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About Listverse

Listverse was founded in 2009 as the internet’s original Top 10 site. Our lists intrigue and educate with topics covering the most fascinating and rare gems of human knowledge.

Listverse is run by a talented team that ensures each list is credible and up-to-date. This involves a rigorous six-step editorial process and 17 page editorial guidelines that selected authors must follow. Listverse has been featured on CNN, BBC, PBS, Gizmodo, and in the New York Times. Our content is cited daily by hundreds of publishers and online magazines and we are often featured on the front pages of popular social networking sites.

When it comes to entertaining, yet credible content, is the place to go.

Author Selection

Authors must meet key prerequisites such as perfect english, engaging writing ability, Listverse style fit, and source referencing in order to write for Listverse.

Writing Process

Authors must conduct thorough research and have expertise on the topic to be considered for publication. This is in addition to following our 17 page editorial guidelines.

Editor Review

Our editing team reviews each list in detail before publishing. This includes checking for editorial fit and making sure standards of our “editorial guidelines” are met.

Fact Checking

Each list is fact checked to ensure accuracy as facts are the lifeblood of Listverse lists. Every fact must be backed up with reputable sources.


Now that the list has been written, edited, and fact checked it is ready for publishing to the world.

Update Review

Our editorial team is constantly revisiting older lists to update information as needed so that lists always remain up-to-date and accurate.

Look Who’s Using Listverse

Listverse expert authors are cited daily by top magazine and online publishers.

Listverse by the Numbers

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Our Team

Jamie Frater

Head Editor

Jamie founded Listverse due to an insatiable desire to share fascinating, obscure, and bizarre facts. He has been a guest speaker on numerous national radio and television stations and is a 5 time published author.

Jonathan is a graphic artist, illustrator, writer, and game designer. Jonathan retired from the U.S. Army in 2017 and enjoys researching and writing about history, science, theology, and many other subjects. He regularly writes for Listverse, Ranker, WhatCulture, and many other sites online.

Jana Louise Smit

Senior Writer

Jana lives in South Africa where she enjoys life as a writer and thinker (she mostly thinks about snacks and dogs). When not writing for Listverse, Jana provides content services for her clients.

She is the writer of "How to Kill an Earworm," a book of 500+ fun and quirky psychology facts.

Ben is a freelance writer who has worked with The Guardian, Mental Floss, and the BBC. He gave up the glitz and glamour of biochemistry research after his PhD and has never looked back. Loves history, science, and anything weird.

Estelle Nicolene

Senior Writer

Estelle has been writing articles and short stories for 10 years. She wrote her first Listverse list in 2014 and has been writing them ever since. She lives in sunny South Africa and is working to complete her first novel, while dreaming of one day visiting some of the stunning locations she writes about.

Chris writes op-eds for major daily newspapers, fatherhood pieces for and, because he's not quite right in the head, essays for sobriety outlets and mental health publications.


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