The Top 10 Most-Read Stories at in 2009

Absurd Time mag covers, a defense of exteme pornography, a defense of the QWERTY keyboard (from 1996!), are you a terrorist quiz, Obama's health-care lies, & more.


Here's a list of the stories at that pulled the most page views during 2009.

1. The Top 10 Most Absurd Time Covers of The Past 40 Years: Mr. Luce's mag does satanism, porn, crack, Pokemon, and more! & Jeff Winkler | June 10, 2009

2. In Defense of Extreme Pornography: Why Janet Romano and Rob Zicari have no business being in federal prison. Greg Beato | October 27, 2009

3. A Forensics Charlatan Gets Caught in the Act: Video from a defense attorney's sting exposes Mississippi bite-mark "expert" Michael West. | May 15, 2009

4. Two Pints of Non-Alcoholic Lager and a Packet of Fat-Free Crisps: How pointless regulations are ruining British pub life | June 1, 2009

5. The Next Catastrophe: Think Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were a politicized financial disaster? Just wait until pension funds implode. from the February 2009 issue

6. Typing Errors: The standard typewriter keyboard is Exhibit A in the hottest new case against markets. But the evidence has been cooked. & Stephen E. Margolis from the June 1996 issue

7. What Michael Phelps Should Have Said: Smoking pot shouldn't be a crime. Or the public's business. Radley Balko | February 2, 2009

8. Are You a Terrorist?: Take Reason's short quiz for answers, dammit! Nick Gillespie | April 16, 2009

9. Obama's Lies Matter, Too: The president pushes back against health care misinformation, then spreads a bunch of his own. Matt Welch | September 10, 2009

10. Disturbing the Peace: On the inalienable right to "excessively noisy sex." from the August/September 2009 issue

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  1. No monkey cartoon or snowball fight stories? Suspicious.

  2. The Dvorak keyboard is fucking better. Article number 6 needs to die

    1. QWERTY rules!

      I’d use a rusty Caligraph before one of those faggot Dvoraks.

    2. Link to non-Dvorak-authored scientific article proving this claim?

  3. I answered all the questions on the Are You A Terrorist Quiz right. I don’t agree with Ron Paul. I think all private ownership of weapons should be banned. I have no clue what a coiled snake would even look like, why am I still considered a terrorist? Wait! wait! Shouldn’t those libertarians be sent to the gulag before me?
    I believe in you establishment. I want to work for you. I’ll snitch on anybody! My dad once said the NYT was full of shit. No, please, no. I’m too pretty for the gulag.

  4. How pointless regulations ruined British pub life morelike

    they are feckin shite nowerdays

  5. Balko’s fluff piece on Time is #1, but his Pulitzer level reporting on the Misssissippi forensic & justice systems is only #3?

    1. Hell, how does a story about a news magazine well past its prime get more readers than a story about porn?


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