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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Byline: TOM SZAROLETA

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A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS

EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD

A recurring list of our favorite stuff. We're not saying they're the best, or even that they're any good, just that we like them.

This week: Fictional megalomaniacs

A power-hungry villain, preferably with an island lair and an unlimited supply of henchmen, is a staple of fiction. Here are some of our favorite bad guys bent on taking over the world.

1. Sheldon J. Plankton (SpongeBob SquarePants): He's a microscopic sea creature with a bad case of Small Man Syndrome.

2. Dr. Evil (The Austin Powers films): What set him down the path to evil is unclear. Was it the meat helmets? The training at evil medical school? Being cryogenically frozen?

3. Ernst Stavro Blofeld (James Bond films and novels): The head of SPECTRE loves cats, hates lapels.

4. The Brain (Pinky and the Brain cartoons): He's just a laboratory mouse with a weird tail, but one day he'll rule all. Bwa-ha-ha-ha!

5. Mojo Jojo (The Powerpuff Girls): He's an evil chimp with a giant brain. What more could we ask for in an overlord?

6. Lex Luthor (Superman comics and movies): Industrialist and former President Luthor is brilliant and wildly wealthy.

7. Skeletor (archenemy of He-Man): He's some kind of skull-faced demon, but if he could only take over Castle Grayskull, there'd be no stopping him.

8. Lord Voldemort (The Harry Potter books and movies): He Who Must Not Be Named is the baddest dude in the wizarding world, and he'd take over this one if he could.

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DESK TOYS

We here at A.M. Stir have a theory that the toys on your workplace desk say something about you. Neat and clean with just pencils and paperclips? …

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