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Our 20 Most Popular Stories In 2014

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It's nearly 2015, which means it's time to play the hits. Oddly enough, none of the most Googled terms matched up with the stories that LAist readers loved. 2014 seemed to be the year of dumb marketing gimmicks, some horrible crime stories and Hello Kitty's identity.

20. Video: Samuel L. Jackson Goes Off On KTLA Reporter After Being Mistaken For Laurence Fishburne

KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin was interviewing Samuel L. Jackson when he asked him about his appearance in a recent Super Bowl commercial. Jackson thought he was being mistaken for Laurence Fishburne who had also appeared in a Super Bowl commercial, and he let Rubin have it: "I'm not Laurence Fishburne! We don't all look alike!" Rubin says he was actually referring to a commercial that Jackson had been in during the Super Bowl but he still apologized.

19. CSUN Fraternity Pledge Dies During Hazing Ritual In Forest

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A CSUN student died in the Angeles National Forest during a hazing ritual for a fraternity. He and some of his fellow members were left in the forest to fend for themselves without food, water or cell phones. Armando Villa, 19, lost consciousness on a trail not too far from a road. His fellow pledges managed to get help and he was rushed to a hospital, but it was too late. The group Pi Kappa Phil was shut down in the wake of his death, and CSUN banned hazing.

18. Dumb Starbucks (That’s the Actual Name) Opens in Los Feliz

This was the poster child for marketing that is somehow incredibly brilliant and ridiculously dumb.

17. Deputies Mistakenly Killed 'Tosh.0' Production Assistant In West Hollywood

John Winkler, 30, a production assistant on Tosh.0 and recent transplant from Washington, was killed when West Hollywood sheriff deputies responded to a call of a man with a knife—and fatally shot the wrong guy. His family filed a $25 million wrongful death suit against the department.

16. Sweet Relief! 'Biggest Storm' In Months To Hit Southern California In The Coming Week

In almost any other place in the country, news of a rainstorm coming isn't a big deal. But most places don't have a drought as terrible as ours. And to be fair, it did get pretty gnarly.

15. Photos: There Are Sharks Just Chilling In Venice's Canals

They were just baby sharks!

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14. There's A Silly New Fashion Trend For Rich Goths That Work Out

Very, very silly.

13. We Found That Little Pool Hidden In The Desert

An artist hid a small pool in the desert. He gave you a key and coordinates, and we decided to check it out.

12. Update: 30,000 People Really Did Buy Poop On Black Friday
11. 30,000 People May Have Just Bought A Box Of Poop On Black Friday

People literally bought bullshit on Black Friday.

10. What We Know About Elliot Rodger, The UC Santa Barbara Gunman

A 22 year-old in Santa Barbara went on a rampage in which he stabbed his roomates and a friend of theirs to death and opened fire in Isla Visa near UC Santa Barbara. He claimed it was "revenge against humanity" for his loneliness and sexual frustration.

9. 'DILFs Of Disneyland' Is Our Favorite New Instagram Account

The dads of Disneyland get their due.

8. Attention Star Wars Fans: Disney Is Going To Build A Star Wars Theme Park

The galaxy rejoices.

7. HBO Is Working On An In-Depth Documentary On Scientology And Its Celebrity Following

Don't worry, they hired 160 lawyers.

6. Downtown Los Angeles Will Be Getting A Giant Slip And Slide In September

It didn't happen :(

5. Man Tells Selfish Celebs To Stop Divorcing On Billboards Across L.A.

It was marketing for a reality TV show not an old crank with money to burn.

4. 'Orange Is The New Black' Writer Divorces Husband After Realizing She's A Lesbian Through Writing The Show

Life imitating art.

3. People Take Selfies With Suicidal Man Over 105 Freeway As Backdrop

Selfies in bad taste were a big trend for 2014.

2. TV Producer In Beverly Hills For Pre-Emmys Event Arrested For Being Tall, Bald And Black

A TV producer prepping for pre-Emmys event was pulled over in Beverly Hills on suspicion of robbery. He was detained without being arrested and the Beverly Hills PD apologized and said that, yeah, they really screwed up here.

1. Sanrio's Shocking Reveal: Hello Kitty Is NOT A Cat

C'est ne pas a cat.