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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- Alleged Hit-and-Run Driver Brags on Twitter, Joins Other 'Crime-Braggers'
The criminal mind can be cunningly brilliant—or stunningly foolish. You can safely put Emma Way of the UK into that second category. She’s the aggressive motorist who hit a cyclist while for a drive in Norwich, fled the scene and bragged about it on Twitter on Monday.
- Target's New Affordable Wedding Gowns
Many mass retailers have jumped on the bridal bandwagon over the years, from J.Crew to Urban Outfitters to Costco. Now Target is the latest big-box store to offer wedding gowns, with dresses ranging from $99.99 to $129.99. So the next time you're picking up flip-flops, detergent, and cat litter you can also buy your wedding dress! Last-minute brides with shotgun weddings: yes, you can even buy them online.
- Kidnapped Women Will Have Chance to Adopt Captor's Dogs
Authorities say the women may have bonded with the animals — which are in good health — during their decade-long imprisonment.
- Admitting I Had a Problem: Lindsay Lohan and I Had a Lot in Common ... Until I Got Sober
Lindsay Lohan and I have a lot in common, even though she might not think so. We both have a problem with alcohol. Neither of us has meant to get drunk and screw up, but it just happened. Kind of a lot. Both of us have felt misunderstood. We've both wondered why we so often set out to have one glass of wine and end up having six. ...
- Veteran's Cross-Country Journey Fulfills Promise to Lost Friend
"If my feet weren't sore, I'd totally bowl," tweeted Alex Hrebin, 29, a few days ago, when he was about 250 miles and three weeks into a year-long trek across the country. Hrebin set out on April 21st from Sea Bright, Jersey to walk more than 3000 miles coast to coast in memory of his best friend, Dustin Merunka, who died in a car crash nine years ago.
- What Does a $100,000 Burger Taste Like?
What does a $100,000 burger taste like? For Erin Evenson, winner of Sutter Home's 2012 Build a Better Burger contest, it's cooked up from family memories and New York City's 7 train.
- Samsung's 'Evolutionary Husband' Angers Men—Is it Sexist?
There’s a controversial new ad that’s gone swiftly viral this week, and a vocal group of men are up in arms about it, calling it “sexist.” Yes, that’s right. This time it’s men who are being belittled to make people buy something: Samsung’s Evolution kit, which transforms any Samsung television into a smart TV (though the specific product is really beside the point here).
- Emotional Reunion for Dog and Owner in Oklahoma
Thanks to social media, a dog who was found mud-covered and standing by the body of a man who'd died in Monday's devastating tornado in Moore, Okla., has been reunited with her owner. The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office tweeted her photo on Monday, and shared it on Facebook on Tuesday, with the post: "Man's best friend to end. The dog was standing guard over a deceased individual, possibly its owner..." The office followed up saying one of its deputies would be interested in adopting the dog.