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Looking back on 2011: News 
26th-Dec-2011 11:37 am
WorstDayEver
Poll #1806063 Top News Stories of 2011

From the following listed below, which was the biggest news story of 2011?

The Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy protests
4(7.7%)
The death of Osama Bin Laden
10(19.2%)
The revolt in Libya and death of Mommar Khadaffi
5(9.6%)
The withdrawal of US troops from Iraq
0(0.0%)
The shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords and others in Tucson
0(0.0%)
The regime change in Egypt
2(3.8%)
The legalization of same-sex marriage in New York state
0(0.0%)
The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and their subsequent tour
0(0.0%)
The terrorist attack in Norway
2(3.8%)
The charges against News of the World employees for invasion of privacy
0(0.0%)
The GOP race for the nomination for Presidential candidate
1(1.9%)
Japan's earthquake and tsunami
13(25.0%)
The Penn State cover-up of Jerry Sandusky's sexual assault on a child
1(1.9%)
The election of Stephen Harper to a majority government in Canada
1(1.9%)
The downfall of Silvio Berlisconi in Italy
0(0.0%)
Economic collapse in Europe
10(19.2%)
The acquittal of Casey Anthony
2(3.8%)
The gridlock in the US Congress and the institution's rapidly dropping approval rating
0(0.0%)
Something else (what?)
1(1.9%)

The following people died in 2011. Which ones will you miss? (Select as many as apply)

Steve Jobs
22(13.7%)
Elizabeth Taylor
23(14.3%)
Betty Ford
7(4.3%)
Amy Winehouse
19(11.8%)
Clarence Clemons
4(2.5%)
James Arness
3(1.9%)
Jack Kevorkian
8(5.0%)
Geraldine Ferraro
7(4.3%)
Peter Falk
8(5.0%)
Jack Lalanne
4(2.5%)
Jane Russell
4(2.5%)
Duke Snyder
3(1.9%)
Vaclav Havel
8(5.0%)
Joe Frazier
2(1.2%)
Andy Rooney
8(5.0%)
Randy "Macho Man" Savage
6(3.7%)
Pete Postlethwaite
8(5.0%)
Christopher Hitchens
9(5.6%)
Someone else (tell us who in a comment)
8(5.0%)

If there was an award for biggest douchebag of 2011, who should get it?

Rupert Murdock
5(9.8%)
Casey Anthony
6(11.8%)
John Boehner
2(3.9%)
Rick Perry
3(5.9%)
Herman Cain
2(3.9%)
Charlie Sheen
8(15.7%)
Arnold Schwarzenegger
3(5.9%)
Anthony Wiener
0(0.0%)
Jared Loughner
2(3.9%)
Jerry Sandusky
11(21.6%)
Joe Paterno
0(0.0%)
Dominique Strauss-Kahn
3(5.9%)
John Edwards
1(2.0%)
Silvio Berlusconi
3(5.9%)
Someone else (tell us who in a comment)
2(3.9%)
Comments 
26th-Dec-2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
Mike Starr.
26th-Dec-2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
I miss Bert Jansch, may he rest in peace.
26th-Dec-2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
You mean I have to choose between Egypt, Libya, Japan, and the European economy? I would almost put the Occupy protests and the congressional gridlock in that list, but only almost.
26th-Dec-2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
Hardest celebrity death in a long time: Elisabeth Sladen.
30th-Dec-2011 02:53 am (UTC)
Another one I can't believe I forgot about.
26th-Dec-2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
Harry Morgan :(
27th-Dec-2011 01:01 am (UTC)
Same here.
26th-Dec-2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
You mean I have to pick between Sandusky and Paterno for biggest douchewipe of the year? Unfair.

Also, I find it hard to pick between some of the domestic headlines and the international. While yes, the shooting of Gabby Giffords and the busting of Scumbag Sandusky were hella of note, they're not on par with the rebellions in Libya and Egypt.

Edited at 2011-12-26 10:12 pm (UTC)
27th-Dec-2011 12:27 am (UTC)
Harry Morgan, Nicholas Courtney, and Elisabeth Sladen. :(

As for douchebags, Harper is pretty freaking high on my list.
27th-Dec-2011 02:18 am (UTC)
Just curious why you think Harper is a douche, considering how well Canada has weathered the economic storm, compared with the US and Europe? I never liked him much, but when I see what's happening economically in the rest of the world, I have to feel pretty grateful.
27th-Dec-2011 03:51 am (UTC)
I don't like the way the Tories handled the long-gun registry and I'm very much not impressed with the omnibus bill. Truth be told it may not be him personally, but since he's head of the Conservative Party I tend to place all my dislike and distrust onto him.
27th-Dec-2011 01:57 am (UTC)
douche bag - Michele Bachmann, among others. I just wanted to include her because she wasn't on the list.
27th-Dec-2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Marco Simoncelli died this year :(.
for douchebaggery- clicked berlusconi but charlie sheen is second.
28th-Dec-2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
Jack Layton.
30th-Dec-2011 02:48 am (UTC)
Good choice. I should have remembered him. I think a lot if the online websites for notable deaths of 2011 were American based, but I still should have remembered him.
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