It’s around this time when everyone starts discussing the year in review. Inevitably, these stories take the form of lists. Best Ten Celebrity Trends of 2012! Top Five News Stories! Most Retweeted Tweets of the Year! Top 25 Songs! Retailers! Gadgets! Businesses! Leaders! Types of Bananas!
I’m not about to be left out of the “Best of 2012” list-making genre. I have thoughts that can be compiled into an easily digestible list format, so why not?
I now present you with… Top 2012 Lists of 2012! Beat that, other list-makers.
31 Glorious Roasts of 2012
BuzzFeed is easily the best List Compiler out there. If they're not talking about the 30 cutest kids of the year, then they're showing off the 30 best dogs — both of which will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Want to feel inadequate as a human being? Check out their list of 23 times Neil Patrick Harris did something legendary in 2012. Need a pick-me-up after viewing that list? Here are the year's 15 biggest movie flops, certain to make you feel good that you weren't the poor dude who spent $20 million on a movie, only to gross $1 million in sales worldwide. But one of my favorites is probably their list of roasts, simply because food is awesome. It features everything from a bacon and spinach-stuffed rib-eye roast to a beef wellington wrapped in roasted vegetables and bread. I MEAN COME ON. Even Ron Swanson would be proud.
17 Best Tumblrs of 2012
Let me start by saying that this list is slightly incomplete because it doesn't mention some of my favorite Tumblrs of the year, which include Dog Shaming, Texts from Hilary, and One Tiny Hand. That said, it's still pretty great. You've probably heard of Tumblr even if you think you haven't. A lot of quirky news stories as of late emerged from that site, including the Ryan Gosling "Hey Girl" meme. Even the president has a Tumblr. MTV's "Best of" list includes some Tumblr gems, like Kanye With White People (literally a blog featuring photos of Kanye West with white people), Things I Put On My Dog's Head (the title says it all), and Literally Unbelievable (which makes fun of those people you're friends with on Facebook that think stories from The Onion are real).
9 Funniest New York Times corrections
As someone who's worked for newspapers, there's nothing worse than having to make a correction. When most people make a mistake in their job, it's not a big deal, and certainly not a public one. When newspapers mess up, it's out there for everyone to see. And yet... a list of the corrections New York Times staff writers had to make this year still makes me laugh. It's good to know that even people with prestigious job titles can goof. And it's sort of funny to think that someone woke up one morning and most likely had an angry email/phone call saying, "The My Little Pony I connect best with is Twilight Sparkle, the nerdy intellectual, not Fluttershy, the animal lover." Makes you feel a little better about whatever you might have flubbed, right?
If I had to make a "Best of" list for 2012, not counting this one, I'd probably make "Top 100 Photos of Ryan Gosling" because I'm always looking for an excuse to look at pictures of Ryan Gosling. I mean, it's Ryan Gosling. What about you?