Wouldn’t life be boring without a good rivalry every now and then? There’s something fun to watching two giants struggling for the same thing.
History is filled with these juicy clashes, and pop culture thrives on them. Let’s go over some of the steamiest ones. Care to pick sides?
Pepsi vs Coke
This corporate feud, also known as the Cola Wars, has been going on for decades. The two soft drinks giants are fighting not only for market share but also for glory. Both sides have an ardent fan base fighting in their names; both recruit the hottest celebrities to swear their oaths; both launch one brilliant campaign after another; both are just as equally unhealthy for the human body.
PC vs Mac
An all-time favorite rivalry. In one corner: Mac-Heads and hipsters; In the other corner: Microsoft loyalists and those who just don’t care. Apple has done amazing work in portraying itself as the hip, creative and smart alternative to the old-fashioned PC (culminating in the brilliant “Mac Guy & PC Guy” campaign), but the numbers speak for themselves as the silent majority still favors PC’s.
Now that the duel has moved into the mobile arena as well, spectators are rubbing their hands in delight as the iPhone and the Windows Phone prepare to cross swords.
Naomi Campbell vs Tyra Banks
A cat fight if there ever was one! In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Naomi Campbell was one of the most successful supermodels in the world – and the only black one. When Tyra Banks made her grand entry to the fashion world, the two hotties started what would be a 14-years-long feud.
Banks has accused Campbell of trying to get photographers and designers not to work with her, as well as of terrorizing her in photo shoots and fashion shows with nasty statements like: “You’ll never be me”.
In 2005, Campbell appeared as a guest on Banks’ talk show, and after a long confrontation the two kissed and made up. Or did they?
Bugs Bunny vs Elmer Fudd
Elmer Fudd is probably the world’s worst animal hunter, but it never stopped him from trying to get that Wabbit once and for all. Too bad Bugs Bunny is no regular rabbit. He would stop at nothing to make Elmer’s life a nightmare. But then again, Fudd is the one trying to kill HIM. How did all this drama end up as an amusing cartoon?
Big Mac vs Whopper
They are the crown jewels of two competing international fast food chains. In another world, they may have been great friends, but they are doomed to fight an eternal battle. Countless times have people tried to settle the score, meticulously comparing patty sizes and measuring the sauce-to-veggies ratio. Each time the tests have yielded different results, leaving us to wonder if the answer even exists.
Superman vs Lex Luthor
No other rivalry in the world of super heroes has been so fierce as the one between the Man of Steel and his genius arch-nemesis. The two have been fighting to determine the destiny of earth in countless comic books, films and TV shows. Superman always wins in the last minute, but somehow Luthor always comes back stronger. Who needs logic when you have a good thing going on?
Conan O’Brien vs NBC
When Conan O’Brien replaced Jay Leno as host of the Tonight Show, he didn’t think it was going to last only a few months, but NBC decided to change the rules and Conan didn’t want to play what he thought was an unfair game.
Waves of protests sparked throughout the US when Conan announced that he’s leaving the network. Fans were furious at NBC and Conan felt humiliated. Luckily for us, Conan channelled his anger to the hilarious “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” tour, a new talk show on TBS and a Twitter account that never fails to make you laugh.
Rocky vs Ivan Drago
When Rocky and Ivan were pounding each other in the ring in Rocky IV, they weren’t just fighting for themselves. It was a battle between the Star-Spangled boxing shorts and the red star, a boxing match between two empires amidst the Cold War.
Rocky may have won the fight against the scary blond giant, but what he really wanted to do was to show the Russians that war isn’t cool. And when he said “Everybody can change!” in his victory speech, even the Soviet General Secretary stood up and cheered for him.
Google vs Facebook
In the heated battle for internet dominance, Google and Facebook are in a constant face-off. This war is being fought on so many fronts – social networking, online ads, chat, messaging – but the most precious resource that both web giants are fighting for is our time as internet users.
All experts predict that this “cat and dog” fight will intensify in 2012, and indeed, lately it seems like every step each company is taking is directly aimed at compromising the other. Who will be the ultimate winner of this rivalry? This remains the million, no, trillion-dollars question.
Jerry vs Newman
This may seem like the beginning of a friendly conversation, but every Seinfeld fan knows it as the catch phrase of animosity between the show’s star and the neighbor he hates most. How did the two come to despise each other so badly? No one really knows. What’s certain is that their mutual hatred has given birth to many fine moments of comedy, like this one:
HTML vs Flash
Clash of the web titans. Designers, programmers and developers are disputed over which technology is best to use. Proponents of each side are raging a virtual war with the aim of eliminating the other side.
Flash has been declared a “has-been” for years now, but is still proving to be a relevant player. HTML has no accessibility issues, which becomes more and more important. The bottom line is that both have their strengths. And we ask ourselves again: can’t we all just get along?