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What Were the Most Viral News Stories of 2011?

Occupy Wall Street and the deaths of Osama bin Laden, Steve Jobs, and Amy Winehouse may have been among the year’s biggest news stories — but not on Facebook. The social networking monolith has published a list of  2011’s 40 most shared articles, and none of those topics makes the top ten. While the #1 story — The New York Times‘ satellite photos of the Japan earthquake — is hard to argue with, the rest of the list includes two pieces on the “new zodiac signs” hoax, three animal curiosities, something called “Parents, don’t dress your girls like tramps,” and, of course, “You’ll freak when you see the new Facebook.” Puzzle over the ten most-shared stories of 2011 after the jump, then visit Facebook’s blog for the entire top 40.

1. Satellite Photos of Japan, Before and After the Quake and Tsunami (New York Times)
2. What teachers really want to tell parents (CNN)
3. No, your zodiac sign hasn’t changed (CNN)
4. Parents, don’t dress your girls like tramps (CNN)
5. (video) – Father Daughter Dance Medley (Yahoo)
6. At funeral, dog mourns the death of Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan (Yahoo)
7. You’ll freak when you see the new Facebook (CNN)
8. Dog in Japan stays by the side of ailing friend in the rubble (Yahoo)
9. Giant crocodile captured alive in Philippines (Yahoo)
10. New Zodiac Sign Dates: Ophiuchus The 13th Sign? (The Huffington Post)

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