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By Serendipodous

The season finale of Game of Thrones ensured that the epic high fantasy series would dominate the top 10 again last week; however, it was joined by the perennially popular children's author Maurice Sendak, whose 85th birthday was celebrated with a Google Doodle, and by the number one movie of the week, Man of Steel. Politics rarely impacts the top 10, but the controversy over the PRISM surveillance program proved too potent to miss.

Please see here for the top 25 articles of the week, plus analysis.

For the week of 8 to 15 June, the ten most popular articles on Wikipedia, as determined from the report of the 5,000 most trafficked pages* were:

Rank Article Views Notes
1 Maurice Sendak 1,717,368 A Google Doodle to celebrate the children's author's would-have-been 85th birthday sent almost 2 million people to his Wikipedia page.
2 Man of Steel (film) 1,117,658 The second attempt to rework the Superman mythos for modern cinema, (after Bryan Singer's Superman Returns) this film earned $125.1 million over its first weekend, setting a record for the month of June.
3 Game of Thrones 1,000,649 The season finale of this popular TV show drew 5.39 million viewers; its highest rating ever.
4 State of Decay (video game) 715,148 Much anticipated zombie apocalypse video game.
5 Game of Thrones (season 3) 600,721 See #3 above
6 List of Game of Thrones episodes 590,697 see #3 and #5 above
7 Facebook 580,390 A perennially popular article.
8 Edward Snowden 576,664 The PRISM program whistleblower became the major discussion point in the news this week.
9 PlayStation 4 519,716 Sony unveiled their addition to the already controversial eighth generation of video game consoles, to positive reception.
10 The Last of Us 500,214 Another much-anticipated post-apocalypse video game which was released on June 13.


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  • A minor point but our article states that the reception to the PS4 has been positive, rather than mixed. Stephen 02:02, 21 June 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  • Cat anatomy is probably popular because many universities in the United States force their undergraduate Human Anatomy and Human Physiology labs to use cats instead of cadavers. Cadavers are hard to find (particularly if the university doesn't have a medical school - what did you think happened to all those people who donated their bodies to science?), very expensive and come with a long list of rules, whereas embalmed cats purchased from a commercial supplier of embalmed cats... don't. I'd wager that the article is frequently viewed by those who need to brush up before lab practicals and exams.
    (Personally, my Human Anatomy lab used cadavers but my Human Physiology lab at another university used cats, so I can say with confidence that if you were a human anatomy student who never got to dissect a cadaver, you were cheated.) You may now forget this entire conversation and resume your editing. ;-) KrakatoaKatie 08:57, 22 June 2013 (UTC)[reply]
Wikistats has the count for every language for the month of April 2013 now. However, a surprising number of languages had artificially high counts for Leonhard Euler that month, and it looks like all of these thousands of hits were occurring on the same day across all languages that have that article. This is obviously something automated and not natural, but what? Til Eulenspiegel /talk/ 13:48, 27 June 2013 (UTC)[reply]
Not automated at all. A Google Doodle about him shot interest in him up across the board. Serendipodous 14:47, 27 June 2013 (UTC)[reply]
Ah, thank you for solving that mystery for me! Til Eulenspiegel /talk/ 18:16, 27 June 2013 (UTC)[reply]


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