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14:48 UK time, Friday, 25 November 2011

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

Friday means one thing for online readers of broadsheets - they allow themselves to catch up on the celebrity gossip usually reserved for tabloids.

Both Guardian and Times readers are turning to their papers' resident celebrity spotter.

For the Guardian Marina Hyde's rant on the celebrity goings on is on the theme of not feeling sorry for Adrian Chiles and Christina Bleakley after they were sacked from presenting ITV's Daybreak:

"As for Adrian and Christine's combined £10m worth of contracts, perhaps they explained the decision to hike up the phone lines from a quid to £1.50. It certainly wasn't based on the quizzes becoming more exclusive. Thursday's question was 'How many wheels has a unicycle got?'"


Keeping watch of all things celebrity at the Times is Caitlin Moran. She watches I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! so her readers don't have to. And in the mix of soap actors and people who were famous in the 1980s out in the jungle, she has found her protagonist of the series. DJ and former presenter of children's game show Fun House, Pat Sharp, has fearlessly put his head in a polytunnel and been blasted with maggots in order to win food for his team mates. But in order to get the chance to show off his bravery, the public had to vote for him to do a bush tucker trial. For Moran this brings up the question of whether he mercilessly burnt a teddy bear owned by a woman from the Campari ads so that he would be voted to do the trial.

And after digesting all that, The Times readers can safely go back to reading about the eurozone crisis for another week.

The title of the New York Times' most popular article - The Children of the Hyphens - hints at a new cult or so-bad-it's-good horror film. Alas, it's about double barrelled names. While some associate hyphenated surnames with class, for the writer Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow's mother it was about fighting against a patriarchal tradition. But as Tuhus-Dubrow discovers, that method doesn't work one generation on. There are a few suggestions for what can be done when parents with hyphenated names have children - one being that the man can forego giving his name to his children, or if there are two children one gets the mother's name and the other gets the father's name. Unfortunately Tuhus-Dubrow's own parents don't any good advice, saying "We figured that was your problem".

Slate headline


Squeezed middle has squeezed out occupy according to Slate's most read article. If this makes no sense then you haven't been paying attention to the buzz words of the year. Oxford University Press has given Ed Miliband's phrase squeezed middle the title of "global phrase of the year". But talking from across the pond David Haglund says people in the US won't know what it is. Actually, he points out even Ed Miliband himself has found it difficult to define. He suspects Occupy wasn't chosen because it was too politically pointed.

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