2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
The standout news & pop obsessions gleaned from your search habits
Year in Review 2012: International Affairs
Between exiled activists, embassy assaults, murderous wives, imprisoned punk bands, and abandoned Italian cruise ships, there was enough international intrigue in the news to fill 20 versions of "Skyfall." Here are 10 international news stories that generated the most searches on Yahoo! in 2012.
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- Wife Surprises Army Husband With 100-Pound Weight Loss
An Army husband received the surprise of his life on Wednesday when he stepped off the plane after a yearlong stint in Afghanistan, and saw his wife who had dropped 100 pounds in his absence.
- Cricket Prank Bans Seniors From Graduation
Many high school seniors are 18 years old, but that doesn't mean they think like adults: according to neuroscientists, the area of the brain associated with reason and self-control doesn't fully mature until one's mid-20s. Maybe that's why seven kids at East Carter High School in Grayson Kentucky thought it would be funny to release 10,000 crickets into their school early last Thursday morning as a senior prank. According local WSAZ News, the seniors were not allowed to walk in their graduation ceremony on Saturday morning and would not receive their diplomas until they paid a $600 fine.
- Man Tattoos Puppy, Faces Backlash
Animal advocates across the nation are criticizing the N.C. man after he posted a photo of his dog's ink on Facebook.
- What Really Happens on the Wedding Night
Real brides share their wedding night stories (and they’re not what you think).
- Sunscreen Ratings: The Best and Worst for Beach Season 2013
Want to really enjoy your day in the sun? Start by choosing the best sunblock out there so you don't have to worry about getting burned. Luckily, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has just released its 2013 Sunscreen Guide to Sunscreens, which rates more than 1,400 sunscreens, lip balms, and SPF moisturizers and cosmetics for safety, effectiveness, and affordability. And some of their findings might surprise you.
- The Only Yellow Cake Recipe You'll Ever Need
This easy all-purpose yellow cake takes just a bit longer to make than one from a packaged mix, but is it ever worth it. An instant test-kitchen favorite, it is absolutely delicious and will rise to any occasion.
- 3 Biggest Weight Loss Mistakes You're Making
The countdown to bikini season has begun. But even if you're busting your butt at the gym and following a nutrition plan down to the peas and carrots, you've got to get your head in the game. Beware these habits that are sabotaging your progress.
- Father and Daughter's Amazing Appalachian Trek to Save Lives
In an effort to fight hunger, 13-year-old Kylie Trawick and her dad Bob are going the extra mile in a major way—hiking more than 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine, at a clip of about 20 miles per day since setting off in late March. And, at 723 miles in, they’ve already surpassed their goal of raising one pound of food for every mile completed, with about 4,000 pounds already donated in Kylie’s honor to food pantries across the country.