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2017 Year in Review: Maine’s 10 Most Viral Stories of the Year

2017 was another wicked good year (depending on who you ask), and a bunch of viral stories made their way across the interwebs and the facebooks during the year. From a dude that dressed up like a tree, to the naughtiest license places north of Boston, stories from Maine lit up the internet all year long.

Here are the biggest stories, plus some honorable mentions at the end!


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At some point, the Maine Secretary of State’s Office stopped censoring vanity plates, and the results are pretty hilarious. Stand back… don’t open this one around the little kids or at grandma’s house!

 
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New England Ski History
 

In case you ever wondered where Stephen King got some of his messed up ideas for his horror novels… just look around right here at home. Read the story and see inside the abandoned resort here.

 
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Mainers are an interesting bunch of people. Back in September, someone from South Carolina went online to the Maine subreddit, to ask us locals for advice on what to do (and not to do) when he moves to Vacationland. The advice that he got was equal parts hilarious, serious, and invaluable for a Southerner to survive here in the great white North. Read the story here.

 
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Imgur
 

Turns out… it’s wicked big! One massive Maine lobster set records with the Maine Department of Natural Resources. Read the story here.

 
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ThinkStock
 

There are a few towns that might come to mind, like Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth and Kennebunk… just to name a few. But when it comes to income per capita, none of those towns are on the top of this list. What’s the richest town in Maine? Read the story here.

 
Maine Memes
Maine Memes
 

Maine towns have some pretty dumb mottos. For exmaple, Biddeford’s is “a proud city rising where the water falls.” These classic town motto suggestions from Maine Memes spice those up… just a bit. Read the story here.

 
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Courtesy of MissileBases.com
 

Ever wanted the ultimate apocalypse survival shelter? This missile base and bunker compound was on the market this year in Maine. Read the story and see inside here.

 
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Instagram via adoriable_adventures
 

Maine has its share of amazing road trip destinations, but the ruins of this castle in New Hampshire went viral across New England this year. Read the story and get ready for your adventure here.

 
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage via MLS
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage via MLS
 

Back in March, the most expensive home for sale on the Maine market was a $12.6 million mansion on the water in Ogunquit. This place has everything you want… from a guest house to a movie theater. Take the tour!

 
Twitter via Robert LaRoche
Twitter via Robert LaRoche
 

Even though it never came close, the most viral story of the year in Maine was a weather model that showed a potential storm track for Hurricane Jose at the height of the Atlantic Hurricane season. We’re lucky that this dream never came true! Read the story here.

 

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