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Year in Review: Your 15 most-liked stories of 2015

Posted: Updated: Dec 30, 2015 05:24 PM
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As we wrap up another year, it's time to take a look back at which stories had the biggest impacts on readers over the past 12 months.

If you asked news editors what the biggest stories of the year were, most of them would likely say the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber or the massacre at Umpqua Community College.

But on social media, good news won the year.

On the FOX 12 Oregon Facebook page, the most popular stories of 2015 largely have one thing in common: They show the more inspirational, heartwarming and uplifting sides of humanity.

Without further ado, here are the top 15 stories from FOX 12 this year, as measured by Facebook 'likes':

15. Wedding photo goes viral

Thousands of people liked this emotional photo of a U.S. Marine and his bride-to-be at their wedding, holding hands with their eyes closed, making it our 15th most popular story of the year.

14. Photographer includes dead dad in photo

Whether people found it touching or a little creepy, lots of people talked about this family photo that included a ghost image of the dad, who had recently passed away.

13. Mom lays down the law

The 13th most popular story of the year was a controversial one: A mom caught on camera slapping and yelling at her son, who was throwing rocks at police in Baltimore in April.

12. A four-star meal for the homeless

This story of heartbreak turned into philanthropy touched the hearts of thousands of people, who liked and shared the story on Facebook.

11. $1 billion for cancer research

Nike co-founder Phil Knight gave OHSU an ambitious challenge: Raise $500 million for cancer research and he would match it. The fundraising campaign was a success and a big hit on social media.

10. Girl uses allowance to buy ice cream for state troopers

Thousands of people liked this touching story of a little girl using her allowance to buy ice cream for Kentucky state troopers who had just been to a fallen officer's funeral service.

9. An icy view of Multnomah Falls

Scenic photos were also a hit in 2015, especially this one of an icy Multnomah Falls in early December. With more than 21,000 likes and almost 40,000 shares, the photo from Sung Choi Photography reached more than 2.8 million people.

8. Expanding shoes for kids in developing countries

The number 8 spot goes to another invention: Shoes for kids in developing countries that can be adjusted to fit feet of different sizes.

7. Oregon company invents new way to get around golf course

Video of a Bend company's GolfBoard invention was a hit on Facebook, with more than 24,000 likes and 6.2 million views.

6. Teen takes grandma to prom

The story of an Indiana teen taking his grandma to prom won over the hearts of people nationwide, including more than 26,000 of FOX 12's Facebook readers.

5. Special needs girl bonds with disabled dog

Who doesn't love a story about kids and dogs? This story of a perfect match between a special-needs girl and her special pup was a hit.

4. Puppy finds perfect home with girl missing a foot

More than 31,000 people liked this story of a little girl missing a foot getting a puppy that was missing a paw.

3. Straight teen asks gay friend to prom

Millions of people watched a Las Vegas teenager's 'prom-posal' video, which went viral with its message, "You're hella gay, I'm hella str8, but you're like my brother, so be my d8?"

2. Woman donates husband's trust fund to K-9 unit

The second-most popular story of 2015 comes from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, which was able to outfit all of its K-9s with ballistic vests, thanks to a woman's generous donation.

1. A lesson in social media safety

By far, the most popular post of 2015 was a video in which a prankster teamed up with parents to teach their kids a lesson in Internet safety. That post alone was shared more than 800,000 times, reaching more than 80 million people.

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