Romenesko points us to an interesting story in the Seattle Times. One of their columnists took a look at the Top 20 local news stories from the Times during the past year, as ranked according to online traffic (how many times a link got clicked).
The most popular story of the year with readers was about a man who died ... wait, let me quote the original story:
King County sheriff's detectives are investigating the owners of an Enumclaw-area farm after a Seattle man died from injuries sustained while having sex with a horse boarded on the property.
Investigators first learned of the farm after the man died at Enumclaw Community Hospital July 2. The county Medical Examiner's Office ruled that the death was accidental and the result of having sex with a horse....
Deputies don't believe a crime occurred because bestiality is not illegal in Washington state and the horse was uninjured, said Urquhart.
But because investigators found chickens, goats and sheep on the property, they are looking into whether animal cruelty — which is a crime — was committed by having sex with these smaller, weaker animals, he said.
The farm was talked about in Internet chat rooms as a destination for people looking to have sex with livestock, he said.
"A significant number of people, we believe, have likely visited this farm," said Urquhart.
The columnist, Danny Westneat, notes that "this is my 98th column for 2005. None made the peoples' top 20." But he's learning ... "I have high hopes for this one because it mentions horse sex." His conclusion? "[I]t's clear I should have focused more on people having sex with horses."
Give the people what they want, indeed. (Let's see if this blog post starts to appear on my Google Sitemap top 20 lists.)