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Some of the most popular stories on the Web.


And now it's the BPP's patented collection of the most popular, most read, most blogged, most e-mailed stories from billion Web sites. Notice the common adjectives? It's The Most.


PESCA: Hmm, where shall we most to first? To the control room, Tricia McKinney.

TRICIA MCKINNEY: In the meantime, Daniel Tani's 90-year-old mother died in an auto accident. And so they had to notify him up in space of what had happened. This is actually really interesting story too. He's the first American astronaut who's ever had to be given that kind of bad news while he was up in space. And apparently, they have a whole preparation for that kind of contingency at NASA. And they asked the astronauts before they go up, you know, what would they want in case something like that happen.


MCKINNEY: Oh, we're getting a phone call. So I guess I'll get off this.




STEWART: Mike, cheer us up a little bit.

PESCA: Yeah, I can do that. By the - talking about the man in red - letters - kids' letters to Santa. I'm in love - I'm a sucker for these kinds of stories, apparently so is the Dallas Morning News. This is one of the most e-mailed stories. Want to hear some of the things that kids are writing to Santa?


PESCA: Dear Santa Claus, can the reindeer eat carrots with Hidden Valley Ranch?


PESCA: Dear Santa...

STEWART: Well, aren't you going to answer them?

PESCA: I'm not Santa. What can I say? I don't know. What if I say yes and then people start feeding Hidden Valley Ranch to reindeer in the (unintelligible).

STEWART: And they'll have, like, get big hips?


PESCA: Dear Santa - I like this one.


PESCA: Yes, reindeer hip display is a big issue. Are the elves working harder than usually? Have you given them a break? Have you been jolly? Do the elves sleep at night? Are you going to let Mrs. Claus try your sleigh? This is the sort of question I think a kid will be posing to a parent.


PESCA: And the parent would just like, dummy, do we know Santa Claus? Leave me alone.


PESCA: And then this one - then we take a turn from the theological. I love this. Dear Santa, do you know God? The one and only God who loves everyone even you? I hope Santa will be Christian.


PESCA: I would think Santa would know God.


PESCA: Part of Holy Trinity. I haven't got to a mass in a while, isn't that - Isn't he, Father, Son and Santa? See how that works? M.J., where's M.J.?

STEWART: I think M.J. might've blown us off.

PESCA: There's no M.J.


STEWART: You know what, I'll do mine and then, M.J., if you're listening to the show, get your tail into the studio.

PESCA: Well, just phone in, we'll put you on.

STEWART: It's for people who go online, read about all these different illnesses and rashes and what, and then decides they have them. Apparently, it happens to first-year medical students a lot. And they were calling it like first-year medical disease. But now as for cyberchondria, the Internet makes it so easy for you think you have all kinds of issues. You may be a cyberchondriac if you feel worse after Web surfing, instead of better. You - doctors' reassurances don't help.


STEWART: You move quickly from suspicion to conviction.


STEWART: Matt Martinez, our producer, is affirming he is a cyberchondriac.


STEWART: They say...

PESCA: Even the guy who came in and announced, I got dengue too.


STEWART: They say what you need to do is if you're on there and you're surfing, and you start feeling afraid or confused, stop.


STEWART: Make yourself stop. Turn off your computer, go outside, talk to (unintelligible). So, CNN most viewed, "Are You A Cyberchondriac."

MARTINEZ: Do you have the rewind...


MARTINEZ: ...sound effect? All right, because here's M.J.

DAVIS: Hi guys, I thought I might stop in for a second.

MARTINEZ: Yeah, please. Grace us.


DAVIS: So on, one of the most e-mailed things today was a listing of recipes from fast food and chain restaurants America. We're talking Cinnabon, McDonald's, Applebee's, Chili's, anything you can think of. And basically, people - I mean, this is - this came from a particular Web site that's a little odd. It was a Web site that sells pit bulls. But as our editor, Trish McKinney, discovered, all over the Web, you can find these Web sites that have called, crazy recipes from fast food chains because, I guess, people love them. My personal favorite was from Applebee's, this tequila chicken with little chips underneath it.


DAVIS: They gave you a shortcut though if you don't want to spend (unintelligible).

MARTINEZ: You could actual tequila in the chicken?

DAVIS: There is actual tequila and lime and they say...

MARTINEZ: They're just in the chest making the chicken.


DAVIS: They say, don't marinate it for more than three or four hours because it could become tough, the chicken. And you can skip the two-hour process in making the tortilla shells if you just crunch up some chips.

PESCA: Also, a little of fact, McRib, human flesh. Matt, what do you got?


MARTINEZ: I have got the number one most e-mailed story.

STEWART: He's kidding, McDonald's.

PESCA: Yes. That's all.

STEWART: If you were - he's kidding.

PESCA: Come after me, Ron(ph).

MARTINEZ: Making with the kidding. We've got the number one most e-mailed story at It's a story about Patti Neighmond. It's called, Generation Next in the Slow Lane to Adulthood. Apparently, people between the age of 18 and 25 are now called Generation Next. I did not know this and I think it was coined by Judy Woodruff. This is - and I just noticed...

PESCA: Yeah, she did a special on that.

MARTINEZ: Yeah, she did a special, yes, yes, yes. Anyway, they are saying that, you know, people are just becoming adults later. They did this survey of 392 unmarried college students and at least one of their parents. And this is Larry Nelson of Brigham Young University with some of the results.

LARRY NELSON: We Wanted to know if parents considered their child, an l8- to 26-year-old child, to be an adult or not. And we found that over 80 percent of mothers and 80 percent of fathers answered no, our child is not yet an adult.

MARTINEZ: And that's emotionally, financially. So people are extending their childhood until their - the late 20s. Believe it or not.


PESCA: I just turned into Jack Talent(ph).

MARTINEZ: That's the name of the guy.


MARTINEZ: This has been the most.

STEWART: Thanks, guys.

MARTINEZ: Thank you.

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