I’ve always avoided top ten lists. In fact, I’ve disparaged the whole concept as basically, well, idiotic. But I recently discovered that the statistics tracker on my blog, which counts each time someone visits, can also tell me how many times each blog post has been viewed over the past year.
The very existence of this useless information exerts a mysterious allure, as if it contained some important hidden meaning just waiting to be revealed. It doesn’t, of course. But I can’t resist the pull. So, for whatever amusement or revelation may be found, I here present … (drum roll, please) …
Out Walking the Dog’s Top Ten (Most Viewed) Posts of 2010.
So there you have it. The frightening outbreak of rabies in Manhattan and the almost equally frightening event of duck sex make it into the top ten. So do last winter’s coyote visitations and a meeting with the last of our neighborhood’s rooftop pigeon flyers. Other urban animals that are featured include squirrels, horses, raccoons, peacocks, rats, and mastodons.
Yeah, mastodons. The most popular post, by far, is a light-hearted discussion of the co-evolution of honey locust trees and mastodons. Why? I’d like to think it’s because the study of evolution is booming, but maybe people just like mastodons or the idea of giant mammals roaming Manhattan.
The world is a mysterious place. Why should the internet be any different?