Over the course of 2013, some of The Tunnel’s satirical news stories proved more popular than others.
For history buffs and lovers of end of year countdowns, here are our six most popular posts of the year.
6. An open letter to Amanda Palmer in response to her open letter to Sinéad O’Connor’s open letter to Miley Cyrus
In October, Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus warning her about the perils of the music industry. Soon afterwards, fellow musician and recreational glory dabbler Amanda Palmer wrote an open letter in response. Purely in the interests of Miley, of course.
So what was any self-respecting satire blog supposed to do? We wrote an open letter to Amanda in response to her open letter to Sinéad in response to her open letter to Miley.
Although our story was widely read (at least by our modest standards), it is fair to say Amanda Palmer’s fiercely loyal fanbase wasn’t reaching for the “Like” button.
Another story involving Miley Cyrus. But, for added pulling power, it has Tony Abbott’s daughters too.
For some reason, this article was far more popular than our more thoughtful post about the Nobel Prize for Literature.
In November, a prominent Queensland lawyer outrageously compared Premier Campbell Newman with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
What the??? Putin is actually popular!
Hot on the laws outlawing bikie groups, we had to write a story about Campbell Newman outlawing lawyer groups. Especially before he outlawed it.
At some social gatherings, people stand around talking about which HBO TV series they are currently working their way through.
But at other social gatherings, people stand around talking about how their children will only let them watch ABC4Kids. All day. Every day. “But hey, isn’t Jimmy Giggle just a tiny bit hawt?”
This post about ABC4Kids salaries was for those people.
A very generous person sent us a picture of a sign in a McDonald’s car park and suggested it would be a good basis for a story. We gratefully accepted the suggestion and got more readers in one day than we’d had in the previous three months altogether.
And people say McDonald’s is no good for you!
Our most popular story of the year was about Campbell Newman changing the standard of proof in Queensland courts so that bikies could be convicted more easily. The story went viral on Facebook, with a lot of people thinking it was true (despite all the bits that said it was not). As a result, we had to delete some very angry comments threatening harm to the Premier and had to add more and more text re-emphasising that the story was made up.
And the Premier’s office had to respond to a lot of Facebook threads and explain to people that The Tunnel was a satirical news website that was “sometimes funny”.
We promise to be sometimes funny again in 2014.
Thanks for your support, everyone.