If I were the kind of person who made snap judgments based on flimsy evidence, I'd say our readership is in a funk. Compare this week's Easter queries to last year's; they're down by 50%. Also, compare this week's "Purple Wedding" on Game of Thrones, which saw the death by poisoning of that loathsome sprog Joffrey Baratheon, to last year's "Red Wedding", down by ≈40%. It's a recurring trend; the Golden Globes, the Oscars and several other annual events are noticeably lower in the rankings from last year. Are people just not able to summon the necessary enthusiasm? Although the barrage of worrisome news appears to have faded from the list this week, perhaps its cumulative weariness has had an impact. The high position for the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, a topic of interest mainly to British readers and so not usually likely to reach the top 25, shows that our readers are in a mood of sombre reflection. Certainly our readers seem drawn to the darker elements of the Easter holiday this year, if the order is any indication.
It's Easter week this week, and it seems people were more drawn to its dark side this year, the day that commemorates ("celebrates" isn't really the word) the torture and crucifixion (Passion) of Jesus Christ, as opposed to Easter Sunday (below) which celebrates his resurrection.
The worst football disaster in British history, in which human crush led to the death of 96 spectators and the injury of nearly 800 more, got some often vociferous attention during the week of its 25th anniversary on 15 April, with some questioning whether the steps taken to prevent its recurrence have inflicted more harm than intended.
It's hard to remember these days, under the onslaught of bunnies, chocolate eggs and marshmallow peeps, that Easter, not Christmas, is the most sacred date of the Christian calendar. Doubtless a lot of people learned that this week, along with some fairly eye-raising information about the events it actually celebrates.
Despite its virus-y name, this isn't a virus; it is a security bug in the "heartbeat" (basically a repeated "Is All Well?" signal) in the OpenSSL program, which is widely used to provide security for internet sites. It is estimated to have affected 17 percent of all sites using the program, which spooked Netizens en masse this week as they rushed to change their potentially compromised passwords.
Southeastern Turkey is home to some of the earliest known urban settlements in the world; so old we don't have names for the people who built them. The Göbekli Tepe site features ritualistic structures that may be as much as 12,000 years old, as pointed out in a thread on Reddit this week.
This article has been veering wildly (and suspiciously) around the view graph for several weeks, but at least now its presence on the list has a reason: Amazon Fire TV, announced this week, is a digital streaming device to watch online content on an HDTV. How it distinguishes itself from the three or four other such devices currently on the market is a matter of some dispute.
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