Obsessions: #5 Honey Boo Boo

Year In Review Staff
Yahoo! News

If 2012 taught us anything, it was that the world belongs to Honey Boo Boo, and we're just living in it.

The 7-year-old Georgia pageant princess first burst into the public consciousness on an episode of "Toddlers & Tiaras."

Her penchant for an energy-boosting cocktail of Mountain Dew and Red Bull (dubbed "go-go juice") and a knack for coining memorable phrases ("Honey Boo Boo is her own") launched Alana Thompson into Internet history.

TLC subsequently launched a spinoff, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," attracting 2.2 million viewers for its premiere. (The Onion A.V. Club called it a "horror story posing as a reality television program.")