When it comes to whining, no one can top Stan Laurel this century, but the rap group 2 Live Crew and NASA made the 1990 list.
Dec. 26 was designated "National Whiners Day" because "that's the day for every whiner around the world to show their talent, " said Kevin Zaborney, 26, a future theology student who has compiled a list of "The Ten Most Famous Whiners of the Century" and has published an annual list since 1986.The 1990 list is topped by 2 Live Crew because "they whined about being banned at concerts across the U.S.A. because of their lyrics," Zaborney said in revealing the latest list on Christmas Day to United Press International.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration was second for "whining about problems with the multibillion-dollar Hubble telescope and not being able to get the space shuttles off on time," Zaborney said.
It was only after the giant telescope was placed in orbit around Earth that scientists and astronomers discovered its glass mirror, which captures light from objects light-years away, could not focus properly.
Washington Mayor Marion Barry came in third because "he was whining about getting caught on camera using drugs" in a sting operation. Barry was convicted of one misdemeanor count of drug possession and a mistrial was declared on 12 other misdemeanor and felony counts.
Milli Vanilli, the rock group, came in fourth, followed by comedian Andrew Dice Clay on the 1990 list.
The rock group "whined about getting caught lip-syncing songs they performed on stage and losing their Grammy," Zaborney said. However, he added they should have been asked to return the money they made on tour and been able to keep the music award, and maybe they would have been higher up on this year's list "because they would have had a legitimate gripe."
Clay was also selected because "he whines all the time because other comedians won't perform on stage with him due to his obscene and inappropriate jokes."
As for the "Ten Most Famous Whiners of the Century", the list includes:
- Stan Laurel because of the "quality and frequency" of his whining.
- Curly of the Three Stooges. He "woo-woo-wooed" every time something went wrong.
- Lou Costello of Abbott and Costello. Lou was always in a mess of his own making, yelling "Heeey Abbott!" in hopes of a rescue.
- Jerry Lewis, who "had to whine in self-defense because Dean (Martin) was always putting him down in their comedy skits."
- "Saturday Night Live" whiners such as the late Gilda Radner for overall consistency.
- Pee-wee Herman for his "childlike" whine.
- Olive Oyle, the cartoon character who yelled "Hey Popeye" before he faithfully came - after a solid dose of spinach - to rescue her.
- Squiggy of the "Laverne and Shirley" TV series, who had a whine that sounded like "iron claws on a chalkboard."
- Lucille Ball, who nagged her husband, Ricky, in "I Love Lucy" incessantly about him not letting her perform at his nightclub.
- Maj. Frank Burns of "M*A*S*H." He had the classic whine of self-pity, Zaborney says: "Oh Margaret, only you understand . . . nobody likes me and everybody is against me."