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Top Ten

A variety of top ten lists for breaking the ice or just for fun. How well can you guess the top ten?


Topics:

Icebreakers, Boredom Busters

Materials:

Paper and pencils

Duration:

Approximately 10 minutes

What you will do:

Select one of the top ten lists below to present before the class. Then, have everyone take a peice of paper and number it down the left from one to ten. Ask the students to guess the top ten as indicated by the list chosen. Then, after a few minutes, see how well the class did. Chances are very few will get more than four or five correct.

Note: Actual ranks can change each year, and may vary depending on the method of measurment being used.

Top Ten Largest Cities in the World Based on Population: (Source: Wikipedia 2011)

 Rank City Country Population
 1 Shanghai China 17,836,000
 2 Karachi Pakistan 12,991,000
 3 Istanbul Turkey 12,946,000
 4 Mumbai India 12,478,000
 5 Beijing China 11,716,000
 6 Moscow Russia 11,552,000
 7 São Paulo Brazil 11,316,000
 8 Tianjin China 11,090,000
 9 Guangzhou China  11,070,000
 10 Delhi India 11,007,000


Top Ten Organized Religions in the World (Source: Infoplease.com 2011)

 Rank Religion Population 
 1 Christianity 2.1 billion 
 2 Islam 1.5 billion 
 3 Hinduism 900 million 
 4 Buddhism 376 million 
 5 Sikhism 23 million 
 6 Judaism 14 million 
 7 Bahiasm 7.0 million 
 8 Confusianism 6.3 million 
 9 Janism 4.2 million 
 10 Shintoism 4.0 million 

 Rank Building/City Stories Feet
 1 Burj Khalifa, Dubai 163 2,717
 2 Agraj Al-Bait Towers, Meca, Saudi Arabia 95 1,971 
 3 Taipei 101, Taipei Taiwan 101 1,670
 4 Shanghai World Financial Center, Shaghai, China 101 1,614
 5 International Commerce Center, Hong Kong 118 1,588
 6 Petronas Tower 2, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 88 1,483
 7 Nanjing Greenland Financial Center, Nanjing, China 89 1,476
 8 Willis Tower, Chicago 108 1,451
 9 Kingkey 100, Shenzhen 98 1,449
 10 Guangzhou West Tower, Guangzhou, China 103 1,440


Top Ten Oil Importing Countries in the World (Source: US Energy Information Admin. 2009)

 Rank Country Barrels/day 
 1 United States 9.6 million 
 2 China  4.3 million 
 3 Japan 4.2 million 
 4 Germany 2.3 million 
 5 India 2.2 million 
 6 South Korea 2.1 million 
 7 France 1.7 million 
 8 United Kingdom 1.5 million 
 9 Spain 1.4 million 
 10 Italy 1.4 million 


Top Ten Richest People in the World (Source Forbes.com 2011) 

 Rank Name Country Company Worth
 1 Carlos Slim Helu Mexico Telmex 74.0 Billion
 2 Bill Gates USA Microsoft 56.0 Billion
 3 Waren Buffett USA Berkshire Hathaway 50.0 Billion
 4 Bernard Arnault France Christian Dior 41.0 Billion
 5 Larry Ellison  USA Oracle 39.5 Billion
 6 Lakshmi Mittal India Mittal Steel 31.5 Billion
 7 Amancio Ortega Spain Inditex 31.0 Billion
 8 Eike Batista Brazil EBX/OGX 30.0 Billion
 9 Mukesh Ambani India Reliance Industries 27.0 Billion
 10 Christy Walton USA Walmart 26.5 Billion


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