Cracked.com List of Top Lists Tops Self
Last April, Cracked.com began compiling a List of its Top Ten Lists, with the expectation that it would find some really great lists and eventually whittle that list of lists down to the top ten lists, with explanations for what makes those lists the top ten lists. During the search process, market research was finding a critical fact: the greatest strength of the site is its lists. It was obvious: a list of lists wouldn't be a mere list, it would be a list, the list, the meta-list to top all lists. In fact, after numerous tests (full results are listed in the link), it was determined that the list of top ten lists was more than qualified to be in the top five lists in the list of the top ten lists. Then began an iterative process in which they found that moving the list of top ten lists further ahead on the list of top ten lists caused the list of top ten lists to itself become better, so that when the list of top ten lists became officially ranked fourth in the list of top lists, judges found that the list of top ten lists was qualified to be at least the number three list for top lists, which when corrected, caused the list of top ten lists to be judged as at least the second best list on the list of top ten lists. This process continued for days until finally the list of top ten lists had finally topped the list of top ten lists at last.
Finally the word list acquired a strange appearance, no longer seeming to fit into the English language, nor any other, a phenomenon for which there must surely be some list of words most likely to exhibit this behavior.
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