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The Top 10 of Everything 2001 by Russell Ash

The Top 10 of Everything 2001

by Russell Ash

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A big collection of Top Ten Lists. You know the kind of thing: highest-grossing movies, most endangered animals, countries with the highest life expectancy... Only there are lots and lots of them, and some of them are weirdly specific: "Fastest X-15 Flights", "Most Points Scored by Michael Jordan in a Game." And so on. It seems kind of interesting to browse through at first, but the entertainment value of all these big, indigestible chunks of contextless information wears off pretty quickly. It might at least be useful as a study aid if I ever go on Jeopardy!, I guess, although that would call for a more up-to-date edition. ( )
  bragan | May 15, 2011 |
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What's so appealing about a list? It's tidy, it's pithy, it's easy on the eyes and noggin. In this oversaturated age of information inundation, the list presents preorganized data in a format that doesn't require a lot of concentration or drain vast stores of brain wattage. Even the weariest intellect can enjoy a list of 10 data points. Ten most suicidal countries? Lithuania, Estonia, and Hungary get top billing. The bestselling postcard in the Tate Gallery is of The Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse, whereas the top postcard in London's National Gallery shows Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers. And the list of top 10 countries with the most video rental outlets starts with the U.S., Pakistan, and China, and South Korea and Romania don't trail far behind.

Russell Ash provides lists on the universe and the earth, animals and vegetation, births, deaths, and political achievements. There are city lists and country lists, building lists and park lists, as well as lists pertaining to music, books, movies, theater, transportation, sports, and the commercial world, plus a special section of millennium-milestone lists to prepare us for the next century.

The top 10 reasons to get The Top Ten of Everything? It is: Entertaining
Fine Bathroom Reading
An Excellent Statistical Resource
Fun to Read Aloud to Anyone Who'll Listen
Doesn't Require a V-Chip
Great Classroom Reference
Keeps the Back Seat Quiet During Family Trips
It Has Only One Adverse Side-Effect: Know-It-All-ism. --Stephanie Gold

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