We’re Hungover. Here Are Our Top Articles of the Year.

It’s New Years. Enjoy the last day before the world boots up again and order Chinese food and stop asking us to teach you something new today. Today, we’re going to do something nice and easy.

With any luck, 2013 will go down in the annals as the year Yester was founded and a new way forward emerged in our wake. So that’s good. Though we just launched in October and are but a few months old, we’re going to go ahead and tell you which articles found the most readers in this our nascent year.

Oh, and just to be all the more shameless: If there’s an article you think deserves more love, remember to go ahead and share it. Do iiiiiiiiiit.

10. The Booms, Busts, and Rebirths of Cycling History

Bikes are big these days, but it’s not the first time. Sam Shupe tracks the development and adoption of cycling in America and Europe over the past 200 years.

9. The Dark Side of Pope John Paul II

He helped knock down communism and the curmudgeon-y reign of Pope Benedict certainly made him look a lot better, but John Paul had his warts — especially in Latin America.

8. The Witch Who Got Away

During the Salem witch trials, one rich fellow who just so happened to have a lot of political enemies in Massachusetts was accused of witchcraft. Hm. He wisely skipped town. Here’s his story.

7. Here’s Why Everybody’s Talking About Doctor Who

Basically it’s because 50 years is a long effin’ time.

6. Captain America Got In on World War II Before His Government

The First Avenger and the First Interventionist, Captain America debuted in the comics by punching Adolf Hitler in the face on his first cover. This was all the more notable because the U.S. had not yet entered World War II.

5. Here Are Some Advertisements From the Great Depression

Just in time for the holidays, this collection of ads from a November 1934 edition of FORTUNE magazine shows what the rich might have been out to buy when few people were doing very much buying at all.

4. Yoga’s Violent Past

We think of yoga today as soothing, relaxing, and generally pleasant stuff. Funny, then, how its roots are on the battle field.

3. Wait, So European Genes Made it to the Americas Without Boats?

Apparently. Good ol’ Siberia.

2. How Boston’s Street Gangs Sparked the American Revolution

From Boston journalist George Hassett, this book excerpt looks at the warring Boston gangsters who came together and sparked some of the populism that in turn sparked the Revolutionary War.

1. Remember, Remember

Guy Fawkes has a solid reputation as the antiauthoritarian dude whose face is used as a mask in V for Vendetta. That reputation was earned as a small pawn in a religious extremist plot, the background of which swept back generations and across Western Europe. (Thanks, Reddit!)

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