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The Top 5 Stories of 2013

The year is coming to a close, and a LOT has happened over the last 365 days.

New Year's Eve
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Before you pop the champagne, can you guess what the most-read stories of 2013 were?


Elf-Name-Generator
Facebook
 

Late this year, just in time for the holidays, people went crazy for Matt Ryan's post which shows you how to make your Elf name. I'm Tinker Floppy-Feet. Has a nice ring to it!

 
Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball
YouTube
 

You dirty birds!! Matt Ryan's post got lots of clicks from folks wanting check out the uncensored version of Miley's music video where she's swinging naked on a wrecking ball, licking sledgehammers and the like. Sorry to disappoint, but there's no x-rated version available...you'll have to settle for blurred out boobs and profile shots. Piggies!!

 
Heroin
Flickr User dkalo
 

Things took a serious turn in September when Liz Jeressi talked about the frightening heroin epidemic sweeping through the Jersey Shore, affecting many teens in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The numbers are startling, and many took notice (and more importantly, started to take action.)

 
Sandy Hook Elementary School
Sandy Hook Elementary School (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
 

After the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT in December 2012, conspiracy theorists came out of the woodwork, claiming it was faked. One 30-minute video made the rounds on Facebook in January of this year, purporting to 'expose the truth.' It quickly went viral...but was also quickly debunked. My post about the video garnered 133 comments from people across the country, and became the number two story of the year.

 
giraffe challenge
Facebook
 

Remember right before Halloween when there were giraffes all over Facebook? 'The Giraffe Challenge' went viral, with people desperate for an official answer to the riddle. I took it upon myself to help the cheaters (or save the hopelessly confused) by posting the answer. Arguments erupted over whether or not the answer was right and what it should be instead, and the brainchild of a TV host from New Zealand left people clicking away until the post became the most read of 2013.

 

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