We determined the popularity of our posts using the following formula:
(pageviews)(number of tweets) + number of angry calls from public officials Actual mentions by real people talking to each other face-to-face.
Now, without further ado, your ten most popular posts of 2009:
13 Pants-Peeing Haunted Houses A local haunted house -- The Darkness in Soulard -- again made the top five for scariest haunted houses in 2009, according
to a group that ranks such emporiums of fake blood and dead babies.
Man Fatally Shoots Self While Teaching Girlfriend Lesson on Gun Safety Jefferson County Sheriff Oliver "Glenn" Boyer reported in September that 40-year-old James Looney accidentally shot himself to death last Friday, September 18, while teaching his girlfriend a lesson on firearm safety. Looney's teaching method involved him placing the gun to his head and asking his girlfriend if the gun would go off.
Evolution T-Shirts on Trial in Missouri Town
The band director at Sedalia, Missouri's Smith-Cotton High School got in hot water for making T-shirts that depict primates evolving into man. The shirts -- based on the popular illustration above -- were designed to promote the band's fall program, "Brass Evolutions," that explores how brass instruments have changed from the 1960s to today.