Online Trends for Dec. 14, 2012
(Handout and Getty Images photos)

Good morning and welcome to an extra robust Friday online trends report. So did you see that awesome Meteor Shower? No, I didn't either, but thanks to Internet our ignorance and laziness will not be punished because the photos are plentiful and popular. Thanks Internet!

The political soap opera Scandal continues to prove extremely popular with Baltimore audiences after another eventful show. SPOILERS BELOW PEOPLE! Meanwhile, Susan Rice will not be leading the State Department anytime soon, The Air Foamposite One 'Stealth' (a sneaker, a not military drone) is selling out and the X-Factor is losing the boring mentor that one liked anyway.


Finally, a lot of trends from yesterday like Les Mis, the Hobbit and the 121212 Concert are still cooking. Proving once again, America craves the familiar.


Meteor Shower
Trending on: Google Trends, Google Plus
Why: An onslaught of Geminid meteors dashed through the cloudless skies Thursday night and early Friday morning, putting on a dazzling spectacle. Some witnesses called it the best meteor shower they had ever seen. [Washington Post]

Scandal (Huck, What the Huck, Becky)
Trending on: Baltimore Twitter
Why: The twists and turns kept coming all the way through the winter finale of "Scandal." After being blown away to learn that Huck had been the man behind the assassination attempt on the president, this week it was revealed that it hadn't been him after all. [The Huffington Post]

The Air Foamposite One 'Stealth'
Trending on: National Twitter
Why: Today is the official release date of the Nike Air Foamposite One ‘Stealth.' Twitter users report that it has already sold out online. The all-black version of retired NBA star Penny Hardaway's iconic sneaker was slated to drop December 26th, but has now been moved up to December 14th. [Baller Status]

Les Miserables
Trending on: Google Trends
Why: The nominees are in for the 70th Golden Globe Awards and, as anticipated, "Lincoln," "Argo" and "Les Miserables" have all scored big. The 70th Golden Globes ceremony will be held Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will co-host the show. [ABC News]

Trending on: Google Trends, Google Plus
Why: "The X Factor" fans may be looking forward to next week's finals, when a male country singer, a girl band and a female soloist battle it out for a $5 million record contract. But the end of season two will be another finale of sorts, as judge L.A. Reid announced Thursday he is leaving the show. [CNN]

Susan Rice 
Trending on: National Twitter
Why: Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a close confidante of President Barack Obama, withdrew her name from consideration as secretary of state on Thursday in the face of what promised to be a contentious Senate confirmation battle.

Trending on: National Twitter
Why: U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order on Friday to send two Patriot missile batteries to Turkey with 400 American personnel to operate them, in a move by NATO members to bolster Turkey's defenses against the threat of Syrian missiles.

The Hobbit 
Trending on: National Twitter 
Why: "The Hobbit," the first of three movies to be yanked out of J.R.R. Tolkien's single novel, was released today and comes from Mister Middle-earth: Peter Jackson, who thrilled Tolkien fans worldwide with his lavish screen version of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.


  1. cam cameron | Breakout
  2. jenni rivera | Breakout
  3. pacquiao | Breakout
  4. anne hathaway | +400%
  5. hanukkah | +160%
  6. rg3 | +130%
  7. baltimore ravens | +70%
  8. old navy | +70%
  9. american eagle | +40%
  10. fox | +40%

*Average of the past seven days