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Clint Eastwood’s appearance and speech to an empty chair at the GOP convention stupefied us, Felix Baumgartner’s jump from 24 miles above the Earth astounded us and Gabby Douglas’ Olympic performance thrilled us. But now that it’s on the wane, we can step back and report that, all in all, 2012 held relatively few major surprises. Perhaps one reason for the year’s ho-hum factor is that several long-anticipated events — the Mars Curiosity rover landing; the London Olympics; the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; the U.S. elections — set a tone of predictability for a year that, in large part, failed to ignite.

Granted, there were some genuine scandals, which always raise eyebrows (if not the level of national discourse): the Petraeus affair, Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace and pictures of a naked royal prince gallivanting with friends — in Vegas, of all places.

In front of the ubiquitous TV cameras, Angelina Jolie courted publicity at the Oscars, while Rihanna and Chris Brown shamelessly courted controversy everywhere. That it was all so baldly contrived hardly stopped the media from buying right into it.

A calculated, cautious and utterly uninspiring American presidential campaign contrasted  with the hope and optimism of four years ago. The promise of the Arab Spring gave way to protests against the new government in Egypt, a deadly attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi and a bloody civil war in Syria that shows no signs of a resolution.

The surprises, when they did come, were brutal shocks rather than thrilling or uplifting wonders. The shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the movie theater rampage in Aurora, Colo., left us three parts numb and one part seething with a kind of violent despair.

We marked solemn anniversaries, like the 100th year since the sinking of the Titanic and the 50th since the death of Marilyn. Mick, Keith and the rest of the Stones kept rolling to mark their own 50th anniversary, but they did so with an utterly foreseeable bombast.

It was left to a Korean YouTube sensation riding an invisible horse to truly surprise and entertain us this year. But even then the novelty and fun rapidly wore thin, as Psy tributes from the likes of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Eaton school boys and countless others lay siege to the Internet.

And yet … in the face of what can really only be called a rather disappointing year, TIME presents a gallery of images from the past twelve months that did, despite everything, manage to surprise us: pictures that, we hope and trust, will in some small way redress the flaws of a year that, despite spectacles as wondrous as a man falling to earth from space and a Hollywood icon chatting with a chair, ultimately fell a little flat.

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Well it’s that time of year where Americans pig out and say thanks for all they have. I do have a lot to be thankful for. A good job, friends, family and health. So thanks for that and I mean it. More importantly thanks for inspiration. I’m making a lot of music and somehow I’m not repeating myself. Since this is an American holiday I posted two videos above that show some of America in action. Sure I could post our troops at war or something like that but honestly most of us are just working and playing.

“We will use this runway right here. Eyes outside”.

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving

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Sometime in the late 20th century a naked man bent over, spread his ass and took a picture. Eventually that picture, known as Goatse, became one of the most venerable memes in internet history. Who is this man, and how did his ass take over the internet?

http://gawker.com/5899787/

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Die ersten paar Jahre war die Bar 25 noch ein ziemlich entspannter Ort mit peaciger Tür, trotzdem war der Laden der reine Rave-Alb, denn hier lag das Epizentrum der Miminalpest, die in den ersten Jahren des neuen Jahrtausends Angst und Schrecken über die Tanzflächen brachte: Unverdünnte Langeweile zu vershuffelt ausgebremsten Rhythmen. In der Bar tuckerte die Einfallslosigkeit in bassfreier Kofferradioqualität oft tagelang traurig vor sich hin, ohne dabei groß aufzufallen, vielleicht weil die Bar-25-Crowd durchs Musikhören über schepprige Laptoplautsprecher abgestumpft war, bestimmt weil es in diesem Club sowieso nicht um die Musik oder ums Raven ging, sondern um alberne Verkleidungen, schultheaterhafte Rollenspielchen und multitoxische Hirnerweichung, egal was, egal wie, Hauptsache mal die banale Tristesse der real existierenden Kreativklasse verdrängen. Weshalb die Unendlichkeit der Bar-25-Wochenenden, die sich gerne zäh und lustlos in den Dienstag schleppten, auch kein Ausdruck überbordender Lebensfreude waren, sondern kollektive Realitätsverweigerung mit Konfetti, Glitzer und Verstand im Ketamin-Erdloch ersäufen.

http://de-bug.de/mag/9244.html

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This 20-minute film chronicles the influence that the video part has had on the skateboarding industry through current skater and filmmaker interviews along with footage from the most popular and respected videos of all time, ranging from Stacy Peralta’s The Bones Brigade Video Show (1984), to Element’s Rise and Shine (2011). “Skate on Film” combines in-depth interviews with industry greats, such as Andrew Reynolds, Matt Hensley, Heath Kirchart and Nyjah Huston, just to name a few.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8121027

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Twenty years after The Dream Team dominated unlike any other sports team in Olympic history, NBA TV’s behind the scenes look at the squad brought back many moments of nostalgia. The documentary entitled The Dream Team, narrated by Edward Burns, began by looking at the history of Olympic basketball, including how the Soviet Union team won the gold in 1972 and 1988 just when it seemed like the Americans’amateur players were good enough to win the gold every year.

http://vimeo.com/44080574

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If Facebook were a country, a conceit that founder Mark Zuckerberg has entertained in public, its 900 million members would make it the third largest in the world. It would far outstrip any regime past or present in how intimately it records the lives of its citizens. Private conversations, family photos, and records of road trips, births, marriages, and deaths all stream into the company’s servers and lodge there. Facebook has collected the most extensive data set ever assembled on human social behavior.

http://www.technologyreview.com/featured-story/428150/what-facebook-knows/

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Desillusion magazine and Nixon proudly present their latest video instalment “This is Andrew”, a video portrait paying tribute to US street skateboarder Andrew Reynolds. Growing up in a small town in Florida, Andrew started skateboarding at a very young age. Due to his exceptional talent – Reynolds won the first contest he ever entered – he drew the attention of the skate industry and landed on some of the top sponsored teams as a teenager. Following Tony Hawk and others to the Californian epicentre of skateboarding at the age of 18, he met fellow skateboarders like Jim Greco, Ali Boulala and Knox Godoy, later on known as the “Piss Drunx”, ruling the streets of LA.

http://vimeo.com/39201565

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