The 10 Biggest Posts of 2010

With the end of the year in sight, we wanted to look back out our most viewed, most commented and overall most popular posts from the past 12 months. Some are silly, some are informative, some are thought-provoking. And all of them went viral in ways we couldn't have expected.

Did your favorite Eating Our Words post from the past year make the list? Read on and find out.

10. Eight Foods You Didn't Know Are Radioactive

Poking fun at the fear-mongering mainstream media and highlighting some interesting quirks of nature instead caused people to call us idiots for pointing out the minute levels of radioactivity present in bananas. You can't win 'em all.

9. Ten Deceptively Easy Dishes

Showing people that they, too, can easily whip up some boeuf bourguignon or coq au vin is just one of the services that EOW offers on a daily basis.

8. The Top Five '90s Food Trends

I don't miss Orbitz sodas and I don't miss Lay's-induced anal leakage. I don't miss much about the '90s, in fact.

7. The Five Smelliest Foods You Should Never Bring to the Office

Stop burning your crappy popcorn in the office microwave. What is so hard about that?!

6. The Five Greatest Discontinued Desserts

If Hostess only knew how nostalgic people are for its now-discontinued Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pudding Pies, they just might bring them back. Maybe.

5. Eating on $20 for One Week

While some of you may not have agreed with the way that I went about eating for a week on only $20 (namely, the fact that my pantry was already somewhat well-stocked with spices and a few dried goods), the post still generated considerable discussion around what it means to eat well with less.

4. The Top Five Delicious Foods (with Disgusting Ingredients)

As John Gray sagely pointed out, "disgusting" is subjective:

One man's "Best Burger Ever!" is another man's "Craptastic Beefy Abortion."

That said, menudo is pretty damn delicious regardless of what it contains.

3. The Ten Most Useless Kitchen Gadgets

People do not like being told that they don't really need strawberry hullers or mushroom slicers. Whatever did we do before these wonders of technology existed?!

2. The Nation's BBQ Capital According to Google, and It Ain't Texas

If this post wasn't a bone of contention, I don't know what was. And, for the record, barbecue is spelled with a C. And arguing that Texans don't use Google to search for good barbecue (because we know where all the best 'cue is, galldarnit!) loses water pretty quickly when you see that we do use Google for just that purpose: It's just that we're lazy and search for "BBQ" instead.

1. Texan Concepts of Ethnic Food: Breaking It Down, Venn Diagram-Style

With over 1,300 Facebook shares and hundreds of comments (which, now, have sadly been erased due to our changeover to the new Disqus commenting system), this was our single most popular post of the year. And you thought Venn diagrams were for nerds...

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