Your favorite posts of all time…

December 9, 2011

I mentioned a few days ago that this blog is going away soon, so it seems appropriate to take a look back at what readers clicked on the most.

I must say, this list of the top 10 posts for the past five years surprised me. But I can’t argue with our official traffic statistics, these little nicks by the snack room vending machine were definitely made by Lamar.

Some of the items make sense. People would want to know which jobs they should avoid, what not to do with cameras around, and even the worst idea of all time.

But some of these others just seemed to be popular for no apparent reason. And as for the one in first place, maybe it has something to do with the photo.

Here are your favorites. If you call in the next 30 minutes, this treasured collection can be yours for the low, low price of….

10. Ten jobs you’ll avoid if you’re smart

9. We found him! He really exists!

8. I wish to file for 82 divorces, please…

7. Sarah! Time for another big hug!

6. That just seems CREEPY

5. Maybe the worst idea EVER?

4. Oh sure, Mom, you saw WHO?

3. When models dress themselves

2. Ten stupid things you shouldn’t do with cameras around

And this blog’s most popular post in all recorded history was…

1. You call it fashion, I call it flashin’

 

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Top: A woman (front) kneels down  to get her picture taken beside the table of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (L) at Yankee Kitchen Family Restaurant during a campaign stop in Boardman, Ohio, August 30, 2008. Obama is joined by vice presidential running mate Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) (R) and their wives Michelle Obama (2nd L) and Jill Biden.   REUTERS/Jim Young

Left: A model displays a creation at the GUT’S DYNAMITE CABARETS 2009 Spring/Summer collection fashion show during Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo September 4, 2008. REUTERS/Michael Caronna

Right A man displays snakes while selling snake oil street-side in Yangon July 22, 2009. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

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Hey BG, looks like you used to get a lot more “serious” commenters, unlike the bunch of loonies like me who hang around now. Sure am going to miss ya.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

I couldnt believe that was Michelle.

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Oh I get it! An oil can be named by what it is derived from (“Snake Oil”) OR what it is applied to (“gun oil”).

I feel so much better about baby oil now.

Posted by hoopsnake | Report as abusive

@Hoopsnake: “Oil” is akin to the word “season.” “Deer season” means that you can hunt deer. “Tourist season,” well, not so much.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

I humbly offer a haiku

Readers’ top ten posts
Politicians, snakes, models
All the same, really

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

When the Blog Guy announced some days ago that the OEB was coming to an end, he said that Reuthers wants to go in a different direction. If I understand, that direction is “news — the serious kind.”

There is, and should be, a place in journalism for such Blogs as the OEB. All one has to do is look to the number of subscribers to see that there is a market for people who want more than “the serious kind” of news.

I’ve been coming to this Blog for years. Why? It is not that I don’t read the news. It is not that the OEB is not news — because it is. (Seriously.) It is becasue in my everyday reality I often confront a potentially soul-destroying reality. And this Blog, and its Blogger, both in the Blog and in personal messages, have been a respite from my (oh, so newsworthy) reality. In my job, I find myself trying to save people. Invariably, those I most want to save are beyond saving.

The vein of most of my comments is pure silliness. But, sometimes, coming to this Blog, I just couldn’t bring myself to be silly. I wrote some comments on this Blog, sitting at my desk with tears in my eyes. I once wrote of a teenage boy whose attorney had given up on him, but I had not. I recently experienced the death of a child, not my own, but of a childhood friend. And Bob said that he would keep the family in his thoughts and prayers. And that is a credit to Bob and journalism. Journalism today is becoming more and more an interactive process between the journalist and the audience. And that skill is perfected in this Blog.

I returned here because I saw a sensitive, caring person at its helm, who, like me, had seen a little too much serious news. Someone with a strong sense of justice and moral outrage. Someone with a similar sense of humor. And someone who was, in his heart of hearts, like me, sentimental.

There is a place in journalism for that journalist and this Blog. I count the Blog Guy as my friend. And he is my most-trusted journalist.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Nooooo Spin! Not the models!

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

@Doc: Hear, hear! And huzzah to your noting this important point: Many of us do keep up with the serious kind of news and with the more bitter side of reality, which is precisely why we enjoy blowing off steam with the humor and compassion we see in the Oddly Enough blog. Thank you, Doc, for noting this. Thank you, Blog Guy, for providing this.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

I humbly offer another two haiku:

These are top ten posts
As based on number of clicks
Not on the comments

Judging by comments
We’d see a different ten
But they are all good

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

@DoctorDoll: bravo

Posted by jclimacus081 | Report as abusive

And a partridge in a pear tree!

Posted by uncarastus | Report as abusive

top pic multiple choice:
What is FLOTUS thinking?
a) Margarine?!?!
b) If I have to listen to his stupid Japanese cowboy joke one… more… time…
c) I wonder if anyone will notice if I slide under the table? I think I’ve got a good chance, yes! Ok, quietly… slowly… nothing to see here…

Posted by jclimacus081 | Report as abusive

Whatever happened to the regular posters of yore? Doc seems to be the only one with the staying power to stick with this blog from (almost) the beginning. Did the others chicken out? Change their handles and relocate to WackyTown? Become exhibits at the GFM&DS?

Or…maybe…go straight? (*gasp*)

We need to get the word out and hold a reunion post!

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

I read the #1 post, clicked to the one it references, and then clicked once more to the original post:
http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 09/03/16/lady-can-i-hold-that-for-ya/

It begs the question: Who is on the Oddly Enough Consumer Team, and why don’t we hear about them more often? They seem to be providing an excellent consumer service — maybe even better than that big non-profit consumer-oriented maganize/website with labs in Yonkers.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Jazz,

The OEB is the only site my “assistants” here will let me access on the Dell computer. Everything else I have to access on my Fisher Price one, and no one seems to respond to anything I send on that one. So, I keep coming back. I would feel testy about the lack of response, but my roomies — Moses and D. B. Cooper (Dan, to me)– have had the same experience.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

@doc … Nicely said. Kudos (and doughnuts) to you!

Now, I can’t believe THJ (you KNOW who I’m talkin’ ’bout) didn’t make this top 10 list. :-?

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

@Doc – just goes to show that your “assistants” are doing their jobs well…

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

I was just checking out the OEB Archives. You know, the first three posts pretty much set the theme for the entire series…

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Doctor Doll – You ARE a doll – and I couldn’t have said it better myself…and I (modestly) say that I don’t often say that. In a forum where words have been applied to their highest – and lowest – forms of use, the OE Blog has been a true oasis for this world-weary, word-weary mind. And, as so many have noted, it not just for the witty repartee and the refreshing abundance of raconteurs, but the caring community we have enjoyed. BG and others of you have been a boon in some trying times and that’s what I fear losing the most.

Sorry to throw all of this out here, but…I just couldn’t help myself.

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

@Doc: nicely said indeed.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Dean Koontz’ book, “One Door Away From Heaven” is a favorite of mine. Thought the lines below appropriate to my feelings for BG and the bloggers.

“What will you find behind the door that is one door away from Heaven? […] If your heart is closed, then you will find behind that door nothing to light your way. But if your heart is open, you will find behind that door people who, like you, are searching, and you will find the right door together with them. None of us can ever save himself; we are the instruments of one another’s salvation, and only by the hope that we give to others do we lift ourselves out of the darkness into light. “

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Reality can be harsh. We are sometimes forced to acquiesce to it for reasons we don’t fully understand. The OE blog is going to end. I do not know who at Reuters made the call and I am sure “business is business” is the reason I would be told I ever need to know. Nothing you can do about it kid. Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to tip your blogger.

Why do I care so damn much? Because Oddly Enough is more than just a humor blog on a news site. It is a community of people from all over the globe united under a single concept of News, but not the serious kind. It is a community that wants nothing more than a distraction from the day and to share a laugh with each other. The requirement to be a part of this community is as simple as it is powerful; leave your gripes at the door and just appreciate the humor of it all. No one judges, there is no competition. All are welcome. It is a community that I have had the privilege of being a part of for the past few years. Where I get to stand next to those whose wit and talent for comedy are of levels I could never hope to achieve and yet be treated as an equal. It is a community of annonymous people who have come together like family.

To the author: You go by different names to us. Blog Guy, Mr. B., Bas, Bob. You are the creator of this community. Through your work and talent we have come together. What has made the OE experience so special is that you didn’t just blog your thoughts to us, you made us a part of it. You got to know us and included us. You fostered a world where each of us had a place and played a role. We didn’t just read the blog, we WERE the blog! That is why we kept coming back. And that is why should you choose to create a new work somewhere else we will be there also. With a fresh batch of dougnuts. :)

To my fellow commenters. Some of you I have the pleasure of knowing on FB, most of you I still only know by your tag on the blog. Either way know I hold all of you in the highest regard. You have become my friends over the past few years. Thank you so much for all the laughs, you have no idea how much you brightened my days. It’s inevitable that the ending of the blog will mean the parting of ways with some but I do invite anyone who would like to look me up on FB if Mr. B. would be so kind to act as liason and guide you to my profile. It’s been an absolute pleasure to be a part of the OE blog with all of you!

So I guess that is that. Nothing left to do but enjoy the time that is left. I do not look forward to the end and don’t really understand why it has to be this way but I will accept it because I am thankful I got to be a part of the journey. Let’s raise a glass and nom a doughnut to the Oddly Enough blog! Cheers!

Fifth, and final, Stage of Grief: Acceptance

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Yeah! What ifly said!
Unca Rastus

Posted by uncarastus | Report as abusive

Everyone should be here when the last blog is psted by the Blog Guy. I will play taps on my bugle. Then we shall have a wake for the funniest blog ever offered.

Posted by uncarastus | Report as abusive

I will be here for the last blog!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

me too!

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

I was reading this today from “The Merchant of Venice” and it reminded me of the blog:

“The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night
And his affections dark as Erebus:
Let no such man be trusted.”

Blog Guy, your blog is, and has been, great music

Posted by jclimacus081 | Report as abusive

I feel sorry for the photographers whose bizarre photos will no more see the light of day.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Oh god guys, there you go making me all emotional..
BG, I have only one thing to say to you…
“I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE OE!”

p.s: and shoes :)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@CrowGirl: What if that photographer out in Krasnoyarsk loses his/her job, what with no outlet for the photos going forward?

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

I was trying to figure out my own favorite Oddly Enough blog posts, but how can one choose only a few with so many good ones?

This one stands out in my mind. Granted, so do a lot of others. As was recently pointed out, I have semi-total blog recall (OK, so that’s an oxymoron):
http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/03/24/thats-quite-an-accent-you-have- there/

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Spin, how’d you manage to pick just one! That in itself is an amazing feat. Here’s my favs:
two great examples of the Blog Guy’s puns, word play, and all around love of language
http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 10/08/05/majestic-swan-or-mafia-thug-you -decide/
http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/04/30/stoke-the-boiler-boys-were-bali ng-basil/
and since I too love history
http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/11/22/the-kings-playin-with-his-crotc h-again/
and Goofy Prince Charlie proving his title of CWLD
http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/03/21/you-could-almost-pass-for-princ e-charles/

Posted by jclimacus081 | Report as abusive

@jclimacus: Those are all wonderful posts, indeed. I’m curious to know which posts others, too, find memorable.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

I too can’t remember one singular post which I would name my “favourite”, there were so many good ones. I particularly like the word-play ones too, as more often than not I can more easily contribute to such posts as opposed to the ones relating to American politics for instance. I also loved posts relating to our friendly neighbour Mr. Berlusconi, whose exploits could merit a blog on just that topic.

I also loved posts with funny/cute animal pictures, I always share those with a friend or two.

Finally, the posts that made me laugh the most are probably those related to funny/stupid/WT* fashion items. I still can’t accept the fact that I will no longer have a place to visit for a dose of such hilarity.

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

Spin, that one is an all-time winner!! I had not read that one before, thank you!

Posted by jclimacus081 | Report as abusive

I liked the ones which had some muscly, good looking dudes.
And ofcourse, Shoeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssss!!!!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive