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.

Times-Picayune
There’s a strange irony in the fact that people are using the web to read all about why New Orleans’ Times-Picayune, around since 1837, will stop daily printing. The paper, which will lay off an untold number of journalists, is the most widely-searched news item on Google this morning. The Pulitzer-winning daily has announced that beginning this fall it will only print Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday editions, sending members of its (rather large) circulation into a tizzy and giving digital doomsayers something to thump their chests about. “For us, this isn’t about print versus digital, this is about creating a very successful multi-platform media company that addresses the ever-changing needs of our readers, our online users and our advertisers," said an executive who won’t lose his job over this. "This change is not easy, but it’s essential for us to remain relevant."

Hakeem Nicks
In a sporty turn, millions of Google users are searching today for information about New York Giants receiver Nicks after he broke his foot during practice yesterday. The football player is scheduled for surgery today and has an estimated recovery time of 12 weeks, which means he would miss the beginning weeks of training camp for the upcoming season. The team’s coach, Tom Coughlin, isn’t sure he’ll make it at all, saying, “it’s probably going to be close.”

Fantasia
Yahoo! is a bit less serious today. The most-searched term on the site is Fantasia, referring not to the Disney movie but to the American Idol alum Fantasia Barrino, who appeared on the recent Idol finale in a series of odd and ill fitting clothes. Listen, the girl sings like a house on fire and doesn’t have to dress herself anyway so I say let her be. Though she does seem a bit unhinged in this performance of Elton John’s “Take Me To The Pilot.”

IBM Bans Siri
Computer giant IBM has banned its employees not from using iPhones, made by bitter rival Apple, but from using the Siri function on the latest model of the mugger magnets. Yahoo!’s fascinated users are finding out that IBM brass told Technology Review, “The company worries that the spoken queries might be stored somewhere” – and they’re not wrong. All spoken requests are stored on Apple servers and the company’s not forthcoming about what it does with the information. Also, IBM is super pissed that they don’t have a cool smart phone or really much in the way of cred these days.

#MostCommonLies
You can’t really trust Twitter to relay the truth on a good day, but today when posts revealing what it is users lie about most are trending, well, all bets are off.

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Super Bowl XLVI Was the Most Watched TV Program in History

In the last few years, the Super Bowl has reached new heights of cultural saturation, setting and breaking the record for the highest watched TV broadcast not once or twice but three times, enough to make someone’s dad rage about the shallowness of American attention spans, maaaaaan. So yes, this is not a new thing. But it’s still eye-dropping to look at the audience numbers from last night’s Super Bowl XLVI: 111.3 million viewers, beating last year’s game by 300,000. That’s barely 20 million fewer people less than the number of voters in the 2008 presidential election! Think about that, maaaaan.

Deadline tracks down the numbers to show how the Super Bowl’s audience has really jumped up since 2010, when the audience increased from 2009’s 98.7 million to a then-record 106.5 million, beating the old standard set by the series finale of M*A*S*H. Of course, some of this seems matchup-dependent: we’ve seen three immensely appealing Super Bowls in the last three years — New England Patriots vs. New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints — each featuring big stars in big markets with big national fanbases, playing for big historical stakes. The numbers will probably regress a little bit if it ever comes down to Jacksonville and Carolina, I’m guessing.

The surprising thing? Despite a titillating conclusion to the game involving long drives and last-minute scores, Madonna’s halftime show was the most watched part of it all. Remember that when picking sides in the inevitable cultural civil war that tears this country apart.

A Spirited Selection of Upscale New York Sports Bars to Watch (the Giants Win) the Super Bowl

On Sunday, the most important sporting event in the world will be held, assuming by "world" you mean "United States." This year’s Super Bowl is particularly significant, as it pits the Giants of East Rutherford, New Jersey New York against the Patriots of Foxborough, Massachusetts New England, two of the biggest television advertising markets most historically rich cities in the country. A list of Boston sports bars can be found here. As for my fair city, New York is filled with sports bars, but there are a handful of particularly upscale joints that break the lager-and-wings mold with fancy cocktails and haute cuisine – particularly important if you’re trying to make a date of it. Here are a few of our favorites. 

Bounce Sporting Club – Downtown

This upscale sports lounge attracts fans from far and wide with artisinal cocktails, delicious food, and more TVs than you can shake a thunderstick at.  In honor of the home team, order a Blueberi Bounce cocktail, which is made with Stoli Blueberi vodka, fresh lemon, smashed blueberries, and ginger ale.

Bounce Sporting Club – Uptown

The original location of Bounce strikes the perfect balance between clubhouse and fancy restaurant. If you wanted to watch the game and your better half was counting on date night, this is your spot. 

Snap

The sports bar reimagined as a nightclub. Clubby feel, football-leather banquettes, and sophisticated sips abound. 

The Ainsworth

This posh Chelsea sports bar has 40 flat screen TVs, along with miso duck spring rolls and 100-ounce beer tubes.

Warren 77

Sean Avery and Beatrice bloodlines make this about as trendy as sports bars get. Plenty of fun even if the Giants lose, not that there’s any chance of that happening. 

The Windsor

British-accented sports pub has Guinness-battered fish and chips and porn star martinis. Also, sports. 

The Fulton

Sophisticated sports bar way downtown goes the gastropub route with a killer menu and craft beers from here to eternity. 

Firefly

Proving that fancy sports bar is not an oxymoron. Big screens and quality burgers will make you cheer. 

40/40

Party like a rap star while watching sports stars at Jay-Z’s super club. 

Village Pourhouse

This East Village sports mecca gets rowdy, but that’s to be expected when you’ve got 50 bottles and 24 draft beers going at any given time. A nice, comfy hang. 

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