Jar cough).

He was actually surprised that "The Force Awakens" was so high on the list. He said that he enjoyed the movie, just not as much as the others. However, it does have lower cringe levels and a lot of epic elements due to the fact that it is the movie that brought Star Wars back into the present. He was also surprised that "Rogue One" scored higher than "A New Hope," it being only a spinoff movie. But the ending, especially with the Darth Vader scene (yeah, you know the one), brought up its epic times profoundly.

As for "The Last Jedi..." My Dad was not surprised that it scored so low on this list. He was unsettled at the quality of the movie from the very first part in which Luke throws his lightsaber behind him. (I mean, come on! What was that? But this isn't a review of the movie so that's all I'll say on the matter.) But this scene, Leia flying through space and the whole casino side story are just some of the aspects that brought the "The Last Jedi" down to a measly 11.5%. He was also not surprised "Return of the Jedi" was last. The Ewoks really ruined that movie for him. "It's like Leia just decided to live life with the Ewoks. What about her mission?" he said. "I mean, she changed her clothes, changed her hair. As an adult, you look at those things, and you're like, 'this is just really corny.'"

I, of course, had to ask what, in his opinion, was the cringiest scene in all of Star Wars. I assumed it would be some part of the Ewok debacle, but it was actually from "Attack of the Clones." He said that the love scene with Anakin and Padme by the fireplace is the cringiest, and after hearing his argument, I'm inclined to agree. Their love story was forced on the audience throughout that whole movie. It was poorly written, but necessary for the central plot of Anakin aka Darth Vader aka Luke Skywalker's father. It could have been so much better. But instead, we get Padme in that unnecessarily tight corset dress and Anakin saying corny lines like he's, "haunted by the kiss," in some poorly lit room for no reason, deciding that they aren't going to pursue their feelingsâ€”and then with no further conversation about the matter, they're making out on Geonosis. Like, they just said no, this is forbidden love, we have to be responsible, and then oh well, whatever. Oof.

The only obvious follow-up was to ask what he thinks is the most epic aspect in all of Star Wars. He decided on Anakin's transformation into Darth Vader. Okay sure, this isn't only one scene, but I do agree that it is pretty epic. Over the course of "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith," we see Anakin take steps towards the dark side. There's the Tusken Raider village and his fight with Count Dooku in Episode II, and of course the defining moments in Episode III. "He says goodbye to Obi-Wan for the last time, and then slowly deteriorated into the dark side," he remembered.

This method and formula could also be used to rank other movies, such as the "Lord of the Rings," "Avengers" or "Jurassic Park" franchises. However, for some movies, the criteria of epic versus cringe may have to change to get a more accurate number. For example, "Lord of the Rings" could potentially be classified using a slow-scenes-versus-action-scenes ratio. Basically, find aspects that you enjoy and pit them against the aspects that detract from your enjoyment. It will take some time and effort to rank the movies with this formula, but it's always fun to revisit old favorites!

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Student Life

## 7 Types Of Students You Will Meet In College

### You wish you could be #5, but you know you're probably a #6.

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There are thousands of universities around the world, and each school boasts its own traditions and slogans. Some schools pride themselves on sports, while others emphasize their research facilities. While there is a myriad of differences among each and every school, there will always these seven types of students in class.

## 1. The one who sits in the front row

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There's at least one of these people in every single class, whether it's a required General Education class or an upper division major course. These students always sit in the front row and ask at least five questions every lecture. They attend all the discussions and office hours, and try to turn in homework at least a week in advance. These are also the people who remind professors about assigned homework and upcoming exams. Nothing bad about being studious, but are they even human?

## 2. The one who is always online shopping

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It doesn't matter whether it's fall, winter, spring or summer - these people are online shopping every single lecture. They usually sit a row or few in front of you, and while the professor is lecturing, instead of taking notes or even trying to act like they're listening, they just aimlessly scroll through Aritzia, Forever 21 and Zara. The only time their eyes ever leave their computer screen is when class ends, so they're basically just there for giggles.

## 3. The one who always falls asleep

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This person comes to class every day, but somehow never stays awake for more than 20 minutes. You can sometimes hear the occasional snore from a corner of a large lecture hall, or catch their heads nodding like a pendulum near the front of the class if they're the studious type. But let's be real here: we've all been one of those students at some point.

## 4. The one who never pays attention

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This category of students is probably the most common. Sure, they'll go to class, but all they do is surf through memes on Facebook or watch others play Fortnite. These people are in class for the attendance grade, not to learn. On occasion, they may raise their hand in class to ask a generic, vague question that has already been covered but hey, gotta get that participation grade. They're just doing everything they can to survive college, and honestly, it's a mood.

## 5. The one who never studies (but still aces the class)

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Standing as probably the most frustrating category of people in this list, these students won't know about a midterm until two days before. The day before the exam, they'll be chilling in Malibu and partying at night. They go to class every once in a while when the class time doesn't clash with one of their many elaborate social plans, but never pay attention. Somehow, they still ace all their exams and end up with the top grade in the class.

## 6. The one who is always stressed

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These people will start studying for a midterm at least two weeks before hand, and will be so stressed about homework and classes that they spend more time worrying about the workload than actually doing the work itself. They're in desperate need of a relaxing vacation that they're too stressed to plan, and they disappear from the outside world for weeks at a time. You can usually find them in a study room in a library, where they probably have been in for the past week.

## 7. The one you've never seen before

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You didn't even know that they were in your class to begin with because they never show up until it's exam week. Are they too smart for the class or struggling too hard to care? The world may never know. Maybe they're just straight chilling in their apartments being lazy, but most of time, they probably didn't even put this class on their schedules. Catch them going to Disneyland on a weekday at least once a month, which is more than the frequency that they attend class.

Featured

## 15 Rhyme Without Reason Greek Life Function Ideas

### When you have no ideas for what to wear to this date function

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I am going to a rhyme without reason date function and I have looked at so many different rhyming words and I figured there need to be a new list of words. At these functions, there are usually at least two rockers and boxers and an umpteenth amount of dogs and frogs. I have come up with a list of creative and unique ideas for these functions.

If you like what you see, get a shopping cart going with these costumes.

## 1. Dime and a Mime

I think that this one would be super cute except one of the dates would have to not talk the entire function which would be extremely difficult.

## 2. Ramp and a Lamp

This is my personal favorite except it would be difficult to dress up like a ramp.

## 3. Hooters and Shooters

For this you could have one person dress up like hooter's girl and have one person wear plastic shot glasses with color glue in them.

## 4. Sherlock and Woodstock

For this one person could wear a cape and a Sherlock hat with a magnifying glass and the other person could dress up like the bird Woodstock or the festival.

## 5. Spaghetti and a Yeti

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This would be the coolest idea to do. To dress up like a bowl of spaghetti and a Yeti. The only thing you would have to watch would to make sure that the Yeti didn't eat the spaghetti.

## 6. Whale and snail

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This would be very cute. You could use a backpack or a laundry basket for the shell.

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I don't know if you have seen the bladder cartoon but just imagine someone dressed up like that. Wouldn't that be so cute?

## 8. Rake and Snake

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The snake could use the rake. This would be a very easy to dress up for.

## 9. Jam and Ham

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You could dress up like a thing of jam or like a dollop of jam and just wear a single color.

## 10. Pig and a Twig

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You could dress with pink and then the other person could dress with brown.

## 11. Banana and Nana

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All you need for this one is a banana costume and old lady clothes

## 12. Dairy and Fairy

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One person would dress up as a milk carton and the other as any kind of fairy.

## 13. Hibachi and Versace

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I think that this is the most creative pairing that has ever been thought of. The hibachi person would definitely have to have one of those tall hats they wear.

## 14. Trash bag and American Flag

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You could put your arms through the straps that come out of the trash bag and just wrap an American flag around yourself (as long as it doesn't touch the floor).

## 15. Gumball Machine and American Dream

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This would be super cute if the person who was the gumball put puffballs onto their shirt and wore silver pants.

## What is a rhyme without reason date function?

A rhyme without reason date function is a social gathering when partners show up wearing outfits that rhyme with each other. It opens up an opportunity for creativity. It is most popular on college campuses, though it can be extended to other parts of society as a fun way to play dress-up. It also gains additional popularity around Halloween time, given the interest in costumes and dressing up for that holiday.

## What are some top ideas for a rhyme without reason?

There are so many options: A Dog and a Frog could be fun. A Ramp and a Lamp, a Whale and a Snail, a Rake and a Snake, a Trash Bag and a Flag, and Bob Ross and Dental Floss are just some ideas for a rhyme without reason date function. Using your own creativity, you could think of countless more options and if you explore the web, you'll find lists out there to provide inspiration. Rhyming without reason at the end of the day is all about having fun.

## What are some sources of rhyme without reason inspiration?

For starters, TikTok has a whole collection of rhyme without reason ideas. You could browse those for quite some time and find plenty of inspiration. You might also look toward Her Campus for plenty more ideas or our handy list. There's no shortage of options around the web, but some of the best ideas may come from you. Start with the rhyming perspective and then think about what fun pairings would be for a real-life rhyme without reason costume party.

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## Yoga love

### A long over due thank you note to my greatest passion.

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Dearest Yoga,

You deserve a great thank you.

Never would I have thought a few years ago that I would be such a huge yoga fanatic, that I would be hitting the gym almost every day to get to class, and that I would be forming all these amazing relationships with so many incredible people who also share a love for you. You've enhanced my way of life in numerous ways that I need to thank you for.

Thank you for showing me my true strength. Not only physical strength, but more importantly mental strength. You've shown me that I am more than what others may think of me, and that I can rise above any obstacle that comes through my path.

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Thank you for helping me to walk through life with grace and passion.To love what I do and love the life that I share with those around me. Before experiencing yoga, I never truly understood what it was like to be passionate about something. Now that I have, not only do I know what it's like to be passionate, but also have a willing to be passionate.

Thank you for teaching me what it is like to appreciate the small things in life. Which has only helped me more to appreciate the big things. You've shown me to not only appreciate the life around me, but also to give myself the appreciation that I deserve. And more importantly, give others the appreciation that they deserve.

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Thank you for allowing me to let go. Whenever I feel as if I need a break from the world, the yoga studio is the first place I think of. As soon as I enter the studio, the outside world leaves my mind. You've allowed me an escape that I will be forever thankful for.

Thank you for turning me into a mindful person. Having mindfulness is harder than it seems, especially here in today's society. Over the past couple years, I have become more mindful to the world around me, I have been able to truly be myself and let everyone else be themselves -- all thanks to yoga.

And lastly, thank you for allowing me to breathe. As simple as it sounds, breathing is the one thing that I carry around most with me off the mat. Deep breaths are what get me through the day. Throughout tough situations, emotional battles, and stressful times, I always know to come back to my yoga, to come back to my breath.

I only hope that those around me feel the same way as I do about you, yoga. You have truly transformed my life in the best way imaginable. It is a gift and a great privilege to be able to experience the practice. Thanks to you, I have grown as a person, proved to myself the true strength I have, become more aware and have ultimately started living a better life.

You're the best,

Arts Entertainment

## Epic Creation Myths: Norse Origins Unveiled

### What happened in the beginning, and how the heavens were set in motion.

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Now, I have the everlasting joy of explaining the Norse creation myth. To be honest, it can be a bit kooky, so talking about it is always fun. The entire cosmos is included in this creation myth, not just the earth but the sun and the moon as well. This will be a short retelling, a summary of the creation myth, somewhat like I did with Hermod's ride to Hel.

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The Norse cosmos began with two worlds, Niflheim and Muspellheim. These two worlds, the worlds of primordial cold and fire, were separated by a great fissure called Ginnungagap. The waters from the well Hvergelmir, at the center of Niflheim, by many rivers flowed into Ginnungagap and "when those rivers, which are called Elivagar, came so far from their source, the poisonous flow hardened like a slag of cinders running from a furnace, and became ice. ...Then layer by layer, the ice grew within Ginnungagap" (Byock 13). The northernmost regions of the gap filled with hoar frost and rime, but the southernmost were "the regions bordering on Muspell [and] were warm and bright" (Byock 13). Where the cold of Niflheim's ice and the warmth of Muspellheim's fire met in Ginnungagap the ice thawed, and "there was a quickening in these flowing drops and life sprang up" (Byock 14). From the ice came Ymir, known as Aurgelmir by the giants, the origin of all frost giants. As the wise giant Vafthruthnir says, "'down from Elivagar did venom drop, / And waxed till a giant it was; / And thence arose our giants' race, / And thus so fierce are we found'" (Bellows 76-77).

Entertainment

## 25 Throwback Songs You Forgot About

### But you know you still know every word.

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We all scroll through the radio stations in the car every once in a while, whether its because we lost signal to our favorite one or we are just bored with the same ol' songs every day. You know when you're going through and you hear a song where you're just like "I forgot this existed!" and before you know it, you're singing every word? Yeah, me too. Like, 95% of the time. If you're like me and LOVE some good throwback music, here's a list of songs from every genre that have gotten lost in time, but never truly forgotten.

## 1. "Big Pimpin'" - Jay-ZÂ ft. UGK

Jay-Z gives us a ballad about, you guessed it, pimpin' big in NYC. Jay-Z's rhymes paired with that catchy beat is just bound to get stuck in your head for the rest of the night.

## 2. "Mr. Brightside" - The Killers

If you say that you don't know any of the words to this song, you're the worst kind of person... a liar. This classic has left stamps of its lyrics on 99% of the population, and has a forever spot in my soul.

## 3. "Lose Yourself" - Eminem

This song always leaves me feeling like I could sign a record deal and launch my career as a rap/hip-hop legend... and craving spaghetti.

## 4. "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American) - Toby Keith

A ballad for the ages that brings the overly patriotic American badass out of all of us.

## 5. "Drop It Like It's Hot" - Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams

SNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!

## 6. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" - Green Day

This song makes me want to walk down a lonely road, preferably a dark one, and reflect on all of my life choices. Nevertheless, it's still a fantastic song.

## 7. "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" - Panic! At The Disco

If your friends don't "chime in" by screaming the chorus at the top of their lungs in the car with you, it's time to leave them there and find new friends. Also, did anyone ever tell the groom what his bride has been up to?

## 8. "Semi-Charmed Life" - Third Eye Blind

A life anthem for all of us. Third Eye Blind has recently released another album. My inner child is tingling.

## 9. "Baby Got Back" - Sir Mix A Lot

Nicki Minaj sampled this in her song "Anaconda" in 2014. Take a minute to realize that some people have heard that, but not the REAL jam that the sample came from. Now, cry.

## 10. "Get Low" - Lil Jon ft. Ying Yang Twinz

The real question is which version is better: Lil Jon's or Sandra Bullock's?

## 11. "Check Yes Or No" - George Strait

You don't have to be a country lover to know this song. My hardcore rocker/screamo friend even knows the chorus. Don't try and tell me you don't. I don't like liars.

## 12. "Ride Wit Me" - Nelly

"Ayyyyye, must be the monaaayyy!" - frequently screamed lyric

## 13. "Pony" - Ginuwine

Even though I can't hear this song without seeing Channing Tatum's half naked body in my mind, it's still one of my favorite songs to hear. Instant day brightener when I hear that funky beat at the beginning.

## 14. "Cleanin' Out My Closet" - Eminem

As sad as these lyrics are, Eminem really hit this one out of the park.

## 15. "Gangstas Paradise" - Coolio

10/10 would recommend listening to Weird Al's parody of this song.

## 16. "It Was A Good Day" - Ice Cube

The first time I heard this may have been on Grand Theft Auto, but that doesn't mean that it isn't a great song.

## 17. "What's Your Fantasy" - Ludacris

Another song that I knew most of the lyrics to that I probably shouldn't have at a young age.

## 18. "Everybody (Backstreets Back)" - Backstreet Boys

They really were back, and we all wish they had stayed.

## 19. "Misery Business" - Paramore

I can't tell if I want to be Hayley Williams or be ON Hayley Williams. I'd be okay with either. #girlcrush

## 20. "Steal My Sunshine" - Len

This feel good song makes me want to rip open a popsicle and ride my bicycle around town.

## 21. "Fly" - Sugar Ray

As repetitive as this is, this song will never get old.

WOO-HOO!

## 23. "Buddy Holly" - Weezer

Weezer may have hated this song, but we are glad they recorded it.

## 24. "No Rain" - Blind Melon

Maybe it's just me who is obsessed with this song, but if you haven't heard it, I highly recommend.

## 25. "99 Problems" - Jay-Z

I have 99 problems, and this playlist solves all of them.