Author: menno

Menno, from the Netherlands, is an expert in unearthing fascinating facts and unraveling knowledge. At Top10HQ, he delves into the depths of various subjects, from science to history, bringing readers well-researched and intriguing insights.

Action movies provide an escape from reality. They transport us to worlds not too dissimilar to ours, albeit with more explosions, more gunfire, and more crazy stuff happening. There have been hundreds of great action movies released over the years. This article will list the top 10 action movies of all time. 10. Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career was at an all time high in the 80s and 90s. The former Mr Universe didn’t have much success in Hollywood at first. Most casting agents said he was too muscular and his Austrian accent was a huge turn off, so he had…

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To own one of the world’s super yachts, you need to be able to spend up to half a billion pounds on the initial purchase, but there will be much more spending to follow. The cost of maintenance and fuel will be huge, and these yachts generally have crews which outnumber the guests; it is not surprising that the annual running costs of a super yacht have been estimated at twenty per cent of its initial value. As is often said about this level of opulence, ‘If you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it’. Many of the…

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Coldplay begun to really emerge and become popular as a band in the year 2000, when the first hit single “Yellow” first reached the airways. Radio play ensured a solid fan-base for the London based outfit, and their blend of reflective and abrasive style of alternative rock captured the imagination of many independent music lovers all over the world. The group has moved further than just the alternative rock scene thanks to great arrangements which appealed to mainstream pop culture. If you’ve just been introduced to the band and would like to know the 10 most popular songs by the…

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The videogame industry is the largest entertainment industry in the world, surpassing even the movie, television, and music industries. While many gamers choose to game on the PC or on mobile devices like phones and tablets, the vast majority play games on dedicated videogame consoles. These consoles are special pieces of equipment designed to do only one thing – play games – and they excel marvellously at this job. This article will list the top 10 best selling videogame consoles of all time. 10 – Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)- Nintendo – 1983 − 61.91 million sales The great videogame crash…

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Stoned59/CC BY 2.0/flickr With such a long and illustrious career, stretching from the Sixties right up to the present, it is hard to choose the best work from Eric Clapton’s vast repertoire. Here are ten of his best songs. 10. Bell Bottom Blues Bell Bottom Blues is one of Clapton’s earliest songs and was written and released in 1971 when he was with Derek and the Dominos. It was inspired by his love for Patti Boyd. She was then married to George Harrison, but had asked Clapton to get her a pair of the latest bell bottom jeans from the…

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It’s a hard life being an inventor. Thinking up new devices and gadgets is no easy task and this can lead to some pretty ‘out there’ ideas. Thankfully, most of these bizarre patents never saw the light of day. Animal-trap Clearly unimpressed by conventional animal traps, in 1882 Texan James Williams invented this completely overkill method of destroying pesky animals which burrow into the ground. Williams was a practical thinker as the automated gun trap not only destroys animals which are unfortunate enough to be ‘caught’, but he also proposed that it could be set up near windows and doors…

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A top 10 list of the tallest women that ever lived. Unfortunately, most of them lived in a period when good healthcare wasn’t present. They died at a relatively young age. 10 Maria Fassnauer: 7 foot 4 inches https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukaoad_WZqc Maria Fassnauer was born, the first of six children, to a poor couple in Southern Tyrol. Born in 1879, she developed normally until the age of three, at which time her growth abruptly increased and she shot up to an immense height, reaching an estimate full-growth height of between 7 foot 2 inches and 7 foot 10 inches – the huge…

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It’s a fact that famous people are often short. The group that stands out most are the female singers. Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Fergie they are shorter than 160 cm. What could be an explanation? You often hear that short people look better on camera. Another explanation for female singers could be the Tinker Bell Syndrome: The believe that infantilising of small women can breed a sense of resentment and rebellion that makes them more ambitious and more flamboyant than average-sized females. ‘It’s likely that being small could result in a woman developing a Tinker Bell complex. Certainly it explains…

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Bob Marley, the internationally renowned Jamaican musician, activist and undisputed king of all things reggae, certainly has no shortage of great songs, with many a classic among his chart topping discography. But which are his best? When it comes to Marley, choosing favourites is a difficult task. Here is a countdown of the top ten. 10. Is This Love No top ten list would be complete without a love song, and this one, with the timeless and romantic lyric “I wanna love you and treat you right, I wanna love you every day and every night,” is a true classic.…

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Special effects and makeup have always been one of the most important parts of ‘movie magic’. Helping bring visions and ideas to life, filmmakers can create the strangest, most imaginative creatures and characters with the help of makeup, prosthetics and animatronics. The horror genre in particular has always owed a huge credit to the enduring and often unappreciated work of special effects teams and makeup artists. 10. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1920) The story of Dr Jekyll and his alter ego Mr Hyde has been adapted countless times over the years, but few adaptations match the transformative horror of…

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Shigeru Miyamoto is a videogame legend. Since joining Japanese videogame giant Nintendo in 1977, Miyamoto has created some of the most beloved videogame franchises of all time, including Mario, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda. Now in his 60s, Miyamoto is still the driving force behind Nintendo’s creative output. His latest works – Pikmin 3 and Super Mario 3d World – show that he hasn’t lost his magic touch, with both games receiving high scores from critics. This top 10 list will list the top 10 Shigeru Miyamoto games. 10 – Donkey Kong – Arcade − 1981 ‘Donkey Kong’…

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Michele Paccione / Shutterstock.com Prince Rogers Nelson to his mother and midwife, but simply “Prince” to everyone else, this Minneapolis born and bred artist changed his name four times throughout his career. Treating religious and sexual topics in his music, this mononymous artist’s career was by no means lacking in controversy. This musical prodigy was signed to Warner Bros. Records as a teenager and slowly made a name for himself and cemented his super stardom status by the time he was 30. Some of his most remarkable songs are given below in a top 10 list that only scratches the…

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Whether actors want to poke at themselves or filmmakers want to surprise the audience, movie cameos are always a fun treat. However, some cameos are definitely a bit stranger than others, and they can leave audiences scratching their heads at what has just happened or wondering why a certain actor has unexpectedly appeared in a scene. 10. The Collector – Thor 2: The Dark World (2013) An entire list could be dedicated to cameos from the Marvel movies. There’s the post-credit teases, background blink-and-you’ll-miss-it titbits and, of course, the mandatory Stan Lee appearance. However, while even casual fans would understand…

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Many cities outgrow their boundaries as their population expands. The result is that often, many of the people who think of a certain city as home, technically are not residents of it; their houses and flats are in suburbs which are administratively part of other places. This makes a list of Europe’s largest cities open to argument, but the list of the top ten which follows, in reverse order, is based on official population figures. 10. Minsk, Belarus – 2 million inhabitants In 2013, Minsk had a recorded population of2,002,600 inhabitants. It is the capital of Belarus, which became an…

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While European parks can not match the number of visitors their colleagues worldwide receive , they provide at least as much atmosphere and entertainment. For a fun day out, you do not have to leave Europe! The figures below represent the visitors to the parks in the year 2012. 10. LEGOLAND Windsor (UK) 1.9 – 2 million guests LEGOLAND Windsor is aimed at younger visitors, being geared for ages three to twelve. This is not to say that older children and adults do not have fun and enjoy themselves here, though! Although the park has been in operation since 1996,…

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As we grow up there is a slight, but sometimes fierce, competition to be taller than our peers (as though this is a sign of real achievement!) This battle for being an inch or two taller than the norm pales into utter insignificance when compared to this list of the ten tallest people in the world – not one of them is under eight foot tall, making even a respectable six-footer look (and perhaps feel) puny! There are only 17 people in the world who have achieved this great height. 10. Bernard Coyne: United States: 8ft 2 Bernard Coyne’s great…

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The 1987 album, ‘Appetite for Destruction’, blasted Guns ‘N Roses to the fore, whence they reinvented rock’s fading rage and sense of danger – at times with a surprisingly soulful and poetic twist – gifting the world supreme heavy metal with an uncompromising punk attitude. Here’s a rundown of G N’ R’s top ten: 10. ‘Don’t Cry’ Starting with the power ballad Don’t Cry. The song can be found on Use Your Illusion I, and Use Your Illusion II (with alternate lyrics). “Don’t Cry” forms a segment of the Illusions Trilogy, according to singer Axl Rose. Along with “Estranged” and…

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What is a skyscraper? Most list-makers accept that it is a building over 150 metres tall, and by this definition the majority of the world’s skyscrapers have been built quite recently. They certainly act as a status symbol for the cities where they are sited, and also as a showcase for the advanced technology needed to build them. In reverse order, here are the ten cities with the most skyscrapers in the world. 10. Seoul, South Korea; 62 skyscrapers Seoul’s tallest building is the International Finance Centre, of which the tallest tower stands 55 storys high. The complex includes the…

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The five individual members of One Direction originally all applied to appear on the television show X-Factor. When they did not make it through in the ‘boys’ category two of the judges, Nicole Scherzinger (of Pussycat Dolls fame) and Simon Cowell, had the inspired idea of putting them together as a group. Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan could have never understood, back in those first few weeks, just how big they would be! Even in the show, they did not fare particularly, finishing third in the contest. However, the power of both social media…

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There are plenty of violent, controversial video games which have managed to whip the media into frenzy over the years, but very titles manage to get under the skin. Whether it’s their subject matter, their trippy visuals or the way they engage the player, these are some of the most disturbing video games ever made. 10. Red Dead Redemption (2010) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o7rES_3ymA It seems strange to think of western adventure Red Dead Redemption as a disturbing video game, but its seemingly normal, historical setting is what makes some of the strange encounters in the game so unsettling. One of the game’s…

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One of the best-selling music artists worldwide, Robert Peter Williams- or ‘Robbie’ to his fans and ‘Daddy Windings’ to his baby daughter- is an artist like no other. A ‘Take That’ member who conquered the music industry as a solo artist, this songwriter, actor and singer is an incredibly prolific artist and there is no conceivable list of Top 10 songs that will do justice to his achievements. The following is a short list of his most treasured songs, yet one should bear in mind that to most Robbie Williams fans, all his songs are equally important and precious. 10.…

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We can all recognise a long bridge when we see one, but deciding on the exact length of a bridge is not so easy. Often there are substantial embankments at either end, which might or might not be regarded as part of the bridge. Of course, it would be possible to measure the width of the spans, but most very long bridges, such as the ones on this list, are in fact viaducts (that is, an elevated road or railway, on a series of short spans rather than one long one), so this approach is not very helpful. The following…

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Train travel has been with us for nearly two centuries, and during that time railways have frequently been dismissed as being an outmoded means of transport, which would soon be replaced by more modern technology such as cars or aeroplanes. However, trains are still around, and still important. Rail travel is more fuel-efficient than flying, and many people also find it more enjoyable and convenient. These days, it can be nearly as quick as air travel, too, and in some parts of the world it is getting even speedier. Here are the world’s ten fastest trains, in reverse order. 10.…

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The Guinness Book of Records is full of dog records, naturally the largest, smallest and fastest dog are listed, but it doesn’t stop here. Wacky records like the dog with the longest ears, world record dog rope skipping, dog with the most balls in his mouth, are also in the book. We listed the top ten best dog records: Dog with the longest ears: 13.5 inch Harbor a Black and Tan Coonhoud is the dog with the longest ears, his left ear is 12.25 inch (31.1 cm) and his right ear is even longer 13.5 inch (34.3 cm). Dog with…

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The Doors were a US rock band that formed in 1964 in LA, California. The lead singer Jim Morrison wrote most of the lyrics and he was described as a wild and unpredictable stage persona. After his death in 1971, the remaining members of the band continued singing until splitting up two years later. Here is a list of the best hits of The Doors, starting from number 10: 10. Love Street Love Street was released on vinyl in the summer of 1968 and was the fourth song from the album Waiting For The Sun. It went to the charts…

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Storytelling in video games has come a long way. Nowadays, gamers expect engaging narrative, complex plot development and thought-provoking themes. Of course, many good stories end with a twist or unexpected revelation which forces the audience to reconsider everything which has come before it, and video games are no exception when it comes to delivering shocking endings. 10. Hotline Miami It’s easy to mistake indie hit Hotline Miami for an over the top, shallow shoot-em-up which revels in its depiction of violence. However, scattered throughout the game’s trippy visuals and retro graphics are cryptic messages which reveal a shocking finale.…

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Few people have heard the name ‘Nolan North’, but most people have heard North’s work at some point in time. Since making his videogame debut as the character Hinkley in ‘Interstate ’82’, North has lent his voice talents to more than 200 videogames in a variety of different genres

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Metallica is one of the most well-known and popular metal bands in the world and have been going for more than thirty years. With an extensive catalogue of nine studio albums and over forty singles released, choosing the ten best Metallica songs can prove to be a challenge, especially as their sound has changed drastically since their early days. Here are our picks for the ten best Metallica songs. 10. Fuel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvF9PAxe5Ng From 1997’s “ReLoad” album, Fuel arguably represents a return to form for the band after the disappointing “Load”. Fast-paced and aggressive, Fuel features some of James Hetfield’s best…

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Lakes everywhere have always traditionally been a great place to visit for a multitude of reasons. Not only are they great for get-away holidays, but there’s always so many different activities available for everybody regardless of age and gender, such as fishing and hiking. The following lakes are the largest in the world, based on their total surface area. 10 – Great Salve Lake – 28,930 km2 (11,170 sq mi) The Great Salve Lake is based in the Northwest Territories of Canada and is the deepest lake in all of North America, reaching a depth of 2,014 feet. Although the…

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Throughout history there have been many stories of people living into extreme old age. Methuselah, for example, is said in the bible to have lived to 969. However, it is always difficult to verify ages from a time when records were not kept accurately, and there is an additional problem called ‘namesaking’; in many families, where homes, occupations, and names were passed from father to son, it is likely that a man’s date of birth may often have been confused with that of his father, or even his grandfather. It is not surprising, therefore, that all the names in the…

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It’s hard to believe that over 40 years have gone by since Jimi Hendrix passed away, far too young at the age of 27. His songs inspired a generation and have influenced countless artists since, from Metallica to Bob Dylan. He left the world with a wonderful musical legacy, and we’re going try to pare that down as much as possible and countdown his top 10 greatest songs. 10. Wind Cries Mary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATDEtzAcTg0 Originally released as a b-side on the “Purple Haze” single, “Wind Cries Mary” easily stands by itself as a great song. It was inspired by a fight…

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Coming in to their 20th year together, Muse have consistently been one of the most popular rock bands in the world. Here’s a countdown of the top 10 best Muse songs ever. 10. Sing For Absolution Starting out with spacey falsetto vocals from Matt as he sings that he “only dreams of you, my beautiful”, the song becomes something else when he breaks out his huge belting voice for the chorus. It’s not as loud and energetic as some of their songs, but the powerful vocals definitely make it a memorable one. 9. Madness While it doesn’t have the classic…

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Looking for a place where you can buy nearly everything? Well, you can off course go to Amazon.com, or go to one of the following ten largest shopping malls in the USA. 10 Woodfield Mall: Illinois: 206,600m² Just 27 miles from the famous Chicago Loop, the Woodfield Mall, which opened in September 1971, attracts over 27 million visitors per year. It is the largest mall in the state of Illinois and boasts an impressive 300 stores selling everything from clothing to food to electronic goods. The mall is touted as being Illinois’ one number tourist attraction and there is certainly…

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Although his career seemed all too brief, Tupac Shakur(2Pac) quickly established himself as a rapper who would go on to define the hip hop genre and influence countless other artists in the years following his death. 10. Ambitionz Az A Ridah Tupac is said to have penned this song almost immediately after he was released from jail in 1995, and his raw energy and anger is clearly on display. Tupac makes no attempt at addressing political or social issues with this celebration of thug life and his life as a “solider”. The lyrics may seem empty when compared to his…

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Large crowds always attract roving reporters – or do they? Read through this comprehensive top 10 list and you may be surprised to find that you recognise few, if any, of these peaceful gatherings: mainly because being peaceful they are not considered newsworthy by a cynical and slightly blood-thirsty press! 10 Bishwa Ijtema (3 million) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na2fK2SIJ5g The Bishwa Ijtema is an annual Tablighi Jamaat Islamic movement congregation held at Tongi, Bangladesh by the river Turag.The event focuses on prayers and supplication and does not allow political discussion. The local police estimated the number of attendees of 2007 ijtema to be…

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Roller coasters provide a thrill like no other. They excite the mind, causing powerul adrenaline rushes that make the body quiver with excitement and delight. Not all roller coasters are created equal, however. Some are better, faster, and more exciting than others. This article will list the top 10 fastest roller coasters in the world in 2014. 10. Intimidator 305 – 90 mph – 140 km/h Park: Kings Dominion Country: USA ‘Kings Dominion’ is one of the lesser known amusement parks in the world. Located near Richmond, Virginia on the East Coast of the United States, the 400 acre amusement…

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In recent years, concerns about threats to the environment, and the conservation of wildlife species, have led many governments to create protected areas. These include national parks, but also, increasingly, the protected area can spread across national boundaries. This enables much larger areas to be protected, and also has the advantage of ensuring that endangered wildlife which occurs across borders, for example during animal migrations, can be protected across its range. In recent years, some very large protected areas have been created; and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has defined seven different categories of protected area,…

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The winter Olympics has just begun, and athletes and sports people from across the world will be battling it out and breaking records in the hope of winning a prestigious bronze, silver or gold award for their country. We all love to keep an eye on the leader board and see who’s ranking where, but which countries have performed best throughout history? Here is a countdown of the top 10. 10. East Germany – 110 Medals (39 Gold, 36 Silver, 35 Bronze) Though somewhat tarnished by accusations and charges of doping, East Germany has performed well in the Winter Olympics,…

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The following ten athletes are the most succesful olympians on the Winter Olympics, looking at the number of (gold) medals they have won. 10. Eric Heiden – 5x Gold https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUF2ptVA-eE In 1980 Eric Heiden, an American speed-skater, set a world record, and four Olympic records, at the US Winter Olympics. Winning five golds, he was also the most successful competitor at these Games. A speed-skating idol, Heiden’s achievement – winning gold in all five speed-skating categories – has never been bettered within the sport. 9. Bonnie Blair – 5x Gold, 1x Bronze https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krYGqiN5Gy8 Long regarded for her technique and fearsome…

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