The 12 most-read 2011 articles in News
All human life is here - including the death of the newspaper for which that phrase was once a proud boast. But our list is headed by a man who (thankfully) got his forecast spectacularly wrong
Don't expect our list of this year's most-read articles to match the major news breaks too closely.
There are two basic reasons. First, the big breaks are covered widely, splitting the audience widely and over a long period of time so our more distinctive articles are likely to be the most popular. Second, even a widely read online audience craves some light relief, as you'll see.
Before we list our most-read articles, look at this year's top headlines, including links to a key part of our coverage for each:
January: the Tunisian government falls
July: Amy Winehouse dies
The 12 most-read articles from 2011 in our News channel
But before we start, an honourable mention for a story from 20 December that fell just outside the list, but is still growing at a rate that might see it enter the list by the end of the year: Alarm as Dutch lab creates highly contagious killer flu
And looking forward: Alan Cleaver, Online House Hunter: 2012 HOUSING PREDICTIONS
Orphan kangaroos spend Christmas without their parents
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
Man 'armed to the teeth' arrested in Cannes market as France deploys 300 more soldiers
New route to Mars could make manned mission much cheaper and easier
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street
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