The Waffles Week in Review: Week 12, 2013

Here’s a look at the most popular stories covered at Wafflesatnoon over the 12th week of 2013, for the dates covering March 19-25. We’ll take a look at the most significant stories day-by-day, including new items and those which surged in popularity.

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Tuesday, March 19
The week began with our most read story on Tuesday being the most read item of the entire week – that of an image of a giant spider clinging to the side of a house. We also published a warning regarding an increase in fake Facebook support phishing emails.

Winged-Spider-FakeWednesday, March 20
Another spider story was tops in readership today, this time regarding a newspaper clipping alleging to show a new winged spider.

Thursday, March 21
Today we saw a surge in interest in the rumor that cosmic rays from Mars would damage cell phones. New articles included the wasp spray vs pepper spray debate, a discussion of the Burundanga business card attacks, and the Carmen Winstead chain email.

spider-in-oreoFriday, March 22
The “Man punching dog” photo surged on Facebook while our new article on the “Oreo Cookie Spider” discussed this popular image.

Saturday, March 23
Today there was renewed interest in a news clipping regarding a church closing a food bank because it attracted too many poor people. New articles included the claim that using egg whites is a recommended remedy for burns, along with a rumor about hackers posting links about visiting the “New Facebook.

North-Carolina-SignSunday, March 24
The “world’s smallest cat” image gained significant readership today, while new articles were posted about a “new” drug called Molly, and a “Welcome to North Carolina” warning sign.

Monday, March 25
The Bruce Lee Ping Pong video saw significant sharing on Facebook, while we took a look at a rumor stating that Magic Johnson donated blood. We also sought user reviews for the men’s health product Nugenix.

The most read article of the week, for the second week in a row, was the giant spider in Texas. The most read new article was regarding the Oreo Cookie spider, while the most shared was the “Man Punching Dog” post.

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