Goodbye 2012, it’s been real. But on the trends front, we end on a sad note. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West -- two of the most obnoxious people in the world -- are reproducing. Joe Flacco can’t even claim the title of the NFL’s most pathetic quarterback. Thanks to Congress, the economy may be on the verge of collapse. And Hillary Clinton is in the hospital with a blood clot.
Happy New Year everybody!
In between auto-tuned sets, Kanye West confirmed last night what the gossip mags have been speculating about for months. Then again, US Weekly and Life & Style want every famous person to be pregnant. Fun fact: Kim’s first trimester will last longer than her first marriage.
Meanwhile, Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys lost to the Redskins last night, sending the Washington football team to the playoffs as the NFC East Champs for first time since 1999. And with only hours to spare, the country is now hanging from a tree branch off the side of the fiscal cliff.
Finally, the Internet is sending well wishes to Hillary Clinton who was admitted to a New York hospital yesterday after she had been suffering from a series of health problems for the past few weeks. Fox News commentators who accused her of “faking sick” to avoid talking about Benghazi must feel mighty stupid right now.
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Kim Kardashian Pregnant (Kanye West, Kendall Jenner, Kim K, Kimye)
Trending on: Google Trends, Baltimore Twitter, National Twitter
Why: Rapper Kanye West and reality TV star Kim Kardashian are expecting their first child, celebrity media outlets reported on Monday. Fans and family took to Twitter to congratulate the celebrity power couple. [The Baltimore Sun]
Tony Romo (Robert Griffin III, Dallas, Redskins)
Trending on: Google Trends, National Twitter, Baltimore Twitter
Why: Usual second banana Alfred Morris ran for three touchdowns and 200 yards, and quarterback Robert Griffin III rushed for another score as the Washington Redskins captured the NFC East championship with a 28-18 victory over the archrival Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night at raucous FedEx Field. [The Baltimore Sun]
Trending on: Google Trends, Reddit
Why: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital on Sunday with a blood clot linked to a concussion she suffered earlier this month, the State Department said in an announcement that looked sure to fuel speculation over the health of one of America’s best-known political figures. [The Baltimore Sun]
New Years (NYE)
Trending on: Baltimore Twitter
Why: Baltimore has too much to offer. We’ve rounded up a variety of New Year’s Eve events so you don’t have to spend another year falling asleep on the couch. These 12 celebrations range from elegant and chic to local and fun to crazy and wild. This is the New Year’s Eve we all deserve. [The Baltimore Sun]
Trending on: National Twitter
Why: The U.S. Congress comes back on Monday without a deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” and only a few hours of actual legislative time scheduled in which to act if an agreement materializes. Negotiations involving Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell appeared to offer the last hope for avoiding the across-the-board tax increases and draconian cuts in the federal budget that will be triggered at the start of the New Year because of a deficit-reduction law enacted in August, 2011. [The Baltimore Sun]
Ariana (Ariana Grande)
Trending on: Baltimore Twitter
Why: Ariana Grande and Jai Brooks have been dating since the summer, but the duo haven’t actually met in person. For the record, I have no idea who these people are. [Nickutopia]
|| LOCAL RISING SEARCHES ON GOOGLE* ||
- santa tracker | Breakout
- les miserables | +300%
- baltimore weather | +190%
- weather | +140%
- gamestop | +90%
- wbal| +90%
- movies | +70%
- netflix | +70%
- imdb | +60%
- itunes | +50%
*Average of the past seven days