Chinese Newspaper Publishes Story From “The Onion”
The People’s Daily published a story yesterday (November 27th) congratulating North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on being named The Onion’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2012. Mistaking the satirical story for a news item, the paper wrote, “U.S. website The Onion has named North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un as the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ for the year 2012.” The People’s Daily even quoted the Onion article, writing, “With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman’s dream come true. Blessed with an air of power that masks an unmistakable cute, cuddly side, Kim made this newspaper’s editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, of course, that famous smile.” The story was accompanied by a 55-page slideshow of Kim Jong Un images with several pictures showing him riding a horse, aiming a rifle and meeting with military leaders. (Buzzfeed)
Bing Lists Top Online Searches of 2012
Search engine Bing has put together a few top 10 lists of searches via Bing in 2012 in several categories, such as Most-Searched People of the Year — Number One was Kim Kardashian — and the following two: Top News Stories and Top Celebrity Events.
Top 10 News Story Searches
The list included several tech topics and well as a couple of entries that it’s a questionable to call news — Honey Boo Boo and Gangam Style? Really Bing?
Launch of iPhone 5
2012 U.S. Elections
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Reality TV Show
“Gangnam Style” Dance
KONY 2012 viral film about Ugandan militia leader Joseph Kony, an indicted war criminal who uses child soldiers.
Launch of the Kindle Fire HD
Facebook’s IPO (initial public offering)
Top 10 Celebrity Event Searches
It’s all about the babies:
- Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby, Blue Ivy
- Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson’s baby, Maxwell Drew
- Whitney Houston’s death
- Snooki and Jionni LaValle’s baby, Lorenzo Dominic
- Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick’s baby, Penelope Scotland
- Coachella music festival
- Rodney King’s overdose death
- Grammy Awards
- Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s baby, Samuel Garner
- Academy Awards
Is Terrifying Ghost Elevator Prank Funny or Just Mean?
The Yahoo! News blog Trending Now has discovered a recent prank online from a Brazilian hidden camera show that’s so terrifying that’s it could be seen as being more mean than funny. In the segment from the show Programa Silvio Santos, called “Ghost in the Elevator,” unsuspecting people are on an elevator when the lights start to flicker and then go off altogether. While it’s dark, a creepy-looking little girl carrying a doll enters the elevator through a hidden door. The lights come back on and the people see the girl, who seems to have appeared out of nowhere. The elevator passengers react in terror, which gets worse when the girl lets out a bloodcurdling scream. The video was uploaded on Sunday (November 25th) and as of late last night had close to four million views.