Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don't make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won't actually have to know anything about anything.
On Google, something that is trending, clocking in at #4, is John Travolta. That seems normal enough. He is, after all, a movie star who spray paints on his hair. Therefore, he is of enduring interest. But there's more. It turns out he stands accused of sexually molesting his male masseur. Travolta, who has been called gay in the past, now stands alongside men like Dominique Strauss-Kahn as men who are accused of sexual misconduct and who are probably guilty but whose guilt might not be proven but whose reputations are nevertheless seriously tarnished. That said, the man rebounded after Old Dogs, so he's pretty much bullet-proof.
Interestingly, related searches include cake pops and dim sum.
Speaking of scandal, Thomas Kinkade's autopsy report hit today. That's trending topic #8. The patron saint of shitty painters died by mixing valium and alcohol. That might be the only thing that he shares with fellow painter Jackson Pollock.
Over at Yahoo's Trending Now, topics are notably more working man.
Breaking Bad's Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) appeared in a YouTube video endorsing a L.A.-based high school student's run for class president. The candidate is a kid named Maxwell Ulin. Sadly the video is hard to find—and let's face it, it might be a phantom—but here's another YouTube video starring Maxwell Ulin, as class president.
And finally #hashtags. Twitter has a couple of things it thinks is important, the most germane of which is #SignsYoureAtAHoodProm. This is, after all, prom season. Most of this meme focuses on things attendees might wear—Jordans, Jeans, grills—or on security measures, such as a "medal detector" [sic]. Here is a sample:
But perhaps a better way to gauge whether you are at a hood prom is to look at levels of poverty charted against school district which the National Center for Educational Statistics has done. So the real answer to #SignsYouAreAtAHoodProm are mostly that you live in the South. See below which charts the number of children between 5-17 year old living in families below the poverty line.