Chances are, by the time you read this article, 2012 will be long gone and we’ll be at the start of yet another year. 2012 was kind of crazy though, wasn’t it? Sudden hurricanes, political disputes, an apocalypse that never showed up, an even crappier book series than Twilight, etc. etc. etc. Yes indeed, this year really was an odd one.
Here’s a look at fifteen of the most memorable things to happen during 2012.
1. Gangnam Style. This dance was the craze of the summer. It swept in overnight and within a week almost everyone knew at least one dance move from Psy’s music video. What’s even more surprising is that this dance has stayed surprisingly popular ever since it hit the web.
2. USA Presidential Elections. Whether you live in the States or not, chances are this was one of the first elections in ages you actually found yourself caring about.
3. Olympics. The Olympics seem like a million years ago, don’t they? We saw some spectacular displays at this year’s Olympic games, specifically in gymnastics and swimming. The best part may have been Stephen Colbert’s reenactment of the Olympics though.
4. Girl Scout pleads boycott. Here’s one you might not remember. A Californian girl scout took to the Internet pleading with people to boycott the purchase of girl scout cookies because a troop in Colorado had allowed a transgender child to join. This video was flagged as a hate crime and taken down almost immediately. Plus, come on, no one in the world exists who could possibly boycott girl scout cookies for even a microsecond. Those cookies are like crack – even worse because we only get them once a year.
5. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Ugh. Let’s just take solace in the fact that Jersey Shore is finally over and done with.
6. A lesson in guns. A movie theater in Colorado. A mall in Oregon. A school in Connecticut. When it comes to firearms, 2012 was not a good year. If anything, on this topic, it was a goddamn travesty.
7. Some bright stars in the sky went out. We lost a lot of really great people this year, and while I couldn’t possibly list off all of them, here are just a handful of the stars we had to say goodbye to in 2012: Neil Armstrong, Ravi Shankar, Larry Hagman, Charles, During, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jerry Nelson, Phyllis Diller, Sally Ride, Andy Griffith, Nora Ephron, Dick Clark, Whitney Housten, and Etta James.
8. Hurricane Sandy. This storm took the east coast of the USA in late October, demolishing homes, businesses, and subway lines. It’s estimated damage is $63 billion.
9. Kony 2012. Do you know if they ever got Kony? Yeah. Neither do I. What the heck happened with this movement?
10. A dude jumped out of a plane from space and somehow managed not to die.
11. Fifty Shades of Grey. Believe me, it makes me cringe to put this book (which started as a, sigh, Twilight fanfiction) on the list of noteworthy thing that happened in 2012, but it’s hard to deny that people (namely middle aged women) didn’t go coo coo bananas for this book, finding pleasure at this look into the BDSM lifestyle. Too bad the actual BDSM community frowns on this entire book series.
12. Women had it rough. This year wasn’t exactly kind to women in the USA. Whether it was women senators being kept out of congress debates on birth control, Rush Limbage calling Sandra Fluke a slut, or Todd Akin proclaiming a woman’s body “shuts down” upon rape, we women dealt with a lot of shit. Lucky for us, this 2012 election brought in a record breaking landslide of congresswomen, such as Tammy Baldwin (the first openly gay female senator), Mazie Hirono (the first Asian-American female senator), and both Tulsi Gabbard and Tammy Duckworth (both of whom fought in the US military). Hopefully this year was, in fact, a step in the right direction.
13. Disney bought Star Wars. The world still doesn’t know how to feel about it.
14. We sent the NASA Curiosity Rover to Mars.
15. 2012 Memes. Ending on a light hearted note, we had a slew of great memes this year. The most popular was, without a doubt, Tard the Grumpy Cat. Some other memes that made the Internet hall of fame this year: Ridiculously Photogenic Guy, The Overly Attached Girlfriend, restoration of Ecce Homo, and Ermahgerd.