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The Best and Worst of the Best and Worst of the Year Lists

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It is officially the last day of the year 2010, whatever that means to you! Let’s refer to the next year as 2000 + 11. And now, the superlatives for best and worst of the best and worst end of the year lists:

The Daily Beast Award for Best Overall Horrible and Excessive Lists
We get it, your whole staff is on vacation. Write a fucking article. Half of them don’t even have bylines.

TV’s Most Uncomfortable Moments of the Year

14 Best Late Night TV Moments of the Year

Celebrities Who Age Backward

Most Memorable Kisses of the Year

In Memoriam: Celebrity Deaths of 2010

The 20 Smartest People Of 2010

Stars Who Became Felons

The Downers
The 10 Best Graphic Novels and Comics of 2010 [EW]
No one read these and no one will. Until next year.

2010’s Unsafe Skies [The Daily Beast]

Most Vapid
30 Sexiest Stars of 2010 [EW]
Are they sexier or less sexy than last year?!

2010 Obsessions: Year of the mistress [CNN]
“‘In society, one out of every two marriages ends in divorce and in some societies it seems like one out of every one,’ Glass said. ‘We want to see these marriages survive. You want to see a Sandra Bullock and a Jesse James who are so diverse succeed. When we don’t see that, it kind of makes us feel vulnerable.'”
Or we’re just bitchy gossips.

The Year’s 10 Biggest Celebrity Gossip Stories [Jezebel]

The New York Times Makes New York the Center of the Universe, as per the Usual
The 110 Things New Yorkers Talked About in 2010
“55. Oh, the irony: Gawker is hacked.”
Irony? Or justice?

The Best Way to Ruin My Night/Whole Year. WHISKEY SOURS FOR THE WIN
20 Worst Hangover Drinks [The Daily Beast]

The Serious
Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2010 [Wired]

The Not-So-Serious
The Top 10 Animal Photobombers Of 2010 [Buzzfeed]

Typical
Eh.

2010’s Most Bizarre Reality TV Moment: What’s your pick? [EW]
Any of them?

The Best of the Best of the Year
Brian Williams for the win, every time.

The Best Fake Rumors of 2010
Gawker has a lot, see their header:

The Year In Mariah Carey [Jezebel]
Featuring excellent GIF’s like this one:
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What’s sad is that this list is not even close to comprehensive, just a smattering of what the internet has to offer. Did I miss any particularly poignant Best or Worst of lists?
And for your New Years Eve Party, check out this list of Memorable Songs Played on New Year’s Eve.

Oh Wait, Remember It Snowed?

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We’re going to be talking about it forever, because there are still human-sized piles of it on every street corner. If you weren’t in New York, here’s a video of some snow. Oscar-worthy? Not quite.

Idiot With A Tripod from Gothamist on Vimeo.

If you’re wondering what went wrong and why New York City freaked out about the blizzard, NYMag has a great rundown of all the problems. Though word on the street is that 400 people were fired from the sanitation department just months before this event occurred, which seems to be being kept on the DL.

Also, just saying, Chicago transit would have never dealt with a little weather like this, and on that note, they’re following up bus tracker with train tracker. CTA, you are winning back my heart.

Some More Stuff About Women This Year

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Fred Armisten and Carrie Brownstein (of Sleater Kinney) have a new show coming up on IFC called Portlandia. This skit Feminist Bookstore is a favorite. Props to Minnie for her monotonous job drawing attention to this early.


Image via Robert Killips, Associated Press
The inspiration for Rosie the Riveter, the poster of which I bought at the ripe old age of 7 at the Smithsonian Gift Shop like a super-cool kid, Geraldine Doyle, died at the age of 86. “‘Rosie the Riveter’ is the image of an independent woman who is control of her own destiny. She was a gracious, beautiful woman. Her death is the end of an era, and we need to take note of that. We need to respect what she stood for”, said Gladys Beckwith, the former director of the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame.

This woman is my nana, plus about 15 years.

My next life-goal is to go to all of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s homes. Wendy McClure did just that for her book The Wilder Life (nice title), retracing the journey that Laura Ingalls and her family took across America throughout the series, “immersing herself in all things Little House, and explores the story from fact to fiction, and from the TV shows to the annual summer pageants in Laura’s hometowns. Whether she’s churning butter in her apartment or sitting in a replica log cabin, McClure is always in pursuit of ‘the Laura experience.’ Along the way she comes to understand how Wilder’s life and work have shaped our ideas about girlhood and the American West.”
P.S. Fun fact: Lauren was named after Laura and has been to many (all?) of her homes. Some of us are luckier than others.

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