2013 is nearing its end — let’s take a look back.

According the AP, here were the top 10 news stories of 2013:

  1. The awful Obamacare rollout
  2. Boston Marathon Bombing
  3. Pope Francis takes charge
  4. Congress’ low approval ratings
  5. NSA spying
  6. Gay marriage
  7. Nelson Mandela
  8. Typhoon Haiyan
  9. The Syria debacle
  10. Three missing women found

At the movies, people went to see:

  1. Iron Man 3
  2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  3. Despicable Me 2
  4. Man of Steel
  5. Monsters University
  6. Gravity
  7. Fast and Furious 6
  8. Oz, the Great and Powerful
  9. Frozen
  10. Star Trek Into Darkness

In music, people downloaded:

  1. “Timber,” Pitbull
  2. “Say Something,” Christina Aguilera
  3. “The Monster,” Eminem
  4. “Counting Stars,” One Republic
  5. “Let Her Go,” Passenger
  6. “Dark Horse,” Katy Perry
  7. “Story of My Life,” One Direction
  8. “Royals,” Lorde
  9. “Demons,” Imagine Dragons
  10. “Burn,” Elie Goulding

From the lists above, I definitely knew what was going on the news and at the movies in 2013, but I honestly only heard three of the top 10 most downloaded songs of the year!  Getting old, I guess.

Finally, this last list is comprised of Time’s Worst Words of 2013:

  1. twerk
  2. hashtag
  3. selfie
  4. swag
  5. presh
  6. lolz
  7. epic fail
  8. awesome sauce
  9. because ________ (add a noun)
  10. FOMO (“fear of missing out”)

Other notables:  bromance, foodie, twitterverse, etc.  Yup, I’m both guilty of using some of these (mostly as a joke) and will nonetheless be happy when many of them go away.

My 2013 was a mixed bag — I went to London and Edinburgh (which was fun), but also had to implement the Common Core at work (which is soul-crushing for a history teacher).  However, overall the year ended up on the plus side for me and I’m looking forward to what 2014 has in store!

Hope you had a great 2013 with lots of fun this New Years Eve!

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