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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- A modest proposal: Judge asks if firing squad and guillotine are preferable to lethal injection
- Why Legos keep washing up on a British beach
- Clipping coupons, saving lives
- Woman who stopped to save ducklings on highway gets $100 ticket
A woman who stopped on a New Hampshire highway to help a group of ducklings whose mother had been struck and killed by a car was given a $100 ticket by state police for stopping on the median.
- Baby Orangutan Bonds With Surrogate Mom After Multiple Moves
A six-month-old Bornean orangutan is taking small, sweets steps with his new, surrogate mom. Kecil, which means "little" in Indonesian, was born at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio then transferred to the Milwaukee County Zoo, where he still wasn’t able to adapt. He ended up at the Brookfield Zoo, connecting with 53-year-old Maggie, who has been a surrogate before. The two met Sunday and have been arm in arm.
- American Jews, other 'lone soldiers' serve Israel
- No One Knows Why or How the Brooklyn Bridge's American Flags Were Painted White
Overnight, someone climbed to the top of both the Brooklyn Bridge's two 273-foot towers. According to officials, the American flags are hung by specially trained workers in the Department of Transportation. At the least police are folding up the Brooklyn Bridge white surrender flag in a respectful manner. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced an award for any information about the mysterious flags.
- Doc Rivers Will Quit if Donald Sterling Remains Clippers Owner
The seemingly never-ending saga of Donald Sterling attempting to keep hold of the L.A. Clippers hit another snag today. Doc Rivers, the coach of the Clippers, has threatened to quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team. Today, interim CEO of the Clippers Richard Parsons served as a witness in court to support Shelly Sterling's attempt to sell the team for $2 billion to Steve Ballmer. Shelly Sterling was able to sell the team to Ballmer by removing Donald from the Sterling Family Trust after doctors found her husband "mentally incapacitated." Sterling's lawsuit aims to stop the sale of the team, as he argues she released his medical history without his consent.