An Inconvenient Year
Relive the zany antics of Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Madonna
and a cast of thousands in 12 months we need to remember to forget
Dave Barry will be fielding questions and comments about this article Thursday at noon at washingtonpost.com/liveonline.
It was a year that strode boldly into the stall of human events and took a wide stance astride the porcelain bowl of history.
It was a year in which roughly 17,000 leading presidential contenders, plus, of course,
Dennis Kucinich, held roughly 63,000 debates, during which they spewed out roughly 153 trillion words; and yet the only truly memorable phrase emitted in any political context was, "Dont tase me, bro!"
It was a year filled with bizarre, insane, destructive behavior an alarming amount of which involved astronauts.
In short, 2007 was a year of deep gloom, pierced occasionally by rays of even deeper gloom. Oh, sure, there were a few bright spots:
* Several courageous members of Congress it could be as many as a dozen decided, incredibly, not to run for president.
* O.J. Simpson discovered that, although you might be able to avoid jail time for committing a double homicide, the justice system draws the line at attempted theft of sports memorabilia.
* Toward the end of the year, entire days went by when it was possible to not think about Paris Hilton.