|1.||Muppets entered the political fray this year, when GOP not-quite-good-enough presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said he would cut funding to PBS and specifically named this Muppet.|
(because...you know...of their living situation)
|2.||There's this supermodel named Kate Upton, see. And she did this dance called the Cat Daddy. The performance proved to be so explosive that it brought about this unusual development:|
|The Black Eyed Peas had recorded a song to accompany the dance within two days|
|It was incorporated into a Barack Obama re-election ad|
|YouTube apologized after initially banning the video, and then restored access to the clip|
|Summer Olympics organizers preemptively banned performances of it from athletic events|
|3.||Disappointingly, celebrity babies were reasonably named this year. For one of the odder ones, add a color to a name of a plant and you'll get this baby born to Beyonce at the beginning of the year:|
In June, we were treated to a YouTube clip featuring Barack Obama "singing" this omni-present song:
|Somebody That I Used to Know|
|Call Me Maybe|
|We Are Young|
By way of explanation.....
Dig the Presidential goodness:
|5.||With Charlie Sheen finally jettisoned from the show, Two and a Half Men producers brought this actress in to portray the character's ghost on the season finale:|
|6.||Three deaths in quick succession on the set of this HBO show brought production to a halt, with the series ultimately being cancelled:|
|7.||We hope you were able to catch a performance of Undisputed Truth, the one-man/woman Broadway show featuring this pop culture curiosity:|
|8.||Frequent advertiser ____________ made good on its threats to "kill off" longtime pitchman __________:|
|Priceline / William Shatner|
|Allstate / Dennis Haysbert|
|Nikon / Ashton Kutcher|
|GEICO / the Gecko|
|9.||It looks like Jessica Simpson will both begin and end the year pregnant. In between, she served as this weigh-loss company's spokesman:|
|LA Weight Loss|
|10.||The 2012 fall edition of Survivor featured a former child star from this 80s sitcom:|
|11.||The heavens sighed, the seventh curtain parted, and this member of the Jersey Shore gang reproduced during the year:|
|12.||A TV miniseries revisited some of the old-timey a-fussin' and a-fuedin', as these two actors stared in the History Channel's Hatfields & McCoys:|
|Dennis Quaid and Jude Law|
|Kevin Bacon and Michael Douglas|
|Tom Selleck and Daniel Craig|
|Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton|
|13.||Somehow, the career of the creator of this crossing-the-line show wasn't adversely affected when he sent an Emmy mailer referring to award voters as "you bloated, over-privileged Brentwood Jews."|
|14.||A nation recoiled in horror as, for a brief time this summer, this young parasite romantically attached itself to a member of the Kennedy family:|
|15.||Hopefully, we're sorry for what we did and will never do it again, as we have suffered through the existence of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. The wretched show is a a spin-off of this similarly controversial show:|
|Toddlers & Tiaras|
|Keeping Up with the Kardashians|
This judge from The Voice freed up time from his/her chair-turning-around schedule to appear in the fall season of American Horror Story:
The lad's detractors might have approved of this Complex magazine cover featuring a rather bloodied, beaten up young star. Who is it?
|18.||Please identify the name of JK Rowling's 2012 non-Harry Potter novel:|
|The Casual Vacancy|
|19.||So here's a nice problem to have: This celebrity's annual earnings *fell* by $125 million vs. the previous year, but s/he *still* raked in $165 million, good enough to top Forbes' list of highest paid celebrities. Who are we talking about here?|
By way of explanation.....
The top 10: Oprah ($165 m); Bay ($160 m); Spielberg ($130 m); Jerry Bruckheimer ($115 m); Dr. Dre ($110 m); Perry ($105 m); Howard Stern ($95 m); James Patterson ($94 m); George Lucas ($90 m); Simon Cowell ($90 m)
"Don't Wake Up in a Roadside Ditch"
"Don't Drive Into a Pizzeria"
"Don't Attend Your Own Funeral"
"Don't Have Your House Explode"
Such were the lessons at the end of ads aired during the year by this company: