Most Shared News Stories on Facebook in 2011: 40 - 31


Most Shared News Stories on Facebook in 2011: 40 - 31
Bam Margera weeps for Ryan Dunn after the Jackass star died in a car crash - it was one of the most shared stories of 2011
Facebook has released a list of 40 of the most shared articles on Facebook in 2011 that reveals some interesting tastes when it comes to online news.

The news stories come from six different sources; New York Times, CNN, Yahoo, The Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

And they cover everything from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami to a list of things babies born in 2011 will never know about. It shows a hilarious cover letter and a poignant book about children’s bedrooms that helps capture the divisions in class and wealth.

Here we give you No. 40 to No. 31

40: Steve Jobs' Patents (photo gallery)
After the death of one the founders of Apple, Steve Jobs, The New York Times took a look at some of the 323 Apple patents listing him among the other inventors who contributed to the products.

39: Grant Hill’s Response to Jalen Rose (story)
Grant Hill responds to an accusation made in “The Fab Five”, an ESPN film about successful Michigan basketball careers, where Jalen Rose stated that Duke recruited only black players he considered to be “Uncle Toms”. This story was much bigger in the States than here, but still made it into the top 40.

38: China’s latest craze: dyeing pets to look like other wild animals (photo gallery)
This hilarious article by CNN was light-hearted look at what animal lovers the other side of the world do for fun. They dyed their dogs to represent wild animals native to China, and they were extremely cute.

37: Steve Jobs, Apple founder, dies (story)
This news was all over every piece of social media, but this history of his life proved the most comprehensive and became the most shared.

36: Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet, shifted Earth’s axis (story)
This shocking news report came after the initial earthquake to reveal the permanent physical effects. The coast itself moved a distance of 8 feet. It goes a little way to explain how the effects were so destructive.

35: Where Children Sleep (photo gallery)
A New York Times article showed some of the moving images from Where Children Sleep, a book by James Mollison that manages to show the quirkiness of childhood, like the 11-year-old hunter from Kentucky who has camouflage bed sheets, while at the same time commentating on poverty and class, such as the 7-year-old Nepalese quarry worker who lives with her family in a one room house.

34: The Psychology of Revenge: Why We Should Stop Celebrating Osama Bin Laden’s Death (story)
The Huffington Post carried a piece by Dr. Pamela Gerloff that urged members of the public to stop celebrating the killing of Osama Bin Laden as it only begets more hatred, anger and violence.

33: Things Babies Born in 2011 Will Never Know (story)
Yahoo put together an amusing list of things that children born in 2011 will never know, deal with, use or even conceive. These include travel agents, movie rental shops, dial-up internet, catalogs, fax machines and hiding.

32: New Zodiac sign dates: Don’t switch horoscopes yet (story)
The Washington Post reported on a story that appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune that suggested that people’s understanding of the Zodiac was off by roughly a month and they may be using the wrong star sign but the Post went on to explain that there are two zodiacs, the tropical and the sidereal, and in the west we predominantly use the tropical system.

31: Epic Cover Letter: How To Get Hired for Your Dream Job (Picture)
The Huffington Post featured a picture of a cover letter that could only be described as genius. As you can see a guy named Ronald does all he can to get himself to the head of the pack in the job-hunt. The piece de resistance has to be signing it ‘Love, Ronald’.

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