Sick of Silly Lists? Don't Blame the Internet

Old-school journalists can get angry about the listified content of the Internet era. 10 Words you can't pronounce correctly! 18 famous brains and what they weighed! 15 famous events that happened in the bathtub! Ugh. How can the Internet have turned us all into such idiots!

Except that those three lists and many, many others originally ran in a book first released in 1977, The Book of Lists, which received a bunch of rave reviews, according to its Amazon page:

"Impossible to put down." Independent on Sunday; "Imaginatively insane." Sunday Herald; "Packed with more fascinating, trivial, vital and perverse non sequiturs than you can shake an encyclopedia at." New York Times Book Review; "A lot of fun." Wall Street Journal; "Oddly addictive." Sunday Express

Clearly the listicle not only predates the Internet, but the same people who would probably look down on them in slideshow form found them "imaginatively insane" on pulp.

To honor the way The Book of Lists, which set the tone for the Internet age, we present 13 lists from the 2005 version of the book, along with the Web publication that it would (hypothetically) run on now.

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