The year's been full of laughs, scandals, and unidentified flying objects, but some top 10's stand out as true pioneers of the online video wave... and others stand out for no reason we can actually fathom. From riots to airport raunchiness, here are CNN's top 10 video clips of 2010. The CNN list of top 10 dumb asses has yet to be released, so we created our own list for you, just like the TOP 10 BEST & WORST RESTAURANTS IN RALEIGH we created. Stay tuned for the Top 10 best and worst NFL football players, including Tim Tebow and their contact information.
10: For Justice! Freedom! And Bikinis!
In what has to be the funniest (and bustiest) display of civil disobedience all year, a woman fights back against TSA's controversial new policies by choosing to go through an airport scanner in nothing but a black bikini. On one hand, it makes a great statement about the ridiculous depths TSA will sink to make sure kids and little old ladies aren't hiding bombs in their cardigans. And you have to applaud the woman's courage - she even does a little twirl as she goes through, completely unfazed by the cameras and frantic youtubers.
On the other hand, are we sure people will *object* to the scanners if they realize it means free bikini shows?
9: Tiger Woods Apologizes For His Affairs and Infidelity
"I had affairs. I cheated." And the three people in the world who didn't already know that his image was a scam and a fraud, gasped in shock and horror. Honestly, who was he kidding? We'd already seen the wreckage from his car crash after his wife allegedly beat his ass with a golf club. I think the cat was out of the bag, Tiger.
You do have to admire the truth-telling powers of a press conference, though. Tiger Woods confessed his infidelity in a room full of people, including his own mother, with the gravitas of admitting to double homicide. Isn't it strange, the weight we put on celebrities? Maybe next year we can get Lindsay Lohan in front of those cameras. "I did not inhale..."
8: Hey Teacher, Leave Those Kids Alone... No Seriously, Step Away From Those Kids
Amy Beck, a 33 year old schoolteacher, is given two years in prison for having sex with one of her students. This kid was in the SIXTH GRADE. Had he even hit *puberty* yet? Did they share sweet moments in between lunch and nap time? And let's not even get started on Mrs. Beck, whose complex physical and emotional needs were apparently met by a fourteen year old boy. You know kids like that, they become right Casanovas once they move past the Pokemon stage.
The icing on the creepy pedophile cake? She had been married to a police officer. It's good to know our lawmen have such sharp, observant eyes. They don't miss a thing, like their spouses having sex with underage boys.
7: Too Sexy For School
An Alabama teenager is suspended from school after the administration decides her prom dress shows too much cleavage. Now, this is Alabama, so we're guessing "cleavage" is really a code for "anything below the holy cross dangling from her God-fearing chastity ring." Nonetheless, the girl was given a choice: receive a paddling or go home with a suspension.
Funny enough, she decided she didn't want any corporal punishment from the adults obsessed with her breasts.
She should've protested with a black bikini, that seems to work.
6: Tragedy Caught On Tape
A bank video is the last living footage of Jennifer Hawke-Petit. Her family held hostage in their home, Jennifer withdrew $15,000 in an attempt to placate their abductors. It didn't work, but the CNN clip doesn't tell you that. You only hear the 911 call from the bank manager ("She is petrified...") and Jennifer's anxious face as she waits for the money.
A chilling story, and one that makes you realize the importance of good emergency protocol. Here's a failed example with tragic results. Jennifer was strong enough to keep her calm and clever enough to alert the bank authorities about her situation; she did everything she could have done. So why was she still killed? Why was she allowed to walk out of that bank without *someone* doing *something*? What does it take for the police to stop a triple murder with *advanced notice*?
5: Anderson Cooper Saves The Day (Or At Least A Life)
While filming the riots in Haiti, CNN reporter Anderson Cooper notices a small boy caught in the mayhem. Rocks are flying, angry crowds are full of violence and protest, and then there's a kid caught in the madness with blood literally pouring down his face. No one seems to care. They certainly don't stop rioting. Cue Anderson, who abandons filming to grab the boy and drag him to safety.
How awesome is that? Cops can't stop a triple murder with two hours warning, but Anderson Cooper throws himself in a violent riot without a second thought. Maybe our news reporters should be our emergency responders.
4: Under The Sea
Cleavage and death. Well, at least we know what America is obsessed with. In the #4 clip, viewers are given a close-up of what appear to be the sunken bones of Natalie Holloway, the young woman who went on a graduation trip in 2005 and has never been seen since. A vacationing couple snapped the picture during a scuba dive.
Natalie's disappearance was made famous after significant media attention and volunteer efforts in the Caribbean, and the thought of finding her remains - and laying the mystery to rest - sent a wave through the media. Flash a blurry, indistinct picture taken underwater and suddenly everyone's an expert at forensic pathology. Were they bones? Were they just tricks of the camera? Ariel, is that you?!
Unfortunately for the sick eagerness of the American public, Caribbean authorities have combed the area and found nothing - certainly not any bodies. So the mystery continues, at least until the next vacationers want a taste of fame.
3: Tsunami Time Lapse
Finally, a clip that isn't depressing, outraging or just plain sad. In the tsunami time lapse, you get a slow motion look at tsunami waves hitting a reef outside Hawaii. They would eventually gain momentum and hit the coast at up to three feet high - and if that doesn't sound terrifying, take out your tape measure and see how much three feet really encompasses. Three feet is the size of a seven year old. Those were *human sized waves*. It's the day after tomorrow, and nature is saying hello.
2: Haiti Voted #1 Tourist Attraction for Fans of Riots and Natural Disasters
In a homemade video gone viral, a whopping 7.0 earthquake hits Haiti before anyone has time to react - or turn their cameras off. A woman sits calmly on her bed before the quake strikes, shaking her walls and plunging the room into darkness. You hear things crashing, then screams. The earthquake would go on to kill millions and displace even more.
Do we ever see the woman again after the lights go out...?
1: Hide The Probes... No not the David Petraeus Affair Probe
And the most clicked, most viewed, most talked about video is... a mysterious fireball in the sky! Personally, I would've voted for bikini girl, but I suppose potential UFOs are more exciting for some. In these clips, an eerie green ball floats across the Milwaukee skyline. It would later be seen in four other midwestern states, scanning the residential populace and marking those who would be taken back to the homeland. Okay, we made that last part up. But the jokes write themselves - in a year full of political turmoil, royal engagements, foreign countries bombing each other, and the last Harry Potter movie, what *really* captured our heartfelt attention... was a floating fireball.
The National Weather Service says it was probably just a passing meteorite. "Probably." Guys, I think we know better. Someone call Mel Gibson and get the water pistols in here.
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