The most-read stories of 2011

What did komonews.com users read more than anything else in 2011?

From big snows to scantily clad shoppers to the pros and cons of certain nail polishes, find out which stories you and other readers from around the world clicked on more than anything else.

Have a favorite story from komonews.com in 2011 that didn't make the list? Leave a comment below with a link to the article.

#25 Renton police investigating cartoons mocking cops, city workers

The cartoons, which first appeared on YouTube earlier this year, poke fun at an unnamed law enforcement agency. But Renton Police Chief Kevin Milosevich says his officers, as well as several Renton city employees, were the target.

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#24 Man says attackers tattooed 'RAPEST' on forehead

Two men and two women are accused of pinning down a man who has learning disabilities, tattooing the word "RAPEST" on his forehead and shocking his genitals with a stun gun before beating him unconscious with a baseball bat.

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#23 Wash. beauty queen, 16, marries 'Green Mile' actor, 51

In the annals of May-December romances -- heck, early April-late December romances -- we have this: a 16-year-old beauty queen from Ocean Shores has married an actor older than her father.

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#22 Security guard in hot water over treatment of 4-year-old shoplifter

A Safeway security guard got in hot water for the way he questioned a 4-year-old shoplifter in Everett. The father said they were led into a back break room where the guard said his daughter was banned from the store and that he was pressing charges.

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#21 Tsunami waves up to 2 feet hit Wash. coast

More than 600 people briefly left their homes on Washington's coast after a tsunami advisory was triggered by a massive earthquake in Japan, but vigorous waves proved similar to any stormy day on the coast.

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#20 Customers kicked out as Marie Callender's shuts down

Three Marie Callender's restaurants across Washington shut down abruptly, leaving more than 100 people without jobs. Witnesses say some customers were in the middle of meals when they were told to get up and leave the restaurant.

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#19 T-shirt mocking Osama bin Laden raises eyebrows

A community festival in Hoquiam attracted a lot of attention with a T-shirt mocking Osama bin Laden. Organizers say they got the idea because their Sept. 10 event is so close to the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and because bin Laden was killed by U.S. military forces in May.

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#18 Seattle man: Facebook cost me my 20-year marriage

This Problem Solver report showed how social media can become the modern version of finding "lipstick on the collar."

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#17 Man attacked by pit bulls in Kirkland park, opens fire

A leisurely Saturday afternoon in the park quickly mutated into a real-life horror scene when three pit bulls attacked a man and his German shepherd without warning, police said.

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#16 Heavy snow falls across parts of Puget Sound region on Feb. 23

La Nina didn't really give us days and days of snow this year, but the snow storm in late February did bring over a foot of snow -- some places more than 2 feet! -- to some North Sound locales. Meanwhile, Seattle was left mainly blank.

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#15 Woman feels 'disrespected' after being kicked off train

A woman who was pulled of an Amtrak train by police after passengers complained she was speaking too loudly on a cell phone said she felt "disrespected" by the entire incident.

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#14 Man accused of exposing self to children arrested

A man accused of exposing himself to children at least five times across Seattle was arrested but caught the attention of the web audience when detectives learned he had been at Westlake Park taking part in the Occupy Seattle protests.

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#13 Pros and cons of Shellac nail polish

A new manicure treatment promised smudge-proof nail color that lasts for weeks without chipping, and it sure struck a nerve with our web audience:

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#12 Seattle's 'green job's program a bust:

Last year, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced the city had won a coveted $20 million federal grant to invest in weatherization, but a year into the program, the results were lackluster.

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#11 Woman accused of animal cruelty found dead in jail

A Granite Falls woman accused of starving more than 30 animals to death in a carcass-filled "house of horrors" was found dead inside the the Snohomish County jail.

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#10 Female officer killed at Monroe corrections facility

A female corrections officer was strangled to death at the Monroe Correctional Complex and prosecutors say it was at the hands of an inmate serving a life term for rape. Jayme Biendl's death has lead to changes in security procedures at prisons statewide.

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#9 Horrific quake causes massive destruction in Japan

A ferocious tsunami unleashed by Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast on March 11, killing thousands of people as it carried away ships, cars and homes, and triggered widespread fires that burned out of control. The quake also triggered a nuclear crisis as it damaged power plants near the epicenter and forced thousands to evacuate the surrounding area due to high levels of radiation.

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#8 Kitsap 'sexpresso' stands may get X rating

Business is booming for so-called "sexpresso" stands in Kitsap County, but city officials wanted new regulations that would classify the stands as "adult entertainment."

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#7 Texting while driving now said cause of crash that killed infant

Kitsap County investigators believe texting and driving led to a crash that killed a 6-month-old boy. Little Enzo Williams sat in the back seat of his family's car which was stopped at a red light near Bremerton. And state troopers say the man accused of smashing his SUV into the back of the Williams' family car admitted to texting on his cell phone right before the impact.

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#6 The ongoing search for Sky Metalwala

Julia Biryukova told investigators that her 2-year-old son, Sky Metalwala, vanished in Bellevue when she left him sleeping alone in her unlocked car for an hour after it ran out of gas. The 30-year-old claimed she and her 4-year-old daughter walked to a gas station, and when they returned to the car, the boy was gone. Police have since determined that story didn't hold up, but have yet to find the boy or develop any solid leads on what really happened to him.

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#5 Boy sent home from school for wearing Steelers jersey

A 13-year-old student at Tacoma's Truman Middle School just wanted to show his team spirit when he wore a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey to his school's Seahawks appreciation day on Friday. But school administrators sent Grendon Bailie home, saying Seahawks shirts or colors were the only exception allowed outside the uniform school's normal strict dress code. At 607 comments, it was among the most commented story of the year as well.

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#4 What's the frequency: Monitors transmit video of unknowing families

From Ballard to Queen Anne and Greenlake to Phinney Ridge, KOMO News found unsuspecting families transmitting what's inside their homes without even knowing it via their baby video monitors.

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#3 Bikini-clad customer takes issue with Walmart

Just the headline alone should illustrate why this story was so popular. A shopper said Walmart kicked her out for wearing a bikini in the store. Walmart said they are sorry - and that the customer has it wrong.

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#2 Mail carrier who defecated in yard gets to keep job

Not exactly a story to put on the KOMO mantle, but a postal worker near Portland was caught on camera using a yard as a toilet. The Postal Service let him keep his job, but moved him to a new route.

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#1 Little Heroes: Now this kid's got game

The link to Eric Johnson's profile of Jordan McCabe has been landing in one e-mail inbox after another and became so popular it topped our list in 2011 after coming in second in 2010. (Story posted just before Christmas) If you haven't seen the video yet, prepare to be amazed.

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