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Super Bowl 2013 Trends

Good morning,

This year's Super Bowl was all about the Memes.  Mashable collected a bunch of the most popular memes, which focused on Harbowl, the power outage, Beyonce's halftime show and players stretched out.    My favorite is this post-game snapshot:


Courtesy of Tumblr, immylovesyou

Some quick-thinking advertisers jumped on Twitter during the Super Bowl power outage to try to take advantage of the situation.  The best response by far came from Oreo, which tweeted "Power out? No problem. You can still dunk in the dark." The tweet was retweeted 10,000 times within one hour.


Twitter had a HUGE night.   By the beginning of the second half, the volume of Tweets had already surpassed last year’s Tweet total.  The power outage was the top moment, with 231,500 tweets per minute.   The 108-yard kickoff return for a Ravens touchdown was a distant second at 185,000 tweets per minute.

No official numbers on traffic from Facebook about traffic, but last year's game was the top sporting event on the social network and no doubt this year's game will probably exceed it.  The top 3 Super Bowl moments on Facebook, according to the social network, were the Ravens winning, Beyonce's halftime performance and the blackout in the Superdome.

While many people tune to the Super Bowl to watch the commercials, now they can see and share them on YouTube.    The trending video this morning is the Budweiser ad "Brotherhood" with more than 5 million views.


Also trending high is the extended cut of the Mercdes Benz commercial featuring Usher, Kate Upton and Willem Dafoe with more than 3 million views.


A lot of people tweeted us that the Audi prom spot was among their favorites.  It's topped 7 million views so far.


Lots of fans also told us that they loved the Taco Bell "Viva Young" spot.


And finally the ad that generated the most negative response is also one of the most watched - the "Perfect Match" commercial.


And finally, while the Super Bowl is dominating the trends this morning, believe it or not Richard III's bones are topping the Twitter trends this morning.   The bones were unearthed in northern England last summer.   Now, scientists say DNA from the bones matches that of a living descendant of the monarch's sister.   Go figure.

That's the trend!

Have a great day,








The Trend - January Jones' hair and 'Why, Why, Manti?'

January Jones is the hot trend of the day after the actress announced during an interview at Sundance that her hair is falling out in clumps. The "Mad Men" star pins the blame on frequent colorings and tells Grazia Daily that she has "been blonde, red with extensions for this film, then blonde, then black, and now blonde again. I’m going to have to shave it off and wear a wig."

Police in South Florida say rapper Rick Ross crashed his Rolls Royce into a building after hearing shots fired nearby. Fort Lauderdale police say Ross and his companion, fashion designer Shateria L. Moragne-el, reported hearing multiple shots fired in their direction at around 5 a.m. Monday. Police say Ross lost control of the silver Rolls and crashed into an apartment building. Neither Ross nor his passenger was injured and police say it did not appear that any bullets struck the Rolls.

The Manti Te'o saga has sparked a viral video. The Notre Dame star’s interview with Katie Couric is the latest subject of Gregory Bros autotune musical creation, called "Why, Why, Manti?"


Ahead of the Super Bowl, San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Alex Smith is making headlines because of a report that he intends to request his release after the season. It is widely expected that the team will try to trade Smith, who was replaced by quarterback Colin Kaepernick midway through the season despite very good numbers. But Smith is apparently hoping that his loyalty to the team that drafted him, as well as the class with which he handled the demotion, will earn him his release as a reward. That would allow him more control over his next destination.

The rare execution of a woman convicted of murdering her 71-year-old neighbor will mark the first time in three years that a female has been put to death in the U.S. Fifty-one-year-old Kimberly McCarthy is scheduled for lethal injection in Texas Tuesday evening for the 1997 fatal stabbing of retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth. Investigators say Booth had agreed to give McCarthy a cup of sugar before she was attacked at her home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas. It was among three slayings linked to McCarthy, a former nursing home therapist who'd been addicted to crack cocaine. McCarthy will be the 13th woman executed in the U.S. since 1976, when the Supreme Court allowed the death penalty to resume. Since then, more than 1,300 men have been executed.

If you're a Star Trek fan, you might enjoy this homemade shot-for-shot remake of the latest trailer for the new film. Some people just have a lot of free time.


Book store chain Barnes and Noble might slowly be going the way of Borders. The head of Barnes and Noble's retail group, Mitchel Klipper, said in an interview published Monday in The Wall Street Journal that the company will have 450 to 500 stores in a decade. That's down from about 689 currently. Klipper said the chain plans to close about 20 stores a year over the period.

The Slow Mo Guys bring you’re their latest viral video, the collapse of two cooling towers.


Adele Hall, wife of Hallmark Cards Chairman Donald J. Hall, has died. She was 81. Hallmark Cards spokesman Steve Doyal said Monday that Adele Hall collapsed and died unexpectedly Saturday at the family's home in Hawaii. The Kansas City-based greeting cards company says Hall had been married to her husband for nearly 60 years.

Finally, it's the Invisible Drive-Thru prank, part two!


That's the Trend!


Tiger Woods, SAG Awards and Dashcam Videos

Good morning,

Tiger Woods is looking like the Tiger of old as he heads into the conclusion of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, making him a hot topic on social networks and search engines this morning.     He'll be trying to capture his 75th tournament victory.   Woods sits at 17-under through seven holes of the final round, which will resume this morning.   He holds a six-shot lead on Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney.

With the Oscars a month away, Argo continues to do well at the awards ceremonies leading up to the big night.   Argo took home the top honor of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the SAG Awards, making for a hot topic on Twitter this morning.   By the way, the Oscars will be awarded on Sunday, February 24 on ABC 7.

Brazil is a popular search after that horrific weekend fire at a nightclub that claimed at least 230 lives.

Jon Benet Ramsey is back in the news after it was revealed that a grand jury voted to indict the parents of the murdered beauty queen 13 years ago, but prosecutors refused to press charges.  Suspicions about John and Patsy Ramsey remained until 2008 when they were exonerated.  No one has ever been convicted.  The six-year-old JonBenet was  found murdered in the basement of the family's home in Boulder, Colorado on Christmas Day in 1996.

Chris Brown is trending on Twitter because he's in trouble yet again.  Brown is under investigation for an alleged assault in a West Hollywood parking lot, according to police in Los Angeles.   The victim, according to TMZ, was Frank Ocean, one of the top nominees at the Grammy Awards.

And how about that Pro Bowl?   Yeah, I didn't watch either, but lots of people seem to be interested in learning  more about the big game in which the NFC buried the AFC 62-35.

How on YouTube is a compilation of people doing awesome things.  It's approaching 20-million views since being posted late last week.


Also getting lots of views is a dance tribute to Michael Jackson, Chris Brown and Rihanna by the dance team Soluchi & Meluchi based here in New York City.


Children of the 90s appear to love this video with more than 7 million views!  (Note: It’s a commercial for Internet Explorer).


Check out this wild scene in Australia, where sea form created quite a spectacle.     You may keep your eye on the bus, but a surprise will appear to the left.


Love those Russian dashcams because you never know what you might see on the road!


And one more dashcam for the road…. A car didn't quite make it up an icy hill!


That's the trend!

Have a great Monday,




Cold, Sheryl Crow and Viral Inaugural Moments

Good morning!

Cold is trending!   Yes, the bitter cold hands of winter have finally wrapped their icy fingers around us, fueling a blizzard of tweets from gloved ones, and perhaps Siri, that indeed it is cold outside.     Well, winter has been pretty easy, so perhaps it's the shock that winter can really be cold that is sparking this trend.   But when you consider it's 25 below zero in parts of Minnesota, it's really rather balmy here.

Another hot trend is #ImSingleBecause.   Obviously, it's too cold outside to go out and find someone, or perhaps these people are just spending too much time on Twitter.

Singer Sheryl Crow has some advice for her former fiance Lance Armstrong - "The truth will set you free!"   Crow has made her first comments about Armstrong's doping confession last week.  Various media reports say Crow was named in affidavits in the case.    How much she actually knew about his dealings is not known.

A red hot search on Google this morning is for Richard Blanco, who read his poem "One Today" at the swearing-in ceremony for President Obama.

Most viral photo from the inaugural: Bill Clinton photobombing Kelly Clarkson.

(ABC News photo)

Most viral video from the inaugural: Michelle Obama rolls her eyes at House Speaker John Boehner (twice!).


Beyonce's performance of the National Anthem was also among the most buzzed about moments.


And finally, let’s get back into the cold… check out this cat's reaction to snow!


That's the trend!

Have a great day,





Lance Armstrong, Subway Footlongs and Mrs. Obama's Hair

Good morning!

Maybe it's time for a revival of To Tell The Truth after a day of hoaxes, lies and #Scandal.   Lance Armstrong's "to tell the truth" interview with Oprah is scorching hot on social and search networks.   The one-time king of cycling fell on his sword and admitted that his "mythic, perfect story" was "one big lie."   Armstrong spent a decade denying doping allegations, but now says he used banned drugs and blood transfusions during all seven Tour de France victories.  "I will spend the rest of my life trying to each back trust and apologize to people," he said.

Meanwhile, many are wondering if Notre Dame's Manti Te'o is telling the truth about falling victim to an apparent catfishing hoax in which his "girlfriend" who died from leukemia did not exist.   Millions of people have either searched for details or discussed the story on social networks since the story broke on Wednesday.  At some point, he'll probably to a "sit down, tell- all" interview, but for now we're left to conjure and speculate about whether the All-American linebacker is a victim of a hoax or a collaborator of deception.  

With all the real-life scandals, it’s perhaps no surprise that the biggest show in the Twitterverse these days is ABC's Scandal.  Once again this week, it's among the hottest of topics on the social network.   Even star Kerry Washington was tweeting during the show.  And if you DVRed last night's episode, all I can say is prepare yourself for more lies and hoaxes.  

Subway customers are in a social uproar over the length of the restaurant chain's footlong sub.   The controversy started when Matt Corby of Perth, Australia pulled out a tape measure and snapped a photo of his 11-inch footlong sub (that would be an inch short of a foot for those not quite awake yet) and posted it on Subway's Facebook wall.   The post quickly picked up more than 131,000 likes, and although it's been taken down, the photo spawned dozens of copycats.   Subway blames the shortness of some subs on how the bread is baked, but the company says it is looking into the matter.

Michelle Obama has a new Twitter account and new hair!   The first lady's office posted a picture of Mrs. Obama's new look @Flotus.   She's got bangs!   Thursday was a busy day for the First Lady, who also celebrated her birthday!



A pretty cool time lapse is trending on YouTube.  Take a journey across time aboard a train across the arctic circle.


A prospector in Australia made quite a discovery with his hand-held metal detector - a 177 troy ounce gold nugget!   The current price of gold is around $1,600 a troy ounce – it’s like hitting the lottery!


Check out this road hog in Morocco!


And finally, meet Mariska the Friesian Mare.  She's a horse that can pick locks and open doors!


That's the trend!

Have a great day,






Manti Te'o, Sandy Hook Hoax and Bad Lip Reading

Good morning!

One of the strangest tales in some time is trending on social and search networks this morning.   Notre Dame says a story about Manti Te'o's girlfriend dying is a hoax.   Te'o had said her death had inspired him to play better as he helped the Fighting Irish get to the Discover BCS National Championship game.   Well, it turns out Te'o never actually met the woman, but conducted an online and phone relationship with someone named Lennay Kekua, and she never died.   According to Notre Dame's athletic director,  "On the morning of Dec. 26, very early morning, Manti called his coaches to inform them that while he was in attendance at the ESPN awards show in Orlando, he received a phone call from a number he recognized as having been that he associated with Lennay Kekua.  When he answered it, it was a person whose voice sounded like the same person he had talked to, who told him that she was, in fact, not dead. Manti was very unnerved by that, as you might imagine."   Notre Dame hired an investigative team to look into the matter, and the school says Te'o appears to have been the victim of a hoax.   In a statement, Te'o said, " To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating."

Speaking of hoaxes, the Sandy Hook Truthers are trending.   There have been several bizarre conspiracy theories floating around about the tragedy at Sandy Hook, but the one that has gone viral: the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting never happened at all.  Or that it did, but not how the media reported it - there was more than one shooter or not as many kids died or the parents were really actors.    Now, The Truthers have a 30 minute documentary on YouTube called "The Sandy Hook Shooting - Fully Exposed" and it's reached 10-million views in just 10 days.   They also have a website,, devoted to exposing what really happened at Newtown, complete with videos of families who the site deems not grief-stricken enough to be real.   It's gotten so bad that Gene Rosen, a man who sheltered six children after the shooting, is potrayed as a "crisis actor."  He says he is not the target of harassing phone calls and web postings.   Why would it all be a hoax?   The primary argument of the Truthers is the government wants to enact gun control.

Gus Bradley is a hot topic on Twitter this morning.  The former Seattle defensive coordinator is heading to Jacksonville as the Jaguars new head coach.

Meanwhile, Chip Kelly decided to leave Oregon and become the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.   Kelly, who was 46-7 in four years at Oregon, had interviewed with the Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills, but it then appeared he would stay in Oregon to coach the Ducks.  According to reports, Kelly reemerged as a candidate in recent days.   Kelly, known as an offensive innovator, will be introduced at a news conference this afternoon.

Did you know there is really iron in cereal?


The DeLorean hovercraft has returned to the Bay Area.


If that's not cool enough for you, how about parasledding!


Ever wonder what NFL players and coaches are really saying?   The truth is exposed!


And finally, dogs on the soccer field!


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Have a great day,






Zamboni, Aaliyah and When Fish Attack

Good morning!

Google is celebrating the birthday of Frank Zamboni.   The timing seems perfect given the imminent return of the NHL.   Zamboni, who loved hockey and figure skating,  invented the world's first self-propelled ice-resurfacing machine in 1949 in, of all places, Southern California.   The invention, which bears his name, cut the job of resurfacing ice from needing several shovelers and at least 90 minutes of time to needing  a Zamboni driver and mere minutes.   Zamboni was born on this day in 1901, and Google is celebrating with an interactive game in which you get to clean the ice.

Fans are remembering Aaliyah on Twitter this morning with happy birthday tweets.   Aaliyah was born on this day in Brooklyn.  She was raised in Detroit.  At the age of 10, she appeared on the TV show Star Search and her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, sold more than three million copies.    In 2000, she appeared in her first major film, Romeo Must Die, and a song from the movie, Try Again, earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocalist.   She released her third and final album, Aaliyah, in July 2001.  A month later, she and eight others died in a plane crash in the Bahamas after filming a music video.  She was only 22.

The most popular story on Yahoo! this morning is a porn star turned school teacher who lost her appeal to get her classroom job back.  Stacie Halas, 32, was fired from her job at a California middle school last April after students learned she had appeared in pornography.    A three-judge panel unanimously decided on Tuesday that Halas was unfit for the classroom.

A pretty stunning video has gone viral on YouTube.   A guy in Florida was dangling his hand over the jetty when a fish jumped out of the water and grabbed his arm.  It's pretty frightening, but the man is okay.


Being a TV reporter is a tough job.   Just ask Tom Staal, who was covering a snow storm for Dutch TV recently…


A dad has come up with the perfect way to give his daughter a ponytail in just 5 seconds.


And we end where we began, with hockey and a trick penalty shot.


That's the trend!

Have a great day,




Abducted From School, Lance Armstrong and Cat Shell Game

Good morning!

The abduction of a little girl from her school in West Philadelphia is the hot trend, and the good news is that she has been found.   The girl was taken from her school on Monday morning by an unknown woman.    School officials did not realize she was missing until her daycare provider came to pick her up at the end of the day.  Surveillance footage showed the woman and Nailla leaving the school around 8:50 a.m.    The abduction sparked an Amber Alert that went viral on Twitter and sparked tens of thousands of Google searches.   Then, very early this morning, a man heading to work heard a girl crying, wearing only a t-shirt, under some bleachers in Upper Darby, Pa.   That girl turned out to be the one who was abducted.   She was taken to the hospital and reunited with her mother.  She's okay.   Who took her in the first place is still a mystery.

Lance Armstrong is all the buzz on Twitter this morning after admitting to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Monday.   Sources tell ABC News that Armstrong is talking to authorities about paying back some of the US Postal Service money that went to sponsor his Tour de France team.   He is also talking to authorities about confessing and naming names, according to the report.   Armstrong, 41, was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency last year.   If he provides substantial information, the lifetime ban could be reduced, sources say.

Mindy McCready is mourning the sudden death of her "life partner."   Singer-songwriter David Wilson died at home in Arkansas on Sunday evening.   Wilson was the father of her 9-month-old son Zayne.  The couple had been together for about two years.  "David loved and was loved. Those who knew and loved him will miss him; those who did know know David missed the opportunity to know a truly loving and gifted man," McCready said in a statement, calling him her "soulmate."

Natalie Wood's death might not have been an accident.  A new report released by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office cites bruises that suggest her mysterious death in 1981 may have been caused by assault.  Wood died at age 43 on Nov. 29, 1981 while yachting near Catalina Island in California with then-hubby Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken, who co-starred with her in the sci-fi thriller "Brainstorm."

Happy Founders Day to the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, celebrating 105 years of sisterhood and service!

From Seattle, six thousand people gathered for what was billed as the world's largest snowball fight!


If you have an hour and 20 minutes to kill, check out the "live action" version of Toy Story.  Jesse Perrotta, 21, and Jonason Pauley, 19, both of Arizona, spent two years creating a shot-for-shot remake of Toy Story, Pixar’s first full-length computer animated feature film.



For those who can't spare the time for that video, check out this bird named Harvey singing dubstep to the tune of more than 4 million views!


Finally, how good is a cat at the shell game?


That's the trend!

Have a great day,




Golden Globes, scene-stealing toddlers and panda cubs

Good morning!

The Golden Globes are buzzing this morning after Ben Affleck got some vindication for not earning an Oscar nomination.  Affleck won best director honors and his film "Argo" won best drama picture at the Globes.  Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," which leads the Oscar nominations, only won a single Golden Globe.  The other big winner of the night was "Les Miserables," which won best musical or comedy, best actor for Hugh Jackman and best supporting actress for Anne Hathaway.

The other big story out of the Globes was Jodie Foster, who sort of came out of the closest without really coming out, and hinted at retiring from acting without actually saying that she was retiring. The speech sparked a mixed discussion on social media, ranging from "brilliant" to "what?" Even writers seemed dazzled and bewildered at the same time. Backstage, Foster dispelled any notion that she was retiring. "I could never stop acting," she said. "You'd have to drag me behind a team of horses." And when asked her intended message, Foster said, "That people change."

In viral video news, it's Fighter vs. Food. UFC star Anthony "Showtime" Pettis takes on a carton of eggs, one slow-mo roundhouse kick at a time.


Lots of searching going on for Justin Timberlake this morning as he has released his first original song since 2006. "Suit & Tie" features Jay-Z.  It's available on iTunes todayTimberlake wrote on his website that the song is part of an upcoming album called "The 20/20 Experience," due out later this year.

A musician's unusual video getting a lot of attention. In "Sheet Music," Andrew Huang creates a beat using only a large sheet of paper and a pair of scissors.


The other hot topics this weekend revolve around the NFL playoffs as New England, Baltimore, Atlanta and San Francisco all advanced to their conference championships. Players getting a lot of buzz include the retiring Raven Ray Lewis; Patriots back-up RB Shane Vereen, who scored three times in the win over Houston;  49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, who racked up 181 yards running in the win over Green Bay; and Matt Bryant, who kicked the game-winning  field goal in the thriller between Seattle and Atlanta.

Kate Middleton's due date has been revealed!  The palace office says the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are expecting their first child to be born in July.

A 17-month-old baby stole the show when he ran out on stage and started dancing during his dad's concert. Adorable Ethan crashed the performance and upstaged his dad, Coffey, during the New Year's Eve event.


Finally, the San Diego Zoo has welcomed its newest resident. Panda cub Xiao Liwu debuted with his mom and is now viewable by the public every day.


That's the Trend!