2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: Obsessions
Here are the top 10 obsessions that, as ranked by their search volume and percentage spike compared with 2011 on Yahoo!.
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- Surprise: Louisiana Sinkhole Slid Sideways Before Collapsing
The Earth's surface slid sideways by as much as 10 inches (26 centimeters) before collapsing into a still-growing toxic sinkhole in Bayou Corne, La., a new study reports. "This was unusual for us," said Cathleen Jones, a radar scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "Usually at a sinkhole, we expect to see vertical movement at the surface, some sort of subsidence," Jones said. The subtle surface changes revealed in the new study, published in the Dec. 13 issue of the journal Geology, could improve models of how the sinkhole formed, Jones said. The sideways flow was like water slipping into a bathtub drain, Jones said.
- Phil Robertson and A&E Fight Not About 1st Amendment, Expert Says
- This is what everyone hates the most about their tablets
People love their tablets… except when they don’t. Fixya, a self-described “community based trouble-shooting resource,” has followed up on a report it released last month about the biggest smartphone pain points with a new report showing what everyone hates the most about their tablets. Fixya said that it created its latest report by “sifting through over 10,000 problem impressions to determine the most common issues with each device,” so it does seem to give a pretty good snapshot about tablet owners’ biggest frustrations. We’ll start with the iPad Air, which looks like it will be a favorite to appear under people’s Christmas trees this year. Fixya says that while users have generally raved about the iPad Air, many have complained about the instability of
- Helicopter gunships used in Mexico resort battle
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two government helicopter gunships opened fire on 10 vehicles fleeing a luxury beach condo complex during this week's gun battle at the Gulf of California resort of Puerto Penasco, Mexican authorities said.
- Gay Icon Nesting Dolls Sent to the Kremlin for Christmas
Who wouldn't love a set of traditional Russian nesting dolls painted to look like famous gay icons? Probably not anybody working at the Kremlin. But officials there will still receive the novelty gift as a Christmas present this year meant to "stick two fingers up at homophobia in Russia." For its holiday campaign titled, #ToRussiaWithLove, U.K.-based creative agency Mother London commissioned seven sets of the matryoshka dolls, each painted to look like a openly-gay celebrity, such as Elton John and Stephen Fry.
- US military aircraft hit, soldiers wounded in S. Sudan - Ugandan official
Gunfire hit U.S. military aircraft flying in to rescue people from fighting in South Sudan, wounding two U.S. soldiers on Saturday, a Ugandan government official said. One plane was damaged when it was hit over remote Jonglei state, north of the capital and the scene of some of the worst clashes in almost a week of fighting in Africa's newest nation.
- Today Is a Very Bad Day for Obamacare
With three days until the first enrollment deadline, Obamacare is stumbling, not running, thanks to a critical administration retreat and exasperation from key partners. Late on Thursday evening, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that those with cancelled plans would get a de facto one-year exemption from the individual mandate. With no individual mandate, healthy people won't sign up for insurance. If they don't sign up for insurance, insurers can't offer affordable plans to the sick.
- Angels have no wings, says Catholic 'angelologist'
Angels exist but do not have wings and are more like shards of light, at least according to a top Catholic Church "angelologist" who says the heavenly beings are now back in vogue thanks to New Age religions. "I think there is a re-discovery of angels in Christianity," Father Renzo Lavatori told AFP on the sidelines of a conference on angels in a lavishly-frescoed Renaissance palace in Rome. The senior clergyman was taking part in a debate this week on angelic art by the Fondazione Archivio Storico, an Italian art foundation, and was held in the Vatican-owned Palazzo della Cancelleria. Professor Valerio Massimo Manfredi, an art historian taking part in the conference, said the first mention of the word "angelos" came from the Mycenaean civilization in Greece more than 3,000 years ago.