Our 20 Most Popular Stories In 2014
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.
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.
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.
This was the poster child for marketing that is somehow incredibly brilliant and ridiculously dumb.
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.
They were just baby sharks!
Very, very silly.
An artist hid a small pool in the desert. He gave you a key and coordinates, and we decided to check it out.
People literally bought bullshit on Black Friday.
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.
The dads of Disneyland get their due.
The galaxy rejoices.
Don't worry, they hired 160 lawyers.
It didn't happen :(
It was marketing for a reality TV show not an old crank with money to burn.
Life imitating art.
Selfies in bad taste were a big trend for 2014.
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.