Top 10: Most Ridiculous Things Inspired By Mad Men

Top 10: Most Ridiculous Things Inspired By Mad Men

In case you're not one of more than two million Americans who tuned into Mad Men for its fourth season (fans range from President Barack Obama to Meryl Streep), all you need to know is this: It's a 1960s drama set in an advertising firm oiled by booze, clouded in smoke rings, and ravaged by rampant extra-marital affairs.

Mad Men is "permeating the zeitgeist" according to the Huffington Post and has clenched the Emmy for Best Drama for the past three consecutive years. And as we come to the close of 2010, our relative top-ten list has absolutely nothing to do with any of these achievements. Why? Because even though they're impressive, they're not funny and only mildly interesting.

Our top ten is pertinent as it relates to Mad Men mainly because people are stupid. People are stupid, and that's funny. This list pays homage (and we use that term not loosely but ironically) to all the folks out there who get so absorbed in their television programming that they forget one tiny detail. IT'S NOT REAL.

So, for all those tweens who need a genteel reminder that they don't attend private school on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and, even if they did, no one is tweeting about them on Gossip Girl, and for all those lonely lady-cougs who don't realize that the only thing they have in common with Courtney Cox and her gaggle of drunk neighbor-pals is an uncorked cabernet...for all those women, men and entrepreneurs that seem to need a permanent post-it note that says "scripted television, like Mad Men and the firm Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, is, indeed, make believe," this one's for you. It's a quaint little reminder...or actually, ten of them. (Shhh----Don't tell Santa!)

Top 10: Most Ridiculous Things Inspired By Mad Men

10. The Dirty Don Mojito Rodney Landers, bartender at The Algonquin hotel in New York City created this concoction primarily from dark and light rums. (Add a splash of soda, lime.) Jon Hamm, the actor who plays Don Draper, incidentally, prefers bourbon.

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