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BY BEN SEARLES

In almost all aspects, 2012 was a big year. Most importantly, we survived (or disproved?) the Mayan Apocalypse, and thankfully we are all here today to experience 2013. It was the year that Facebook not only went public, but purchased Instagram for $1 billion, Linsanity struck the country for a short time, and we landed on Mars with the Curiosity Mission.

It was also a huge year for sports. In February, the underdog New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 46, putting Eli Manning in the list of Super Bowl quarterbacks with two rings, and surpassing his brother Peyton Manning. In June, the LA Kings won the Stanley Cup, but in the end does anyone really pay that much attention to hockey?

Over the summer, the world once again tuned in to the obscure sports of the globe, in the XXX Olympiad in London. Usain Bolt again dominated on the track, winning three gold medals and breaking several records. Michael Phelps backed off the gold, but instead went for all colors of medals, winning 22 medals in his entire Olympic career. Unfortunately, the games were not without an Al-Qaeda linked terrorist scare and a badminton cheating scandal.

In soccer, the Spanish National team won the European Cup, making it the only team ever to win the World cup sandwiched by two Euro Cup victories, and establishing their dominance as one of the best national teams. Chelsea beat Bayern Munich to win its first Champions League title, and Fernando Torres showed that maybe there was a reason that he cost roughly $80 million.

2012 was Chipper Jones’s last season, and sadly, the Braves didn’t even make it to the playoffs. The San Francisco Giants won the World Series. Lebron (with the Miami Heat) finally got a ring, and was able to tell all the “haters” to go away.

Lastly, 2012 was the year that Lance Armstrong, former seven-time Tour de France winner, was finally brought down by anti doping agencies and banned from all sporting events.

In addition, it was a big year in politics. President Obama went public for his support of gay marriage; three states legalized it while most of the country still worried about the supposed “evils” of same sex marriage. In that same election, Obama defeated Mitt Romney, showing that young, diverse demographics dominate the vote, and that Republicans must diversify in order to survive. America showed it was becoming in some eyes more open-minded and more insane in others with the legalization of recreational marijuana in two states.

Last year, for reasons seemingly unknown, a short, tuxedo-wearing Korean man was able to garner over a billion views on YouTube, the most ever. In contrast, earlier that year, the government of the “Free World” tried to limit its peoples’ Internet use, with the SOPA and PIPA acts.

In November, rockets started raining down in the Gaza strip, and the issue over Israel raged on. Throughout the beginning of the year, the Occupy Movement, which began in 2011, spilled into 2012 and raged in several states before dying out. The world also experienced the very first “Frankenstorm” (combination of hurricane, heavy winds, and extreme cold) in hurricane Sandy. New York City was hit hard and global warming skeptics were once again proved wrong.

In 2012, a man jumped from 24 miles up in the sky and successfully landed without any harm. People everywhere watched, knowing very few people would ever be willing to attempt that.

This year, 2013, promises to be a good year. It is almost certain more states will legalize gay marriage, and possibly marijuana as well. Some visuals-heavy pop song that will grow annoying after its second listen will surely surpass a trillion views on YouTube. Lebron will add another ring to his collection, and Spain will continue its world domination in soccer.

Obama will be more reckless with his policies but get more done, as he no longer has to be cautious for reelection. Gun control laws will be strengthened in wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, and outrageous storms, caused by human carelessness, will continue to rage.

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