The List: BIG things

Erica Thompson
“The Big Bang Theory”

With both Big Boi and Big Thief visiting Columbus on Thursday, Sept. 21, we'd be remiss not to mention other big things that have made their mark on pop culture and society.

“The Big Bang Theory”

I always cringe when a TV show progresses past nine years, but apparently you all still watch “The Big Bang Theory,” which is set to crank out its 11th season. I give spinoff “Young Sheldon” five episodes, though.

Big Pun

He's not a player, he just … well, you know.

“Big Girls Don't Cry”

I think I was the only one who hated this song on Fergie's otherwise infectious debut album,The Dutchess. But it's much better than “M.I.L.F. $" off her forthcoming … wait for it …Double Dutchess.

Mr. Big

We watched him toy with Carrie's emotions for six televised seasons of “Sex and the City” and then leave her at the altar during the first movie. Ah, love.

Big Mac

The Big Mac almost became a staple in hip-hop music when marketing firm Maven Strategiesoffered rappers royalties of $1-$5 per radio spin for songs name-checking the two all-beef patties classic. This close.

Big Boy

The Big Mac hates it 'cause it ain't it.

“The Big Comfy Couch”

As a kid, I somehow convinced myself that Tiffani Thiessen (she dropped the Amber, y'all) was pulling double duty as Kelly Kapowski on “Saved by the Bell” and Loonette the Clown on this children's TV show.


Longest-running ignored grocery store in Cincinnati, rivaled only by IGA.


Tom Hanks walks on a piano, plus some other plot points.

Biggie Smalls

If you were born before 1985, you probably think he's one of the best rappers of all time. If you like mumble rap, you probably think he's overrated. If you're a conspiracy theorist, you probably think he predicted 9/11 in “Juicy.”

Big Brother

Obnoxious authority figure, obnoxious reality show or obnoxious sibling, depending on your vantage point.

Big Bird

Lovable canary on “Sesame Street.” Co-opted political tool in 2012 presidential election.