Hypable’s 6 most ridiculous headlines of 2012

1:30 pm EDT, December 31, 2012

Shakira and a sea lion. Kanye and Theraflu. A goat named Voldemort. What do these things have in common? They’re all headlines that appeared in 2012, much to the enjoyment and bewilderment of fans around the world.

2012 proved to be a spectacular year in the entertainment industry. It was filled with highs and lows, famous births and deaths, new shows coming in and old shows going out. Let’s not forget that we saw the debut of some magnificent movies, some catchy songs, and some addicting video games. Not to mention all the broken records.

But amongst these shining headlines, there’s always going to be some rather questionable stories. 2012 was no stranger to these weird, awkward, and downright bizarre articles. Check out our six favorite headlines, and let us know which ones you enjoyed most by voting in the poll and hitting up the comments section below!

“Shakira attacked by sea lion, smartphone mistaken for a fish

While on vacation, Shakira decided to get a closer look at some sea lions that were resting on the beach. She was taking pictures with her smart phone when one jumped out of the water, roared, and tried to bite her. Luckily for the singer, her brother came to her rescue, and they escaped with minor injuries caused by the beach’s sharp rocks.

Shakira believes the sea lion mistook her shiny phone as a fish, which is why it leapt at her and tried to attack. Let this be a lesson to all: make sure your phone or camera doesn’t look like food if you’re going to take pictures of wild animals.

Or, better yet, be smart enough to not get too close to wild animals in the first place.

Kanye West angers PETA, Theraflu with new song

If we had to pick three random words to put into a single headline in an attempt to create the most ridiculous title imaginable, we’re not sure even we would’ve been able to come up with something like ‘Kanye,’ ‘PETA,’ and ‘Theraflu.’ Not that we’re surprised. The name Kanye West has been synonymous with controversy for years. With lyrics like, “Tell PETA my mink is dragging on the floor” and “Way too cold, I promise you’ll need some Theraflu,” it’s no wonder the animal rights organization and the cold medicine company got up in arms.

Being associated with Kanye usually has its consequences. The lyrics were never changed for the song (not that we actually expected they would be), but the title was switched from “Theraflu” to “Cold.” We’d say this was probably a lose-lose for both parties.

“Tupac hologram might go on tour, has a Twitter

The levels of bizarre in this story are outstanding and multi-layered. Let’s start off with the most obvious, which was that – yes – that was a Tupac hologram that rapped onstage this past April at Coachella. Though we can’t say that it wasn’t cool to see Tupac on stage again, we will also state right here, right now that we feel like we’re in a sci-fi movie. Other entertainers will be next – there’s already been talk of Elvis being resurrected – and then what? We’re sure it won’t end there. But beyond this entertaining yet slightly disturbing technology, there was also talk Tupac might end up going on tour, according to Dr. Dre himself.

There’s been no official follow-up story since, and even though it spawned a parody Twitter, it’s been as silent as the grave for a while now. (Sorry.) Even with the company behind the hologram going bankrupt, we still think there’s a market for this business.

“Hotel replaces the Bible with Fifty Shades of Grey'”

Even though we pretty much consider every headline that includes Fifty Shades worthy of ridiculousness to the highest degree, this one has to take the cake. A hotel owner decided to take out all the Bibles from the bed-side drawers and replace them with Fifty Shades of Grey.

He figured in a world that was becoming more secular, it was pointless to keep the Bible in the room. Why not pick something that people would actually read? While we can’t say that his logic doesn’t have its merit, our first choice wouldn’t have been an erotica novel.

Harry Potter, on the other hand, is another story.

But then again, maybe we’re biased.

“Wild goat named Voldemort chases after boy, runs him up a tree

Let it be known to any future pet owners that naming your animal after the Dark Lord could have dire consequences. This particular story couldn’t have been more perfect if it had been planned out from the get-go.

A goat named Voldemort got loose early in the morning and began wandering through the main streets of its hometown. It came face to face with a young boy, who it promptly chased up the tree.

The Boy Who Lived is fine, and Voldemort has been returned to his home. The only thing that could have made this story truly spectacular would’ve been if his owner was named Aberforth.

Oh, well.

‘Jurassic Park’ in real life? Australian billionaire rumored to be cloning personal dinosaur

This one has got to win the award for being the most head-turning story of the year. And, okay, maybe there’s no real merit to the story to begin with, but just the fact that it WAS a story made it worthy of our list.

Clive Palmer is the guy rumored to be looking to spend his money on a project like this. He’s denied the claims, but who knows? With technological advances outstripping our wildest dreams left and right nowadays, we suppose anything is possible.

Not that it SHOULD be done, mind you. Pro tip, Palmer: Watch the movie. There will be fatalities.

Which story do you think was the most ridiculous of 2012?

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Barnes & Noble has announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is already a gigantic hit. In fact, it’s the most pre-ordered book since Deathly Hallows.

It’s been 9 years since J.K. Rowling publsihed Deathly Hallows in the summer of 2007, but Harry Potter fans are evidently still eager for more stories from the Wizarding World. In a press release on Monday, the biggest book chain in the United States revealed that they haven’t seen pre-orders this huge since the last Harry Potter book.


“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is Barnes & Noble’s most pre-ordered book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and we expect it to be our biggest selling book of the year,” said Mary Amicucci, Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble in a press release. “To guarantee that our customers get the new Harry Potter book as quickly as possible, Barnes & Noble is the only national retailer that’s guaranteeing delivery of the book on August 1, for both online and ship-to-home pre-orders placed by noon ET on Friday, July 29. Our booksellers are also preparing to host big crowds for our signature Midnight Magic parties on July 30.”

If you’ve passed by a brick and mortar Barnes & Noble in the past few months you’ve probably seen the heavy promotion they’ve been doing. Headers that state “HARRY POTTER IS BACK” will clearly entice people to pre-order.

HARRY POTTER IS BACK! (Spotted at a Barnes & Noble) #harrypotterforever #harrypotter

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In a report from the Wall Street Journal earlier this month we learned that Scholastic was printing 4.5 million copies of “the eighth story” for the United States and Canada. This is a far cry from the 12 million printed for Deathly Hallows, but still a very large print run for a book in modern times. (Also worth noting: Many readers have switched to eBooks in the years since Deathly Hallows.)

It’s nice to see that Harry Potter fans haven’t lost their interest in the series. Perhaps the success will inspire J.K. Rowling to continue writing within Harry’s world?

The book has also been a huge success on Amazon. The Cursed Child has sat at the top of the online retailer’s bestseller list for months.

Hypable will have lots of coverage surrounding The Cursed Child once it’s released this weekend. Stay tuned! AHHHH!

Sherlock finally made it to Hall H at Comic-Con and the creative team brought a few surprises. Steven Moffatt, Sue Vertue, Mark Gatiss, Amanda Abbington, and Benedict Cumberbatch were on hand to the thrill of fans.

Benedict Cumberbatch and crew definitely know how to work a crowd. Here are the top highlights of the panel that played to a crowd of thousands.

1. Season 4

They are currently two weeks from finishing Sherlock season 4. Cumberbatch said that “a lot comes home to roost this season… it’s ballsy.”

They have 26 pages to film this Tuesday. Cumberbatch states that the monologues are very challenging and take a lot of work.

As for actors’ favorite lines this season:

Gatiss: “Sherlock.”

Abington: Not a line but a beckoning gesture.

Cumberbatch: Can’t say.

Key names for next season (change from doing key words):

  • Moffat: Smith
  • Gatiss: Thatcher
  • Vertue: Sherinford

2. Keeping the show fresh

By not making as many episodes, the creators feel they actually keep the quality. They joked that under normal standards they’ve actually made about half a season of a standard TV show, or 13 episodes.

There are no plans for any other Victorian Era shows. Moffat feels that it would be less interesting if the mind palace returned there.

3. Learning curves and drugs

Gatiss stated that with 90-minute episodes you “really have to put [Sherlock and Watson] through the ringer.” Moffat added that because of this, Watson has to evolve. Watson can’t keep being amazed by Sherlock. As for Sherlock, “he can’t be the weird scary amoral man we met in the first episode… geniuses learn… he has to learn.”

Sherlock’s drug addiction comes back when he is not working. It’s hinted that the addiction will be a bigger issue this season than in the past.

4. The coat and the hair

There is apparently a big debate every year over changing the iconic coat. Sue Vertue wants to change it, and Steven Moffat wants to keep it. Benedict Cumberbatch dove into the debate stating, “I’m quite hung up on the coat…. but sometimes it has to come off.” The audience reaction was predictable.

Cumberbatch joked that he loved playing Sherlock in the Victorian era because of the slicked back hair. In the modern era it takes forever for his hair to get done. On a serious note, he loved the more straight-laced, clipped version of Sherlock.

5. First ‘Sherlock’ season 4 trailer

The teaser trailer featured this phrase over and over: “Something’s coming. It may be Moriarity, maybe not.” Literally every character we know and love looks like they are scared, angry, or worried on an epic scale.

One of the best moments is Mrs. Hudson saying with supreme venom to Mycroft, “Get out of my house you reptile.” Watch below:

6. Improv and family

There is actually, according to Cumberbatch, very little improvisation on set. It’s about how to do what’s there, and not messing with the script. He firmly believes that what is there is what is needed for the show.

Cumberbatch genuinely loves having his mom and dad play his TV mom and dad. Every now and then he can see his mother struggle to call him “Sherlock” and not “Ben.”

7. Mary in the know

Abbington didn’t know she was an assassin until well into the last season. When she found out, she told partner Martin Freeman, “My God, [the fans] are going to hate me.” Despite this, she loves the flawed characters of the series.

8. When will the series return?

No date was given for either the BBC release date or the PBS release date. We only know that it will premiere in 2017.

9. The dog photo

According to Cumberbatch the dog (depicted above) was a nightmare. “The dog wouldn’t fucking move,” he said. The companion was supposed to drag Sherlock all over London, but the dog didn’t like people, concrete, crowds… really anything about an urban setting.

Moffat and Gatiss resorted to writing a new scene on the spot to account for the lack of the dog’s interest in roaming. According to Gatiss all it did was drool on the concrete.

10. Future seasons?

Touching on the future of the series, Moffat stated, “Why is everybody assuming they survive season 4?” Gatiss joked, “We’re skipping season 5 and doing season 6.”

Moffat clarified that — contrary to recent reports — he never said that this season would be the last one (He’s right: All he said was the schedules of Cumberbatch and Freeman are only getting more difficult to work with). Gatiss added that they want to do more seasons, and they hope that they are able to.

Sherlock will be back in 2017. What do you think of the first season 4 trailer?

Marvel presented at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday evening and offered new looks at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and more.

“We only want to come to Hall H when we have a lot to show you,” teased Marvel’s Kevin Feige at the start of the panel. Indeed, they had a ton to offer — including news of a new Marvel theme park attraction!

Everything we’ve learned at Marvel’s SDCC panel

  1. Marvel kicked off their panel with a new logo and updated fanfare by composer Michael Giacchino.

  2. Black Panther had some casting news to share: Lupita N’yongo will be playing one of the guards at Wakanda named Nakia. Meanwhile, Michael B. Jordan will be playing Erik Killmonger. We also received brand new casting news: Danai Gurira has joined the movie — She’ll play Okoye, head of Dora Milaje! Finally, a new logo for the film was revealed:


  3. Thor: Ragnarok unveiled a behind-the-scenes look at the new film which included a look at Cate Blanchett as Hela. They also showed a documentary-style clip (think The Office) explaining where Hulk and Thor were during the events of Captain America: Civil War! In it, Thor had a tiny bed for Mjolnir and a crime board that tried to connect the Infinity Stones and discover their purpose. There is also mugshot of Loki. Like Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok had a new logo to show off with a retro looking subtitle:


  4. Doctor Strange’s portion of the panel kicked off with a smoke and laser show to introduce Benedict Cumberbatch.

    Tilda Swinton was also at the panel and spoke about the Ancient One. “The truth is, anyone can be The Ancient One,” she said. A clip from Doctor Strange was also showed in which Steven Strange meets Tilda’s character (It won’t be online).

  5. Thankfully, a brand new and wholly epic Doctor Strange trailer was released. Watch below:

    A new poster was also unveiled:


  6. Next up was Spider-Man: Homecoming. Director Jon Watts described the film as a high school movie about a 15-year-old Peter Parker who’s in the 10th grade. A new clip was unveiled and had a strong John Hughes vibe — Peter Parker is just your average high schooler trying to get through the day. There was also this great moment:

  7. Next up: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which kicks off a few months after the first movie. The entire cast was there to introduce a new scene in which a very adorable Baby Groot helps Yondu and Rocket break out of prison. Baby Groot even has a little outfit! Adorably, the Ravengers — who captured Yondu and Rocket — refuse to hurt Baby Groot because of how cute he is.

    This movie got a new logo as well.


  8. Speaking of Marvel’s space dramedy, the studio also confirmed rumors of a Guardians of the Galaxy theme park attraction. It’s called Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and debuts Summer 2017 at Disneyland’s California Adventure theme park. Sadly, it’s replacing the classic Tower of Terror ride. Check out a behind the scenes video of the attraction:

  9. Marvel ended their panel by confirming that Brie Larson will play Captain Marvel, as was previously rumored. She took the stage to say hi to the adoring audience, and participated in a giant Marvel selfie:

All in all, Marvel had a ton to share. What do you think of all the developments?