Some guys like to build those little ships inside bottles for a hobby. Some women are into that scrapbooking thing.
I will never have the patience for the ship-in-a-bottle stuff, and while I have nothing against scrapbooking, my wife doesn't allow sharp objects in my hands.
So, you ask, what does Steve enjoy as a hobby besides watching sports and spending as much time in the mancave as possible? Well, this may surprise you, but I have always had an addiction to top 10 lists. I love making them and I love researching them.
While most top 10 lists are subjective, or at least highly opinionated, just about every one can spark a decent conversation. I came across a few this week that definitely fall into that category.
The first dealt with the top 10 conspiracy theories surrounding musicians' deaths. Here were two of my favorites:
º Jimi Hendrix was waterboarded to death. The FBI reportedly kept a file on Hendrix, mainly because of his "subversive nature and (alleged) association with the Black Panther Party." Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party's 2008 Presidential nominee, believes his death was part of a government plot to eradicate black leaders.
º Michael Jackson was murdered by the president of Iran. Supposedly, Jackson's death was meant to distract from all of the attention Iranian civil unrest was receiving.
Admit it, every time you hear "Purple Haze" or "Billie Jean" the rest of your life, you will think about these two theories.
Another entertaining top 10 was the best of the mismatched celebrity couples. At the top of the list?
º Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley. Has there ever been a couple that caused more scratching of heads than this one? (For those of you who said Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett, I can give you that one.)
What I found interesting about the Jackson-Presley match was Lisa Marie first met Michael in 1975 when she was 7 years old and he was 17. A couple of decades later, they married -- and soon divorced.
Another top 10 that always fascinates me is which dead celebrities (actually, their estates) earn the most money each year. Last year was kind of a surprise.
º Elizabeth Taylor, $210 million. Forbes magazine said the world-famous actress earned the top spot because $184 million of that total came from various auctions of her belongings, including art, costumes and jewelry.
Michael Jackson ($145 million), Elvis Presley ($55 million), Peanuts cartoon creator Charles Schulz ($37 million) and reggae icon Bob Marley ($17 million) rounded out the top five.
The other list that made me stop and think recently dealt with the most popular U.S. death penalty execution methods since 1976. I'm not sure why 1976 was picked, but it not deter my fascination.
º Lethal injection, 1,093 deaths. Considered the most humane of all death penalties, the lethal injection method was far and away the leader on this list.
Electrocutions and the gas chambers ranked second and third, which most of us could have probably guessed, but Nos. 4 and 5? Would you believe firing squad and hanging? In the last 37 years, each of those death penalties claimed three victims.
After wading through this information, I wondered if anyone had ever made a top 10 list of the best top 10 lists? I'll get back to you on that.