The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Entertainment

December 12, 2012

Top 2012 searches include Whitney, PSY and Sandy

LOS ANGELES — The world's attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, Web surfers searched in huge numbers to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver.

Whitney Houston was the "top trending" search of the year, according to Google Inc.'s year-end "zeitgeist" report. Google's 12th annual roundup is "an in-depth look at the spirit of the times as seen through the billions of searches on Google over the past year," the company said in a blog post Wednesday.

People around the globe searched en masse for news about Houston's accidental drowning in a bathtub just before she was to perform at a pre-Grammy Awards party in February.

Google defines topics as "trending" when they garner a high amount of traffic over a sustained period of time.

Korean rapper PSY's "Gangnam Style" music video trotted into second spot, a testament to his self-deprecating giddy-up dance move. The video is approaching a billion views on YouTube.

Superstorm Sandy, the damaging storm that knocked out power and flooded parts of the East Coast in the midst of a U.S. presidential campaign, was third.

The next biggest trending searches globally were a pair of threes: the iPad 3 tablet from Apple Inc. and Diablo 3, a popular video game.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Kate Middleton, who made news with scandalous photos and a royal pregnancy; the 2012 Olympics in London; Amanda Todd, a Canadian teen who was found dead of an apparent suicide in October after being bullied online; Michael Clarke Duncan, the "Green Mile" actor who died of a heart attack in September at age 54; and "BBB12," the 12th edition of "Big Brother Brasil," a reality show featuring scantily clad men and women living together.

Some trending people, according to Google, were:

— Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian skydiver who became the first to break the sound barrier without a vehicle with a 24-mile plummet from Earth's stratosphere;

— Jeremy Lin, the undrafted NBA star who exploded off the New York Knicks bench and sparked a wave of "Linsanity";

— Morgan Freeman, the actor whose untimely death turned out not to be true.

The Internet also continued its rise as a popular tool for spreading addictive ideas and phrases known as "memes." Remember LOL? If you don't know what it means by now, someone may "Laugh Out Loud" at you.

This year, Facebook said its top memes included "TBH (To Be Honest)," ''YOLO (You Only Live Once)," ''SMH (Shake My Head)." Thanks to an endlessly fascinating U.S. presidential campaign, "Big Bird" made the list after Republican candidate Mitt Romney said he might consider cutting some funds for public broadcasting.

Yahoo said its own top-searched memes for the year included "Kony 2012," a reference to the short film and campaign against Ugandan militia leader Joseph Kony; "stingray photobomb" for an unusual vacation snapshot that went viral; and "binders full of women," another nod to Romney for his awkward description of his search for women cabinet members as Massachusetts' governor.

And people were happy to pass on popular Twitter posts by retweeting them. According to Twitter, the year's most popular retweets were President Barack Obama's "Four more years," and Justin Bieber's farewell to six-year-old fan Avalanna Routh, who died of a rare form of brain cancer: "RIP Avalanna. i love you".

 

1
Text Only
Entertainment
  • Entry deadline this weekend for Celebration of the Arts exhibits

    LEWISBURG — Local artists and photographers have the opportunity to have their work on exhibit during The Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts.

    April 15, 2014

  • moranjason1.jpg Innovative jazz pianist coming to area April 17

    LEWISBURG — Jason Moran and the Bandwagon will perform on April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 1 great reason to get out tonight!

    Today's top local music picks:

    April 14, 2014

  • Alumnus returns to SU for reading

    SELINSGROVE — Susquehanna graduate Sal Pane, ’07, will give a reading from his novel “Last Call in the City of Bridges” at the launch of Susquehanna’s RiverCraft magazine on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall.

    April 13, 2014

  • Entanglements.jpg Jody Fallon — 10 years later

    LEWISBURG — The Packwood House Museum will present an exhibition of the recent work of local artist Jody Fallon to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of his first solo exhibition

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • The best place to hunt eggs

    April 12th

    Beavertown -- An Easter egg hunt held at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 128 N. Orange St. Children invited to attend and lunch served following the egg hunt.

    Bloomsburg -- Mostly Mutts doggie biscuit hunt will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sunlight Feed and Pet Supply Store, 229 Montour Blvd, Route 11. Owners must have their dogs on leashes and up to date on shots. Goodie bags for every dog and prizes. Suggested $5 donation. Rain date is April 26.

    Laurelton -- The Millmont West Union Area Lions Club will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. on the grounds of The Union County West End Fairgrounds, Route 235. There will be divisions for all ages of children, and all the area children are welcome to participate. Also, during the egg hunt, the clubs annual ham raffle will be held. Tickets will be available at the egg hunt and from any Lions Club member. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 tickets for $5.

    Lewisburg -- A community Easter egg hunt will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Hufnagle Park. The hunt will have a staggered start by age: 11:15 a.m., 0 to 3 years of age; 11:30 a.m., 4 to 6 years of age; 11:45 a.m., 7 to 10 years of age; noon, 11 years and older. Free and open to the public, and includes face painting, relay races and more. Participants are requested to check in at the registration table located at the gazebo upon arrival. Hosted by Alpha Xi Delta sorority and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at Bucknell University.

    Lewisburg -- American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 182 is holding an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. at the municipal field on Fairground Road. Super prizes in each age category and everyone goes home with a treat.

    McEwensville -- An Easter egg hunt begins at 11 a.m. on the back lawn (weather permitting) at the Montgomery House Warrior Run Area Public Library, 20 Church St. For children in kindergarten through fourth grade. Before the hunt, a story time will take place in the library’s children room. Registration is required. Call (570) 538-1381.

    Middleburg -- More than an egg hunt held at Port Ann Wesleyan Church, 2856 Troxelville Road. Children through age 12 and their families are invited to hear the real message of Easter, sing praises to the Risen Savior, hunt for “empty tombs” (eggs) and have lunch from 11 a.m.--12:30 p.m. More information contact Robin at (570) 837-3096.

    Mifflinburg -- A flashlight Easter egg hunt begins at 8 p.m. at Mifflinburg Assembly of God for fifth grade students and younger. Younger children search inside while older kids search outside (if it rains all inside) Bring a flashlight and bag to hold your eggs. Prize drawings.

    Selinsgrove -- An Easter egg scavenger hunt held at 10 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 429 N. Eighth St. Family activities, prizes, and candy.

    Selinsgrove -- An Easter celebration and egg hunt held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 3939 Park Road. Features games, crafts, puppet show and egg hunt. All children are welcome.

    Sunbury -- Children’s breakfast with the Easter Bunny served 8-10 a.m. at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 501 Catawissa Ave. Serving pancakes and more — $3 per person.

    Sunbury -- An Easter egg hunt for infants to grade 5 held at noon at St. Luke’s Cemetery. Take Route 890 to Plum Creek Road, go straight onto St. Luke’s Road, cemetery on left. Weather permitting. Everyone gets a prize from the Easter Bunny.

    Watsontown -- An Easter egg hunt begins at 11 a.m. at Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church, Route 44, between McEwensville and Turbotville. Children age 3 and up to sixth grade are welcome to come and hear the story of Jesus, hunt for eggs, and maybe even win a prize. Free event.

    April 11, 2014

  • blast.jpg What you missed recently at Daily Blast: Ukrainian Vader, 'Smaug,' 'Jaws,' intruding ducks

    We collect and add to the doofier parts of the Internet at the Daily Blast. If you haven't visited in a while, here are some of the items you might have missed:

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • zakirhussain.jpg Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion bring world music to Weis Center stage

    LEWISBURG — Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion will perform on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Faculty book release reading at Susquehanna University

    SELINSGROVE — Karla Kelsey will read from her recently published book of poetry, “A Conjoined Book,” Thursday at 7 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall.

    April 9, 2014

  • RomeoNurse.jpg A new look at ‘Romeo and Juliet’

    “Be rul’d by me, forget to think of her.” — Benvolio, friend to Romeo

    “O, teach me how I should forget to think.” — Romeo

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

The Daily Marquee
Entertainment Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.