NBC 4 New York’s Top 15 Facebook Posts for 2016 Offer Surprising Mashup

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The massive Norway spruce from Oneonta, NY (now lit and located in Rockefeller Center) claims the 15th and final spot on the list. The 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was cut on Nov. 10 and transported to NYC just a few days later. It was decorated with 50,000 lights and a Swarovski star. Read about its roots here .
It's no surprise Taylor Swift is one of our most clicked stories of 2016. "I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame," Swift said while accepting the Grammy for Album of the Year, allegedly throwing shade at Kanye West, who credited himself for Swift's international fame in his song "Famous." Details here . (Credit: FilmMagic)
A 16-month-old boy was beaten to death in Staten Island in February, allegedly by his sitter Gloria Fields. Prosecutors said that Fields, 31, repeatedly beat the boy, breaking his collar bone, slamming him to the ground and then returning him to his family when he was near death. View the story here.
Sadly, the No. 12 slot goes to the death of former WWE star Chyna. The 46-year-old, real name Joan Marie Laurer, was found dead in her Redondo Beach, California home in April. More about her life and sudden death here. (Credit: therealchyna.com)
Ryan Lochte's 2016 Rio Olympic scandal is the 11th most clicked Facebook post of 2016. Brazilian judge Keyla Blanc De Cnop ordered search and seizure warrants for the swimmers' passports, according to a statement released by the Rio de Janeiro court, after Lochte and his teammate Jimmy Feigen said they were robbed at gunpoint. Details here . (Credit: AP/Michael Sohn)
In at number 10 is the heartbreaking story of Prosper Ortega, an Atlanta mother who survived days of torture at the hands of her husband to prevent him from leaving with their infant son. More information can be found here . Warning: Graphic images. (Credit: WXIA)
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Coming in at number nine is the inspiring story of American distance runner Abbey D'Agostino who helped a rival runner finish the women's 5000-meter race at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 24-year-old finished the race with New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin. The run-in that caused the camaraderie is here .
The eighth most clicked story of 2016 details the arrest of 51-year-old Lee Kaplan after officials found 12 girls ranging in age from six months to 18 years at his Feasterville home. He is alleged to have fathered two of the girls in the home with an 18-year-old girl also being held in the home. His charges can be found here .
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In at No. 7 is a touching story from the Rio 2016 Olympics. Gymnast Aly Raisman won silver in the gymnastics all-around final, and returned to her room in the Olympic Village to find an adorable letter from her younger teammates Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian. Click here for more details. (Credit: Getty Images)
Our sixth most viewed post on Facebook this year involves the tragic death of 34-year-old Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, who was killed in the Hoboken train crash in September. Kroon was still alive moments after she was struck by the derailed train when 29-year-old bystander Rahman Perkins rushed to her aide. For the full story, click here.
Fifth on the list refers to that time an Indiana woman allegedly posted about her ruined New Year's Eve meal to Facebook. The death of a diner caused Holly Jones's angry post. "The manager told us someone dying was more important than us being there making us feel like our business didn’t matter, but I guess allowing a Junkie in the building to overdose on your property is more important then (sic) paying customers who are spending a lot of money," Jones wrote. Read the restaurant manager's reaction here . (Credit: WTHR)
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The fourth most clicked article goes to a 99-year-old Miami woman who woke up to find a rare, wild animal sleeping on her chest. The animal, a kinkajou, is usually found in the rainforests of Central and South America. More details here. (Credit: South Dade Animal Hospital)
The third most viewed story of the year adds a unique twist to the average pickpocket tale. In February 2016, Reilly Flaherty lost his wallet at a concert in Brooklyn. A few days later, some of his belongings were sent back to him with a hilariously honest note. View the full story here.
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Facebook fans are wild about Gaga as her Super Bowl 50 performance is the second most viewed story of 2016. Lady Gaga kicked off the showdown between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos with an epic rendition of the national anthem and closed her performance by saying "God bless you, America." View the full story here. (Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Congrats "Blue's Clues!" You're our No. 1 Facebook story of the year! "Blue's Clues" celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016. Blue's best friend, Steve (Steve Burns in real life) departed from the Nickelodeon program in 2002 in an episode called "Steve Goes to College." Find out what the 42-year-old has been up to since here. (Credit: Suzanne Mapes/AP)
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