Our Top 25 Objects

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According to our highly scientific Adjusted Sales Rank table, the following objects were the 25 most significant of our experiment. Let’s consider these significant objects visually — i.e., without mentioning which authors wrote which stories, and without reference to the stories. What do you see here, readers? Is there something inherently more significant about these objects than the other 75?

Click here to view a single table containing all our experimental data, and links to every post in which analysis of this data has been offered.


1. Russian figure



2. Indian Maiden



3. Wooden Animal



4. “Hawk” Ashtray



5. Pink Horse



6. Metal Boot



7. “4” Tile


Cape Cod porcelain shoe

8. Cape Cod Shoe.


Duck Tray

9. Duck Tray



10. Mallet


Object No. TK of 100

11. Fish Spoons



12. Fake Banana



13. Missouri Shotglass



13. [tie] Cow Vase


<em>Bid on this Significant Object, with story by Glen David Gold, here</em>

15. Kneeling Man Figurine



16. Rhino Figurine



17. Rainbow Sand Animal



18. Meat Thermometer



18. [tie] Idol



20. Felt Mouse



21. Bird Figurine



22. Ziggy Heart



23. Geisha Bobblehead



23. [tie] BBQ Sauce Jar



25. Ireland Cow Plate



Joshua Glenn is an editor, publisher, and a freelance writer and semiologist. He does business as KING MIXER, LLC. He's cofounder of the websites HiLobrow, Significant Objects, and Semionaut; and cofounder of HiLoBooks, which will reissue six Radium Age sci fi novels in 2012. In 2011, he produced and co-designed the iPhone app KER-PUNCH. He's coauthored and co-edited Taking Things Seriously, The Idler's Glossary, The Wage Slave's Glossary, the story collection Significant Objects (forthcoming from Fantagraphics), and Unbored, a kids' field guide to life forthcoming from Bloomsbury. In the '00s, Glenn was an associate editor and columnist at the Boston Globe's IDEAS section; he also started the IDEAS blog Brainiac. He has written for Slate, n+1, Cabinet, io9, The Baffler, Feed, and The Idler. In the '90s, Glenn published the seminal intellectual zine Hermenaut; served as editorial director and co-producer of the pioneering DIY and online social networking website Tripod.com; and was an editor at the magazine Utne Reader. Glenn manages the Hermenautic Circle, a secretive online community. He was born and raised in Boston, where he lives with his wife and sons. Click here for more info.

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