And America's Favorite Batman Actor Is ...

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Polls are typically used to measure the general public’s opinions on various trending topics: How is the president doing, according to average Americans? What are people’s thoughts on Brexit? How do people feel about public libraries? Now, a recent poll has determined the public's opinion on another very important topic: Who is America’s favorite Batman actor?

The poll, conducted by The Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult, offered a selection between the five most popular actors to play the Caped Crusader, including Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Christian Bale, Val Kilmer, and Ben Affleck. The winner? Bale—but only by a slight margin.

Bale got 39 percent of the vote, while Keaton came in as a very close second at 38 percent. Clooney came in third with 19 percent, Affleck landed at 18 percent, and Kilmer came in last at 17 percent. The poll makes a note that these percentages were calculated based on who rated the actor as “very favorable,” so the total won’t add up to 100 percent.

The widespread belief that Bale is the best Batman may be bolstered by the fact that Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy includes some of the most beloved (and critically acclaimed) superhero movies of all time. It also doesn’t hurt that he got to act alongside the late Heath Ledger as the Joker. In the same poll's Best Joker category, Ledger won with a whopping 60 percent, while Jack Nicholson earned a 58 percent, and Jared Leto only got 18 percent. So while Bale was a superb Batman, it certainly also helped that his director and co-star were such strong contenders, too.

The poll also asked for fan opinions on Catwoman, and Halle Berry came out on top with a 42 percent “very favorable” score. Michelle Pfeiffer came second at 41 percent, and Anne Hathaway brought in only 26 percent.

The next actor to play Batman will be Robert Pattinson, and a poll showed that fans under 30 were in favor of the casting, while older fans preferred Nicholas Hoult, who Pattinson reportedly beat out for the role.

Why Air Supply Changed the Lyrics to “All Out of Love” for American Fans

Air Supply.
Air Supply.
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Sometimes one minor detail can make all the difference. A case study for this principle comes in the form of the pop music act Air Supply, which enjoyed success in the 1980s thanks to mellow hits like “Lost in Love,” “Every Woman in the World,” and "Making Love Out of Nothing at All." Their 1980 single “All Out of Love” is among that laundry list, though it needed one major tweak before becoming palatable for American audiences.

The Air Supply duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock hailed from Australia, and it was one particular bit of phrasing in “All Out of Love” that may have proven difficult for Americans to grasp. According to an interview with Russell on Songfacts, the lyrics to the song when it became a hit in their home country in 1978 were:

I’m all out of love

I want to arrest you

By “arrest,” Russell explained, he meant capturing someone’s attention. Naturally, most listeners would have found this puzzling. Before the song was released in the United States, Air Supply’s producer, Clive Davis, suggested it be changed to:

I’m all out of love

I’m so lost without you

I know you were right

Davis’s argument was that the “arrest” line was “too weird” and would sink the song’s chances. He also recommended adding “I know you were right.”

Davis proved to be correct when “All Out of Love” reached the number two spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1980.

While it would be reasonable to assume “I want to arrest you” is a common phrase of affection in Australia, it isn’t. “I think that was just me using a weird word,” Russell said. “But, you know, now [that] I think of it, it’s definitely very weird.”

Russell added that arrest joins a list of words that are probably best left out of a love song, and that cabbage and cauliflower would be two others.

[h/t Songfacts]

In 1995, You Could Smell Like Kermit the Frog

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The mid-'90s were a great time for Kermit the Frog. In 1996 alone, he led the Tournament of Roses Parade, was the face of the 40-year-old Muppet brand, and had both a movie (Muppet Treasure Island) and a television show (Muppets Live!) to promote. His career could not have been hotter, so Kermit did what any multifaceted, single-person empire does while sitting atop his or her celebrity throne: he released a fragrance. Amphibia, produced by Jim Henson Productions, was dripping with froggy sex appeal. The unisex perfume—its slogan was "pour homme, femme, et frog"—had a clean, citrusy smell with a hint of moss to conjure up memories of the swamp. Offered exclusively at Bloomingdale's in Manhattan, it sold for $18.50 (or $32.50 for those who wanted a gift box and T-shirt).

There’s no trace of a commercial for the perfume—which is a shame, since Amphibia is a word that begs to be whispered—but a print ad and photos of the packaging still live online. The six-pack and strategically-placed towel are an apt parody ... and also deeply unsettling.

Amphibia was the most-sold fragrance at the Manhattan Bloomingdale's in the 1995 Christmas season. "Kids are buying it, grown-ups are buying it, and frogs are really hot," pitchman Max Almenas told The New York Times.

It was a hit past the Christmas season, too: The eau de Muppet was cheekily reviewed by Mary Roach—who would go on to write Stiff and Packing for Mars—in a 1996 issue of TV Guide. "I wore Amphibia on my third date ... he said he found me riveting which I heard as ribbitting, as in 'ribbit, ribbit,' and I got all defensive," she wrote. "He assured me I didn't smell like a swamp ... I stuck my tongue out at him, to which he responded that it was the wrong time of year for flies, and besides, the food would be arriving shortly."

Not to be outdone, Miss Piggy also released a fragrance a few years later. It was, naturally, called Moi.

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