Friday, December 7, 2007

The most wonderful time of the year

Every year since 2001, blogger Rex Sorgatz of has compiled a gargantuan and truly comprehensive list of lists - the best of the year in every conceivable category.

Whether you're looking for gift ideas or just interested in pop culture, it's a great way to review what many people considered the year's best. The lists cover movies, music, books, architecture, automobiles, gadgets, travel destinations, inventions and much, much more.

The 2007 list is still in its infancy, but he's already got some great entries, including the word of the year, from the New Oxford American Dictionary, the 10 most brilliant inventions, from R&D magazine, and the 50 smartest people in Hollywood, from Entertainment Weekly. There are also links to the safest and most dangerous U.S. cities, the top 25 censored news stories, and, just in case you're interested in yet-to-be-discovered large animals, like the Loch Ness monster, the top 10 cryptozoology stories of the year.

By the end of the month, the list of lists will contain hundreds of entries. In 2006, Sorgatz says, there were "a head-hurting and browser-dragging 712 lists."

While he calls the project "the stupidest thing that I do every year around this time," I really have to disagree. Personally, I consider it a selfless act of public service for Internet surfers everywhere. So check it out.

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