Felix sit annus novus, etc. (The Top 5 Posts of 2010)

Happy New Year, my loyal readers. If you’re sitting home with nothing to do today or perhaps huddled before the computer nursing a bottle of Pepto-Bismol in penance for last night’s frivolity, you might take the opportunity to look back on the top 5 most popular Got Medieval Posts of 2010. And they were:

#5 – Completely Serious: Let’s Drop the GRE – I was actually a bit surprised to see this sitting so high in the site-meter rankings. But it makes sense, as it’s by far the most be-spammed post, and the reason I had to start moderating comments back at Blogspot. So there’s that.

#4- Medieval Copy Protection – Yes, yes, I know–believe me, I know!–the title’s a bit misleading, but folks still seemed generally interested to learn that medieval books came booby-trapped with horrible curses that could imperil your immortal soul. If you prefer, you can read it over at Gizmodo, too.

#3 – What’s All this About Super-Sized Last Suppers? – This little bit of absurd “study” debunking was popular enough that the author of said debunked “study” even showed up to comment. Beats me as to why.

#2 – Why are Books so Big? – The hidden connection between book sizes and livestock continues to get bounced around the Internet. (My favorite recent re-headline: Baa, Baa, Booksheep). Since I didn’t before, I probably ought to thank Bob Babcock, my Latin Paleography instructor and the former medieval manuscripts curator at the Beinecke for turning me on to this factoid.

#1- Professor Newt’s Distorted History Lesson – Really, it was no contest for the most popular post of the year. This Cordoba mosque thing was the most popular post on the site ever, thanks to nudges from Andrew Sullivan and the Huffington Post. And four months later I’m still getting hate mail, though thankfully it seems to have dropped off sharply over the last few weeks.

Funny, three of the top four posts all came from August. A helluva month, I guess, and I know content’s been a bit spotty since then, but bear with me just a touch longer. Oh, the plans I have for 2011!

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  • http://jmattesonhughes.blogspot.com Jeri Matteson Hughes

    Oh, look – another extant example of the origins for “Blow it our yer arse”….
    Uh, wait, I was supposed to be looking at the post, not the pics…

  • jedesto

    From WebMD: “In the mid-1800s flatulence took center stage with the French entertainer Joseph Pugol (“Le Petomane”). Pugol was able to pass gas at will and at varying pitch, thereby playing tunes for sold-out shows at the Moulin Rouge. Such was his success that lesser competitors began to appear, including the Spaniard “El Rey” and the female Angele Thiebeau (later revealed as a fake using hidden air bellows).”
    There’s more, but, sadly, the post has nothing medieval.

    • http://el-jefe-rey.livejournal.com/ Jeffrey

      Damn jedesto, did you really just miss the opportunity to type/say the word ‘fartiste’? Or were you trying to avoid the (mis)conception that Pugol would actually fart on stage?

      Would a butt-trumpeter be a ‘bumpeter’?

      (Ordinarily I am known as El Jefe-Rey but you can probably understand my avoidance here)

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