Mostly just talking with other TSQL folks :). We had a friendly water-cooler discussion about how to "best" look at the contents of a table.
Not to get a proper random sampling or data distribution just right click a table and do SELECT TOP 1000 from SSMS.
In our case we don't need any specific rows just some rows to look at.
However, some tables are of course very large so to do SELECT TOP 1000 FROM VERY-LARGE-TABLE with an ORDER BY statement would be resource intensive.
The discussion was that omitting ORDER BY would allow the database to return "whatever" 1000 rows it has and not require an expensive sort operator.
Additionally, using options such as SET ROW COUNT are session wide and prone to unintentional mistakes if it is left active. Additionally, if you are just playing in SSMS to look at tables you cant write additional SELECT statements without writing additional SET ROW COUNT statements to keep adjusting how many rows return.