Why A Top 11?

From time to time we publish lists at BoothReviews.  Unlike most people who publish top ten lists, we chose to select eleven for ours. How come?

For several reasons actually.  First off, we are sports reporters, and both a football team and a soccer team have a starting eleven.  Of course, if you're on the other side of the big pond you'd say that's American football and football.  In Latin America, you'd say futbol.  Well, you get the picture.

Also, one of Steve's favorite bands, The Grateful Dead, have a song called "The Eleven."

Mostly though, blame it on Nigel Tufnel of the group Spinal Tap, who had this classic exchange with filmmaker Marty DiBergi:


Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don't know.
Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

and that's why our lists go to eleven.

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