December 19, 2016

The RFT's 10 Most Popular Stories of 2016

You've been quite a year, 2016. From a jaw-dropping Donald Trump rally at Peabody Opera House to the world's most annoying Charter guy gracing our TV screens, this year has been full of moments that will be forever remembered in the pages (or URLs) of the RFT. And even if we have no interest in living through many of them again, rereading them proved to be quite an amusing stroll down memory lane. Here are readers' top 10 favorites, as determined by the number of pageviews they garnered. 2017, we're ready for you.

You've been quite a year, 2016. From a jaw-dropping Donald Trump rally at the Peabody Opera House to the world's most annoying Charter guy gracing our TV screens, this year has been full of moments that will be forever remembered in the pages (or URLs) of the RFT. And even if we have no interest in living through many of them again, rereading them proved to be quite an amusing stroll down memory lane.

Here are readers' top 10 favorites, as determined by the number of pageviews they garnered. 2017, we're ready for you.

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The RFT's 10 Most Popular Stories of 2016
10. Inside the Nightmarish Hellscape That Was Donald Trump's St. Louis Rally
Published March 12, 2016
Armed with a Goodwill-purchased NRA hat, a shirt with a bald eagle on it and a flask full of Jack Daniels, our brave reporter went incognito at Donald Trump's rally at Peabody Opera House. This is his story. Photo by Theo Welling.
10. Inside the Nightmarish Hellscape That Was Donald Trump's St. Louis Rally
Published March 12, 2016

Armed with a Goodwill-purchased NRA hat, a shirt with a bald eagle on it and a flask full of Jack Daniels, our brave reporter went incognito at Donald Trump's rally at Peabody Opera House. This is his story. Photo by Theo Welling.
9. Mizzou Slaughtered Six Beagles After Research ProjectPublished August 29, 2016
Four Mizzou professors purposefully blinded six beagles — and then killed them after the research they were conducting failed to heal their wounded corneas. The RFT broke the story, and the award for the most inhumane research project of the year goes to... Photo courtesy of Flickr / Clay Larsen.
9. Mizzou Slaughtered Six Beagles After Research Project
Published August 29, 2016


Four Mizzou professors purposefully blinded six beagles — and then killed them after the research they were conducting failed to heal their wounded corneas. The RFT broke the story, and the award for the most inhumane research project of the year goes to... Photo courtesy of Flickr / Clay Larsen.
8 RIP Jorell Cleveland, 19 – My Little Brother
Published August 30, 2016
In this heartfelt tribute, contributing writer Ben Westhoff documents his relationship with Jorell Cleveland, his little brother through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program -- and how Cleveland became the victim in an act of senseless violence.
8 RIP Jorell Cleveland, 19 – My Little Brother
Published August 30, 2016

In this heartfelt tribute, contributing writer Ben Westhoff documents his relationship with Jorell Cleveland, his little brother through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program -- and how Cleveland became the victim in an act of senseless violence.
7. 50 Things You Haven't Done in St. Louis -- But Should
Published May 25, 2016
Summer is a time to try new things -- and we proved that you don't even have to leave the city limits to do so with this list. Readers absolutely loved it -- so why not beat the winter blues and use it to start making your summer 2017 bucket list? RFT file photo.
7. 50 Things You Haven't Done in St. Louis -- But Should
Published May 25, 2016

Summer is a time to try new things -- and we proved that you don't even have to leave the city limits to do so with this list. Readers absolutely loved it -- so why not beat the winter blues and use it to start making your summer 2017 bucket list? RFT file photo.
6. Topless St. Louis Bartenders Cause a Splash on Bar Rescue Episode Airing Sunday
Published July 6, 2016
One of this summer's episodes of Bar Rescue starred a group of St. Louis bartenders who found it a challenge to keep things, um, professional. Nicknamed "Titty Bistro" by a staffer, this south city bar made for one interesting story. Image via Bar Rescue.
6. Topless St. Louis Bartenders Cause a Splash on Bar Rescue Episode Airing Sunday
Published July 6, 2016

One of this summer's episodes of Bar Rescue starred a group of St. Louis bartenders who found it a challenge to keep things, um, professional. Nicknamed "Titty Bistro" by a staffer, this south city bar made for one interesting story. Image via Bar Rescue.
5.Here's What People Are Really Thinking When You Tell Them Your High School
Published July 19, 2016
We all know the "St. Louis question" -- but before this summer, we didn't necessarily know what people were thinking when we answered it. Intern Alec Herr made it his mission to uncover the answer -- and St. Louis ate it up. Photo by Brittani Schlager.
5.Here's What People Are Really Thinking When You Tell Them Your High School
Published July 19, 2016

We all know the "St. Louis question" -- but before this summer, we didn't necessarily know what people were thinking when we answered it. Intern Alec Herr made it his mission to uncover the answer -- and St. Louis ate it up. Photo by Brittani Schlager.
4.Protesters Just Shut Down the Donald Trump Rally for a Full 10 Minutes
Published March 11, 2016
Reporter Danny Wicentowski documented the detaining of a group of protesters that temporarily shut down Donald Trump's St. Louis rally. Reading this again today, we can almost hear Trump saying, "Where are the police? Get 'em out. Get 'em out." Photo by Danny Wicentowski.
4.Protesters Just Shut Down the Donald Trump Rally for a Full 10 Minutes
Published March 11, 2016

Reporter Danny Wicentowski documented the detaining of a group of protesters that temporarily shut down Donald Trump's St. Louis rally. Reading this again today, we can almost hear Trump saying, "Where are the police? Get 'em out. Get 'em out." Photo by Danny Wicentowski.
3. This Man Must Be Stopped
Published September 21, 2016
The world's most irritating beat boxer haunted St. Louis television screens all summer -- and music editor Daniel Hill declared that enough is enough. Screengrab via Youtube.
3. This Man Must Be Stopped
Published September 21, 2016

The world's most irritating beat boxer haunted St. Louis television screens all summer -- and music editor Daniel Hill declared that enough is enough. Screengrab via Youtube.
2. Donald Trump Hasn't Even Started Speaking, and His St. Louis Rally Is Already Getting Ugly
Published March 11, 2016
Things escalated quickly at Donald Trump's St. Louis rally -- even more so than some St. Louisans expected. Here's what was going on just as things were heating up. Photo by Daniel Hill.
2. Donald Trump Hasn't Even Started Speaking, and His St. Louis Rally Is Already Getting Ugly
Published March 11, 2016

Things escalated quickly at Donald Trump's St. Louis rally -- even more so than some St. Louisans expected. Here's what was going on just as things were heating up. Photo by Daniel Hill.