Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating People Of 2012
It ran last night on ABC. Missed any of it? Here’s the list…
- Prince Harry of Wales (third in the line of succession to the British throne)
- Ben Affleck (actor and director)
- Honey Boo Boo (reality show star)
- Chris Christie (New Jersey Governor)
- Hillary Rodham Clinton (Secretary of State)
- Gabrielle Douglas (Olympic gold medal gymnast)
- E.L. James (author of Fifty Shades of Grey)
- Seth MacFarlane (actor, animator, director, and singer)
- One Direction (band)
- David Petraeus (US Army general)
‘Google Zeitgeist’ Report Released Showing 2012’s Top Searches
Released on Wednesday (December 12th) was the annual Google Zeitgeist report, showing what the top searches were for 2012 using the search giant in several categories. Whitney Houston, who died unexpectedly in February, topped the list of the year’s 1.2 trillion searches around the world. The other categories were most searched: images; athletes; events; people; films; TV shows; performing artists; consumer electronics; airlines; and Google-plus hashtags.
The year’s top 10 overall searches were:
- Whitney Houston
- “Gangnam Style”
- Hurricane Sandy
- iPad 3
- Diablo 3 video game
- Kate Middleton — Wife of Britain’s Prince William
- Olympics 2012
- Amanda Todd — 15-year-old Canadian girl who killed herself after being cyber-stalked, blackmailed and bullied
- Michael Clarke Duncan — Actor who died suddenly in September.
- BBB12 — TV show Big Brother Brasil
A new pub called The Green Dragon has opened in the village of Hobbiton, New Zealand estimates they’ll attract an additional 100,000 tourists to the area next year. The village is already a must-visit for Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans and has seen 300,000 visitors since it opened to the public in 2002. The new pub looks similar to the one the hobbits visit in the Lord of the Rings. (io9)
The Hottest Toy? The Furbee? Really?!
The hottest toy this holiday season is the new version of the Furby, a fluffy, owl-like robot that was popular more than a decade ago, Yahoo! Shine reports. The $54 toy, which sleeps, dances, talks, eats and “learns” new behavior is selling so fast that it’s hard to find on shelves or on store websites, particularly the most popular of the 10 colors it comes in, which are voodoo purple, teal and hot pink. According to Shine!, the most popular colors are selling on eBay for as much as $2,500, while less popular colors go for about $75. The original Furby was also the hot holiday toy back in 1998, and 40 million of them were sold in three years. Like the original Furby, the new version develops its own unique personality depending on how your treat it. But the new version has a free app for an iPhone, iPod or iPad that lets kids “feed” their Furbies and translate their “Furbish” language to English, and has LED eyes that whirl and change as it learns.
TV Commercials Must Now Be Quiter
Starting today (December 12th), you shouldn’t hear TV commercials blaring louder than the show you’re watching, as the CALM Act goes into effect, limiting the volume of commercials. CALM stands for Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation, and the legislation is designed to prevent the commercials from being any louder than the show they’re running in. The Federal Communications Commission adopted the rules a year ago, which apply to cable and satellite operators as well, but gave the industry a one-year grace period to adopt them. Suspected violations can be reported to the FCC on its website.