2006 on the Web - it was the worst of times

Published: Monday, January 8, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 7, 2007 at 11:32 p.m.
We've all recently seen the usual best-of-the-year rankings, but how about some worst-of-the-year lists? Why, they're just a few clicks away on the Web.
  • www.imdb.com/chart/bottom The Internet Movie Database maintains a running tally of the worst films of all time, as ranked by an average of user ratings out of 10 points. Of course, since this is the IMDb Bottom 100, no film breaks the vaunted 3 barrier. Topping the list were two films released last year, the Turkish horror flick "Araf" and the U.S. basketball drama "Crossover," each with an average rating of 1.1 from more than 100 users.
  • www.metacritic.com Metacritic tracks published opinions of movies, music, TV shows, books and video games by major publications and websites. It determines a numerical value out of 100 for a review (higher is better) and averages it with others to obtain a Metascore. It's easy to see which new titles are the worst in a category by going to that section, sorting the list by rating and scrolling to the bottom. By using the site's search engine, you can easily get the results for an entire year in any category. For 2006, based on their Metascore, these titles were pegged by print and online critics as the worst: the film "Perception" (8 Metascore), Kevin Federline's CD "Playing With Fire" (15), the Nintendo DS game "Sudoku Mania" (25), Caitlin Flanagan's book "To Hell With All That" (31) and the TV show "The Game" (22).
  • www.darwinawards.com The Darwin Awards celebrate the worst in human thinking annually by recognizing people whose stupid actions cost them their lives in spectacular fashion - but helped the human race by removing their obviously deficient genes from the pool. Last year's "winners" were a college man and woman in Florida who climbed inside an 8-foot advertising balloon to inhale the helium to make their voices higher, but died from the sudden lack of oxygen.
  • www.healthyweight.net/hww.htm Healthy Weight's Slim Chance Awards pay tribute to the worst diets and weight-loss gadgets of the year. In 2006, they included a weight-loss pill aimed at children and a staple in one's ear that supposedly curbs appetites.
  • deckercommunications.typepad.com Author and communications expert Bert Decker digs in for his list of the 10 worst communicators of 2006. Topping his list is CNN host Nancy Grace, whom Decker attacks as being "mean and vicious in face and tone." He adds, "Maybe she is tolerable in a sound bite, but for a half hour one just feels dirty after watching her."
  • www.teenpeople.com No survey such as this would be complete without a few celebs to chide. That's where Teen People's fun year-end photo galleries come in. Sure, they note the best, but they also get catty over stars who logged "A Tough 2006," such as Jessica Simpson, who "has gone from America's sweetheart to tabloid train wreck." Also be sure to check out the entries on the worst-dressed list, including singer Fergie, who is "often a mess of too many trends and costume-y apparel that is neither flattering nor cool."
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