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Top 10 Reasons You Should Read This Article

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10. IT MIGHT CONTAIN INFORMATION YOU WANT TO KNOW

Maybe not in this sentence. Or this. Or at all. But maybe.

9. IT’S A LIST

It’s divided into 10 sections.

8. IT’S WITHIN YOUR RANGE OF SIGHT

Your eyes are already focused on, or near, the words and symbols comprising it, for example “for example” and “.”

7. YOU’RE ALREADY READING IT

Your brain is already processing its content.

6. YOU CAN’T AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH IT IN A FULLY-INFORMED MANNER UNTIL YOU’VE READ ALL OF IT

Due to the nature of this article you’ll need to read all of it — unless you’re willing to admit you’re basing your opinion about it on incomplete information — before you’re able to begin to agree or disagree with it in a fully-informed manner.

5. IT’S SHORT

You’re already more than ~70% finished.

4. IT’S EASY TO READ

[self-explanatory]

3. YOU WERE ALREADY GOING TO READ IT AND FEEL EAGER TO HAVE 10 MORE REASONS SUPPORTING YOUR CHOICE

[self explanatory]

2. YOU’LL FEEL PRODUCTIVE

[self explanatory]

1. YOU ALREADY READ IT

When you finish reading this sentence you’ll have already read it. TC mark

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      give me back my 20 seconds

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      NAILED IT

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      so meta right now.

    • http://twitter.com/WordNerd Ethan (@WordNerd)

      Best listicle ever, or at least in the top 10.

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      Should there be a ‘why’ somewhere in that title

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      Felt ‘Bath Salts’ should’ve been included in the top 10. Saw that the article is ‘tagged’ with “Bath Salts.” Feel good about it now.

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      Why the fuck is this on Thought Catalog

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        BECAUSE IT’S TAO FUCKING LIN YOU OBV HAVE ONLY BEEN READING TC FOR LIKE THE LAST ~2 MONTHS. HE MADE THIS WEBSITE. HE MADE THIS FUCKING WEBSITE WHAT IT IS!!!!!1!!

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    • Anna

      so beautifully meta. mind blown. or maybe i’m just really high.

    • Jade

      Tao, you troll.

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      OH TAO, YOU CARD

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      so meta it’s giving me a headache. cool. cool cool cool.

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