The Most Popular Articles of 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, we share a list of our most popular articles from this past year. From tattoos to funerals to adult figure skating, you liked a little bit of everything!

President Barack Obama laughs with former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, prior to the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, April 25, 2013.

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At the beginning of 2018, we never would have guessed that our most popular articles would feature everything from cat meme photography to getting rid of the penny. Here’s our list of the ten most popular articles we published in 2018. Enjoy!

1. The Cat Meme Photographer from a Century Ago

(Harry Whittier Frees)

A prolific animal photographer pioneered lolcats at the height of postcard popularity.

2. 8 of History’s Most Destructive Lies

A man's long, Pinnocio nose slowly transforms into a murder of crows.
(Shutterstock)

Some lies have more impact than others. Here are eight that caused untold damage.

3. Why Tattoos Are So Popular

A bearded man with wrist tattoos fixes his bowtie.
(Shutterstock)

For many, it seems the body you’re born with is no more than a blank canvas in need of decoration.

4. Comedians in the White House: Our Favorite Jokes by Presidents

Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and George W. Bush share a moment.
(Pete Souza/Official White House photo)

Here are our favorite quips from the comedians in the White House.

5. 10 History Facts You’re Probably Getting Wrong

Men burning accused witches at stakes.
(Shutterstock)

To celebrate Popular Delusion Day, we dispel some delusions about history.

6. 7 Reasons to Get Rid of the Penny

A pile of United States pennies
(Shutterstock)

There are a lot of compelling reasons to ditch the penny. Here are seven of them.

7. Let’s Keep the Funeral Tradition Alive

A woman holding a rose in front of a casket at a funeral.
(Shutterstock)

Trendy alternatives to this rite of passage are nice to think about, but they fail to satisfy our basic emotional needs.

8. The Unknown World of Competitive Adult Figure Skating

A figure skater dances on ice during a performance.

This 49-year-old career woman works full-time, and she skates better than you.

9. 8 Weirdest Presidential Nicknames

Abraham Lincoln stands above a man he just thrown, staring down an astonished mob.
By Internet Archive Book Images [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons
Most of us know about “Tricky Dick,” but can you identify “The Grand Wrestler” or “Big Steve”?

10. Political Violence and Mail Bombs 100 Years Ago

Police and onlookers in the aftermath of a bombing in a busy street.

The prospect of mail bombs has become an unsettling re-occurrence in American life.

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