The 12 Most Viral Web Stories of 2008

When I am not working on HuffPost, I run a site called BuzzFeed that tracks the web's obsessions in real time. Here is our 2008 report on the most viral, buzzy web stories of the year. Enjoy!

1. Obama Shirtless

Obviously Obama's victory was an inspirational moment in American history. But history can't compete with the web frenzy that ensued each time Obama was photographed shirtless!

2. Miley Cyrus Half Naked

Obama was not the only one taking off his top in 2008. This was the year that Miley Cyrus replaced Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Britney Spears at the web’s favorite underaged, half-naked celebrity pop star.

in Vanity Fair
Wet T-Shirt Pics
Bikini Photos

3. The Sarah Palin Phenomenon

HuffPost readers will not be surprised that Sarah Palin was a total and complete web sensation in 2008. Web surfers wanted to know all about her legs, her family, her SAT scores, her SNL impersonator, her porn star impersonator, and her beauty queen past.

vs. Tina Fay
SAT Scores

4. Zombie McCain

Senator McCain was also big in 2008 (although not nearly as big as his running mate or opponent). McCain’s his big online moment came when he transforming himself into a brain eating Zombie.

Zombie McCain

5. Disaster Girl

Most of the catastrophes in 2008 (and throughout history) were caused by one evil little girl.

6. The Montauk Monster

Still an unsolved mystery - and isn’t it better that way?

7. Throwing Shoes At Bush

The web changed forever the moment that Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at President Bush. Or at least it changed for two or three days as the animated gifs and games flooded the Internet.

8. Lois Feldman

The web LOVES Lois Feldman. Why? Because she had sex in a stadium bathroom during a football game with someone who wasn't her husband while a crowd gathered and cheered. Oops.

9. The Consequences of Gay Marriage Chart

Finally the Internet got a simple chart that clearly explained the consequences of Gay Marriage.

10. The Authentic Women’s Penis Size Preference Chart

Women think this chart is really funny but men don’t seem to like it.

11. Chuck E. Cheese Bands Wants Love In The Club

Usher’s music performed by the Chuck E. Cheese band.

12. Russian Cheerleaders

If the cold war was settled by a cheerleading battle instead of the arms race, apparently the Russians would have won.

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