As journalist H. Allen Smith once said, "The human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for lists." Today, we live in an age of information overload, when the vast quantities of information thrust upon us leave us feeling bemused and bewildered. Lists can help us focus our thoughts, create a sense of order, and consider facts from different perspectives, which may enlighten, or challenge us.

extraordinary lists
Lists have always been a popular way
to organize and shape your thoughts.

Making lists can also be fun. Whether it is your 7 favorite magazines, 12 favorite movies, or 5 favorite wines from small European villages, some people find the urge rank and categorize irresistable.

For your enjoyment, we've compiled lists of the best, the worst, the peculiar, the banned, the largest, the smallest, and some things we just found too interesting to leave out. And it's all contained in the pages that follow, organized by category. So to begin exploring our extraordinary lists, go to the next page.