Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The best stories of 2015

And I don't mean 'brand stories', whatever they are. I mean actual stories about real people. Stories that make you cry, stories that make you laugh, stories that leave you open-mouthed. Here are some of the year's most memorable, in no particular order.

How Ross Ulbricht set up a vast $1.2billion online drug market – and how the feds shut it down. 

In November 2012, Salvador Alvarenga went fishing off the coast of Mexico. Two days later a storm hit and he sent an SOS. It was the last anyone heard from him from 438 days. 

Not from 2015 but so poignant that I had to include it in this list, as I finally managed to re-find this Policeman's heart-wrenching tale from 2011.

How did Manju Das become the richest housemaid in the world?

If you remember this product and the impact it had on popular culture, then you'll forgive me for including another story from another year. This one was first published in 2008.  

There are no words. 

Security researcher outs botmaster. Botmaster tries to frame security researcher. Botmaster (and justice) gets served.

There's something wonderful about beating the system. And to do it by buying chocolate puddings that cost $1 is even better. See also: 37 rental cars in two days

"Even by the sorry standards of justice in the Bronx, this case is extreme."

Always good to end on a high note. Headline and story of the year?