On the list

Welcome to the launch of 2014. It's that special time for fresh starts, new diets and closet reorganization. But none of that can begin until we've gorged ourselves on enough "Top 10 of 2013" lists to cram into our nice neat closets and get them all messed up again.

This past week has brought us lists for nearly everything -- from the Top 10 most disliked athletes (A-Rod and Lance vied for first place.) and Top 10 cat names (Katniss), to Top 10 Miley moments (Insert your choice of raunchy exhibitionism here.), Top 10 Internet memes (Remember the Harlem Shake? Neither do I.) and even the top 10 Lego searches on Yahoo. "Star Wars" Legos were no surprise at No. 1, but coming in 10th were "Blues Brothers" Legos. Guess Jake and Elwood are still on a mission from God. Perhaps a Lego god.

You can't unhear

Michigan's Lake Superior State University just released its 39th annual "top annoying words" list. Since 1975, the institution has been famous for its compilation of overused, groan-inducing words from the previous year's worth of politics, sports and pop culture, gathered in a highly scientific process as university spokesman Tom Pink told the Associated Press: "The list is made up completely from nominations," he said. "We don't just sit around and think of words that bug us."

This time, top annoying words were "selfie," "twerk" (see previous reference to Miley), "hashtag," "Twitterverse," "Obamacare," anything intellectually or morally "bankrupt" (see Miley again) and anything "on steroids." People were also tired of the suffixes "-pocalypse" and "-ageddon" as in such made-up words like "snow-pocalypse" or "ice-ageddon."

At the same time, LinkedIn recently released a study of the 10 most often used and abused descriptive words on their members' resumes and profiles. They were: responsible, strategic, creative, effective, patient, expert, organizational, driven, innovative and analytical.

Those don't seem so bad, but maybe the career-minded should employ some of Lake Superior's words to spice things up. Throw in a few responsible "twerks" and strategic "selfies" and you're sure to get the job. Or at least a date.

Oh honey, honey

Just got a publicity email about "sugar daddy dating" from the online dating site, SugarDaddyForMe.com, citing a 30 percent increase in the interest of sugar daddy relationships since 2012. The site also predicts the trend will continue and even increase in 2014 "with even more lovely ladies seeking out successful gentlemen, resulting in more fun, glamour, satisfaction, love and great relationships filled with mutual spoiling and pampering."

Egads, is it just me or are people far less bashful about ulterior motives than they used to be?

In a pickle

Topping my own personal list for "weirdest New Year's Eve ball drop" last week was the 15th annual New Year's Eve Pickle Drop in North Carolina. Yes, a 3-foot, bright-green, internally illuminated pickle descended down a 45-foot flagpole and into a special redwood pickle tank outside the Mt. Olive Pickle Co. on Cucumber Boulevard in Mount Olive, N.C. It is unclear if the pickle was dill or sweet. Regardless, the prized pickle plunged at the stroke of 7 p.m. EST, which was midnight Greenwich Mean Time, so folks didn't have to stay up too late. Apparently pickle people are party poopers.

-- Angela Hill/Staff, ahill@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/giveemhill.