How I Met Your Mother: Legendary Barney Theories
How I Met Your Mother: Legendary Barney Theories
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Due to President Obama's live address to the nation on Monday, we didn't get to see a new episode of How I Met Your Mother earlier this week.  And unfortunately, we won't be able to watch a new installment next week either.  At any rate, I've decided to put the spot light on Barney's winning philosophies and theories following his attempt to create Robin's video resume and for successfully landing her a job, which basically validates his belief that corporate America wants people who seem like bold risk takers but never actually do anything.

As a man who "likes to create crazy situations and then sit back and watch it all go down," Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) has always been daring enough to voice his unsolicited opinions to his friends no matter how irrational or ridiculous it may sound.  Seeing that there's no new episodes, I've decided to watch some reruns of How I Met Your Mother and gathered a few of my favorite Barney philosophies.

My How I Met Your Mother marathon first led me to Barney's Crazy-Hot scale.  Also known as the Vicky Mendoza Diagonal, this theory may not be spot on but it's quite a logical one.  It basically says the crazier a girl is, the hotter she has to be.  Barney shares this theory in the episode “How I Met Everyone Else,” where Ted (Josh Radnor) meets a “hot” girl on the internet and Barney assumes that she's crazy, a hooker or a dude.  Of course, Barney easily proves this assumption as soon as the hot girl shows her crazy stripes.

Moving further, I stumbled upon the episode “Woooo!” and the Cheerleader Effect caught my attention.  This is when a group of women looks attractive simply by being in proximity to one another.  In reality, however, they are just average looking or even repulsive when scrutinized individually. Barney also calls this the Bridesmaid Paradox and Spice Girls Conspiracy, which I think is absolutely hilarious.

Then there's the Lemon Law, which is similar in nature to lemon laws for used cars.  Barney's theory is that a person is given the first five minutes of a date to decide whether or not they want to continue spending the rest of the evening with that person.  If there's no chemistry, they are allowed to “lemon law” the person and leave with no hard feelings.  In “The Duel,” Barney himself gets lemon lawed by his date but is merely pleased that he's managed to create a revolutionary new idea in the dating world.

Barney may not be the most sensible character on How I Met Your Mother but he continues to live up to his “awesome” reputation by coming up with the most unique theories whether its about work, relationships, dating or world peace.  After all, it's Barney's theories that keep me coming back for more.

How I Met Your Mother returns with new episodes beginning March 2 on CBS.

Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

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