YAHOO RELEASES TOP SEARCHED NEWS STORIES FROM 2014
By LIZ GUNN || As 2014 comes to close, people will start to look at back at what a year it was. Last week, Katie Couric released the top 10 Yahoo News Searches of 2014. Every one of these was covered by FITS, some possibly ad nauseam. For more than half of the year, I was just a reader– not a contributor, but even I wrote about six out of ten of these topics.
I always look forward to seeing this list –especially seeing the stories that seemed so epic at the time that completely fizzled not long after. There is always at least one story that I either didn’t follow or definitely wouldn’t put on a top ten list, too.
Here’s a quick re-cap of this year’s most searched news stories.
Obamacare –You know what? Health insurance has always been complicated. Add a government mandate and some new rules and regulations, and yeah – you’ll have a top story. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this on 2015’s list as well.
Domestic Violence – Domestic violence has always been a problem, but thanks to Ray Rice and some very poor handling of this particular incident by the NFL, the issue was brought to the forefront once again.
Islamic State – What a mess. ISIS beheaded people in viral videos. American journalists were among those executed. Honestly, this one is the most terrifying to me. I wish this was the top story that quickly fizzled, but sadly – it’s far from over.
Jodi Arias – To be honest, I didn’t follow this story all that closely. But upon further inspection, maybe I should have. It’s a juicy story about a crazed lover…reminiscent of the drama of Gone Girl. This one is still going on.
Ferguson – Ferguson may have settled down, but the movement that it incited is just beginning. In ironic timing, just weeks after the announcement of no indictment being made in Ferguson, came the same announcement out of New York regarding the death of Eric Garner. This is a much better story of unwarranted police brutality, in my opinion. I am hopeful when I say I expect changes to come next year.
Malaysia Airlines – Seriously? Where is the plane?
Leaked Photos – Why are people so darn interested in naked pictures? I’ll never understand it. There are people who actually want you to see them naked all over the internet. Why hack into someone’s private photos, you perv. It did serve as a good reminder that nothing is private anymore – so be careful.
Mid-term Elections – Oy. I’m just glad it’s over. Next.
Death of Robin Williams – I wrote about this. It still makes me sad to think about. Again though, it’s a tragic event that brought to light the need for more awareness and compassion about mental illness in this country.
Ebola Epidemic – Is this still a thing? Does Facebook still want me to give a dollar? I don’t mean to be insensitive about the actual epidemic in West Africa, but Americans had one big, unnecessary panic attack when a few people contracted the disease in here in the United States. As I predicted here, this one has fizzled for the most part. Please treat yourself to reading some of the comments on this one! (Don’t forget to put on your tinfoil hat, first.)
Are you surprised by any of these stories making the top ten? Any stories you’re surprised didn’t make it? If you’re a loyal FITS reader you might be surprised not to find a single Nikki Haley story made the cut. Maybe FITS needs to create its own Top Ten.
LIZ GUNN is a wife, mom, travel enthusiast, food snob, daydreamer and lifelong Gamecock fan. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, she lives in Columbia, S.C. with her husband and daughter.
“…Leaked Photos – Why are people so darn interested in naked pictures?”
Gee, Liz I dunno, maybe because half of us are males?
“Gee, Liz I dunno, maybe because half of us are males?”
Those Jennifer Lawrence photos were hot as hell.
The younger generation has been fooled into thinking their private information is safe on the cloud…if something is really important to you, you should never expose it to the internet. If you must have private information, photos, etc in a computerized format, it’s best to put in on a USB via a computer not connected to the internets and lock said USB in a safe.(and encrypt it for good measure)
If you must have private information, photos, etc in a computerized
format, it’s best to put in on a USB via a computer not connected to the
internets and lock said USB in a safe.
I’m sure tricorders are in the not-too-distant future, so reading a USB drive through solid metal and decrypting it will eventually be possible.
That’s why I keep my thumb drives in a Faraday cage…
A safe can act like a Faraday cage…
A positively charged safe can.
I do find it funny that anyone ever thought their information was private.
Unfortunately, when it came to the SCDOR thinking that…it wasn’t very funny for most of us…
Re: Ebola – maybe some truth to that. But it was the top story every hour of every day for a while. Now I go days, even weeks where no one mentions it. Then again, I get my news from Twitter and the internet – I seek out my news – I don’t watch cable or network news, so maybe I’m just missing it.
Nope. It was no longer an issue starting the day after the mid-terms. Especially after fattie Jersey boy put the nurse in a tent in downtown Newark. Everyone clammed up on it after that. Still a big news story if you live in LIberia and – of course – you’re still alive.
Give up.Do you have a death wish or something?
Malaysia Airlines – Seriously? Where is the plane?
What about the other Malaysia Airlines plane shot done over Ukraine?
Ukraine story is bigger than naked photos.
Yeah but very few reporters can find the Ukraine on a globe so you know, why bother…
Yes, but my Internet skills are not good enough to find the naked photos. So, I didn’t bother.
I have a small collection of faux nude and semi-nude (whips and black leather) pics of Hil Clinton…. are you interested in seeing them?
Is that what happened to Vince Foster? Whips and black leather?
Vince knew too much and Hil had him by the balls for their illegal activities in Arkansas relating to Whitewater, the bank, and the FDIC documents. She could have been pussy-whipping him back then.
I like that answer.
Pussy-whipped by Hillary, I bet the Dims didn’t put that in the torture report. LOL
Outstanding comment..!! 10+ for ya’
Rouge going ‘rouge’!!! I love it!!!! Keep tellin em the truth, sir.
… and those seven thousand dead Canadians that Hillary sold the tainted blood to?
Hell, most our own pols can’t find Ukraine on a map…but it doesn’t stop them from sending “aid” there…
Best news story in 2014 was re-election of our hero and the best job creating governor in America, Nikki Haley!!!!
Yeah, she’s the spokesperson for Wal-Mart greeter jobs.
How about Will Folks calling your fellow leftist buddy Smirks a SOCIALIST.
That or Obama getting a new ‘prayer rug’ for AF1 from Tehran?
Nixon got lots of prayer rugs from Tehran. Many of them are still in the WHite House.
Jimmy Carter took em home and bro Billy used em as a bib.
Could be. Red necks will use anything to capture the BBQ juice.
Naw, Rocky — don’t you see that ad with the big guy in bib coveralls “#1 Worst Food for Weight Gain”?
I still like the fat Cable Guy commercial – take your heart burn medicine, stay big and fat, and keep eatin’ your Q.
Charleston named the #1 city in North America once again.
What happened to Ferguson?
My vote would be the T-Rav self destruction. That was really fun to watch. Next – the Executive Order – that really was fun. Finally, the RINO Back Stab from last week. Also, the really good story of the year was what a good dresser our wonder Senator Lindsey Graham is. He’s such a classic southern statesman.
1) Global warming is real
2) Climate change is not real
3) Fidel Castro was spotted at a nursing home in Boca Raton selling cigars
4) Hillary caught on hot mic using racial epithet to describe President Obama
5) First legally married gay couple in SC file for divorce making history twice
6) Donald Trump considers running for President
7) Scientists discover that eating turkey causes cancer
8) Man arrested for insulting a monkey at California zoo
9) A Leaf electric car electrocutes owner via his smartphone
10) Al Sharpton enters rehab – gains 150 pounds in 90 days
Please provide links to those stories……
Add to the list: Electric Cars Cause More Deaths Than Gas Cars.
Snooze about Global Worming not making the list?
Didn’t ya see Al Gore’s camera crew kill that polar bear?
For me,the biggest story was/is the continuing number of states who’re legalizing gay marriage.I never dreamed this would happen in my lifetime..