Friday, December 28, 2007
Top Ten Lists
It's getting to be about that time, the time when people start looking back over the year. Wired News has already published not one, but two lists of the Top Ten somethings of 2007.
The first is their Top 10 New Organisms of 2007, organisms that did not exist on December 31, 2006. My favorite, of course, is the glow-in-the-dark kittens, which only made number 7 on their list.
The second is their Top 10 Scientific Breakthroughs of 2007. This one lists them more like a David Letterman Top 10 list, from 10 up to 1.
My least favorite breakthrough is number 4 (Enzymes Convert Any Blood Type to O), because I have Type O blood, and while I understand the benefits to mankind of being able to use anybody's blood for anybody, I'm a little bummed at losing my great desirablilty as a blood donor.
My favorites are numbers 2 and 1. In breakthrough number 2 (Chimpanzees Make Spears for Hunting), they go into detail about the horrifying truth of bloodthirsty chimps.
But number 1 (Researchers Turn Skin Cells to Stem Cells) was the best. The promise of the end of using embryonic stem cells is a great one.
And now, along the same--though non-scientific--lines, here is my Top Ten List of Places My Mom and I Visited in 2007.
10. Boston Duck Tour
9. Port Townsend
8. Oregon Coast
7. Barbeque Competition
6. St. Louis
5. Mystic Seaport
4. Yellowstone National Park (and here)
3. Glacier National Park
2. Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
1. Niagara Falls
Note: This list is subject to change in content and order, depending on when you ask me.