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Wikipedia's most viewed articles of 2012


The 'Wikipedia' logo is seen on a tablet screen on December 4, 2012 in Paris.



Wikipedia's most viewed articles of 2012 may surprise you.

'Facebook,' 'One Direction,' 'Wiki', 'Deaths in 2012,' and 'The Avengers' top the most viewed pages on Wikipedia's English version this year.

Swedish software engineer Johan Gunnarsson published the top 10 lists not only for English, but also a number of other languages including German, Japanese, Dutch, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Polish. All in their native language.

On the English Wikipedia, Facebook was the most viewed page, with 32.5 million views, according to the Philadelphia Enquirer.

Here is the top ten list:

1. Facebook

2. Wiki

3. Deaths in 2012

4. One Direction

5. The Avengers

6. Fifty Shades of Grey

7. 2012 phenomenon

8. The Dark Knight Rises

9. Google

10. The Hunger Games

As the BBC reported, while Facebook may have topped the English edition, an entry "for an adult video actresses" was the number one entry for Japan, German's searched for "cul-de-sacs," and "Hua Shan" the world's deadliest hiking trail" in China, got the most views on the Dutch site.

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