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Facebook has released its annual Year in Review lists for 2014, and they are pretty grim.

In case you needed a reminder of how terrible things were this year, here are the top 10 topics in the United States:

Ebola Virus Outbreak Ice Bucket Challenge Robin Williams Super Bowl Michael Brown & Ferguson World Cup Conflict in Gaza Midterm Elections Malaysia Airlines ISIS

Basically lots of horrible deaths and tragedies, but… Ice Bucket Challenge! Yay!

World-wide, the World Cup was the number 1 topic, with Ebola and the Brazil elections in spots 2 and 3.

Other notable winners: Beyonce topped the entertainers category, LeBron James was the most discussed athlete, "Game of Thrones" was the top TV show, "Frozen' the top movie, and Pharrell's "Happy" was the top song.

Facebook even made a top ten list just for the best Ice Bucket Challenge videos - a phenomenon that the company considers a milestone in terms of social sharing - topped by George W. Bush and Will Smith.

"I think the Ice Bucket Challenge was the first time a lot of people realized you could shoot a video and share it," said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer.

You can check out all the lists in depth here.

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Thirty years after the original recording, Band Aid has released its fourth cover of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featuring - among others - One Direction, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran, and Chris Martin, Bono and Bastille.

And this time, of course, the cause they are raising money for is Ebola. (Warning: the video starts out with some pretty disturbing images.) The original version was recorded in 1984 for the victims of Ethiopian famine.

Before recording the latest cover, songwriter Bob Geldof says he gave a speech to everyone with updates about the situation in West Africa, according to the BBC.

"I said, 'OK, this is what it's about. When you sing this, be aware that the rest of the world will be singing it with you.'

The song premiered on "The X Factor" Sunday night, and you can buy a copy on iTunes, Amazon or Google Play.

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While you were getting over your Election Day hangover, the 2014 CMA Awards happened Wednesday night, and hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood kicked off the show, in part, by making a bunch of political jokes.

They covered everything from the Ebola nurse speaking out about quarantine in Maine, President Obama, the White House fence jumpers and, of course, the Democrats losing the Senate, which resulted in a huge applause fromt he CMA crowd.

But it wasn't all politics, the two also poked fun at Taylor Swift's departure from country music, Renee Zellweger's face, and the nude photo scandal.

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Maybe the administration at this school should take some geography lessons of their own, and a chill pill.

A Kentucky teacher (also a registered nurse), who visited Kenya recently, has resigned from her job after parents at the school raised concerns about Ebola.

The school asked her to take a 21-day leave and produce a doctor's note before returning to work, but she walked out the door instead.

British chemist Anthony England, who has spent a great deal of time in Africa, created and tweeted the above map to highlight the areas in Africa where the Ebola outbreak exists and why our fears are unsubstantiated.

"Ignorance & misinformation is a big problem with Ebola. So a clueless Kentucky school causing the resignation of a teacher because she spent time in Kenya is just idiocy," England said.

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In case you didn't have cable/internet connection in your homemade quarantine tent or hazmat suit, Ebola was all over the news this weekend:

-The Nurse in Newark does NOT have Ebola (Yay!)... But she is still pissed. [CNN]

-Everyone Loves the Ebola Sign Language Guy [AnimalNY]

-The Hug Seen Round the World [Slate]

-Ebola Themed Halloween Costumes are Probably Not a Good Idea [KTLA]

-Cuomo & Christie vs. The White House on Quarantine Procedure: White House Wins [NYT]

-SNL Slams "Ebola Czar" [NBC]

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The "Ebola Tracker" app and its sister site, EbolaNear.me, use your computer or phone's location data to tell you the nearest case of Ebola. By putting some stark numbers between the reality of Ebola and what you hear on the news, the developers hope to raise awareness of the fear-based reporting that has covered the disease.

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Steelers fans have a long tradition of waving their towels around during games, and then... This happened. The Jacksonville Jaguars have since apologized for the joke.

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I'm getting sick of Carl so I hope he gets it while eating some pudding or something.