2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
The standout news & pop obsessions gleaned from your search habits
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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- Samsung explains the Galaxy Note 4’s design in words you’ll never comprehend
Samsung isn’t shy about using rhetorical excess to describe its devices — recall that it once described the Galaxy S4 as “a precious stone glittering in the dark or countless stars sparkling in the night sky,” while it said the Galaxy S III “opens up new horizons and allows you to live your life extraordinarily” by being “enhanced with nature and human emotion.” You’ll be happy to know that Samsung hasn’t toned down its approach when it comes to marketing the Galaxy Note 4, as the company has just written an explanation for its new device’s design that explains why it’s the epitome of “modern sleek.” RELATED: Samsung execs explain why the Galaxy S4 is a ‘life companion’ more than a
- Partial solar eclipse sweeps across North America
A partial solar eclipse swept across much of North America on Thursday, triggering floods of blurry pictures of a crescent-shaped sun on Twitter and other social media. The partial eclipse, which was even bigger farther north in San Francisco and Seattle, turned the "sun into hugelargeous croissant," tweeted @ProBirdRights, quipping: "I nominate me to go to space now bye." An eclipse is created by the moon passing in front of the sun, in this case obscuring about half its bright light. Unlike a full solar eclipse it does not turn the sky dark because there is still plenty of sunlight.
- Brad Pitt Spits Gum In Zach Galifianakis' Face!
- Easter Island's ancient inhabitants weren't so lonely after all
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They lived on a remote dot of land in the middle of the Pacific, 2,300 miles (3,700 km) west of South America and 1,100 miles (1,770 km) from the closest island, erecting huge stone figures that still stare enigmatically from the hillsides. But the ancient Polynesian people who populated Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, were not as isolated as long believed. ...
- Serena reaches WTA semis, year-end number one
Serena Williams reached the WTA Finals semis and was crowned year-end world number one without picking up a racquet on Friday when results went her way at the season finale in Singapore. The four-time champion was in stark danger of crashing out but she earned a reprieve when Simona Halep, her tormentor in a crushing 6-0, 6-2 defeat earlier this week, won a set against Ana Ivanovic. Caroline Wozniacki stormed past Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-3 to set up a semi-final against Williams on Saturday, while Halep will play Agnieszka Radwanska in the last four. Ivanovic departs despite beating Halep 7-6 (9/7), 3-6, 6-3, while Sharapova also leaves with her head held high after rallying for a 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 6-2 win over Radwanska.
- White House fence-jumper: What happened to dogs who caught him?
- PGA president refers to Poulter as 'lil girl'
- Pistorius shoves race, crime and punishment in South Africa's face
By Ed Cropley PRETORIA (Reuters) - As Oscar Pistorius spent his first day behind bars this week, a suspected child rapist and murderer went on trial at the same Pretoria court in a case that has also provoked fierce debate about crime and punishment in post-apartheid South Africa. Although the two defendants, one wealthy and white, the other poor and black, are from opposite ends of a still-divided society, both cases have revealed an alarming lack of faith in the justice system of the "Rainbow Nation". ...