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Bing Trends for 2014: What Was Your Favorite Story?

By    |   Monday, 01 December 2014 11:56 AM

Bing has released its list of top trends for 2014, compiling the year's biggest news, crime, celebrity, animal, and viral stories in one comprehensive overview.

With an interactive layout that invites users to "explore the people, moments, and events that shaped 2014," Bing covers everything from the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to the Ferguson, Missouri protests.

Here are the highlights, broken down by category:

Law and Disorder

Letterman Cue-Card Man Fired 
Tony Mendez, veteran cue-card holder for David Letterman, claims he was fired from CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" for getting too aggressive with a colleague during an October altercation back stage.

Mendez told media outlets that he lost his job after grabbing a writer by the shirt in a heated exchange.

Sexy Mug Shot Goes Viral
Jeremy Meeks, a Northern California felon arrested in June, went viral after his "handsome" mug shot attracted thousands of likes online from love-struck women complimenting his striking blue eyes, chiseled face, and high cheekbones.

A rumor soon surfaced that Meeks had scored a lucrative modeling contract based off all the mug shot buzz, but that was soon revealed to be false.

Man Takes Road Trip With Dead Girlfriend
A suburban Detroit man drove his dead girlfriend across the country over the summer after the woman died early on in the trip from Arizona to Michigan. The man's 92-year-old mother, still alive, was also along for the ride.

Christine Gilbert, 31, died during the trip but her boyfriend, Ray Tomlinson, 62, and his mother didn't seem to mind, as Gilbert was discovered sitting in the front passenger side with her seatbelt fastened and wearing sunglasses.

No charges were filed.

Animal Tales

Tara, the 'Hero Cat'
Tara, the hero cat who chased away a dog that was attacking a California boy in May, became an Internet star after a video of the whole ordeal went viral.

Rescued Elephant Cries
Raju the elephant, beaten and held captive with spiked chains for the last 50 years, was finally freed in July when a wildlife charity cut through his shackles during a midnight rescue mission.

In an amazing display of emotion, Raju reportedly had tears streaming down his face during the rescue.

"Raju was in chains 24 hours a day, an act of intolerable cruelty. The team were astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue," a wildlife worker who aided in the rescue told the media. "It was incredibly emotional. We knew in our hearts he realized he was being freed. Elephants are majestic and highly intelligent animals. We can only imagine what torture the past half a century has been for him."

Mom Bites Dog
A Texas mom was brave enough to bite a pit bull's ear off as it attacked her 2-year-old daughter in April in an amazing display of courage that ultimately saved the girl.

When asked about her reaction to the dog attack, the woman said, "You do whatever you can. I don't have physical strength at my side."

Strange but True

Potato Salad Fundraiser
An Ohio man raised more than $55,000 over the summer after asking the Internet to fund his first attempt at making potato salad.

The potato-salad Kickstarter campaign originated as a joke but soon took on a life of its own for Zack "Danger" Brown. He ultimately used the money to host a giant concert charity bash in September, where there was plenty of potato salad to go around.

Teen Has 232 Teeth Removed 
A world record 232 teeth were removed from a 17-year-old India boy's mouth in July after the rare oddity caused by a tumor in his lower jaw caused significant swelling in his face.

$10M Yacht Sinks
A $10 million, 90-foot yacht capsized and sank while being lowered into the water for its maiden voyage in Washington state in May.

A video of the accident, which was posted on YouTube by user YachtVid, shows someone at the launch breaking the ceremonial champagne bottle on the hull prior to the boat sliding into the water in Anacortes, Washington. As it's lowered, the vessel leans to the port side, and then capsizes, smacking into the side of the marina.

Six people were on board at the time, but all escaped serious injury.

News That Impacted Us

Ferguson Shooting 
One of the biggest news stories of the year, which is still gripping the country, is the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The August incident, in which a white police officer shot and killed the 18-year-old African American, ignited racial tensions and sparked rowdy riots and protests. The chaos continued last week when a grand jury cleared the officer, Darren Wilson, of any wrongdoing.

Wilson, who has maintained throughout that Brown reached for his gun during an altercation, resigned from the Ferguson police force on Saturday.

Ray Rice Controversy 
Ray Rice's domestic violence controversy, which first flared up in February, reignited in September with the release of a video footage that showed the former Baltimore Ravens running back knock out his then-fiancée.

The video, taken from surveillance footage from an elevator in Atlantic City's Revel Hotel and Casino, led to Rice's termination from the Ravens and indefinite suspension from the NFL.

Last week it was announced that Rice would be reinstated in the league. He is now eligible to sign with any team.

Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet
Perhaps the biggest unsolved mystery of the year is the whereabouts of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The international flight, which left Kuala Lumpur headed for Beijing in March, disappeared off radar screens with 227 passengers on board.

Despite extensive searches and ocean-floor sweeps, no wreckage was ever discovered and it's still not clear what happened to the plane.

Malaysia Airlines ran into more trouble in July when Flight MH17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine.

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