Your Daily Guide To Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

Doc Watson

Google searchers are kicking off the week on a bit of a sour note, searching for Doc Watson, the blind blues-folk performer who died Tuesday at a North Carolina hospital. The legend died after either complications from abdominal surgery or a fall-and-long-illness combo, depending on who you ask. Either way, it’s a great loss. Below, check out an impressive Watson performance of “Black Mountain Rag.”


It’s a musical morning over at Google, where the second most searched term is Ween. As in the band. It’s all thanks to a story in Rolling Stone in which Gene Ween (whose real name is Aaron Freeman) explains that after 25 years, “I’m retiring Gene Ween.” It’s a sad moment for fans of Ween’s eclectic music, which purposefully sounded very different from album to album, but not an unexpected one. Freeman melted down at a Vancouver show last year and subsequently spent some time in rehab, which had tongues wagging. Also, the band had been together for 25 years, so enough already. Still, check out a Ween classic below.

Rodman Sentenced

Yahoo! users are more interested in former basketball superstar Dennis Rodman’s recent legal woes than anything else. Rodman was sentenced to 104 hours of community service for failing to pay child support. Rodman’s lawyer said that the missing payments were from a time when the ostentatious athlete was required to pay $50,000 per month in spousal and child support, a sum that was a bit out of his price range; these days Rodman is paying $4,500 a month and claims to be up to date. Rodman will find himself back in court in June on other related charges. The ever eloquent ex-husband of Carmen Electra said, “"It does suck the fact that it had to come to this."

Miami Cannibal Attack

Police have identified 65-year-old Ronald Poppo as the victim of the already infamous “Miami Cannibal” attack in which a homeless man named Rudy Eugene was found naked, eating the face off another man (Poppo). Police shot and killed Eugene, who they suspected of being high on the drug known as “bath salts.”


Twitter, meanwhile, is self-absorbed as ever. Sure, the plight of evil former Liberian leader Charles Taylor is trending, as is Doc Watson, but the most popular tag on the site this morning is this one, in which users spout off about what irks them. 50 times over.

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