12 Listosaur Stories You Might Have Missed in 2018

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Looking back at 2018 brings mixed emotions for many. Hurricanes ravaged the East Coast, while deadly firestorms swept California.The U.S. economy soared, but the man who deserves some credit for that, President Donald Trump, destroyed any goodwill he might have created with “tweet storms” that made even many supporters cringe. As the new year opens, here’s a look back at some of the most popular stories posted on Listosaur.com in 2018, along with some of our favorites.

 

5 Frightening Things in Space

A gamma-ray burst is believed to have contributed to a mass extinction on Earth millions of years ago. Credit: NASA

A planet where it rains molten glass. A dark force mysteriously pulling galaxies beyond the known universe. Space can be a scary place. Read more.

 

10 Contenders for the First Rock and Roll Song

Several of Chuck Berry’s songs are often cited as among the first examples of rock and roll.

What was the first rock and roll song? Here are a few contenders, some well known, others very obscure. Read more.

 

Top 10 Explorers Who Met Cruel Fates

Painting of natives killing Capt. James Cook.

Explorers were the movie stars of their age, reveled for their discoveries. Yet many of these historical figures met grisly fates. Read more.

 

10 Early American Flag Designs

The Schuyler flag, one of several early American flag designs.

Long before the U.S. adopted the stars-and-stripes flag design, some early designs featured everything from pine trees to snakes and eagles. Read more.

 

Top 10 Recipients of United States Foreign Aid

A street scene in Kenya. © Africa924/Shutterstock.com

The U.S. budgeted $42.4 billion in foreign aid in 2017. Here’s a look at who gets the biggest share of that money. Read more.

 

10 Great National Wild and Scenic Rivers

Dillon Falls on Oregon’s Deschutes River. Credit: U.S. Forest Service/Pacific Northwest Region

A look at some of the jewels of the National Wild and Scenic River system. Read more.

 

4 Risks in Paying NCAA Football and Basketball Players

Should college athletes be paid? There are some risks in that.

Some think it’s time for NCAA athletes to receive salaries. What could possibly go wrong? Read more.

 

10 Most Watched Sporting Events on U.S. Television

The World Series is among the most-watched U.S. sporting events. © Michelle

Everyone knows the Super Bowl is the undisputed king of American sports TV ratings, but where do the World Series, NBA Finals, The Masters and other big events fall? Read more.

 

10 Thoughts on Gun Control in the U.S.

Gun control was once again a controversial topic in 2018. © Mitch Barrie

How can we prevent another mass shooting without affecting millions of law-abiding citizens exercising their Second-Amendment rights? It’s not the first time we’ve had this debate; sadly, it will not be the last. Read more.

 

10 Greatest Alien Invasion Movies

Independence Day is one of the best alien invasion movies, but there are several strong contenders for the No. 1 spot. ©

From War of the Worlds to Cloverfield, the past few years have seen some great movies with alien invaders. Read more.

 

10 Counties That Own Most U.S. Debt

A U.S. Treasury Bond. © Frankie Leon

China obviously is No. 1 here, but some other countries (Ireland?) rank surprisingly high. Read more.

 

10 Thoughts on the Loss of Civility in American Politics

This is not a good time for political discourse in the U.S. © Zach Stern

Americans seem more divided than ever on political and social issues. Read more.

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