Post about Raisins in Chocolate Chip Cookies Spikes PreOccupied Territory's Traffic to Five Times Its Previous High

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Yesterday, Satirical Israeli News site experienced an unexpected spike in traffic when a week-old post entitled "Rabbis Ban Raisins from Cookies; An Abomination" suddenly caught fire.

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I'd say I'm happy that people are getting exercised about raisins, but I don't like exercise either.

Israeli satirical news site hit record traffic levels yesterday, from an unexpected source, a week-old post about raisins in cookies. Site manager David Swidler had no explanation as to why this particular article suddenly took off. In fact, its 2260 views yesterday were more than a 140 times the 16 views it had received just the day before.

The article entitled "Rabbis Ban Raisins from Cookies; An Abomination" states that a council of prominent Rabbis had banned raisins from cookies, claiming them to be an abomination, given that they're often mistaken for chocolate chips.

Says Swidler, "I'd say I'm happy that people are getting exercised about raisins, but I don't like exercise either."

The traffic spike mainly came from Facebook users, who shared the article throughout the day. The more than 2600 visitors to PreOccupied Territory were more than five times higher than the site's previous high.

PreOccupied Territory is a satirical news site covering Israel and the Middle East. While most content is written in house, also invites reader submissions, both to provide diversity of perspective and to give readers an opportunity to be heard.

“It’s a good way to have other people do some of the work for me, and look magnanimous at the same time,” says Swidler.

Readers are also invited to submit tag lines for the site’s header, which will rotate periodically. Currently it reads, “Controlling the Media Since 1902" though has previously boasted taglines such as "A Blight Unto The Nations,” “Blogging A Dead Horse” and “The Chosen Peephole.” Readers can offer either articles or suggested tag lines through a link on the site.

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