'The Stir' Birthday: Celebrate With a Look at 10 Most Controversial Topics

birthday cakeIt's hard to believe it's been two years since we first launched The Stir. Looking back over the vast variety of topics we've covered and the reactions they've garnered, it's clear we've done at least one thing well -- we've attracted an amazing variety of readers with opinions just as strong as those of us writing the posts. We have passionate commenters who push us to dig deeper, look at things differently, and aren't afraid to tell us when they think we're wrong. 

So what issues get people talking the most? You'd be surprised. Sometimes it's the hot topics du jour or the big, ongoing battles (Circumcision, anyone? Breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding?), but other times it's topics you'd never expect that move readers to chime in and offer their thoughts. So we took a look back at what topics "stirred" readers up the most. Here are 10 top posts from The Stir over the past two years based on reader comments


1. Mom Kills Son for Potty Training Accident, Then Eats Pizza 

The headline says it all in this case, and more than 1,700 readers weighed in to voice their disbelief that a mother could act in such a cruel and inhumane manner.

2. 5-Year-Old Black Girl Disappears and No One Cares

Last fall when we questioned why the case of Jhessye Shockley wasn't getting as much attention as missing white baby Lisa Irwin, the comments came in strong and swiftly. 

3. The Sexual Bucket List: 50 Things to Do Sexually Before You Die

There's nothing like sex to heat things up, and boy did this one get people's blood flowing. 

4. Celine Dion Is Surprisingly Frank About Whitney Houston’s Death

After the world lost one of its most beloved singers, plenty of people had something to say. What Celine said, however, was NOT loved by everyone.

5. Only a Coward Sees a Child Being Raped and Does Nothing

After witnessing Jerry Sandusky raping a 10-year-old boy, most readers agreed that Mike McQueary should be held responsible and chimed in to state so vehemently.

6. Father Beheads Daughter's Rapist: Hero or Monster? 

We asked, and you answered ... in droves. 

7. Doula Loses Everything in Fire: Help Us Help Her!

Here readers showed what an amazing, compassionate group of people they are when they shared, donated, and otherwise offered support for this family.

8. Navy SEAL Who Punched Jesse Ventura for Anti-American Talk Should Get a Medal

Phew, this one got heated as readers battled it out over whether Jesse got what he deserved. 

9. Dead Teen Sued for Losing Control of Flying Body Parts

This gruesome case sparked plenty of opinions ... and nightmares.

10. Teens Are Going 'Bare Floor' and I'm Concerned

Many readers were concerned as well. The opinions on this one were fascinating. 

Which post from The Stir drove you to comment the most passionately? What makes you want to comment on a post?

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