Saturday, December 13, 2008

Four lists of ten things

I like this time of the year, you get snow, food, alcohol and lists of things from the previous twelve months. Here are few top tens for 2008 list from Time.

 The top 10 discoveries from 2008 
  1. Snow on Mars
  2. Mystery insect in London
  3. Foetus in a man
  4. Melamine in Chinese milk
  5. Virgin-born shark
  6. iPhone "kill switch"
  7. Seven human feet washed up on Pacific Northwest coast
  8. Red Sox jersey in Yankee Stadium concrete
  9. Marajuana in 2,700-year-old Chinese tomb
  10. Lost Beatles interview from 1964

 The top 10 fuel efficient vehicles for 200
  1. Toyota Prius, 46.65 mpg
  2. Honda Civic Hybrid, 42.25 mpg
  3. Nissan Altima hybrid, 34.1 mpg
  4. Toyota Camry hybrid, 33.45 mpg
  5. Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner/Mazda Tribute hybrids, 32.2 mpg
  6. Toyota Yaris, 32.15 mpg
  7. Toyota Corolla, 32.05 mpg
  8. Honda Fit, 30.7 mpg
  9. Honda Civic, 29.6 mpg
  10. Nissan Versa, 28.25 mpg
The timely absence of GM and Chrysler from the list is obvious, but it would be interesting to see the volumes of cars sold to get some idea how important fuel efficiency was in the buying decision.

 The top 10 Quotes for 2008 
  1. It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America. Barack Obama
  2. So you'll walk me down the aisle? Ellen DeGeneres, to John McCain
  3. Think of us like a coast guard. Somali pirate spokesman
  4. If I had perfect foresight, I would never have taken this job in the first place. CEO of Fredie Mac
  5. Only God who appointed me will remove me. Robert Mugabe
  6. It's the longest Hail Mary pass in the history of either football or Marys. Barney Frank about John McCain
  7. So. Dick Cheney, when told that most Americans did not support the Iraq war
  8. I thought I'd host an end of the world party, but the media might take it seriously. Stephen Hawking
  9. The path will be a little easier next time. Hillary Clinton
  10. They needed a small, victorious war. Putin accuses US of starting Georgia conflict

 The top 10 bank’s marketing slogans 
  1. Whoo hoo! Washington Mutual
  2. Where vision gets built Lehman Brothers
  3. The strength to be there AIG
  4. You can count on us IndyMac
  5. What's in your wallet? Capital One
  6. No family left behind World Financial Group
  7. World wise Morgan Stanley
  8. Smarter Money Security Pacific Bank
  9. Protection Nationwide
  10. Invest with confidence T. Rowe Price

Washington Mutual, Lehman Brothers, IndyMac and Security Pacific have all filed for bankruptcy, AIG is now owned (79.9%) by the US federal reserve.

Someone at time has a dark sense of humor.


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