There are a lot of lists out that “Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About… “ I take this as a challenge, and judging by the comments sections of these pages and replies to them being posted on social networking sites, so do others.
Some lists water down the title. “Top 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About…” or “Top 10 Things You May Not Know About…” but that just makes that the writer look weak. If you’re going to challenge us, challenge us.
The size of the list is another interesting thing. Some lists are short and some are long. And both varieties have flaws. A short list makes you wonder if the writer only knows a few examples (“3 Films You Didn’t Know Were Directed By Women”). A long list is certainly in danger of having many, many items that you did know (“30 Films You Didn’t Know Where Directed By Women”).
Other problems are the audience of the article. If you’re the sort of person reading a list on a Female Directors website then you probably did know.
Some lists genuinely are things most people in the world don’t know. Pretty much for the reason that most people don’t care. “20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Life Cycle of the Patagonia Hook Worm” may actually have 20 things I don’t know but it has none that I actually cared about.
So the point of this blog is to take a list or lists of Things You Probably May Not Know About… and see if it’s true. It’s not an attack on the lists themselves or the writers, it’s just taking up the challenge built into the title of the list.
First you’ll be given the option of your level of interesting in the topic, then given a list and asked for each item to pick one of the following.
- Already Knew It. If you did. Your knowledge isn’t being tested, rather the list itself.
- I Didn’t Know That. This list has done its job (for this item).
- I Don’t Believe This Is True. Lists on the internet aren’t reliable. Myths and rumours become facts. [See Top X Lists Debunked]
- I Didn’t Really Care. You didn’t know the fact, but didn’t really care..
The lists looked at:
- Doctor Who – Belle Beth Cooper’s 18 surprising facts you probably didn’t know about Doctor Who.
- Christmas – Time’s 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Christmas.
- The Walking Dead – TV Duck’s 15 Thing You Didn’t Know About The Walking Dead.