The most popular holiday isn’t Christmas?

January 1, 2011

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Since I’ve already revealed this blog’s most popular items for all of 2010 it’s going to be a bit less dramatic to list the top 10 for December, but I’m required to do it for those of you who wager on the results.

MOROCCODecember readers shared my personal appreciation for the truly absurd, especially a program to prepare panda cubs to return to the wild by dressing their human handlers as pandas, and a U.S. Navy project that is so bizarre I’m not even going to describe it here.

Readers eagerly followed the doings of dumbasses, including a TV chef who hired homeless guys to try to kill his wife, and the creep who paid $87,000 for a coffin that once held Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

A number of Christmas items made the top 10 for the month here, but perhaps surprisingly, all of them were beaten in popularity by a different holiday altogether, in slot number three.

These, then, were the most popular items in a very busy month.

HUNGARY/10. Scram! It’s a real drug bust!

9. Bamboozle small pandas for a living?

8. Count me in! Do you take plastic?

7. Think you could kill her for a little less?

6. You must be Round John Virgin?

5. How Blog Guy made the Naughty List

4. Eleven pipers piping, ten snipers sniping…

3. Happy Eva Mendes Day to all!

2. Those Volkswagens are sure making good time!

And number one…

1. Sales from the crypt…

Thanks, and Happy New Year!

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Top: A researcher dressed in a panda costume carries a panda cub after its physical examination at the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan province December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

Right: U.S actress Eva Mendes poses for a photocall in the gardens of Hotel Mamounia in Marrakesh, December 4, 2010. REUTERS/Jean Blondin

Bottom Right: First place winner Alexandra Kocsis smiles during the second Miss Plastic Hungary beauty pageant in Budapest, November 26, 2010. The contest is open to entrants who have had some type of aesthetic surgery. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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Hooray for surviving 2010! Next year, I think the OE group should have a party at the Goofy Face Museum and Doughnut Shop. At midnight, a giant sprinkle covered doughnut could descend. Clean up would be a snap! Just set out some coffee and everyone could break off a piece of the donut for breakfast.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Good idea, Onedoor, but don’t you think it would be more appropriate to have the party on Eva Mendes Day?

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

I think we should take more care of the possible pandapocalypse to have it only ninth on the list.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Clear the runway! ify and I will be there.

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

I’m not certain the 5 carved into the enhancement pic would be what I would shoot for. But hey..To each his/her own.

Posted by onequartlow | Report as abusive

@Spin – Good planning there. I especially like the setting up of police cordons to stop people leaving early.

Oh, and when you say Herbal Tea, do you mean actual herbal tea, or do you mean *cough* herbal tea, as in something with a significantly higher alcohol content?

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

With enough cordons and bamboo, the pandas can attend. Outside, that is. Maybe Nosmo could train them to work security that night!

Spin is quite capable of selecting an herbal tea that tastes good and could be spiked, if she really wanted thst for breakfast!

Doughnuts, donuts, oh, nuts! Much too ussed to seeing the word spelled in different ways to catch it when I revert to using both forms. Too many sprinkles…

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Yes justCAM and I will be there as soon as we can figure out how the propellors fit back on the engines. Dude, I swear they are upside down!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Good points, Onedoor. Now that we have a classy logo, I think most of our 2011 budget will be spent on focus groups to decide between doughnut/donut and shop/shoppe.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

I too worry about the 2011 budget. Here’s my cost-saving solution: “doughnut” for joints with tablecloths and “Shoppe” where clients get pretty bags with tissue paper. After meticulous calculation, I say we go with “Donut Shop”. (If there’s anything left in the slush fund, I want an autographed picture of our Mr B.)

Posted by ladylala | Report as abusive

@ Spin: How well you know me, Spin-sistah. But so oft in my fancy have I limned Lamar’s fine lines, an actual photo is unnecessary. An autographed shot of Mr B, on the other hand, might buy me lunch on e-bay.

Posted by ladylala | Report as abusive

Happy New Year, my lovely fellow commentators….
Nosmo, I would go for a spiked tea… make mine Earl Grey…
One, brilliant suggestions for 2011… definitely worth doing!
Spin, I second ya.. Lady, do you already have Lamar?? :P
Boys, get the plane working asap… you need to pick us across-the-ponders up….

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive