WTC Top Ten Lists: 2013-2014 edition now open for business

Latest revival of our year-end wrap up series begins today. Photo: Wikimedia/Dall'Orto

WASHINGTON, October 10, 2013 – Given all the political joy and good will that’s being showered on us by the bucket load this month by our friendly Fools on the Hill, we thought we’d open our annual year-end funfest column, “List of Ten,” a bit early this year. 

Normally, we throw the doors open around Thanksgiving. But this year, a pre-Halloween unveiling seems more appropriate. After all, our intensely voter-responsive Congress and White House have already combined considerable bi-partisan forces this year to bring us Tricks like the Federal government shutdown and the Debt Ceiling Dance of Death. What a puckish lot of tricksters we have in this town, eh? 

God, Himself created the original List of Ten, here depicted on a glass, painted dish displaying the Ten Commandments in Hebrew. Displayed in the window of a shop catering to Jewish tourists in the former ghetto in Venice, Italy. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, August 1 2008.(Via Wikimedia/Dall’Orto)

But in an unprecedented burst of generosity, the folks running our highly-representative democracy have also brought us wonderful, tasty Treats like the brilliantly functioning Federal Obamacare website which, thus far, has been nearly 100% successful in preventing anyone in 36 states from registering to find out important stuff that even Nancy Pelosi never read about. Like how much more their healthcare coverage would cost in 2014 unless they are already on food stamps.

Great news like this will give us all an even bigger rush than we’d get by gobbling up a half-dozen of those newly-resurrected Hostess Twinkies that are now, once again, gracing the shelves of our favorite grocery stores. It really doesn’t get any better than this. 

Which gets us back to “List of Ten.” This is a column that shows up annually in our Entertainment section as a place where our Washington Times Communities Digital News writers and pundits can try their hand at teaching an increasingly dull David Letterman how the Top Ten game he more or less invented is really played. 

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All our columnists are here cordially invited to get the ball rolling on this year’s Top Ten edition. And perhaps even an occasional guest writer may want to lob us a pitch just to see what happens. 

Only rules for a List of Ten column are the following: 

Your list must include no more or less than ten entries. Unless, like our finest politicians, you can figure out how to do a clever sidestep.

Each entry in the list should include a clever, pithy, funny, or informative reason why it’s been included.

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Serious lists are perfectly okay. Funny lists are even better. Jonathan Swift-quality satirical lists are best of all.

Illustrations and appropriate YouTube videos illustrating each list are greatly encouraged, but make sure dimensions are correct.

Extra credit is always available for professional level snarkiness. 

Last year’s contributions were a bit sporadic when compared to 2011, so we encourage any and all to get with it, put on their thinking hats and come up with something new and unimaginably clever. Or a revision of something old that you still think is unimaginably clever. 

While we wait for these expected gems of wit and wisdom to tumble in, we invite readers and would-be List of Ten contributors to look back through our List of Ten archive and enjoy once again those thrilling List of Ten days of yesteryear.


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Terry Ponick

Now writing on investing, politics, music, movies and theater for the Washington Times Communities, Terry was formerly the longtime music and culture critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2009) before moving online with Communities in 2010.  



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