The Power of 10

Why do we go list-crazy at the end of every year? Here are the Top 10 reasons

Charlton Heston: Everett

Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments.

You cannot swing a dead cat this time of year

without hitting a Top 10 list, and that list might well be "Top 10 Dead Cats of 2007." Celebrity meltdowns, speed-metal CDs, concept cars--we count 'em all. Why the obsession, for listmakers and list readers alike? Here are some guesses in the only format that matters.

10. God Made Us Do It. What do Yahweh, the Buddha and David Letterman have in common? They love them some lists! There's something magical about distilling wisdom into a single gleaming digit, which may be why so many religions use lists, from the Eightfold...

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