Well, all things considered, it’s been a relatively quiet year. This is what happened and how we spent our time in 2013: 

Top 10 Google Searches

(The circle of life with a little technology thrown in…)

Nelson Mandela

Paul Walker

iPhone 5s

Cory Monteith

The Harlem Shake

Boston Marathon

Royal Baby

Samsung Galaxy

Play Station 4

North Korea

Top 5 “what is” Google Searches

(All good questions, and you might want to steer clear of No. 1 and No. 5, and definitely No. 2 and No. 4…)

What is Twerking?

What is Ricin?

What is DOMA?

What is Molly?

What is Gluten?

Top 10 Movies at the Box Office

(And we wonder why everything that comes out of Hollywood is a remake or a sequel…)

Iron Man 3

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Despicable Me 2

Man of Steel

Monsters University


Fast and Furious 6

Oz: The Great and Powerful

Star Trek: Into Darkness

World War Z

Top 10 Books

(according to Amazon)

This isn’t based on sales, but rather editors’ picks as the liberal smattering of erotica peppered throughout the sales stats may not be the best reader recommendations.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseni

Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Pilgrim’s Wilderness by Tom Kizzia

Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson

Tenth of December by George Saunders

The Son by Philipp Meyer

A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Top 10 Pop Songs

(according to Billboard--three of them I like, seven of them I know, and all of them are over-played...)

We Can’t Stop, Miley Cyrus

Follow Your Arrow, Kacey Musgraves

Royals, Lorde

Same Love, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Get Lucky, Daft Punk

Black Skinhead, Kanye West

Hold On, We’re Going Home, Drake

White Noise, Disclosure

Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke

Mirrors, Justin Timberlake

Top 10 News Stories

(according to Time Magazine--it seems the headline-grabber of 2013 was the federal government…)

The Moore, Okla., Tornado

The IRS Overreach

The Fading Gun Control Initiative

Detroit Files for Bankruptcy

George Zimmerman Trial

Government Shutdown

Gay Marriage wins in the Supreme Court

Obamacare Rollout Debacle

The Boston Marathon Bombing

Snowden Leaks

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