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March 10, 2012 3:42 PM   Subscribe

After reading the FPP on cephalophores, I found myself on Wikipedia reading a list of patron saints of ailments, illness and dangers. There are many such lists on Wikipedia and I'd like to find more of them. Can you suggest additional excellent lists for me to enjoy?

While checking askmes to make sure I wasn't doing a duplicate question, I found things like this list of timelines, a list of unofficial observances, and so on.

Wikipedia has a List of lists, but I was hoping that the hive could identify some particularly excellent ones. I'd also be open to lists outside of Wikipedia. For instance, this Evil Overlord list which lets you know which evil overlord mistakes to avoid is quite nice.
posted by sciencegeek to Grab Bag (29 answers total) 54 users marked this as a favorite
As luck would have it, I have a list of these.

List of unusual deaths
List of the Child Ballads
List of folktale classifications in the Aarne-Thompson system
List of unusual units of measurement
List of post-1815 European countries that no longer exist
List of country-name etymologies
List of factions in the Somali Civil War
List of monarchs by " ...the Great" style nickname
List of Guantanamo Bay detainees accused of possessing Casio watches
List of proverbs illustrated in Brugel's "Netherlandish Proverbs"
posted by theodolite at 3:50 PM on March 10, 2012 [1 favorite]

You really can't go wrong with the list of phobias.
posted by BlahLaLa at 3:53 PM on March 10, 2012 [1 favorite]

Glossary of professional wrestling terms
posted by hydrophonic at 4:35 PM on March 10, 2012

I have the List of Unsolved Deaths bookmarked for when I need to kill people in mysterious ways in fictional settings, roleplaying games, etc.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 4:38 PM on March 10, 2012

Then for general screwing around, there's Skippy's List and 2000 Things Mr. Welch Can No Longer Do In An RPG.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 4:39 PM on March 10, 2012 [1 favorite]

List of misconceptions
posted by nangar at 4:49 PM on March 10, 2012

This is a favorite of mine: Lists of Accompaniments to French Fries
posted by shesbookish at 4:56 PM on March 10, 2012 [2 favorites]

This list of collective nouns is one of my favorite things ever.
posted by Failure31 at 5:13 PM on March 10, 2012 [1 favorite]

List of chess-related deaths
Bible errata is not technically a list, but might as well be.
List of sandwiches is illustrated.
posted by jeudi at 5:30 PM on March 10, 2012

There's actually a "List of" page, giving a list of lists. It includes at least some of the ones mentioned in the answers here, and a whole lot more.
posted by Flunkie at 6:26 PM on March 10, 2012

I just came upon this site the other day and lost a good amount of time to it (and upon revisiting it, am now doing so again)...

Ultimate list of weird and interesting lists on Wikipedia.
posted by DulcineaX at 7:10 PM on March 10, 2012

List of topics characterized as pseudoscience
Superseded scientific theories
posted by thirteenkiller at 7:28 PM on March 10, 2012

List of chemical element name etymologies
posted by thirteenkiller at 7:31 PM on March 10, 2012

House of Wessex Family Tree
posted by thirteenkiller at 7:34 PM on March 10, 2012

List of Crayola crayon colors
Phrases Herman Melville uses to refer to beards
Johnny Cash's list of things to do
Reasons why you should not go to Burning Man
Charles Darwin's list of reasons to get married, pro and con
Wikipedia: List of Unusual Articles
oobject: a list of man-made objects
Advice on travelling by Amtrak
Andy Baio's list of games about games
A list of single serving websites
Found grocery lists
The world's longest tunnels
A list of dumb things to check
Cows of the World
Encyclopedia of Triangle Centers
posted by zamboni at 9:51 PM on March 10, 2012

A great list of great lists:

The list of lists of fictional things

E.g. list of fictional elements.

I have always been bemused that there are separate lists for ghosts and fictional ghosts.
posted by painquale at 10:30 PM on March 10, 2012

Oh I love these.



Phallic saints
posted by Pallas Athena at 7:13 AM on March 11, 2012

Also, this site has lists of Great Bells (large churchbells) by country or region with their pitches and names. From it, I learned that British bells tend to have male names, while the French give theirs female names.
posted by Pallas Athena at 7:18 AM on March 11, 2012

I am a big fan of the Disinformation Book of Lists - you might be interested in checking it out.
posted by naoko at 4:40 PM on March 11, 2012

From Metafilter Projects, A list of words blocked on the Chinese version of Twitter, Weibo.

And here's a link to jng's project post.
posted by sciencegeek at 5:04 PM on March 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

List of medical insurance billing codes
posted by NikitaNikita at 5:47 PM on March 11, 2012

Adages named after people
Eponymous Diseases

Cognitive biases
Memory biases

Common misconceptions
posted by James Scott-Brown at 9:09 AM on March 12, 2012

List of works with the subtitle "Virtue Rewarded"
List of musical works in unusual time signatures
List of books about bacon
List of fictional butlers
List of inventors killed by their own inventions

The following are cribbed from Wikipedia's own in-house list of bizarre articles:
List of places with fewer than ten residents
List of snow events in Florida
List of unusual units of measurement
List of chemical compounds with unusual names
List of animals with fraudulent diplomas
List of U.S. state dinosaurs
List of frivolous political parties
List of nicknames used by George W. Bush
Lists of messiah and Buddha claimants
List of wartime cross-dressers
List of wars extended by diplomatic irregularity
List of premature obituaries
posted by Iridic at 10:20 AM on March 12, 2012

List of animals named after celebrities
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 11:14 PM on March 12, 2012

List of lists of lists
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 11:15 PM on March 12, 2012 [1 favorite]

TV Tropes main list of tropes and idioms
posted by filthy light thief at 4:08 PM on March 13, 2012

And from a comment in the related outdated cultural references question: list of comic and cartoon characters named after people.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:10 PM on March 13, 2012

Thank you all so very much. I've been returning to this thread every once in a while to follow a new link down a new rabbit hole. I'm not going to mark any best answers because I'd have to light up the entire thread.

I've found one additional collection of lists to add to the pile, Lists of Note, from the same Sean Usher who does the extremely excellent Letters of Note.
posted by sciencegeek at 3:43 PM on March 18, 2012 [1 favorite]

Guide to household cat patterns and colors. More an infographic than a list, but has list features.
posted by sciencegeek at 2:38 PM on March 20, 2012

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