New Zealand dodges the Mayan Apocalypse as Miss Maryland gets a promotion

Online Trends for Dec. 20, 2012
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It's the end of the world as we know and New Zealand feels fine. Yup, it's official the Mayan Apocalypse has snubbed Oceanian and the rest of the world will likely make it through Dec. 21 in one piece. (Shocking I know). The Mayan Calendar has run out so it's probably time to break down and get that 2013 Pooped Puppies calendar.

There is one person who is probably pretty pleased right now and that's the newly crowned Miss Universe Olivia Culpo. Imagine having the universe end on the first day of your super-sexy reign that would be so not cool. Culpo of Rhode Island is the first Miss USA to win the crown since 1997 and her ascension paves the way for Miss Maryland Nana Meriwether to become Miss USA.

Finally, Google is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm will a painfully cute Google Doodle. It's a sliding comic strip of Little Red Ridding Hood that you can page through. And if it's the last thing you do (I could be wrong about the impending apocalypse) check it out, it's worth it.



Mayans (New Zealand, Australia, Apocalypse, End of the World)
Trending on: National Twitter, Baltimore Twitter, Reddit, Google Plus
Why: If you're reading this on Thursday, keep in mind, it's already Friday in New Zealand, and it's still on the map.  [The Baltimore Sun]

Miss Universe
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Why: A 20-year-old beauty queen who plays the cello and is a breast cancer advocate was crowned Miss Universe on Wednesday, the eighth time an American has won the pageant where the world's most beautiful women parade in bikinis and ball gowns. Olivia Culpo, 20, a brunette from Rhode Island, was chosen by a 10-judge panel from 89 contestants representing countries ranging from India to Kosovo and Britain. [The Baltimore Sun]

Brothers Grimm
Trending on: Google Trends
Why: Head over to Google's homepage on Thursday and you'll enjoy a scrollable comic strip telling the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The doodle celebrates the 200th anniversary of "Grimm's Fairy Tales," a compendium of European folk tales first published in 1812 by German brothers Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm and Wilhelm Carl Grimm. [Christian Science Monitor / Google]

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Why: Like NBC's "The Voice" did two days earlier Fox's "The X Factor" opens its final performance night with a musical tribute to the victim's of Friday's elementary school shooting in Newton, Conn. [Washington Post]


Happy Holidays, Christmas
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