1. Most Weed Smoked
In 2012, Snoop Lion literally smoked his weight in weed. Here’s how we figured this out:
According to his own account, Snoop consistently smokes 81 blunts a day. Over the entire course of 2012, this comes out to approximately 29,000 blunts. Using the modest estimate of 3 grams of weed per blunt, this amounts to 191.8 pounds of weed. Strangely, that’s exactly the same as Snoop’s weight. It’s physically impossible that anyone else smoked more.
2. Most Money Made
Which individuals made the most money in 2012? We looked at the year’s top earners across a few different categories. Here’s how they stacked up:
10. Largest Gathering
Visiting the shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala, Iraq during Arba’een on 01/14/12: That’s a whole lot of people in one place. They could have filled every NFL stadium in the US 5 times!
15. Best-Selling Single
“Somebody That I Used to Know”
“Somebody That I Used to Know”, by Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter Gotye, has sold over 6.7 million copies so far this year, giving it a slight edge over “Call Me Maybe” at 6.2 million. With the addition of the year-end charts, Gotye’s hit is expected to surpass 7 million sales in 2012.
Including 2011, the song has sold over 10 million copies, making it the 12th best selling digital single of all time. This is more than 5x greater than the number of digital sales of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”.
19. Most Watched TV Series
Sunday Night Football
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya step into the limelight in dethroning American Idol’s 7 year stretch at the top. SNF engrossed an average of 20.7M viewers each Sunday night, an astounding 20% share of the entire television audience.
20. Most Airtime for TV Show
There are only 8,784 hours in the year, so SportsCenter’s 12,740 hours of airtime in as many episodes means that the show is on TV three times every two hours. To put that in perspective: Friends (1,400 hrs), Family Guy (1,100 hrs), Big Bang Theory (900 hrs), Seinfeld (600 hrs), and Two And A Half Men (400 hrs) combined for only 4,400 hours this past year, about third of SportsCenter’s total airtime.
28. Most Popular GIF
Michelle Jenneke Warming Up
Before this year, it would have been unheard of to say your favorite dance was by a Australian hurdler. No longer. On BuzzFeed and its partner sites, Michelle Jenneke GIFs were viewed 10 million times. Her pre-race routines took off on Youtube as well, with this video getting over 20 million views.
29. Most Viewed BuzzFeed Post
“21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity”
Jack Shepherd’s “21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity” struck a chord with our readers, spreading rapidly on Facebook and other social networks. Its 11.3 million views place it well ahead of 2011’s top post, “The 45 Most Powerful Photos of 2011”, which received 9 million views during that year.
30. Most Viewed BuzzFeed Partner Post
“Prince Harry — Naked Pictures of Las Vegas Rager Leaked”
BuzzFeed tracks activity on hundreds of partner publisher sites. In 2012, the biggest post of them all was TMZ’s account of Prince Harry’s wild night. Her majesty clearly taught her boys how to have fun. Strip pool enthusiasts rejoice, you’re in the big leagues now.
33. Most Improved Animal
While dogs, cats, and birds are always most popular, sloths saw the largest jump in popularity throughout the year. Using Google Trends, we were able to see increases in sloth searches throughout the past 2 years:
Sloths got the edge overall, but the story was different on BuzzFeed. Here, 2012 was the year of the hedgehog. There were over 1.1 million views to hedgehog-related content.
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