Yahoo and Facebook and countless others continue to run this type of dross precisely because the click rates are incredibly high.
Clicks equals dollars, of course. Yellow journalism at it’s finest and all the people who click create the incentive to keep running them.
It’s such a classic example of feeding into the lowest common denominator that it makes me want to weep for humanity some days. And good Lord, don’t read the comments.
You make some excellent points and suggestions. Whether or not they’d ever see the light of day (given the financial success of those types of posts) — that’s a whole ‘nother issue.