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The Buzz Week in Review
It was a week of small triumphs and big scandals in the Buzz. A formerly
"pregnant man" shared the first photos of his baby daughter. Meanwhile, an
actor's alleged assault (and strenuous denial) left fans stunned. Take a look
back at these stories and more with the Buzz Week in Review.
Introducing Susan Juliette
Earlier this year Thomas Beatie was huge, both literally and in the Buzz. Better
known as the "pregnant man," Mr. Beatie garnered a tremendous amount of interest
after he appeared on "Oprah" during his second trimester. Beatie, who was born a
woman but kept his female reproductive organs while undergoing sexual
reassignment surgery, recently gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Now, the first
photos of little Susan Juliette are inspiring an avalanche of buzz.
Searches on "pregnant man" surged an astounding 1,101% during the week, while
related lookups on "thomas beatie baby" and "pregnant man baby photos" posted
equally impressive gains. People magazine, which hosted the photo, was buzzed
early and often, while other blogs, including the Huffington Post, relayed the
A scandal in Gotham
The timing couldn't have been worse ... or more awkward. Just as "The Dark
Knight" was taking in a mountain of cash at the box office, its star Christian
Bale was being arrested for allegedly assaulting his mother and sister. Folks
could hardly believe the news, but that didn't stop the interest.
Lookups on "christian bale" roared to a 550% gain, but the related searches are
what really told the story. Queries for "christian bale assault," "batman
arrested," and "christian bale family" each soared from none into the thousands.
Bale has vehemently denied the incident, and countless blogs are updating the
story by the nanosecond.
Estelle Getty, who starred in "Golden Girls," passed away at the age of 84.
Her death, brought on by Lewy Body Dementia, inspired searches for "estelle
getty biography" and "estelle getty young."
Ever wonder how planets are named? Apparently the honor falls to the
International Astronomical Union. According to USA Today, the body recently
named a dwarf planet "Makemake."
We don't know why, but lookups for "laser tattoo removal" jumped 2,258% over
the week. Did the surge have something to do with eyelid tattoos? According to
TrendHunter, they're soon to be all the rage. If you ask us, they're soon to be