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The Best Of The Best Of 2010 Lists & Links

As the year comes to an end, many networks, sites, critics and journalists write up the 'year in review.' Some tell the story with statistics, others with images and others with lists. Here is a compilation of links to those from various reputable publications and sites listing "The Best of 2010" in categories such as social media trends, tweets and statuses, world news stories, the year in pictures, art, advertising, business, fashion, gadgets, movies, sports, tv, and books. All in one convenient place.


• Twitter 2010 Year In Review

• YouTube 2010 Year in Review (top videos in numerous categories).

• Memology: Facebook's Top Status Trends of 2010.

• Biggest Social Media Fails (Huffington Post)

• Top 10 Companies On Twitter (Ad Age)


• CBS Top World News of 2010

• ABC News - Best of 2010

• NBC's Sizzling Celebrity Scandals of 2010

• Yahoo: Year In Review - The standout news, pop-culture trends, and search obsessions.

• 2010 Year In Review - The Guardian

• Famous Deaths of 2010

• Best of Fashion


• MSN's Top Movies of 2010

• Best feature films of 2010 according to Roger Ebert

• Newsweek's Best 2010 Movies by David Ansen

• 10 Best Movies of 2010, Lisa Schwarzbaum picks for EW

• 10 Best Movies of 2010, Owen Gleiberman's picks for EW

• Richard Roepers' top 10 films of 2010

• Moviefone's top 50 films of 2010

• John Waters and Mark Webber pick their 10 favorite films of 2010 for ArtForum

• Top 10 grossing films from Hollywood Reporter


• Most watched single telecast and regularly scheduled programs of 2010 according to the Nielson Ratings

• TV Squad's top ten TV Commercials of 2010

• The U.K’s 10 Most-liked TV Ads of 2010

• Ad Age's Book Of Tens
(ten top ad stories, ten best ad songs, ten most viral, etc)

• Creativity's Award Report 2010 (winning companies, creatives and ad campaigns)

• Warming Glow's top 10 tv shows of 2010


• Art: The Year In Review by Kenneth Baker for the SF Chronicle

• Huffington Post: The Best and Worst moments in Art

• Blake Gopnik's Best Art of 2010 for The Washington Post

• Laura Cumming's Best of Art for The Observer

• The Year In Pictures from the NY Times (97 amazing images)

• The Year In Pictures from The Independent


• NPR's Best Books of 2010

• New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010

• O's Best Books of 2010


• Huffington Posts covers the AP's Top 10 Business Year in Review

• Bloomberg Businessweek year in review


• Fox Sports year in review - Best and worst of the sporting world

• The Final Score's top 10 Sports Stories of 2010

• The Onion - Sports Year In Review 2010

• Top 10 Sports Stories of 2010 according to Los Angeles' Daily News


• Time Magazine's best blogs of 2010

• NOTCOT's top 100 design posts of the year

• NotCouture's top 100 fashion posts of the year

• Treehugger's most popular and memorable stories of 2010

• Refinery 29 - Fashion 2010: The Year In Review

• Tech Crunch - Top 40 iPhone apps of 2010 by Alex Ahlund

• GameSpy 2010 Year In Review of Gaming

• 200 Best Gadgets of 2010 according to Walyou

• Year In Review - The Best Of The Web

• Best Internet Memes (according to People magazine)

Year In Review - VIDEOS:

Jib Jab's 2010 Year In Review:

Brian Williams tribute to those we lost in 2010:

Adweek's media Year In Review 2010:

Google 2010 Zeitgeist:

The 100 Hour / 38 Day Skull Drawing.

Illustrator Jacob Dahlstrup took 38 days and 100 hours to complete this pencil drawing of a skull made up of detailed floral and plant life.


Pencil on paper. duration: 38 days/100 hours.
175cm x 150cm
High Quality Poster B1 format 200 grms (100x70cm)
kr 40.00
buy it here (paypal only)

Discarded Christmas Trees Become Stools In The Christmas Project

The Christmas Tree Project, London

In London alone, it is estimated that most of the 976,000 Christmas trees in the capital will be simply thrown away.

The Christmas Tree project, a continuation of Fabien Cappello's 2009 RCA graduation work, will see Christmas trees from across London being collected and reincarnated into stools.

Making the perfect Christmas gift, the gallery is inviting people to arrange an early January collection of their tree and place their order for a pretty handcrafted Christmas Tree Stool by rising designer Fabien Cappello.

images and info courtesy of Fabien Capello and the Libby Sellers Gallery

A percentage of profit from the Christmas Tree Project will be donated to the Woodland Trust.

The Libby Sellers Gallery is taking orders until January 6th
Please email or call for collection details
+44 (0) 7774 113 813

2010 National Gingerbread Competition Winners In Each Category.

above: The Grand Prize winning entry in the National Gingerbread Competition featured Christmas-themed Russian Nesting Dolls by Heather Lewis.

Many gingerbread competitions feature some very amateur creations - unimpressive gumdrop laden homes with leaning chimneys, doghouses and lighthouses with lame landscaping and the like. But not the National Gingerbread Competition, which celebrated its 18th annual competition this year at the Grove Park Inn.

The impressive event garnered entries from 20 states and is not limited to "houses" but instead any gingerbread creation that falls within their guidelines. The competition is broken down into Adult, Teen, Youth and Child categories, all of which had several drool-worthy entries. These aren't for Gingerbread House kit-types, we're talking some serious gingerbread baking enthusiasts and fondant masters. Take a look at the winners in each category as well as the top ten adult entries.


ADULT, Grand Prize Winner - Heather Lewis of Austell, Georgia (image at the beginning of the post)

ADULT, 1st Place Winner - Angel Adkins of Kodak, Tennessee:

ADULT, 2nd Place Winner -Barbara Evans of Edelstein, Illinois:

ADULT, 3rd Place Winner - Linda Carney of Asheville, North Carolina:

ADULT, TOP TEN - Ashley Howard of Winter Springs, Florida:

ADULT, TOP TEN - Tracy Navin of Franklin, Tennessee:

ADULT, TOP TEN - Suzanne Kanaly of Liberty Township, Ohio:

ADULT, TOP TEN - Ann Bailey of Cary, North Carolina:

ADULT, TOP TEN - Cathy Christiansen of Gainesville, Virginia:

ADULT, TOP TEN - Michael Billella of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma:


TEEN, 1ST PLACE WINNER - Skyla Delerme of Asheville, North Carolina:

Teen 2nd Place - Carly Owens of Swannanoa, North Carolina:

Teen 3rd Place - Laura Malanowski of Newton, North Carolina:


YOUTH, 1ST PLACE WINNER - Lydia Gentry of Hendersonville, North Carolina:

Youth 2nd Place - Gabriella Arthur of Easley, South Carolina:

Youth 3rd Place - Emily Spafford of Maryville, Tennesee:


CHILD, 1ST PLACE WINNER - Christian Ray of Charlotte, North Carolina

Child 2nd Place - Shan Patel of Asheville, North Carolina:

Child 3rd Place - Grace Lebo of Nashville, Tennessee:

above photos courtesy of Wright Creative

Each year there are several Gingerbread House competitions that take place in various countries and cities. One of the more popular, but not quite as professional, is the one sponsored by This Old House. 2010 was their third annual competition and you can view those 84 entries here

Track Santa With NORAD, How It Works & Fun Facts For The Kids.

If you have children, tonight they will undoubtedly be anxiously awaiting the arrival of Jolly Ol' Saint Nick. Chances are, they are not snuggled in their beds with visions of Sugar Plums dancing in their heads. Heck, they don't even know what Sugar plums are.

It's more likely that they are using every excuse in the book to stay up late (I'm thirsty, I have to pee, I wanna see Santa....) and try to catch a glimpse of the bearded gift courier, you can assure them that He's on his way with the NORAD Santa Tracker.

December 24, 2010: NORAD has confirmed that Santa and his fully-loaded, reindeer-powered sleigh took off from the North Pole and soared into the arctic sky at 6:00 a.m. EST (5:00 a.m. CST, 4:00 a.m. MST, 3:00 a.m. PST). NORAD radar is tracking Rudolph’s bright red nose, and satellite imagery is providing minute-by-minute coverage of Santa’s location. Regale your kids with wonderful updates and info, like how many gifts have been delivered, how many snacks Santa has consumed so far in real time and his latest stop.

above: Santa as he cruised over Cairo, Egypt as I wrote this post   

How NORAD Tracks Santa
In case the kids wanna know exactly how Norad tracks Santa, here's the official answer: NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets. Tracking Santa starts with the NORAD radar system called the North Warning System. This powerful radar system consists of 47 installations strung across the northern border of North America. On Christmas Eve, NORAD monitors the radar systems continuously for indications that Santa Claus has left the North Pole. The moment that radar indicates Santa has lifted off, we use our second detection system. Satellites positioned in geo-synchronous orbit at 22,300 miles from the Earth’s surface are equipped with infrared sensors, which enable them to detect heat. Amazingly, Rudolph's bright red nose gives off an infrared signature, which allow our satellites to detect Rudolph and Santa. US and Canada flags


The third tracking system is the Santa Cam network. We began using it in 1998, which is the year we put our Santa Tracking program on the internet. Santa Cams are ultra-cool, high-tech, high-speed digital cameras that are pre-positioned at many locations around the world. NORAD only uses these cameras once a year on Christmas Eve. The cameras capture images and videos of Santa and his reindeer as they make their journey around the world.

The fourth system is made up of fighter jets. Canadian NORAD fighter pilots flying the CF-18 intercept and welcome Santa to North America. In the United States, American NORAD fighter pilots in either the F-15 or the F-16 get the thrill of flying alongside Santa and his famous reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and, of course, Rudolph. And a video to share with the kiddles:


You can see him via satellite, or map or terrain... zoom in on some Santa Cams, use Google earth to follow him and more.


On YouTube you can track Santa's whereabouts on the NORAD channel in different languages.    

HOT UPDATES from the North Pole (changing each day of December)    

• Santa's Village Kids can even check in and see what's happening in Santa's Village here:


• Santa Snacks You can even see how many snacks Santa has consumed so far in real time!


Santa takes breaks during his Christmas Eve trip around the world – especially for snacks left by children. Do you put a snack out for Santa? Kids all over the world do. Some even leave carrots for Santa's reindeer. (Carrots are their favorite food.) Check to see how many cookies Santa eats during his journey. No wonder he’s jolly and round! Leaving cookies for Santa is a tradition for many families. Imagine eating that many cookies in one night (burp)!

How many cookies has Santa eaten so far at the time of this post?:
54335 Now see how many here!

•Naughty Or Nice List Mrs. Claus has informed NORAD that Santa’s “Naughty or Nice” list includes a record 1.9 billion children under the age of 15 this year. This list grows continually, as children are born at the rate of approximately 340,000 per day. Check the world’s current population here   

•Weather Forecast Weather forecasters have predicted that the temperature at the North Pole on December 25 will be about -15 F (-26ÂșC). Brrrrrrr! Check current North Pole weather here


•You can send an email to NORAD to find out where Santa is located!
Today, NORTH Pole staff have advised NORAD that it is the final day to send Santa an email because Santa and the elves will begin loading the sleigh later today. You can send an email to A NORAD staff member will give you Santa’s last known location in a return email.  

 •See Santa on your mobile phone This Christmas eve, join NORAD to track Santa's flight from your phone. On December 24th, open Google Maps for mobile and do a search for "Santa" to see his latest location.

All I Want For Christmas Is... Jews. Another Hilarious Holiday Video for Members Of The Tribe.

Melissa McQueen impersonates Mariah Carey and sings a hilarious version of "All I Want For Christmas"



I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is... Jews

I wont ask for much this Christmas
I don't even wish for snow
Just want a Jew who runs show business
Speilberg, Stiller Ari Gold

I will make a list and send it
Of my choices for St. Nick
Seinfeld, Zach Braff and Jon Stewart
Are the boys with a big schtick.

Cause I just want them here tonight
Holding on to me so tight
I'll take Zac Efron too
All I want for Christmas is Jews.

Menorah lights are shining
So brightly everywhere
And the big box office
Makes Jews millionaires

They may have killed our savior
That's not the best behavior
That's ok he rose again three days later and now I'm an active J-dater

Oh I don't want a lot for Christmas
Gentile boys are such a bore
Goldman, Weissman, Cohen, Levy
These are names that I adore

Oh I just want a chosen one
Hebrew boys are so much fun
Make my wish come true
Baby all I want for Christmas is Jews

Another classic Jewish Christmas video, if you never saw it, is this wonderful SNL short by Robert Smigel sung by Darlene Love:

Nibble Nibble Little Mouse, Who Is Nibbling On My House? $15,000 Gingerbread House.

The Edible Gingerbread Playhouse by Dylan's Candy Bar is one of the more outrageous gifts in this year's Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. The full-sized playhouse stands 6.6 feet tall by 5.25 feet wide and 4.1 feet deep.

It's handcrafted with 381 pounds of gingerbread and 517 pounds of icing and includes giant cookies, lollipops, gummies, mints, gumdrops, and a candy-encrusted roof. There's even a lollipop tree inside.

CEO and self-proclaimed Candy Queen Dylan Lauren (daughter of fashion legend Ralph Lauren) was inspired as a child when she watched the classic movie Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. With Dylan's Candy Bar locations throughout the nation, she's made all our dreams come true.

Edible Gingerbread Playhouse by Dylan's Candy Bar
Price $15,000.00

For all the delectable details, call 1.877.9NM.GIFT.

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