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Archive for the ‘Objective lists’ Category

The Ten Most Important Websites

March 19, 2011

I realize this is going to be a tough list to make, not being a techie myself. And I also realize that the nature of the internet is constantly changing, which means this list will probably be obsolete in, oh, about three minutes. But here it is regardless. 10. Drudge Report Journalism began to change, […]

The Ten Greatest Movie Endings

December 19, 2010

Once again, I am issuing a blanket spoiler warning for my whole next list. None of the entries are too recent, but consider yourself forewarned nonetheless. 10. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) The ending of The Silence of the Lambs provides both closure and open-endedness at the same time. It wraps up the relationship […]

The Ten Biggest Sports Teams

December 12, 2010

Now, when I say biggest I don’t mean most players or most money or anything like that. The teams on this list are chosen based on historical importance, overall success, reputation, and popularity in terms of the size and passion of their fan base. 10. Green Bay Packers The Packers have a unique claim on […]

The Ten Most World-Changing Events of the 20th Century

December 3, 2010

For this list, I will mostly be including isolated events which occurred from 1900-1999. This means I am not including periods which occur over a large period of time. These will mostly be moments or events which span only a day or so. Therefore, advancements and inventions are not included, neither are the influence or […]

The Ten Most Memorable Movie Themes

July 8, 2010

10. The Godfather The haunting sounds of the Godfather theme was an instant masterpiece. Its unique melody is instantly recognizable and always associated with the great American classic. The music equals the excellence of the film-making itself. 9. Rocky The Rocky theme is the ultimate anthem of determination and perseverance. How can you listen to […]

The Ten Greatest Card Games

July 4, 2010

10. Dominion For such a new game (only two years old) it may not seem right to include it in a list which has games containing so much history and tradition. Yet its massive popularity and intriguing new game mechanics cannot be ignored. Dominion is a game where players use a unique card deck to […]

The Ten Best Saturday Morning Cartoons

March 30, 2010

10. Schoolhouse Rock! When watchdog groups began to criticize the networks for their “bad message” cartoons, a movement was set in place to make cartoons educational. The most notable of these efforts was ABC’s Schoolhouse Rock which tried to teach kids about all sorts of things through musicals numbers, including math, grammar and of course […]

The Ten Most Influential People of the 17th Century

March 24, 2010

10. William Harvey (1578-1657) Medicine William Harvey revolutionized the field of medical science by mapping out the human circulatory system in full detail. Until then, no one had really known how blood was pumped through the body. His discoveries would lead to more detailed analysis of our bodies’ physiology and anatomy allowing for the field […]

The Ten Greatest Magazines

March 24, 2010

10. Wired “The Medium is the Message.” Wired magazine took this famous McLuhan saying and ran with it. Since 1993 Wired has been at the forefront of documenting the technology revolution. It has led us through the Dot.com craze, the Wikipedia mindset, and the rise of Apple. It has won numerous awards for excellence and […]

The Ten Most Important Modern Musicians

March 5, 2010

10. Nirvana Nirvana was a huge deal in the nineties and completely rocked the music scene boat when Nevermind was released. They changed music at the time from pop-craziness and countless one hit wonders and gave the industry back some credibility. They really kicked off the Seattle alternative movement which has had lasting repercussions to […]

The Ten Best Television Cliffhangers

November 25, 2009

10. The West Wing “What Kind of Day Has It Been?” The first season of the West Wing was a show full of spirit and good-hearted drama. Sure, it was somber at times and dealt withsome heavy themes, but it was also full of fast-paced energy and witty dialgue. Therefore, we were all surprised to […]

The Ten Greatest Animated Feature Films

November 20, 2009

10. Toy Story (1995) To be honest, most of the reason that Toy Story is in this top ten is its status as a milestone of animation. Toy Story truly is the most influential animated film since Snow White, ringing in the new trend of computer animation. However, that is not the only reason it […]

The Ten Greatest Works of Fantasy Literature

November 17, 2009

10. The Chronicles of Amber Roger Zelazny With the Amber novels, Zelazny created a very detailed and intricate fantasy universe. Fantasy fans have called this one of the most engrossing fantasy worlds they have ever read and remains a classic of modern fantasy. 9. The King of Elfland’s Daughter Lord Dunsany One of the most […]

The Ten Most Influential People of the 18th Century

November 16, 2009

10. Peter the Great Politics Peter I’s rule as Czar saw many changes in Russia in the early 1700’s which would extend over the next couple hundred years. Russia was brought into the modern realm under Peter’s hand and went through much reformation to do so. Peter the Great expanded Russia greatly and strengthened their […]

The Ten Best Music Videos

November 16, 2009

10. November Rain Guns N’ Roses Guns N’ Roses had come onto the scene with hard rocking hits like Sweet Child o’ Mine and Welcome to the Jungle, but with their twin Used Your Illusion albums they really managed to find a new epic tone to their music. This epic quality was further shown through […]