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The Top 3 Good Badger Posts of 2010

You can’t look anywhere this time of the year without seeing a “2010, the year in review” or “the top X Cat Fails of 2010” or “The Top Trends in Waffles for 2010” type list.

And as we all know I make my living by duplicating these cheap schemes.  Which is why I’ve compiled a series of “best of” lists for you to recount all of the mediocre work that’s happened on this site in the last 12 months:

The Top 3 Good Badger Posts of 2010

1)  How to: Move to San Diego (Less about San Diego, more about kicking life butt)

2)  The Power of Reciprocity (buying a woman a drink increases your odds of reproducing)

3)  Extra Large Enablers (apparently people are fed up with fat people)

The Top 1 Post of 2010 (According to My Roommate Chris)

This list includes all of the posts that have made my roommate Chris laugh in 2010

1)  The Best 15 Second Frog Blog Promo Video

The Top Guest Blogger/Interview/Contributor Posts of 2010

1)  Oatview: an Interview with “The Oatmeal’s” Matthew Inman

2)  Every Stupid Person Needs ESPN (featuring Alex J Wysocki)

3)  5 Ways to Network Without Feeling Dirty

The Editor’s Choice (aka Top Cat Posts of 2010)

and of course this is the most important

1)  4 Ways to Make Your Cat Go Viral

2)  Kitty Inspiration

3)  Mans Best (Invisible) Friend

And for real personal favorites of mine that may have been overlooked, forgotten, or simply not very good in the eyes of society…of 2010:

1)  Problems Lead to Hula Dancing

2)  Your Resume Isn’t Good Enough

3)  How To Win At Facebook

A sincere thank you to all of my readers.  You guys honestly kick a dangerous amount of ass.  Look for less bad on this site in 2011.


The Good Badger

The Top 4 Reasons Why People Like Lists

Party on Wayne

We are nation of ADD/ADHD beings.  We like microblogging sites such as Twitter because anything longer than 140 characters is a homework assignment.  In fact, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve already given up reading this post, probably somewhere in the ADHD to the microblogging range.  With so much information at our disposal, it’s no wonder we’ve developed mechanisms to try and filter out the fluff.  Nowhere is this more apparent than the abundance of lists available online.  Every site that you see has a “7 Fastest Ways to Lose Weight“, “The Top 4 Worst Best Man Speeches“, “The 15 Creepiest Vintage Ads of All Time” or the “Top 100 Chuck Norris Facts” (this actually exists).

As a service to you, I now present, the 4 Reasons Why We Like Lists:

1) Improved Organization

If I were to write a non-list post about why people enjoy lists, chances are after reading, you’d be able to recite a couple of the reasons, and maybe one of the ridiculous links.  Most likely, you’d skim through the text, try to grab what was valuable and then breeze through the parts where I reference my own personal life, like that one time where I…..

By incorporating a list two things are accomplished (a list within a list): 1) You give the reader a simple outline of the message you’re attempting to convey 2) You let the reader know how many important items your message consists of.   In other words you let the reader know which pieces are most valuable, and how many to remember.  A list helps to organize larger context into a structure that’s similar to how our brains will store the information.

2)  We’re Stupid

Attempting to explain why we like lists so much is like trying to describe why anyone ever enjoyed LOLcatz, The Pet Rock, Carlos Mencia, Reality TV, Vin Diesel, Second Life, or Bon Jovi.  People are dumb.  Assuming that complex answers can be broken down into a simple numerical construct is a cheap attempt to get your attention and more often, your cash.  If I’ve got a proven money making method, which book are you going to buy: “How to Become Wealthy with Rigorous Research, Long Hours, High Financial Risk, and Patience,” or “6 Simple Steps to Earning 7 Figures”?  These two books could consist of the same exact text differing only in their titles, and book # 1 wouldn’t sell 10 copies while book # 2 could land on the NY Times top 10.  People want to hold onto the hope whereby great achievements can be broken down into few easy-to-follow steps, so other people, smarter people, take advantage of this.  Everyone is aware of the 2 step program to lose weight: 1) eat better, 2) exercise more.  Unfortunately, this requires self control and patience.  I think I’ll go with the 10-day grapefruit and mustard diet instead.

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