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Paul McCartney and the pope are making 12/12/12 a day to remember

Happy 12/12/12! Enjoy the quirky numerical day while it lasts because it won't happen again for another hundred years. (Or never if the Mayan Apocalypse actually happens) Possibly fueled by this unique bit of numerology, the Internet is buzzing with news this morning. Beatle's guru Ravi Shankar is dead, the pope is an overeager Tweeter and North Korea is making everyone mad again. And in a lunch time update, Paul McCartney is reportedly fililng in for Kurt Cobain as Nirvania reunites for tonight's huge Hurricane Sandy benefit concert.

Other top searches include The Voice which is drawing toward its screechy and showy finale, and The Man of Steel, which released an extended trailer yesterday. Calling the latest Superman movie earnest would be understatement. They may want to cut back on the overbearing angelic music just a bit.

|| ONLINE TRENDS ||

Paul McCartney (Nirvana)
Trending on: Baltimore Twitter, National Twitter
Why: Paul McCartney will sub for Kurt Cobain as Nirvana reunites for Wednesday night's special Hurricane Sandy relief concert at Madison Square Garden. [New York Daily News

Happy 12.12.12 (12/12/12)
Trending on: Google Trends, National Twitter, Baltimore Twitter
Why: Today is 12-12-12, the last major numerical date using the Gregorian or Christian calendar for almost another century. The next time three numbers will align as they did on 9-9-09, 10-10-10 and 11-11-11 will be on Jan. 1, 3001, or 1-1-1. [ABC News]

Ravi Shankar
Trending on: National Twitter, Baltimore Twitter, Google Plus
Why: Ravi Shankar was already revered as a master of the sitar in 1966 when he met George Harrison, the Beatle who became his most famous disciple and gave the Indian musician-composer unexpected pop-culture cachet. Suddenly the classically trained Shankar was a darling of the hippie movement, gaining widespread attention through memorable performances at the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock and the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. [The Baltimore Sun]

The Voice
Trending on: Google Trends 
Why: “The Voice” threw us another curve ball last night — for those (me included) that thought two more contestants would be cut this week, oh, were we wrong. There will be not two, but three finalists next week, which means only one — whether it be Terry McDermott, Trevin Hunte, Cassadee Pope or Nicholas David — will be going home. [The Baltimore Sun]

Pope
Trending on: National Twitter, Baltimore Twitter
Why: After weeks of anticipation bordering on media frenzy, Pope Benedict solemnly put his finger to a computer tablet device on Wednesday and tried to send his first tweet - but something went wrong. Images on Vatican television appeared to show the first try didn't work. The pope, who still writes his speeches by hand, seems to have pressed too hard and the tweet was not sent right away. So, he needed a little help from his friends. [The Baltimore Sun]

North Korea
Trending on: National Twitter, Baltimore Twitter, Google Plus
Why:  North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to opponents. The rocket, which North Korea says put a weather satellite into orbit, has been labeled by the United States, South Korea and Japan as a test of technology that could one day deliver a nuclear warhead capable of hitting targets as far away as the continental United States. [The Baltimore Sun]

Clackamas Town Center
Trending on: Google Trends 
Why: A gunman opened fire inside an Oregon shopping mall on Tuesday in the middle of the busy Christmas season, killing at least two people, critically wounding a young woman and terrorizing holiday shoppers before shooting himself to death, police said. [The Baltimore Sun]

Man of Steel
Trending on: Google Trends 
Why: Coming in the wake of Bryan Singer's vapid Superman Returns in 2006, Man of Steel will attempt to return Kal-El to his rightful place on a superhero throne that has been usurped – at least in cinemas – by ostensibly lesser figures such as Batman, Spider-Man and even Iron Man over the past decade. [The Guardian

|| RISING LOCAL SEARCHES ON GOOGLE* ||

  1. cam cameron | Breakout
  2. jenni rivera | Breakout
  3. pacquiao | Breakout
  4. rg3 | +250%
  5. hanukkah | +150%
  6. redskins | +90%
  7. nfl schedule | +60%
  8. old navy | +60%
  9. american girl | +50%
  10. kmart | +50%

*Average of the past seven days

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