December brings with it so many fun-filled occasions to celebrate with friends and family – the awkward family dinner where your son blurts out “Mommy says Gramma drivers her crazy,” or the mandatory office party where you had too much to drink and ran your bare foot up your balding, recently-divorced boss’s leg under the dinner table.
While all such occasions bring warm, fond memories to mind, the one occasion I look forward to most (because I’m far less likely to get myself in trouble while enjoying) is the end-of-year barrage of Top 10 lists. I’ve compiled my favorites for you to enjoy.
- 10 Web trends to watch in 2010 (CNN) — As 2009 draws to a close, the Web’s attention turns to the year ahead. What can we expect of the online realm in 2010?
- Top 10 New Species of 2009 (Arizona State University) — How can you not love a list that includes “Spray-on New Species”?
- Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2009 (CNN) — A Texas native providing wheelchairs to disabled children in Iraq, an Army vet helping other veterans struggling with addiction and a cancer survivor bringing early detection to uninsured women are among the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2009.
- Top Internet Memes of 2009 (Mashable) — Thanks to social networking, the speed in which the latest phenomena can spread is lightning fast.
- Top 10 stupid gifts for the holidays (Montreal Gazette) — Online retailer Stupid.com has released its third annual list of the stupidest gifts, gadgets, presents and stocking stuffers that can be found around the globe for that relative or friend who already has everything — including a sense of humor.
- Top 10 Epic Fails of 2009 (The Root) — There was a whole lot of misbehaving in 2009, recorded for all to see on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Here’s the worst of the worst.
- Top 10 Super Cars (MSN Auto) — Geneva [Motor Show 2009] provides plenty of exciting new metal and, increasingly, carbon fiber on which to feast your eyes.
- Top 10 Google, Yahoo, Bing Searches of 2009 (ABC.com) — Search Engines Say People Looked for Michael Jackson, Facebook, Twitter
- Top 10 Health Stories of 2009 (Harvard Medical School) — More black-and-white answers would be nice, but learning to live with gray areas is, perhaps, the beginning of wisdom, and not just in health and medicine.
- 2009 Best Cities: It’s All About Jobs (Kiplinger) — A robust job market makes these cities safe havens during the recession and will give them a head start toward growth when the recovery takes off.