Learn to love the Top 10

Everyone loves a Top 10… right? Well, not everyone. I find them to be the absolute lowest form of blog link bait. But in the spirit of positivity I have decided to embrace the Top 10 with open arms, give it two air kisses and learn to love it’s peculiar charms. And so in honour of the humble Top 10 I give you…

Top 10 Thursday

I’m hoping that you will all join me in celebrating the terrifically tremendous Top 10 by posting your very own every Thursday at 10:10am and promoting it on Twitter with the hashtag #Top10Thursday. Each weeks topic will be decided in advance via a Twitter vote on the Friday, you will then have until the following Thursday to prepare your list.

For this, the inaugural #Top10Thursday I have prepared a very special Top 10 of Top 10’s for your visual delight…

#10 – Top 10 Naked People on Google Earth

You may have already seen the original Google Sightseeing Topless Sunbather, but did you know that the Hague is in fact completely overrun with naked and semi-naked Dutch men and women? Yes people, it’s time to get your magnifying glasses out, because here comes the Top 10 Naked People on Google Earth!

#9 – Top 10 Worst Websites You Wished You’d Never Seen

Do you ever open up a really badly designed website and wish you hadn’t? I’ve seen some serious visual offenders in my time and here is a list of the very worst. If you are a designer feel free to send them an email offering your services. If your website is on this list please don’t be offended, although you may wish to consider a redesign.

#8 – Top 10 Funniest TV Ads of All Time

In many ways, defining what is funny is like trying to nail jelly to a wall. So, hammer in hand, Campaign asked a cross-section of ad industry luminaries to suggest the most side-splitting TV ads of all time.

#7 – Top 10 Hand Gestures You’d Better Get Right

Anybody remember when George H W Bush tried to signal ‘peace’ during a visit to Australia in the 90s by giving a large crowd the time-honoured two-fingered salute? Though he didn’t know it at the time, he was actually telling the whole crowd to go screw themselves – and all because he made the seemingly innocuous error that his palm was facing inwards instead of outwards.

#6 – Top 10 UK Fish and Chip Shops 2010

In the 150 years since Joseph Malin is said to have opened the country’s first fish and chip shop in Cleveland Street, London the classic takeaway meal has changed very little. The hunger for a fish supper reached its peak in 1927 when there were about 35,000 fish and chip shops in the UK. Now there are about 11,500 (that’s eight chip shops for every McDonalds).

#5 – Top 10 Treetop Hotels Around the World

If you want to go green this holiday, why not cut out the middle man and head straight for the treetops? These incredible treehouse hotels are located in some of the most spectacular areas of the world, meaning you can be doing your bit for the environment AND be guaranteed a room with a view!

#4 – Top 10 Sci-Fi Movie Quotes

One thing that science fiction movies have plenty of are fantastic lines and over the years the list of extremely stellar quotes has become longer and more exciting. Creating this list was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life, there were just too many and narrowing it down to 10 was a daunting process. I actually shed a few tears when I removed, “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope” and nearly gave up. Luckily, I persevered and can now present to you, my list.

#3 – Top 10 Strangest Lego Creations

Whether you love it or hate it, Lego has become the ubiquitous medium of choice for geek builders everywhere. These creations can either be seen as glorious works of art or the crazed visualisations of a deranged mind with too much time on it’s hands. You decide.

#2 – Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World

Mahatma Gandhi needs no long introduction. Everyone knows about the man who lead the Indian people to independence from British rule in 1947. But did you know that he too was a fan of the omnipresent Top 10?

and finally…

#1 – Top 10 Biggest and Best Jumps Ever

Just to show you that not every Top 10 has to be a written list, here is a video compilation of 10 of the biggest and best jumps ever. I kid you not, some of these are knee-bendingly scary.

If you’re in, let me know in the comments. And while you’re there why not suggest some topics for next weeks Top 10.