Nothing proliferates around the New Year like top ten lists; I blame David Letterman for it, and believe some academic somewhere in a popular culture department should examine the pre- and post – Letterman frequency of top ten lists in American society. That said, though, my all time favorite top ten list was Letterman’s top ten children’s book titles that haven’t been published but should be, which included my favorite book title (fictional or otherwise) ever, which was “Daddy Drinks Because You Cry.”

My second favorite top ten list comes out every holiday season, and is Randy Maniloff’s Top Ten Insurance Coverage Decisions of the expiring year, an article that he always manages to make both educational and amusing at the same time, which is an extremely hard trick. He’s pulled that off again this year, and so for my final post of 2010, I send you to it to read.