Weekly Top Shares 1-20-12


What used to be staples of the top shared sites around the web – recipes, quick fitness fixes and dating advice – are now transforming into a good mix of humor and introspection in the New Year. Let’s dive in.

ShareThis_Weekly_Top_SharesWe kick off with a hilarious, and surprisingly well-choreographed, surprise performance by a Florida groom to the tune of Justin Beiber’s hit single, “Baby.” Surprised is the least you could say about the bride when her new husband broke into song and dance, complete with props and backup dancers, in this video on ThePostGame. We never really considered Beiber to be a composer for the ages but, as the story points out, this rendition will go down in history, and the new family’s archives, as one of the most memorable.

ShareThis_Weekly_top_sharesMoving right along, we turn to an article that is neither funny nor entertaining, but highly circulated nonetheless. In a Weekly Standard post entitled “Allen West on the Marines Incident: ‘Shut Your Mouth, War Is Hell,'” we catch a glimpse of an excerpt from an email authored by the Republican congressman from Florida. His email refers to a particularly controversial incident captured on tape in which several U.S. Marines urinated on Taliban corpses. While Rep. West does not seem to condone what they did, he ends his argument pointedly: “As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.” Love it or hate it, you can see why this was one of the top shared stories this week.

ShareThis_Weekly_Top_SharesOn to something warmer and fuzzier, a fresh take on parenthood also dominated the weekly list of online favorites. In “2011 Lesson #2: Don’t Carpe Diem,” the blogger behind popular mom blog Momastery takes an alternative viewpoint to the constant reminders that she should “seize the day” and enjoy every moment of child rearing. A bit hard to do when “Amma (her daughter during a recent shopping expedition) had swiped a bra from the cart and arranged  it over her sweater, while sucking a lollipop undoubtedly found on the ground. She also had three shop-lifted clip-on neon feathers stuck in her hair.” While she may not savor every moment of parental servitude, the author takes pleasure in the fleeting moments that remind her of why the sleepless nights and exhausting days are all worth it. A nice reminder for any parent on the value of putting it all in perspective.

sharethis_weekly_top_sharesA few New Years tips to take to heart are all covered in the simple diagrams in this next Forbes column. In “How To Be More Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps),” contributor Jessica Hagy advises her readers on 10 basic steps to a more interesting existence. Our favorites: grow a pair, hop off the bandwagon, minimize the swagger and – of course – share what you discover. Looks like our loyal readers and sharers have already got the last one under control, so we wish you luck on the rest!

by, Tom Spano, Social Media Manager, ShareThis, Inc.

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