Best Of 2013: CATCHPHRASES

THERE’S NO BETTER WAY TO REVISIT A YEAR THAN BY RECITING ITS HOTTEST CATCHPHRASES. Just say a few classic catchphrases in front of the mirror and boom: Welcome to 1995. (Or whatever year you want to go to.) It’s like you’re really there! Is it any wonder people call catchphrases “Nature’s time machine?”

2013 saw an abundance of catchphrases, from TV wisecracks to sobering pronouncements seared into our memory — even to things we read on bumper stickers! When historians look back on this year, they’ll probably wonder how we came up with so many catchphrases. Answer: We worked really hard to develop amazing catchphrases. It’s as simple as that.

In fact, if we had to sum up 2013’s cornucopia of catchphrases with a single catchphrase, it’d probably be: “Got catchphrases? Yeah, we certainly do in 2013!”

So let’s have three cheers for the TOP TEN CATCHPHRASES OF 2013:

10. “Whaaaassssup in 2013″

9. “Let’s get it started in here”

8. “Please leave a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can”

7. “Go big or go home”

6. “I love you Martha”

5. “They updated that app”

4. (TIE) “Happy birthday to you” / “Twerking 24/7 at the club, can’t touch this”

3. “Wave your arms like you just don’t care, 2013 represent this great year 2013 for life guys, I’m serious”

2. (TIE) “OMG check out this text” / “Selfie”

1. “Yo mama so fat she broke Facebook when she sat on it”

Best Of 2013: TRENDS

“Hey, Tony!”

“Good morning Ralph. What is it?”

“Didja hear about what’s going on in society? It’s the latest thing and everybody’s talking about it!”

“Say WHAT?”

“It’s the newest trend!”

“I swear to God sometimes I feel like I’ll never be able to keep up with all these trends in 2013.”

“Well, they’re even saying 2013 was one of the best years for trends OF ALL TIME.”

“(sighing) 2013 … what a year for trends.”

Ladies and gentlemen, heed the wise words of Ralph and Tony. When it comes to trends, they just plain GET IT. This was the year when trends influenced fashion, music, and lifestyle choices. We saw clothes that were trendy as well as slang phrases and dance moves. You couldn’t leave the house in 2013 without knocking your head against the latest trend — so I hope you wore your “Trend Helmet!” Anyway, it was a lot of fun.

So without any further introduction, let’s take a look through the “way-back machine” and set our dials for “The Top Trends of 2013.” Ladies and gentlemen, no need to check your dials: Here are THE TOP TRENDS OF 2013:

10. Fads

9. Memes

8. Styles

7. Crazes

6. All the coolest things that are happening

5. The latest cool stuff

4. “Heeenry! Did you remember to do all the hottest trends?!” “Yes, dear.”

3. Everybody’s talking about it

2. Passing fancies

1. When you can’t wait to see your friends and talk about all the trends

Best Of 2013: SCIENCE

Some say “Love makes the world go ’round,” but if you really want to know the answer, you should look to Science. From the furthest reaches of space to the tiniest atom sitting right in our lap, when we look to science for the answers, we’re on the right path.

And whether you were reading the hottest peer-reviewed journal or talking to a friend or relative who works with science, you must admit: 2013 was a banner year for science. Because of the exploding human population, we have an abundance of scientists — more than we’ve ever had before. According to some estimates, there are now five scientists for every regular person on Earth. And we couldn’t be luckier, because there’s a lot of weird diseases out there and they need to be cured ASAP! Not to mention global climate change, pollution, and cars that can drive themselves Good Lord when did we lose our way on that one? Let’s ask … the scientists.

Here is my list of THE BEST OF SCIENCE FOR 2013:

10. Chemistry

9. Laboratory Science

8. Computer Science

7. “Heeenry! Did you remember to do your experiments?!” “Yes, dear.”

6. (TIE) Physics / Solve the quadratic equation about molecules

5. Explaining science in school (science education)

4. “We ran the test three times in a double-blind study. The results are clear: THIS IS REAL SCIENCE.”

3. Ethnomusicology

2. Some of the best science

1. Winning a Nobel Prize for our science and then walking home from the ceremony and finding a $20 bill on the sidewalk (i.e. even more free money)

Best Of 2013: MOVIES

We go into the room … we take our seats … the lights go dark … the big light comes on the screen … we see things on the screen … we laugh, we cry, we gasp, we scream, we sigh … the lights come up … we leave and go home …

Q: Where were we just then?

A: We were at the movies!

Movies have the ability to transport us to anywhere the movie director can imagine. In 2013, that meant we could go to space; to a ship that got attacked by pirates; to a land of hobbits and talking monsters; and even to the land of dirty comedies — America when did we lose our way at the movies? No matter. In the end, it’s all just “the magic of the movies.”

So buy your ticket, take your seat, wait while the lights do down, and get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime IMAX experience of a list that sneaks up and floors you!

Here are THE BEST MOVIES OF 2013:

10. Crummy movies nobody wanted to see

9. Decent movies that some people wanted to see

8. Romantic comedies

7. Thrillers

6. (TIE) Franchise reboots / Experimental movies (no words in English)

5. 3-D movies

4. Documentaries

3. Wonderful arts and entertainment of movies but it could be better

2. “You won’t believe what I saw at the movies”

1. The Academy Awards

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Someday I want someone to make a movie about my lists. It would be called, “The Lists That Moved A Nation: A True Story Based On My Lists,” and it would star fifty of the hottest actors and actresses with an exclusive soundtrack by the best singers of all time. Hollywood, when did you lose your way? You want to make a hit movie, right? So call me … or are you all a bunch of dingdongs?

Best Of 2013: Arts & Entertainment

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR. One year ends, and another begins. But before we dip our toes into the unknown waters of 2014, let’s take one last look back at the waters of “Year That Was …” The year that was 2013, that is!

If you’re a member of the American Year Enthusiast Comunity (AYEC), then you’ve already heard the rumors: The rumors that 2013 just might have been the greatest year of all time. Surprised? Don’t be. 2013 was a year that truly had it all: From politics, to world events, to weather, to culture, to trends … 2013 was a total rollercoaster ride, giving us 52 thrilling weeks of non-stop headlines, all in a single year!

Even if 2013 isn’t, in the end, voted the greatest year of all time, there’s no doubt in my mind that it was a top-ten year of all time and maybe even a TOP-FIVE year of all time. There were just too many incredible, earth-shaking events that took place this year for us not to give it the respect it deserves with a top-five placement in the Greatest List of Wonderful Years. I mean, seriously: What year was better? 1973? Are you kidding me? You’ve gotta be kidding me. You’re gonna put 1973 up against 2013 and try to keep a straight face? “You better get out of the kitchen with that mess,” is what I say to that. Or maybe you think 1985 was a better year? Now, I’ll admit, 1985 was a good year — maybe even a great year — but to try and put 1985 on the same level as 2013 makes me think somebody doesn’t understand how to cook in daddy’s kitchen (the kitchen where we cook up all our favorite years into pies).

Let’s face it: 2013 had more events and people than any year in human history so far. We’ve got to pay respect to this year. And so I want everyone to put down their coffees and waters right now and help me give homage to the hottest year to come down the pike in a long time: 2013.

And so it begins, a tradition unlike any other …. my year-end lists all about 2013 (or whatever year it is when I make them). Get ready to relive everything that happened this year, in the form of lists. Share these with your friends, your co-workers, your family … with anyone who knows what year it is, and what’s important in life — and that means SHARING MEMORIES ABOUT WHATEVER YEAR IT IS. And that means, for this year? It’s simply gotta be all about 2013, without any question unless you didn’t know what year this was called.

And therefore, without any further to-do, ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud to present THE BEST OF ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT IN 2013:

10. Literature

9. Dance

8. Theatre

7. Paintings

6. Musicals

5. Cinema

4. Concerts

3. Wonderful arts and entertainment but it could be better

2. Performance

1. The finest in arts and entertainment

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Ding-a-ding-dong! Did you hear that? It was the starting bell to my lists! So strap on your seatbelt, sit down, and get ready for more great lists coming soon! 2013 was an amazing year and these lists will prove it!

CODEFELLAS, Season Finale!

Here endeth the first season of CODEFELLAS. Thanks for watching! And thanks to John Hodgman, Emily Heller, Bob Powers, Brian Spinks, Flat Black Films, and Wired.com.