It’s that time of year again! | Photo: Stacy Spensley, CC BY 2.0
Happy New Year! No news roundup this week — instead, it’s time for our annual List of Lists post. Let’s get meta!
I’ve got so many lists open right now that my computer’s internally hemorrhaging, so let’s start off with some science lists for those inclined:
- The New York Times has a list of the top science stories that “stuck with them” this year
- AAAS Science has a top ten list
- Phys.org has their top ten, too
- If you want a more pop-science take on things, you could always check out Science Alert’s list of 23 things we didn’t know at the start of 2016, and
- Vox has a list of seven bad science and health ideas that should die with 2016
If you’re more interested in what you could have read (or what you should think of reading) there are book lists, too:
- Wired has a list of required science reading from 2016, while
- The Verge has a list of 11 sci-fi and fantasy novels, if that’s more your thing
If you like games, there’s a glut of lists for you:
- The Verge has a list of ten games you might’ve missed (but shouldn’t)
- Nerdist has a ten best video games list, too
- Ars has a list of the ten best board games of 2016 if that’s more your speed, and
- The Verge also has a list of forty-three (!) games they’re looking forward to in 2017
If just watching is your kind of thing, there are lists for you, too:
- The AV Club has a list in two parts of the best TV of 2016, and
- The Atlantic has a list of the best films of the year
If things are more your thing:
- Engadget has a best of 2016 gadgets list
- TechCrunch has a favourite things of 2016 list, and
- CNet has a list of the best tech of 2016, too
For the feminists among us, we’ve got some lists too:
- Jezebel’s best women of 2016 is a good place to start
- Ms. has a 2016 top ten feminist moments in pop culture list, and
- Salon has a salute to the women who made 2016 a little more bearable
There are just too many lists to list! There are political lists like Politico’s worst political predictions of 2016 list; impolitic lists, like Engadget’s biggest losers of 2016 list; and lists somewhere in between, like io9’s list of twenty heroes, villains, and aliens who ran for president and AAAS Science’s list of nine creatures that have been named for outgoing US President Barack Obama. There’s Science Alert’s top fifteen science images of the year, CoinDesk’s top thirteen Bitcoin and blockchain-tech stores of 2016, and even our winner for weirdest list of the year, Deadspin’s list of things people got stuck in their rectums in 2016.
So no matter where your interests lie, just remember: at this time of year, there’s always a list for you.
Even a list of lists posts, if lists are really your thing.
Wishing all of you a happy 2017, full of things you’ll want to list.
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Richard Ford Burley is a human, writer, and doctoral candidate at Boston College, as well as Deputy Managing Editor at Ledger, the first academic journal devoted to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In his spare time he writes about science, skepticism, feminism, and futurism here at This Week In Tomorrow.