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What do Gangnam Style, Honey Boo Boo and the Robsten Cheating Scandal Have in Common? They Round Out Yahoo! Canada's Year in Review 2012

For all the 2012 Top Ten Search Lists Visit http://ca.yearinreview.yahoo.com/

TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, Yahoo! Canada unveiled its 8th annual Year in Review, revealing the stories, events and individuals that captured the nation's attention this year.  The Year in Review utilizes search data to provide insight into the scandals, news stories, trendsetters and tragedies that mesmerized Canadians and kept them searching on Yahoo!.

"Yahoo! Canada's Year in Review 2012 reflects the daily search habits of users and highlights the top stories and trends based on what millions of people worldwide searched for," says Justine Melman at Yahoo!. "It is a distinct way to portray a society in motion through online behavior."

Kate Middleton is the most searched of the year, followed by a post-Steve Jobs iPhone 5.The Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon also captured our attention, along with Honey Boo Boo and her quest for a beauty queen title. Interest in celebs and newcomers to the Hollywood scene continue to reign supreme with everything from the "Robsten" cheating scandal to Psy and his horse trotting Gangnam Style topping searches.

Below are Yahoo! Canada's Top 10 Searches in 2012:

1. Kate Middleton  6. Hurricane Sandy
2. iPhone 5  7. Jessica Simpson
3. Kristen Stewart /  Robert Pattinson         8. Jessica Pare
4. Fifty Shades of Grey              9. Scientology
5. Higgs Boson  10. Miss Universe Canada Jenna Talackova

To explore the trends and stories that inspired and entertained the world in 2012, visit http://ca.yearinreview.yahoo.com/.

OTHER TOP TRENDS FROM YAHOO! CANADA READERS:

Top 10 News Stories:
2012 was a year of curiosity and tragedy, as the world went online for information about Facebook's disastrous IPO, U.S. elections and first images from the Curiosity Mars Rover. Sadly, the controversy around the Innocence of Muslims video also held our attention. Closer to home, the troubling Shafia family and Tori Stafford murder stories also captivated Canadian news. The top 10 news stories for Yahoo! Canada in 2012 were:

1. Facebook IPO  6. Tori Stafford murder trial
2. XL Food beef recall  7. Shooting sprees
3. RIM's downfall  8. Curiosity Rover Mars photos
4. 2012 US Elections 9. Shafia family murder
5. Innocence of Muslims                              10. Alberta elections

Top 10 Obsessions:
As usual, our obsessions for the year were a road map of all things pop culture. The usual suspects like Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift made the list, but newcomers like Honey Boo Boo and Psy threw curve balls that no one could have seen coming.

1. Psy Gangnam Style  6. Paulina Gretzky
2. Honey Boo Boo  7. Pippa Middleton
3. Prince Harry nude scandal  8. One Direction
4. Kim Kardashian  9. Amanda Bynes
5. Call Me Maybe phenomenon                   10. Taylor Swift

Top 10 Canadian Economic and Political Issues:
From Robocalls to RIM, 2012 was controversial in the Canadian political and economic scenes. The Keystone pipeline continues to draw attention, while Quebec's student strikes meant a lost semester and ultimately lead to the downfall of the provincial government. The top 10 Canadian economic and political issues were:

1. XL Food beef recall  6. Liberal party tailspin and elections
2. RIM downfall  7. Quebec corruption
3. Alberta elections  8. Keystone pipeline
4. Quebec student strikes                           9. New $20 bill
5. Robocall scandal  10. SOPA

Top 10 Newsmakers:
Much like the top news stories, many of this year's top newsmakers were linked to tragedy, scandal or worse. There were, however, also some truly inspirational newsmakers in 2012, with Felix Baumgartner's historic leap from space and Justin Trudeau's growing role in Canadian politics.  The top 10 newsmakers for Yahoo! Canada in 2012 were:

1. Luka Rocco Magnotta                             6. Jerry Sandusky
2. Paula Todd  7. Felix Baumgartner
3. Judge Lori Douglas  8. Mayor Rob Ford
4. Trayvon Martin  9. Justin Trudeau
5. Alison Redford  10. Ashley Smith

Top 5 Scandals:
The Royals continue to make headlines that rarely focus on their good deeds.  Along with other well-known names, they found themselves unexpectedly exposed. From Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson's cheating scandal to the doping revelations that shattered Lance Armstrong's legendary career, 2012 had its fair share of seedy celebrity news, including:

1. Kate Middleton topless photos        
2. Kristen Stewart cheats on Robert Pattinson 
3. Lance Armstrong doping
4. Prince Harry nude scandal in Vegas
5. Paulina Gretzky (her Instagram always causes trouble. All.Year. Long.)          

Top 10 Say What?
When a bagel head trend makes a top list of anything, you know it's been an interesting year. Between celebrities talking to empty chairs, tanning moms, cannibal attacks and real life dolls, what else is there to say?

1. Time Magazine breastfeeding cover       6. Bagel head trend
2. Clint Eastwood empty chair  7. Donald Trump's rant
3. Miami cannibal attack  8. Rush Limbaugh Slutgate
4. Tanning mom  9. 10-year old girl gives birth
5. Real life Barbie and Ken  10. Air rage - Maygan Sensenberger

Top 10 Celebrities:
Is Lindsay coming out of or going into jail?  Did Miley cut her hair for Liam?  Will Jennifer Aniston finally find the man of her dreams? The top 10 Celebrities who had a whirlwind year include:

1. Lindsay Lohan  6. Jessica Biel / Justin Timberlake
2. Britney Spears    7. Katie Holmes
3. Jennifer Lawrence                                   8. Rihanna / Chris Brown
4. Jennifer Aniston  9. Christina Aguilera
5. Miley Cyrus  10. Lady Gaga

Top 10 Movies:
Love, action and Lincoln all made the list of Top 10 Movies this year. Other-worldly super heroes and heroines dominated such movies as The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider Man, the Avengers and Hunger Games. Bond returned for a 50th anniversary. And don't forget Magic Mike, because the world loves abs!

1. Hunger Games  6. The Hobbit
2. The Dark Knight Rises  7. Magic Mike
3. The Amazing Spider Man                         8. Skyfall
4. The Avengers     9. Lincoln
5. Breaking Dawn Part II  10. The Bourne Legacy

Top 10 Sports Stories:
Highs, lows, laughs and, in what may be a first, an Olympic gif dominated the sports world in 2012. The Olympics were the top search, followed by Lance Armstrong's much-publicized fall from grace. Canada's women's soccer team made us proud, even amongst controversy. In a lighter story, McKayla Maroney's unimpressed (and hilarious) demeanor spawned gifs that appeared all over the internet.

1. London Olympics  6. 2012 NHL lockout
2. Lance Armstrong doping  7. McKayla Maroney not impressed
3. Canada's women's soccer team 8. NFL replacement referees
4. Sarah Burke dies after ski crash             9. Embarrassing Olympic photo
5. Euro 2012  10. Ron MacLean 9/11 comments

Top 10 Sports People:
Super heroes dominated the movies in 2012, but real-life heroes fascinated the sports world. At the Olympics, Christine Sinclair's fiery display resulted in a suspension, while Usain Bolt sped his way to three gold medals. Manny Pacquiao showed the world that boxing still packs a punch in a media landscape increasingly dominated by MMA. Amongst all the year's highs and lows, Gary Bettman's continued performance in the NHL lockout has made him one of the year's top 10 sports people.

1. Christine Sinclair  6. Jeremy Lin 
2. Usain Bolt  7. Manny Pacquiao
3. Gabby Douglas  8. Simon Whitfield 
4. Rosannagh MacLennan                             9. Hope Solo
5. Jared Connaughton  10. Gary Bettman

Top 10 In Memoriam:
The world lost many great people this year. From the moon's first man to the man who helmed American Bandstand, 2012 reminded us of the rich lives lived by our cultural icons in sciences and the arts. Amongst the year's Top 10 in Memoriam are some of the most treasured, unique and diverse voices that changed popular music across generations, including Etta James, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and Adam Yauch.

1. Whitney Houston  6. Dick Clark
2. Robin Gibb  7. Etta James 
3. Michael Clarke Duncan                            8. Donna Summer
4. Neil Armstrong  9. Anthony Sedlak
5. Adam Yauch   10. Peter Lougheed

About the Yahoo! Year in Review Methodology
To develop the Yahoo! Year in Review, our editors analyze Yahoo! Search queries based on a number of factors, including absolute volume and growth versus previous periods, to see which themes and trends bubble to the surface. Individuals and their Search queries always remain anonymous.

About Yahoo! Canada
Yahoo! is focused on making the world's daily habits more inspiring and entertaining.  By creating highly personalized experiences for our users, we keep people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world.  In turn, we create value for advertisers by connecting them with the audiences that build their businesses.  Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has offices located throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific (APAC) and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. For more information, visit the pressroom (pressroom.yahoo.net or the company's blog yodel.yahoo.com).

Yahoo! Canada services Canadians in both English and in French through its sites, www.yahoo.ca and http://qc.yahoo.com/. In Canada, Yahoo! sites were visited by more than 16 million unique Canadians in September, 2012 (comScore Media Metrix). Yahoo! Canada is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. Yahoo! is the trademark and/or registered trademark of Yahoo! Inc.

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