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Google, Facebook reveal top stories of 2012

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December 12, 2012|By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy | RedEye

The requisite year-end reminiscing has begun, and thanks to Google and Facebook, we can relive all the things from this year that we didn't really actually live but watched on the Internet.

Google released its list of things people had time to search for between watching cat videos and deciding if "The Walking Dead" is for them, and Whitney Houston topped the worldwide results, followed by "Gangnam Style" and Hurricane Sandy. Topping other lists were Jeremy Lin, athletes; "Hunger Games," films; iPad 3, electronics; and One Direction in images, among others.

It's a fun way to go, "Hey, remember the relentless discussion about that thing for a brief period of time before the Internet stopped caring and talked about something else?" This is particularly evident in the top (U.S.) Facebook discussions, also divided into categorical top-10s, which include books, technology, check-ins and memes, along with your standard people and things.

Some of the six-month-throwback highlights are Draw Something, KONY 2012, Rick Santorum and Linsanity (again). The most discussed event was the presidential election, probably from the vicious cycle of people talking about the election versus people talking about how they hate when people talk about the election. The top people were the two candidates.

There was a notable lack of Chicago on any of the lists, with the exception of Wrigley Field, which wound up in the "Most Check-ins" top 10.

Check out the full lists here for Google and here for Facebook.

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