While poking around in Google Analytics the other day, I was a little surprised to learn this was our all-time most popular story. I thought it was this. Or maybe this. So we decided to call people at various websites and ask everyone the same question — what was your #1 all-time most-clicked-on post? Here's what they told us.
1. Boing Boing — Classic Arcade Game Deaths
Directed by Rob Beschizza, this video has been viewed over 1.2 million times. I recommend watching it, then letting the music — a MIDI version of "Mad World" — play in the background the rest of the week.
Link: Classic Arcade Game Deaths (Boing Boing Video)
2. The Week — Why Do Smart Kids Grow Up to Be Heavier Drinkers?
Two studies suggested a correlation between intelligence and a thirst for alcohol. The good people at our sister site The Week examined the connection.
3. Flavorwire — The 30 Harshest Musician-on-Musician Insults
Flavorwire followed up their popular lists of author-on-author and filmmaker-on-filmmaker insults with a look at music feuds. Like this Elton John zinger about Keith Richards: “It’s like a monkey with arthritis, trying to go onstage and look young.”
4. Lifehacker — Turn Your $60 Router into a $600 Router
This is one of at two posts in Lifehacker's 3 Million Pageviews Club. "How to Crack a Wi-Fi Network’s WEP Password" is the other.
5. LIFE.com — 30 Dumb Inventions
Society made some great strides in the early 20th century. These inventions weren't among them.
Link: 30 Dumb Inventions
6. Neatorama — The 10 Most Magnificent Trees in the World
Image credit: Vladi22
A little tree porn from our friends at Neatorama.
7. The Awl — Inside David Foster Wallace's Private Self-Help Library
"There are indications — particularly in the markings of his books — of Wallace's own ideas about the sources of his depression, some of which seem as though they ought to be the privileged communications of a priest or a psychiatrist. But these things are in a public archive and are therefore going to be discussed and so I will tell you about them."
8. Geeks Are Sexy — The Geek Alphabet
Z is for Zork, indeed. That makes me so happy.
Link: The Geek Alphabet
9. BuzzFeed — The 24 Best Chat Roulette Screenshots
The photo above is from the sequel, 30 More Great Chat Roulette Screenshots.
Link: The 24 Best Chat Roulette Screenshots [NSFW]
10. The Atlantic — Caring for Your Introvert
"Science has learned a good deal in recent years about the habits and requirements of introverts. It has even learned, by means of brain scans, that introverts process information differently from other people (I am not making this up). If you are behind the curve on this important matter, be reassured that you are not alone."
Written back in 2003, this one might not technically be most popular thing ever posted at TheAtlantic.com, but I'm told that if it's not #1, it's close.
11. Smithsonian Snapshot — Parachute Wedding Dress
"This wedding dress was made from a nylon parachute that saved Maj. Claude Hensinger during World War II."
Link: Parachute Wedding Dress
12. YesButNoButYes — 15 Unintentionally Hilarious Comic Book Panels
YesButNoButYes is no more, but several of their writers — Miss Cellania and myself included — spent good times writing over there. Nothing I contributed ever approached the pageview onslaught of this Rich Barrett masterpiece.
Link: 15 Unintentionally Hilarious Comic Book Panels [NSFW]
13. Go Fug Yourself — A Royal Fugging: Wedding Live-Blog
Excerpt: "1:22 a.m: Blah blah blah. Ann Curry is talking about balloons."
14. The Daily Beast — Did the White House Pressure General Shelton to Help a Prominent Donor?
Narrowing down the top Daily Beast story was tough. Do we count all the old Newsweek content? We decided to go with the top story since the merge.
Bonus Newsweek Link (from 1995): The Internet? Bah! Why Cyberspace Isn't, and Will Never Be, Nirvana
15. Twaggies — That's Larsony!
As someone once said (on Twitter, of course), Twaggies is kind of like the Twitter Hall of Fame.
Link: That's Larsony!
16. The Daily Dish, Featuring Andrew Sullivan — The Odd Lies of Sarah Palin
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Sarah Palin equals pageviews.
17. PhillyMag — Jon + Kate + 8 = $$$
This lengthy 2009 profile on the Gosselins nabbed the top spot over at Philadelphia Magazine.
Link: Jon + Kate + 8 = $$$
18. Capital New York — Bloomberg to Protesters: Clear Zuccotti Park
Protests equal pageviews, too.
19. MetroFocus — Observations of a Jailed Journalist
Probably the youngest site on the list, MetroFocus covers life in New York. Back in September, their editor John Farley was working on a story on citizen journalism and wound up in jail.
20. Miss Cellania — Sadie Hawkins Day
When she's not working here (or Neatorama, or...), Miss Cellania maintains her own site. This piece on the history of Sadie Hawkins Day has been getting steady traffic for years.
Link: Sadie Hawkins Day
21. The Winslow Gardens — The Front in the Morning
This is our art director's Tumblr blog. He wouldn't let me see his stats, so I picked this post at random.
Link: The Winslow Gardens
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We're still waiting (hoping) to hear back from a bunch of other places. If we do, expect a sequel. If there are other sites you're curious about, let us know in the comments — and if you run or work for another web entity, feel free to give your most popular story a plug and a link below.