The most popular New York Times story of 2013 may not be what you expect.

Here's an interesting piece from The Atlantic on the New York Times' 10 most visited stories of 2013

At No.1 was an interactive quiz on dialect inspired by a North Carolina State University quiz. The interactive won't have taken long to whip into shape - no reams of research, just a simple idea, easy to execute and incredibly effective. 

The Atlantic writer points out though, that the NYT missed a crucial opportunity with the piece that clocked in at No.6. The Scientific 7-Minute Workout illustrates 12 exercises, which put the latest fitness research into practice using only body weight, a chair and a wall. 

Wouldn't that make a perfect smartphone app?

Yes, but the NYT didn't think of it - and they missed out on essential ad revenue as a result.

The Atlantic kindly converted the NYT's top 10 list into links:

  1. How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk
  2. Blasts at Boston Marathon Kill 3 and Injure 100
  3. 2nd Bombing Suspect Caught After Frenzied Hunt Paralyzes Boston
  4. My Medical Choice,” by Angelina Jolie
  5. Plea for Caution From Russia,” by Vladimir Putin
  6. The Scientific 7-Minute Workout
  7. Site of the Explosions at the Boston Marathon
  8. Invisible Child
  9. The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food
  10. Cardinals Pick Bergoglio, Who Will Be Pope Francis