Now that you’ve watched Google‘s slick 2013 ‘zeitgeist’ vid, a couple of questions: Ever get the feeling that your earned media placements aren’t reaching the right people? Ever wonder what, exactly, we spend all our time reading?
This survey on the year’s most clicked stories by “newspaper alum” Bill Lucey offers some answers that may strike you—depending on your temperament—as either funny or a little sad.
The top of the list is obvious: Edward Snowden, the Boston Bombing, the appointment of Pope Francis and the Ariel Castro kidnapping story captivated us all this year. You’ll find some surprises after the jump, though.
These are some of the other most-clicked stories of the year:
- The Wall Street Journal‘s report on 40-year-old men who still play “tag”
- New York magazine’s “My Life as a Jonas Brother“, in which Joe cops to smoking weed with Miley
- The Dallas News story about the teacher who wore the same shirt/sweater combo for more than 40 consecutive yearbook pictures
- The New York Daily News bombshell reveal: Jets coach Rex Ryan has a tattoo of what appears to be his own wife wearing nothing but Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez’s jersey
- The Smoking Gun‘s report on a hacker who found his way into the Bush family’s email accounts and shared young George’s new fondness for painting with Gawker
- This retro swimwear slideshow via The Weather Channel
In conclusion: people are strange and will continue to be so in 2014.