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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- Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas City show
- 4 Extremely Well Behaved Dogs Pray Before Eating
So, four dogs sit together in a Chinese kitchen. No, that is not the start of an awful joke, but rather the premise for a YouTube video with almost 90,000 views. The pets featured in the clip are a poodle, a yellow lab and two golden retrievers. All of the dogs sit in front of a bench as a woman in the background prepares their meal. Just before the food is placed in front of them, the woman instructs them to bow their heads. The animals obediently keep their heads lowered as she says a quick prayer. Once she concludes with "Amen," all of the dogs lift their heads and begin to eat.
- Deadline for Ukrainian Protesters Expires, but No Crackdown
- Flight Attendant's Hilarious Safety Instruction Video Goes Viral
Fasten your seat belts, stow your belongings under your seat and put your electronics in airplane mode. Southwest Airlines' Martha Cobb has a few safety announcements, and a couple of jokes to share as well. The Houston-based flight attendant known as Marty is gaining national attention thanks to a YouTube video that shows her comedic twist on the routine briefing before takeoff. "If we could pretend to have your attention for just a few moment, my ex-husband, my new boyfriend and their divorce attorney are going to show you the safety features," she begins, immediately eliciting laughter from the cabin. She then moves to seat-belt operation. "Position your seat belt tight and low across your hips, like my grandmother wears her support bra."
- Volvo designs inflatable children's car seat
As parents know, children's car seats are usually bulky, heavy and awkward to carry around, to say the least. Volvo is aiming to change that with its latest creation: an inflatable rear-facing child safety seat that fits into a backpack. The seat can also be inflated by remote control, and at just 5kg, is much more portable than the average car seat. Lawrence Abele, Design Manager at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Los Angeles, was inspired by his own children when designing the product.
- Chinese herb beats drug at rheumatoid arthritis: study
A Chinese herb called thunder god vine works better than a widely-prescribed pharmaceutical drug at easing rheumatoid arthritis, a study published on Monday said. The herb has long been used in China to treat this potentially crippling autoimmune disease, which typically strikes hand and foot joints. In a study published in the British journal BMJ Open, Chinese researchers recruited 207 patients with rheumatoid arthritis and gave them either the herb; The benchmark for improvement is called the ACR 50 -- named after the American College of Rheumatology -- which indicates a 50-percent improvement in the tally of tender or swollen joints and other criteria such as pain and disability.
- A look at the NBA playoff picture
- Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life