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/ December 18, 2013
The Internet Explains #2013

Flashback to New Year’s Eve 2012, when you were still just an innocent, young, clueless student, one year less wise about the mysterious world. The world was a different place then, with less twerking and fewer wrecking balls. Ahhhh, what a place. Then 2013 came storming in (probably as you were sobbing over your unfinished resolutions from 2012) and now it’s over. Another year nearly gone.

So in case you missed anything, we’re going to wrap it all up for you. Right here. Well, at least how the Internet saw it. But what else is even important anymore?

January. Whoo-heee. This month was crazy. Except not really at all. Obama was inaugurated for his second term. Will.i.am was there and wearing an awesome hat.

im ready for the inauguration…but i dont think im going to be wearing this hat .@barackobama had me try on…#NOiCANTpic.twitter.com/KoFlVOia

— will.i.am (@iamwill) January 17, 2013

And Kelly Clarkson was super psyched to be there too (I mean, valid emotion at that point):

Maybe the coolest photo I’ve ever been in ….ever :) pic.twitter.com/t4WlQI1J

— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) January 21, 2013

February got a little more interesting or something. There was a power outage at the 47th Superbowl, but Destiny’s Child was reunited so that didn’t really matter, and Beyonce was a goddess then and a goddess now. I mean look at Oprah’s reaction:

BEYONCE!!!!!!!!!!!!

— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) February 4, 2013

Kim Kardashian was excited as well:

OMG Beyonce killed it!!! And when Destiny’s Child came out…that made my life! #Bootylicious

— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) February 4, 2013

Oh, and there a meteorite kind of struck Russia.

1,257 pounds of meteor, too heavy for divers to lift, has been pulled from a lake in Central Russia. http://t.co/DYagYyu19I

— Fast Company (@FastCompany) October 16, 2013

Newsweek got pretty apocalyptic about it all:

The recent meteor-landing in Russia was a fleabite. The one in 2036 is a different story. http://t.co/PBrliiMB2h

— Newsweek (@Newsweek) February 26, 2013

March was actually super boring. Pope Francis was elected as the first from the Southern Hemisphere, so that’s a nice change (and was recently voted TIME’s person of the year!). April was a depressing month for the Internet, darkened by the Boston Marathon bombings.

BREAKING NEWS: Two powerful explosions detonated in quick succession right next to the Boston Marathon finsh line this afternoon.

— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 15, 2013

Skipping May (seriously, there were finals then and we’ve got more than enough of those now) and hopping right into summer. In June, DOMA was ruled unconstitutional and Prop 8 was dismissed. Neil Patrick Harris was pretty psyched:

And Prop 8 was dismissed?!? Huzzah! Christmas comes six months early this year! (Less one day…)

— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 26, 2013

July was a good month for lots of BuzzFeed lists, as the #RoyalBaby was born and Sharknado became everyone’s favorite movie for two weeks. Joel McHale just about summed up our excitement for the baby news:

A lady had a baby.

— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) July 22, 2013

And Sharknado really showed us how great of an actress Tara Reid is:

I actually can’t wait for @sharknado it might be even better then snakes on a plane !!! Lol 😉 I hope you will have as much fun as I had

— Tara Reid (@TaraReid) July 11, 2013

But B.J. Novack from The Office knew our true fears:

I’m afraid that now when we have a real sharknado everyone’s going to treat it like a joke

— B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) July 12, 2013

Sadly enough, the most re-tweeted tweet of the year came from Lea Michelle, remembering Cory Monteith after his sudden death this year:

Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart. pic.twitter.com/XVlZnh9vOc

— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) July 29, 2013

August. VMAs. Twerk. Miley. You know it.

Miley Cyrus, that is the most offensive thing I’ve seen since the Glee Club’s horrifying performance of Push It. Please, somebody stop her.

— Sue Sylvester (@SylvesterWMHS) August 26, 2013

In September, Twitter tweeted its IPO announcement:

We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.

— Twitter (@twitter) September 12, 2013

In October the U.S. Government abandoned us by shutting down. The panda cam and our hearts went dark:

MR. PRESIDENT, TURN ON THE PANDACAM

— Adam Steinbaugh (@adamsteinbaugh) October 17, 2013

Jimmy Kimmel wanted to help us along through the difficult time with inspiring words of wisdom:

Hey guys – I’m about to shut the government down on the west coast so if you need anything, ask MexiCanada

— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) October 1, 2013

November was November. #SFBatKid was probably the most inspiring thing that happened to anyone ever:

This photo of #SFBatKid is everything. Thanks for making our city safe, Miles! pic.twitter.com/cdaz1lMOx3

— Carmen Kiew (@carmenkiew) November 16, 2013

This is how #SFBatKid is going to his city! The map for the day #SanFrancisco #makeawish (@drew) pic.twitter.com/akeZoWIjHZ

— NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker) November 15, 2013

And a horribly devastating Typhoon struck the Philippines.

Typhoon Haiyan. November 9. pic.twitter.com/3Km8rLiC05

— Karen L. Nyberg (@AstroKarenN) November 9, 2013

December is now, and as we all know, Nelson Mandela passed away last week eliciting some serious reactions from people around the globe.

Every time Melinda and I met Nelson Mandela, we left more inspired than ever. His grace and courage changed the world. This is a sad day.

— Bill Gates (@BillGates) December 5, 2013


So there you go – last year’s history according to Twitter. Plenty of other things happened that we couldn’t fit here, because in the words of the Internet, “Ain’t nobody got time for [those].” Here’s to an equally as exciting 2014.

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