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
Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: Police will be on high alert on Friday whatever the result
QS university world rankings: Imperial College London leapfrogs Oxford to join Cambridge as best British university
Scottish independence exclusive: Millions of banknotes sent to Scotland in case Yes vote sparks run on ATMs
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
- 4 Kanye West stops concert after two fans don't stand up - doesn't realise one is in wheelchair and the other disabled
- 5 QS university world rankings: Imperial College London leapfrogs Oxford to join Cambridge as best British university
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