With Gawker posting their top hundred posts of 2014 and the overachievers at Lifehacker creating a whole series about it, I thought this would be a good time to post Kinja's most popular independent posts of the past year.

So what's an independent post? Obviously I'm excluding anything on Gawker Media's own sites and any of our partners (you can see a list of our blogs and our partners at the Kinja homepage). I'm also excluding people directly associated with Gawker, though I am including people associated with the partners, if that makes sense.

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Why 9 posts? Because the 10th most popular post was about a zoo in Indonesia killing a lion that nobody should read under any circumstances (though you can here if you want to feel terrible for the rest of the day).

So without further ado: the top posts, by unique user visits:


#9 Paper Airplane Shot Hits Peru Defender, England Crowd Loses Shit

This was all over the news in May. Worth a watch if you missed it the first time. I've read that some people think this was spliced together from multiple videos. I can't comment on the veracity of the story.

#8 Barn Find Messerschmitt Starts After Being Stored For 45 Years

Amazing find from Planelopnik, one of Kinja's most popular blogs.

#7 The Iron Sheik's Online Renaissance, And Why We Should Ignore It

3,100 well researched words on a former professional wrestler's twitter account. Kinja!

#6 The Erasure of Maya Angelou’s Sex Work History

A super interesting post about a part of Maya Angelou's life I knew nothing about.

#5 A discussion of the Ray Jasper Death Row issue from a family member of the victim

A response to a (now executed) killer's letter by a victim's brother

#4 5 New Things in Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire That I'm Thankful For

Something about Pokémon. idk.

#3 Stories I Won't Tell You

BatmansRobyn doesn't take us through some uncomfortable/scary moments with men after the Isla Vista killings.

#2 Brutally-honest posters of this year's Oscar-nominated films

Lulz from CollegeHumor via Roadtrippers' Tatiana Danger (whose blog is fantastic, btw).

#1 Sony Hack Re-ignites Questions about Michael Jackson's Banned Song

Just 2 weeks ago, in the wake of the non-indictments in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, new poster DB Anderson put out a great piece about Michael Jackson's "They Don't Care About Us".