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The internet is awash in lists. We're sure that somewhere there's a few billion government dollars being spent on why we humans have such a limitless appetite for all things numbered, but it's no wonder we adore them: they're fun, easily digested, often-trashy candy for the brain. But from the great swathes of pop-culture enumerations, some stand out like beacons in the foggy internet night. (Ahem: just a few glorious examples from Nerve.) Great online lists shock us, make us laugh, and teach us valuable lessons (flush the toilet before taking that sexting photo, m'kay?). The format may be grossly overexposed, but the best content deserves to be lauded. Here are the most outrageous, clever, and sexy catalogues of the year that was: the Top 20 Internet Lists of 2009*.
* Besides, of course, our own.
20) 5 Cats That Look Like Wilford Brimley
People who dress their cats in a sweater or refer to him as their son run the risk of being labeled a mental patient. Comparing a cat to the star of Cocoon and an insurance peddler, however, is nothing short of genius.
19) Top 10 Moments Caught on Google Maps Street View
Favorite Moment: LARPers caught on tape.
18) The Top 10 Strangest Lego Creations
Anyone who spends three months building anything with Legos is suspect, unless it results in a working air conditioner. Favorite Lego creation: Han Solo frozen in carbonite.
17) 11 Predictions That Back to the Future II Got Wrong and 11 Predictions That Back to the Back to the Future II Got Right
The 1989 flick imagined a 2015-world full of flying cars and food hydrators. What'd they get right?
16) The 14 Worst Celebrity Plastic Surgeries
Celebrity Who Looks Most Like Robin Williams in Drag: Linda Evans.
15) The Funniest Protest Signs of 2009
Who knew Jesus mockers, lewd women and sports nuts were all going to hell?
14) The 10 Best TV Neighbors
Awesome list, despite it not answering the eternal question: how the heck did Growing Pains get away with naming a character Dicky "Boner" Stabone?
13) 25 Awesome Cubicle Pranks
This will give you a bunch of good ideas on how to get back at Larry from payroll.
12) 30 More Men Who Look Like Old Lesbians
Favorite Dude That Looks Like a Lesbian: Carrot Top, by a mile.
11) The Most Scandalous Network-TV Sex Scenes Ever
It's both a blessing and a curse that Sipowicz and his bare ass did not make the list.