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The Most Dubious Moments of 2011

2011: huge year. Gaddafi’s regime fell. Bin Laden met his demise. ScarJo’s personal pics landed on the Internet. Today, a quick look back...

Rebecca Black Is Stoked It’s “Friday”
MARCH 14

Rebecca Black Is Stoked It’s “Friday”

In 1911, Ezra Pound published Canzoni. In 2011, Rebecca Black gave us “Friday,” an auto-tuned YouTube classic from the daughter of a multimillionaire. It’s an irrepressible celebration of the final day of the workweek. Also: a possible sign of the apocalypse.

A Real-Life Weekend at Bernie’s
AUGUST 27

A Real-Life Weekend at Bernie’s

It’s the eternal question: what happens when we shed our mortal coils. Well, if you’re this guy, you get propped up in a car by your two best friends, who then use your ATM card to finance an evening of booze, strippers and Mexican feasts. Sadly, Andrew McCarthy wasn’t involved.

ScarJo’s Personal Photos Leak
SEPTEMBER 14

ScarJo’s Personal Photos Leak

If there’s anything you’ve learned (sometimes the hard way), anyone’s racy phone photos can turn up on the Internet. To the delight of almost everyone, that included Scarlett Johansson’s. Fortunately, the FBI tracked down the awful, deplorable, vile hacker responsible.

Tebowing Was a Thing
OCTOBER 27

Tebowing Was a Thing

First, there was planking. Owling: thanks for playing. And then, someone—probably the Lord—said, “Let there be Tebowing.” After that, people were taking knees and taking photos everywhere in celebration of the soon-to-be Super Bowl MVP and likely future president of the United States. Just embrace it.

Nic Cage on a Serbian Biology Textbook
NOVEMBER 26

Nic Cage on a Serbian Biology Textbook

In what was surely one of the top three Serbian biology stories of 2011, a Raising Arizona–era Nicolas Cage made his debut (we assume) on the cover of an eighth-grade textbook for Serbian biology students. At least it wasn’t Ghost Rider–era Cage.

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