If you have not had the chance to participate in the democratic "Cool Wall" adaptation before, let this be your guide to navigating the waters.
In The Opposite Locker we try and sort out the cool from the square. This is a discussion system detailing how cool a car is, not how fast, fun, or frivolous it may be, but how well it looks in the cat's pajamas.
The name The Opposite Locker comes from the ultimate scrutinization of who is cool and who isn't: High School. While we may not always reminisce fondly of our teenage years, there is no denying that everyone knew who was cool and who wasn't (at least within those walls).
The coolest people in this world are the underdogs that climb out of a hopeless pit and make something great of themselves. In high school, the rich/beautiful clic might be popular and thought of as cool at first, but when a select few kids start making their name in sports by doing the above mentioned, they will become so much cooler than the established clic could ever hope to be.
It might come easily to think of you friends as cool, and some of them may be, but you cannot just assume that the rest of your clic is cool. The same sentiment applies for us automotive enthusiasts; we can't assume a car is cool because we like it.
Cars like the Ariel Atom, the Mazda Miata, or any Ferrari may be fast and fun, but are they cool? No. The cool scale measures on a different beat.
So how do we expect to differentiate our love for strange cars with a meaningful measurement of their coolness? The Anna Kendrick Test.
Yes, the Anna Kendrick Test is a direct rip off of Top Gear's Kristen Scott Thomas Test, but the theory still applies and helps us rain in our raging teenage hormones for speed and replace them with our raging teenage hormones.
Imaging rolling up to Anna Kendrick's house in the car in question; will she get in? Further still, will she be impressed by it?
It's not just a game of comparing her attractiveness with the car's, but rather comparing and complimenting her attractiveness, quirkiness, lightheartedness, and desire to have fun with the car in question.
A discussion of the Anna Kendrick Test in the comments is greatly encouraged on every post.
Mondays at 10:30 AM ET, Repost after 5 PM
There are three iterations of The Opposite Locker that I run, this being the original version.
This is The Opposite Locker where we try and sort out the cool from the square. This is a discussion system detailing how cool a car is, not how fast, fun, or frivolous it may be, but how well it looks in the cat's pajamas.
The Opposite Locker - WayBack Wednesdays
Wednesdays at 10:30 AM ET, Repost after 5 PM
Wayback Wednesdays are like the normal Opposite Locker, save for the advanced age of the cars on the block. For this series of posts, try and perceive the vehicle as if you were living in the time period of the car's release, and then base your vote upon its coolness, taking into consideration the evolution of culture.
The Opposite Locker - FarOut Fridays
Fridays at 10:30 AM ET, Repost after 5 PM
The coolness of a concept car is as much about what the concept can spawn when the ideas and design theories reach the marketplace as it is about the car in its current state holding use in one of our current hypothetical lives.