Paleo was Google's most searched diet for 2013, but that doesn't mean it went mainstream. Instead, media coverage of one book criticizing the diet may have stoked much of the interest in the diet.
In Silicon Valley, zero profit and even zero revenue don't make a company a loser. Tech companies like Snapchat and Twitter, which have not yet turned any profit, can be worth billions of dollars based on future potential alone.
Now is a good time to spot gray whales off the coast of Southern California, but scientists have been seeing an unusually high number of other whales. "The fact that we're getting a chance to see at this time of year fin whales, blue whales, is really a mystery," says a marine biologist.
Thoughts, disclaimers, bad jokes, etc.: This is our look back at Marketplace’s top stories on Marketplace.org, Facebook, Twitter, reddit and Stitcher in 2013. Like Katherine Goldstein at Slate pointed out in her article on Slate's most viral stories, one of the most interesting takeaways was the lack of overlapping stories between platforms. The only stories to appear on different lists were Income Upshot and a story on curing alcoholism in Russia.
Most viewed on Marketplace.org: These were our most visited stories in 2013, even if the article was posted before this year. A years-old story on alcoholism in Russia made our most-viewed list in 2013, probably due to hitting the front page of reddit (you can see the rest of our top reddit stories below). Timothy Geithner's signature is still ridiculous looking, even though that story came out in 2012.
- Income Upshot: Your income ranked nationally
- No more working at home for Hewlett-Packard employees?
- Timothy Geithner's signature not fit for print
- The killer cure for alcoholism in Russia
- What do employers really want from college grads?
APM Marketplace on Facebook: Facebook posts are sorted by “biggest reach,” basically the total number of people who saw that post, whether because they like Marketplace on Facebook or saw the post through their friends. This list includes Facebook posts from 2013. Every top Facebook story included questions to spur discussion from our audience. None of these five stories were top stories on other platforms. Our Facebook post on unemployed millennials was Marketplace’s best Facebook story this year by far — which isn't surprising because if you're an unemployed millennial, you may be spending an inordinate amount of time on Facebook.
- Economically frustrated Millennials have a new meme for out-of-touch Baby Boomers. Whose side are you on -- and why?
- Do you agree with the TV show chosen to represent your state in this map?
- Are you ready to retire? Be sure your retirement is on track, no matter what your age.
- McDonald's offers employees sample budget that doesn't list 'food' or 'heat' as monthly budget items, and assumes workers have two jobs to make yearly income. Do you think the budget is realistic? Does it line up with your expenses?
- Michael Pollan says "We don't value cooking... We've fallen into this mode where we let the corporations do the cooking for us. The problem is, they don't do it very well." Do you agree? Why or why not?
@MarketplaceAPM on Twitter: Twitter stories are ranked by most clicks of links in tweets to read the article, and only include stories from 2013. These titles are the headline of the story, not the actual tweets themselves. Take homes? Twitter loves Rob Delaney, everyone loves Sriracha, and "1234" is a mediocre PIN choice.
- Exclusive: Sriracha founder reveals the 'secret' wholesale price of his sauce
- The funniest man on Twitter
- Income Upshot: What does your income say about you?
- Is your PIN code one of the easiest to figure out?
- How one family went bankrupt spending $100,000 on Beanie Babies
Marketplace on Stitcher: Stitcher is one of our most popular audio platforms to share individual audio segments. A lot of Stitcher's traffic comes from the Bay Area, which may explain the focus on tech, banking, and yoga pants.
- Ukraine decides between east and west
- Facebook warns some users to change their passwords after hack
- Google TV gadget costs $35. Game changer?
- Lululemon tries to get past transparent pants-gate
- Inside the world of China's "shadow banks"
reddit: Articles on reddit are sorted by which stories received the most upvotes (basically reddit's equivalent to Facebook's likes). TIL stands for 'Today I Learned," reddit's sub-section on interesting facts from the past. Three of the five reddit stories focus on tech in some way, which makes sense given reddit's stereotype of tech-savvy millennials.
- TIL in Russia many doctors "treat" alcoholism by surgically implanting a small capsule into their patients. The capsules react so severely with alcohol that once the patient touches a single drop, they instantly acquire an excruciating illness of similar intensity to acute heroin withdrawal
- TIL that 'casual friday' is the product of a guerrilla marketing campaign by Levis' new khakis brand, Dockers during the early 90s recession.
- Beijing provides a $19,000 USD subsidy to buy an electric car
- 'Creator of the Internet' Tim Berners-Lee says the Copyright Alert System is bad for democracy.
- Listen to a Verizon spokeswoman explain the reason behind Verizon's data plan changes. Around the 1:15 mark."
How do you know you're in love? Angry? Or sad? Emotions start off in the brain, then ripple through the whole body. Now scientists have charted where we consciously feel specific emotions. They hope these sensation maps will one day help diagnose and treat mood disorders.
Teenagers would sooner die than ask about birth control or other sexual health issues at a doctor visit. But if pediatricians bring the subject up, teenagers are happy they had the chance to talk, a study finds. But one-third of doctors aren't taking the lead.
Mary Brown is a mother of four in Provo, Utah. And this autumn, she said goodbye to something very close to her.
"I rolled it kind of like a rope," she says, "and placed it in the bag, and placed that into a mail envelope, and off it went."
Need a hint about she was sending off: Well, Brown had a nickname growing up.
"A lot of my friends called me Rapunzel from the time I was a teenager," she remembers. "I've always had long hair."
In October, her long hair became that rope she placed in a bag. Brown had spent the last four years getting her hair ready to sell.
"I did a lot of research," she says. "You don't want to use heating products on your hair, you want to use very mild shampoos. It also helps if you are eating really healthily and taking multivitamins."
Her sister had put her in touch with a hair sales website, and Brown put together an ad for her hair.
“My husband and I went and we took two or three days to do photo shoots around my hair, and picked the best ones we could – with my hair down, with my hair braided, so you could see the different shades of blonde," she says.
In the ad, Brown's hair was crazy-long, super shiny, and incredibly straight. A woman who makes hair extensions in Australia saw the ad too. She bought Brown's ponytails, for a thousand dollars.
Brown's ad was on Hairwork.com. Marlys Fladeland, who runs the website, says, “I am the first to start a business like this in the United States.”
There are nowat least four sites where you can sell your hair online.
Fladeland has seen hair sell from anywhere between $100 and $4,000. She charges people $25 to post an ad, and she gets about 20-30 ads a month.
"Everybody who needs money sells hair, I think," Fladeland adds. "It's actually more when the economy is bad because hair is something that you can grow back. And when people need money, they'll find a way."
She says she sees more people trying to sell their hair around the holidays, when wallets are especially empty.
But people aren't just selling hair. They are also selling milk, eggs, even kidneys.
"It is horrifying," says Nicholas Colas, a market analyst at the brokerage firm ConvergEx. "And obviously selling a kidney is actually illegal in the U.S., or purchasing one as well. But it is to my mind speaks to the kind of relative desperation that a lot of people still have about their economic condition."
Colas says the stock market may be doing well, but the economic recovery hasn't filtered to middle-class people. He doesn't think that many people are actually selling their kidneys, but he sees hair and breast milk sales as a creative response to hard times.
"I find it very admirable," he adds. "It requires a lot of ingenuity and it requires a lot of focus to do what it take to make things happen for you."
Mary Brown says her experience has made her look at hair differently.
"I think that when I look at people now," she admits, "with long beautiful hair, in my head I calculate how much they could probably sell that for if they wanted to. 'You know she could he could probably get a good $300 for that ponytail.' Or 'Ooh, that hair is really thick, she might be able to get $1000, $1300 even.'"
Brown says she herself is doing alright money-wise. But she has a number of friends who aren't, and she wanted to help them out. So far, the cash has paid for one friend's school loan, and another friend's car repair.
You might know that the word "gypped" — often used to describe being cheated — comes from the word 'gypsy.' But less well known is the fact that it comes from derogative stereotypes about the Roma people.