I like to describe Reuters.com as a financial news website with a general news edge. When looking at the most popular stories on our site, you’d expect to see the biggest stories from the business world riddling the top 10. But even business people have general interests — and traffic to a particular story can come from different sources. The end result is that our “most popular” list for 2010 has some entries you’d expect and some that are, well, off-topic.
Penises, for example.
The fourth entry in this year’s popular list has nothing to do with business, or U.S. consumers, or world events.
You go for walks, maybe stretch out on an open couch, perhaps stand in long lines for a luke-warm bite to eat. You make numerous trips to the vending machines, munch on biscuits, chat with colleagues. Life in the fast lane of the COP15 Climate Conference in Copenhagen has slowed down to a crawl, and the waiting is most certainly the hardest part.
On the final day of the conference, the media — and everyone else — is looking forward to an outcome, any outcome of a two-week marathon that was supposed to lead to cuts in greenhouse gas emisions and a 2010 deadline for a legally binding treaty.