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15:58 UK time, Wednesday, 20 July 2011

A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.

What could possibly get readers clicking more than arguably the world's biggest media mogul being called to account by MPs? Animals, of course.

First up to steal the limelight is the leopard who strayed into a village in north-east India, attacking a forest guard. Daily Mail readers are clicking on the article "leopard on the loose" even more than "Wendi to the rescue". The photos look like the forest guard is giving the leopard a piggy back while villagers watch from a roof, before the animal was shot with a tranquiliser.

The double whammy of uninvited predators comes from the Guardian. A shark jumped onto a ship and had to be lifted by a crane and to be released back into the sea. A research group was conducting a shark population study by throwing out food when the shark jumped onto their boat. The story also teaches us a pleasing new word: chumming, it turns out, means throwing bait.

Atlantic readers are delving in that all important technological advance, you know, the one that revolutionised society. Yep, you've guessed it - the pizza box. The article insists the pizza box is a marvel. The corrugated cardboard and carefully placed vents has solved the problem of being able to simultaneously keep in the heat and let out the moisture, creating a veritable engineering feat. And every good article has an expert, writer Alexis Madrigal has pinpointed the "undisputed expert on pizza mobility solutions" Scott Weiner. We hope that is on his CV.

A good bodice ripper is a literary genre doing remarkably well, but Wall Street Journal readers are finding out the details are fantasy. This may seem obvious, given they are fiction but the article reveals authors have paid underwear experts to show how to put on and take off a bodice, so to get accurate details in their novels. The only problem is what they've found out may not fit with the genre - Victorian ladies wore shirts underneath their bodice meaning if the gentleman did try to rip it off their efforts would be in vein.

The New Yorker readers do succumb to the mega-story of Wendi Murdoch. Her shaving-foam pie deflecting antics have prompted the magazine to delve into the archives to find out what else she has done for her husband. It turns out Wendi encouraged Rupert to take up yoga. So now you know.

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