2013 Greatest Hits: Presenting The Most Popular Posts Of The Past Year

Tyler Durden's picture

The fifth anniversary of Zero Hedge is just around the corner, and so, for the fifth year in a row we continue our tradition of summarizing what you, our readers, found to be the most relevant, exciting, and actionable news of the year, determined objectively by the number of page views. Those eager for a brief stroll down memory lane of prior years can do so at their leisure, by going back in time to our top articles of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. For everyone else, without further ado, these are the articles that readers found to be the most popular posts of the past 365 days.

  • In 25th place, with just over 100k reads, was the extended profile of the puppetmaster of the biggest geopolitical event of 2013, the false flag-driven Syran conflict which nearly escalated into the world's first YouTube "justified" world war pitching the US-led west against the Russia-led east, the Saudi intelligence chief: Prince Bandar, exposed in "Meet Saudi Arabia's Bandar bin Sultan: The Puppetmaster Behind The Syrian War." The war was avoided with a last minute gambit by Putin, which lead to a historic detente between the US and Iran, as well as an unprecedented breakdown in US relations with its long-time middle east allies Saudi Arabia and Israel. Look for the Middle East to make geopolitical headlines in the new year since the underlying issue - Europe's dependence on Gazprom - remains entirely unresolved.
  • The 24th most popular article hardly needs an explanation: "The Chinese Don't Want Dollars Anymore, They Want Gold" - London's Gold Vaults Are Empty: This Is Why." The only comment here is that like above, the trend of gold's transfer from West to East, started in earnest in late 2012, and peaking in 2013, is sure to continue in 2014 when the liquidation of paper gold in Western capital markets will afford Chinese buyers with ever more attractive prices at which to purchase physical gold
  • In 23rd spot an "Unidentified Navy Officer summed it all up" when he said that "I didn't join the navy to fight for Al Qaeda in a Syrian civil war." It is understandable why over 106,000 people agreed with the message
  • The 22nd most popular article looked at "What Happened The Last Time We Saw Gold Drop Like This?" which compared the fall in the price of gold in 2013 to previous historic occasions, most notably the months just before the collapse of Lehman. For now, courtesy of the $170 billion in liquidity injected by the Fed and the BOJ, "this time has proven different." But with the Fed now tapering, how much longer will the illusion persist? We, like everyone else, look to 2014 for the answer.
  • With 108k views, the 21st most read post of 2013 revealed the "Photos And Video Of the Boston Bombing Suspects", culminating the most violent terrorist event in years, and one which brought back vivid memories of the events from September 11
  • It may seem like a distant memory now, but the shocking announcement from mid-March in which Cypriot deposits were confiscated without a warning, reverberated across Europe and all insolvent banking systems, especially since it is now the blueprint of how banks will impair depositors going forward. Then again, with over 112k reads of our summary "For Everyone Shocked By What Just Happened... And Why This Is Just The Beginning" we reminded our readers that the deposit confiscation event of 2013 was predicted on these pages nearly two years earlier, and explained why, indeed, this is just the beginning of the great balance sheet rebalancing. For now Europe has managed to hide its hundreds of billions in bad loans under the couch; 2014 will be a different story. Look for the Cyprus "blueprint" to see a much wider acceptance in the coming year.
  • In 19th spot, mother nature reminded everyone with a "Stunning Time-Lapse Video Of 2-Mile Wide Oklahoma Tornado" that despite their sense of omnipotence, the central planners better pray each and every day that in a world priced to beyond perfection, that there are no material natural disasters. Because 10 out of 10 times, a liquidity tsunami generated from a central bank's printer is powerless to withstand a natural one, as the Fukushima catastrophe reminds us each and every day with headlines of its ever deteriorating radiation "containment."
  • A long-time favorite of readers, Kyle Bass' Japan thesis came one step closer to fruition when earlier this year Japan went all in on its great reflation experiment, described in "Kyle Bass Warns The 'AIG' Of The World Is Back", a presentation seen by over 114K readers. So far Abenomics has been a failure with wages contracting, import food and energy prices soaring, a record trade deficit (yes, Abenomics was supposed to boost net exports), and of course Fukushima in the background, but for now everyone has a rampaging Nikkei to be easily distracted by. With Abe's popularity finally tumbling, will his second tenure as Prime Minister be cut short, and would his departure finally force Japan to cross the event horizon of no return? This is but another question which we hope 2014 will answer.
  • In 17th spot, we revealed some very disturbing trends in US energy consumption with "These Charts Better Not Reflect The True State Of The US Economy." Because while the shale revolution may have revealed a (transitory) marginal source of oil, what remains unknown is why demand for energy in the US economy is tumbling in parallel. Unless, of course, the narrative about a US recovery has been a lie from the beginning...
  • With 121k reads, in the 16th top spot another post that needs no explanation was "Stunning Images From China: Ten Thousand People Waiting In Line To Buy Gold". Perhaps the only article that could beat this one is "Ten thousand hedge fund managers waiting in line to sell GLD"
  • There are stereotypes about others, and then there are stereotypes about America. Which perhaps explains why over 121k people eagerly read "10 Things Most Americans Don't Know About America." We can only hope they learned something.
  • It may be forgotten now, but the biggest story of early 2013 was the Bundesbank's shocking announcement in mid-January that it would proceed to repatriate some 700 tons of its gold held in central bank vaults in New York and Paris. Of course, the events described in "It Begins: Bundesbank To Commence Repatriating Gold From New York Fed" and read by 127k people, could be seen coming by Zero Hedge readers from a mile away: after all it was this website that repeatedly warned in late 2012 about the trials and tribulations that had surrounded the official German gold hoard. We can only hope that we were in some part responsible for the Buba's correct decision to repatriate its gold. Then again, as we updated last week, having collected only 37 tons of gold in one year (out of 700), Germany will really have to pick up the pace if it hopes to have recourse to its hard currency before it is no longer a matter of convenience but one of survival.
  • The 13th top article of the year was the release of the list with "132 Names Who Pulled Cyprus Deposits Ahead Of "Confiscation Day." It appeared the Cyprus deposit confiscation was not a complete secret to everyone, but then again the Animal Farm "new normal" justice in which some are more equal than others is hardly a surprise to anyone these days.
  • And speaking of confiscation, the 12th most read article of 2013, with 131k views was "Poland Confiscates Half Of Private Pension Funds To "Cut" Sovereign Debt Load." It would appear that wealth transfer, first voluntary and then, not so much, will be an increasingly prevalent theme of the "recovery"...
  • But the biggest stunner in this category was the impromptu announcement itself when on March 16, "Europe Does It Again: Cyprus Depositor Haircut "Bailout" Turns Into Saver "Panic", Frozen Assets, Bank Runs, Broken ATMs." Don't worry though: Europe is now fixed, it is recovering, and, if one believes the continent's unelected leaders, all shall forever be well. We are confident 2014 will show otherwise.
  • The 10th most read article in 2013 dealt with the bedrock of the New Normal - the dollar's reserve currency status, and rather, its gradual disintegration as China increasingly makes itself heard. It made itself heard loud and clear to the 142k readers who clicked on "Thanks, World Reserve Currency, But No Thanks: Australia And China To Enable Direct Currency Convertibility." The loss of USD-reserve status will be yet another theme to keep a close eye on in 2014 and onward.
  • Showing just how reliant on welfare the US has become was top article #9 in which a leaked USDA memo hinted of a "Foodstamp Program Shutdown Imminent" which grabbed the attention of 148k readers. For now SNAP as it is better known has been merely "tapered", not fully shut down, although ensuing Walmart stampedes driven by EBT card glitches provided a glimpse of just had bad things could be if indeed nearly 50 million Americans suddenly found themselves without government backstops
  • The troubles of the poor were hardly an issue for the 8th most popular article of 2013 in which we asked if "The Russians Have Already Quietly Withdrawn All Their Cash From Cyprus?" Once again it was the middle class that got shafted, while those who could fly in and out on private jets appear to have gotten away unscathed. This is certainly the prevailing theme of the past five years and one which will accelerate into the future.
  • 152k people read the breaking news from April when "Large Explosions Reported At Boston Marathon; Numerous Injuries And Casualties." The focal point of all watercooler talk for the next several weeks, the analogies to terrorist attacks in the past were unavoidable even if the motivations behind the attacks turned out to be far less nefarious and organized than initially feared. 
  • 2013 was the year in which the largest US city (to date) filed bankruptcy. However it was "25 Facts About The Fall Of Detroit That Will Leave You Shaking Your Head" that was read by 154k people, that made this the 6th most popular article of 2013.
  • 2013 was also the year in which the stock market finally took out its previous, 2007 highs, driven entirely by the unprecedented expansion of both the Fed's and the Bank of Japan's balance sheets. What over 163k found curious, however, were the other economic comparisons to "The Last Time The Dow Was Here..." Needless to say, there is nothing in the economy that would justify a market at the current levels, or even levels far lower, if it were only up to the economy. Luckily, there Fed is always there to lend a helping hand. And what can possibly go wrong...
  • 2013 was not only the year of the Fed's QEternity: it was also the year in which Japan went all in with its own reflation experiment. However, all will be for nothing unless the troubling facts revealed in "Why Have Young People In Japan Stopped Having Sex?" remain unresolved. Because at its core, Japan's crisis is a demographic one, and at the current pace of social aging, there will be no Japan left in several decades. Unfortunately for Kuroda, he can't print babies.
  • The third most popular article of 2013 was posted almost exactly a year ago, when it "Put America's Tax Hike In Perspective." Over 171k people realized just how meaningless in the grand scheme of things was America's grand bargain achieved last year at this time, over much stock market huffing and puffing. Then again, the fact that all major decisions in the US are put in the can that is later kicked down the street is also no news to anyone. The only thing in the here and now is theatrics, theatrics and more theatrics...
  • The second most popular post of 2013, with nearly 200k reads, was our succinct summary of the US "recovery" laid out in "People Not In Labor Force Soar By 663,000 To 90 Million, Labor Force Participation Rate At 1979 Levels." We are happy that by now everyone has finally understood that plunging unemployment at the expense of a collapsing work force is nothing to be proud about.
  • And in the top spot, with nearly 300k reads, our most read article was the satirical, sarcastic look at the Egyptian counterrevolution titled "Egyptians Love Us For Our Freedom." Turns out... they don't. But they certainly appreciate the irony of two-faced, hypocritical US foreign policy which was humiliated and left in tatters both in Egypt and in every other place around the globe where either Hillary Clinton or John Kerry came, saw and promptly departed in the past year.

So what to make of the world as we enter 2014?

With nearly $2 trillion in emergency money pumped by the world's two largest central banks - more than has been injected ever before - the entire world is floating on an ocean of excess liquidity, which for now has succeeded in masking just how ugly the truth beneath the calm surface is. Sooner or later, the tide comes out, as it always does, and the naked are revealed for all to see. However, this time it will be the very final backstoppers of the status quo regime, the central banking emperors of the New Normal, who are finally exposed as wearing absolutely nothing. What happens then, and when that happens, is anyone's guess. We, however, will be there to document every aspect of it.

Finally, and as always, we wish all our readers the best of luck and success in 2014, and leave everyone with a promise of what we can be 100% sure of: Zero Hedge will be there each and every day helping readers expose, unravel and comprehend the fallacy, fiction, fraud and farce that the system is reduced to (ab)using each and every day just to keep the grand tragicomedy going for at least one more day.

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ShortTheUS's picture

Every post is #1 in my book. From T-Dawg's truthbombs to Banzai Bill's satirical illustrations, to all the guest posts in between.


A very Hedgy New Year to all!

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Almost all of the articles above were of great interest.  And disturbing to all payingh attention.  Zero Hedge broke most of the above news before anyone else (that I read or listen to anyway).


The Gooch's picture

Fuck You Bloomberg!


Cheers ZH

kaiserhoff's picture

Happy New Year to all the brave souls and cheerful lunatics of ZH.  Life wouldn't be the same without you.

And good night Francis Sawyer, where ever you are.

The Gooch's picture

His name was Francis Sawyer.

J Pancreas's picture

Francis was in your face, but most of what he ranted about was factual. The ZH threads are a lot less entertaining without him. 

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

"World is ocean of excess liquidity" and Boris is cannot find pot for piss.

Side notice, why is advertisement for Thai "woman" show up in sidebar?! Boris is done with Thai "woman" and false propoganda. Shock and horror of Cocktail "waitress" in Bangkok is leave still Boris in stage of trauma.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boris is get hot and bother. Advertisement for "5000+ Thai Woman is seek love" is show up again and again. Boris is tempt to click "Live Chat" or "Love Call" but is know behind pretty smile is estrogen pump freak boy. Please is make to go away!

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boris is click and click advertise go away button, and 5000+ Thai woman is come back. Please leave Boris to peace.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boris is finally get Thai "woman" vanish, but now is 2000+ China woman. Okay, is 3000 better than horde of Thai "woman", but Boris still is suspect.

BTFDemocracy's picture

This site has eliminated my need to read any other news site. They all look so dumb and childish and propagandish compared to ZH.

wisehiney's picture

Dese libs are lamearse possies. Pochantas blood runs in the locals. It really does not take that much time nowadays to learn and savor your legacy.  Esse quam verderi. NC. 
"To Be Rather Than To Seem"  Do not insult yourself or anyone else tryng to explain that.  

old naughty's picture

Wish everyone at ZH a happy 2014.

Gold is in 4 of the top 25, tho not in any of the top 10...hummmmm.


Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

and no mention of bitcoin in any of the top 25, to my surprize

BaBaBouy's picture

ZH #1 ...

AND NSA "Keep Out".

Happier And More Prosperous 2014 ZH'ers...

Will 2014 Be The Year PM's Rocket? Stay Tuned.


Soul Glow's picture

Best article of the year, in my book anyway, came from the effervescent IMF in their much discussed "Taxing Times" where they wrote on page 49 "A One Off Capital Levy?"  You may have heard Mr Sinclair, Gentleman Gerald, and Pastor Williams trumpet what is ahead, but you might as well read it for yourself in all of its glory.

Taxing Times:


Four chan's picture

worst zh ad from 2013: that nail fungus ad



OutLookingIn's picture


I here the sound of distant drums.

War drums? 1914 = 2014 ?


Soul Glow's picture

Soon the whole world will be saying "Fuck you Lagarde".

Blue Boat's picture

@BTF - you might want to read some other sources too. Good overall info on this site but, most of the predictions by authors and commenters the past 3 years have been CRAZY wrong!

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

No, the predictions have been early.  Which on Wall St, being early is the same as being wrong, but in the rest of the world, being early means you are extra prepared (mentally, if not financially).

The Burning Planet's picture

Also, the site is being overrun with bigots, joo haters, and my personal pet peeve, the conspiracy nutfucks. The people who think the government is storing aliens in DUMBS and using HAARP to cause global warming and earthquakes. I wish all of the latter would just take a long walk off a short pier. They lower the quality of discussion and make this site out to be a bin of looney tune crackpots.

fonestar's picture

"They all look so dumb and childish and propagandish compared to ZH."


We do our best here.  From our fone to your Fone, merry NewYears.

wisehiney's picture

One of the funniest shits on eeaarth is  YO!, So sorry that you never sat on the river bbank and took my most egggxcellent Nstruttion! 14 bettern 13! Ever heard Coyotes  in the eastern woodlands. makes good jerki




Blue Boat's picture

@Boris - you are on a roll tonight!! I seriously almost threw up I was laughing so hard...and it has NOTHING to do with the half bottle of wine I consumed.

You must have guzzled alot of vodka this NY'ers eve. I know they bust your chops on here sometimes but, forget them. I have heart crush on your Russian POV.

gmrpeabody's picture

half bottle of wine...?

Don't make us laugh. ;-)

NihilistZero's picture

All I can say is...  That's gold Boris, GOLD!



GMadScientist's picture

"...is know behind pretty smile is estrogen pump freak boy. Please is make to go away!"

No restraint of trade, commie! How do you expect Robo to get off the welfare?

SMG's picture

Francis did nothing more than constantly try and misblame Jewish people for all the evils of the Luciferian Oligarchs.

Anyway he's not really gone anyway, but now has several new accounts which he constantly opines for his Francis account's return.

That said, Happy New Year everybody, and thanks to ZH for trying to make the world a better place and get the truth out about the world as it is.

Maybe one day, partly because of this effort we will all be truly free.

Hopin' and Prayin'.

frenzic's picture

yeah I downvoted your nonsense

fedupwhiteguy's picture



i miss francis and a handful of others i've noticed have disappeared. 

sucks man!! 

The Burning Planet's picture

Well I upvoted it. So that evens it out.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

The last thing I did in 2013 was see the movie "Fight Club".  

Put a few things into perspective:

-- His name is Francis Sawyer

-- Raymond Hessel's breakfast tomorrow will be his best ever

-- I now understand what "Project Mayhem" was all about

-- Having lots of Tylers around makes perfect sense




The first thing I did in 2014 was to hug and kiss my wife.

janus's picture

well said, DCRB!

happy new year to you and the whole family.

and even though janus talks lots of shit; he does dearly love his wife -- admittedly, ole janus does flirt way too often with the perky lil cutie-pies; however, the sad fact of the matter is that i'm rather faithful.

here's to mine and yours and Good Wives everywhere:


as to Project Mayhem...well, let's just say the fuses are primed and the match is struck -- bursting forth in radiance and searing with sulfurous sparklets as we mate it to its fated purpose; ole Prometheus would sure be proud!

long live The Hedge!

death to all tyrants.

cheers to the new year, my brothers. 


i am Janus's smirking revenge,


nmewn's picture

+1 for the Jimmy Durante reference ;-)

kaiserhoff's picture

For those under half a century and rerun deprived, the original was,

 "and Good Night Mrs. Callabash, where ever you are."

  A melancholy tribute to a lost love, which he would never explain, but closed his routine for some sixty years.

Thomas's picture

Give me one web site, I would choose Zerohedge without hesitation. Wait. Maybe it would be ixxx.com, but Zerohedge would be second.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

<-- George Durant is pleasant nostalgia

<-- Walter Duranty is stinking propaganda tool

Yes_Questions's picture

<----BORIS 2014!!!!

<----BORIS 2016!!!




dtwn's picture

I've been looking forward to the 'best of' for the last six months.  Thanks Tyler(s) for all that you do.  I think the zerohedge model is years ahead of everyone else.  Free, (mostly) objective content aggregation with some excellent subjective analysis.  No need for a news paywall, if you build it they will come.  And on that note, remember kids, if you have the means and trully appreciate what zerohedge is, don't forget to donate.  It's been awhile since I have been able to (in between jobs within academia &%@$$&$E^#*@), but new year = new job, so I'll be donating as soon as I can.

I'm just wondering when the Zerohedge/Tyler Durden book is coming out.  That or the downloadable archivves.  There's so much information here, it would be great to find a way to utilize it looking forward.  I've tried to read the zerohedge archives since the beginning, while saving the good ones as pdfs, but with soooooo many posts I didn't make it too far.

Happy new year all.  I think what most here know and expect to happen economically isn't far away.  I give us 3 years max before stuff really starts getting interesting.  Keep stacking those beans bullets and bullion, hold your friends and family close, and keep trying to educate others. 

Word to ya motha.

Pegasus Muse's picture

Stay radical ZH.


A radical is one who speaks the truth.

This Act (the Federal Reserve Act, Dec. 23rd 1913) establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President signs this bill, the invisible government by the Monetary Power will be legalized. The people may not know it immediately, but the day of reckoning is only a few years removed. The trusts will soon realize that they have gone too far even for their own good. The people must make a declaration of independence to relieve themselves from the Monetary Power. This they will be able to do by taking control of Congress. Wall Streeters could not cheat us if you Senators and Representatives did not make a humbug of Congress... The greatest crime of Congress is its currency system. The worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking bill. The caucus and the party bosses have again operated and prevented the people from getting the benefit of their own government. -- Charles Lindbergh, Sr.



Lest we forget -- A Pigman criminal:  http://tinyurl.com/oq5zk6h 



Today, however, we do know better. We know that the Federal Reserve continues to strengthen the collusion between banks and politicians. We know that the Fed's inflationary monetary policy continues to reap profits for Wall Street while impoverishing Main Street. And we know that the current monetary regime is teetering on a precipice. One hundred years is long enough. End the Fed. --Ron Paul



Herd Redirection Committee's picture

My main complaint w ZH archives is that the upvotes/downvotes aren't saved after comments are closed.