As I did in 2016 and 2017, I’m going to avoid sharing the posts that received the most pageviews because it’s such a crapshoot. Things go viral for no rhyme or reason. I don’t think they’re necessarily indicative of the most interesting or noteworthy things we’ve published this year.
So instead, here’s a list of the ten posts people spent the most time reading this year, beginning with the piece you stayed on the longest. It’s a much better reflection, I think, of quality over quantity.
All these pieces were published this past year. Tomorrow, I’ll post a similar list for articles from our archives.
I should add that there’s one caveat: At least 1,000 people had to click on it and contribute to the length of time spent on the site. (Otherwise, the one person who spent an absurdly long amount of time on a post that was a few lines long would take the top spot. I assume that person fell asleep. I hope he’s okay.)
Kim Davis, the famously anti-gay Christian clerk from Kentucky, wrote a memoir called Under God’s Authority. She wanted to set the record straight about who she was and why critics didn’t really understand her… even though her book only reinforced everything we already thought we knew. The best part? The passages attempting to explain her four marriages.
Coming a week after a gunman shot and killed two women in a yoga class, this sermon was both insensitive and full of conspiracies about the true agenda behind yoga. Because Jesus hates it when people stretch.
Christian author Anthony DeStefano wanted to write a book that would appeal to the FOX News audience, and since he didn’t want to do any research, he just wrote this tripe blaming atheists for just about everything he doesn’t like. As we said then, this is the sort of thing you read because a Dr. Seuss book would’ve required too much brainpower.
After years of legal limbo, an appeals court unanimously declared that the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Directors had broken the law by turning their meetings into de facto church services.
A viral video featured a “portal” that was obviously the work of special effects. But how did they do it? Captain Disillusion explained the details in this fantastic video, proving once again that the reveal can often be more fascinating than the magic trick itself.
After atheists urged a city government to remove a Christian display from their building, columnist Greg Johnson of the Knoxville News Sentinel called it an eradication of Christianity and compared the atheists — whom he said wanted to “kill Jesus” — to radical Islamic terrorists.
Researchers funded by the Templeton Foundation, a group that pays people whose work merges science and religion, said that science and religion can be merged. (Who could’ve guessed?!) But that conflict of interest went unmentioned in an article they wrote about their results.
A 23-month-old toddler with a degenerative neurological condition (with no cure) was taken off life support by doctors in the UK. That didn’t matter to “pro-life” activists, as well as the child’s parents, who insisted that torturing the kid by prolonging his suffering was the right thing to do.
After allegations of sexual misconduct were leveled against him, Lawrence Krauss responded with a nine-page letter that really didn’t help his case. He eventually chose to retire at the end of the school year than take part in a university-sanctioned investigation that he prematurely argued was out to get him.
One more from Captain Disillusion. This time, he brilliantly explains the secrets behind a college’s “trick” spiral staircase in which people would walk up, out of sight, only to appear from below.
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