13 Epoch Times Articles That Got the Most Attention Online in 2013

By Daniel He, Epoch Times
January 1, 2014 Updated: January 2, 2014

Here’s a look at 13 Epoch Times articles that gained a lot of attention online in 2013.

1. The Five Coldest and Hottest Places on Earth

(Stephen Price)

Vostok Station, Antarctica
Vostok Station in Antarctica is one of the coldest places on Earth. The Russian research station is where the lowest recorded temperature was taken at -89.2 degrees Celsius (-128.56 Fahrenheit). Antarctica is not only the coldest place but also the windiest and has the highest overall elevation of any continent in the world. Despite the fact that Antarctica contains 90 percent of the ice in the world, it receives almost no rainfall, making it technically a desert. …


2. Knockout Game: Did 60-year-old Woman Beulah Montgomery Kill 2 Teens After Getting Punched?

(Screenshot of www.news.awfbase.com)

The “knockout game” is spreading across the nation, and stories about new incidents are coming out every day. But one that tells of a 60-year-old woman shooting two teens after one of the teens played the game on her appears to be fake. …


3. New Comment Requirements on Huffington Post Riling Users; Many Are Leaving

People upset with Huffington Post's new comment system. (Screenshot/Poynter)

 New requirements on Huffington Post, also known as HuffPost, are riling many users and prompting some to leave the website altogether.

Also, see Q&A With Tim McDonald, Director of Community at HuffPost


4. 10 Deadliest Animals in the World

(Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images)

We humans are constantly putting in efforts to make a better and safer life for ourselves, but the world remains a dangerous place. As for wild animals, what determines their danger level might not necessarily be size. …


5. San Francisco Airport: Plane Crashes While Trying to Land, at Least 2 Dead (+Photos & Video)

(AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, John Green)

SAN FRANCISCO—One person remains unaccounted for, in total 181 people were taken to hospitals, most of them with minor injuries, said authorities Saturday evening. …


6. Siri ‘Opening of Gates of Hades’ on Sunday July 27, 2014, Response Goes Viral

(Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Apple’s iPhone assistant Siri sometimes gives an odd response about “opening [the] gates of Hades,” the Greek mythological term for Hell, or the underworld, when one asks what will happen on July 27th, according to reports. Several Epoch Times reporters got the response. …


7. George Zimmerman Wins Lottery: ‘The Onion’ Fools Another Media Entity, Twitter Users

(A screenshot shows the Tampa Star posting.)

Apparently some media companies were again fooled by The Onion. This time, it was the satirical news website’s “George Zimmerman wins Flordia state lottery” article. …


8. Boracay Island: ‘We dodged the worst of the storm’


Boracay Island, where Typhoon Haiyan made landfall at one point, was significantly damaged by the typhoon but was still relatively unscathed compared to other nearby areas. …


 9. Mermaids New Evidence 2013: Discovery Channel’s New Special Explores Mermaids (+Videos)

(Screenshot/Discovery Channel)

“Mermaids: The New Evidence,” drew 3.6 million viewers, the most in the history of the channel.

The show follows Dr. Paul Robertson, former NOAA scientist, and journalist Jon Frankel, as they claim to dig further into the story of whether mermaids exist or not. …

Also see: 10 Credible Mermaid Sightings? (+Videos)


10. Chinese New Year 2013 – The Year of the Snake

(S. M. Yang/The Epoch Times)

While saying farewell to the celestial dragon, we welcome the intelligent snake. Chinese New Year in 2013 falls on Sunday, Feb. 10— it is the Year of the Snake. …


11. Parents Force Girl to Hold Sign: Punishing Teens

(Screenshot via The Epoch Times)

On March 16, Gentry and Renee Nickell of Crestview, Fla., had their 13-year-old daughter hold a sign at a busy intersection that read: “I’m a self-entitled teenager with no respect for authority. I’m also super smart, yet I have 3 ‘D’s’ because I don’t care.” …


12. CIA Official Breaks Silence on Extraterrestrials (+Video)

WASHINGTON—In a gripping testimonial, an ailing former member of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has talked via video for the first time publicly about his experience dealing with extraterrestrials, their craft and a cover-up. …


13. US B-52 Bombers Appear in Chinese Military Training Game

(Screenshot/Global Times)

In an article entitled “Sword to cut off the head of devils!” the website of China’s state-run newspaper Global Times showed a screenshot with a Chinese soldier pointing a rocket launcher at two B-52 bombers flying overhead. …