From tempests in teapots to full-fledged smackdowns to he-saids, she-saids. Controversy was our friend in 2012:

SamCam and Mrs. O. Click for a better look at her dress. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Was Delonte West really barred from visiting the White House? Did the White House cover up a visit by Johnny Depp? Was that Samantha Cameron’s bra showing at the White House state dinner? After riffing about Obama’s birthday party in a stand-up routine, will Chris Rock ever get invited back? (no; unclear; probably; unclear)

Was that really the president of Estonia mouthing off at Paul Krugman on Twitter? Why did Mayor Vincent Gray skip the State of the Union? Did David Cross really do coke at a White House Correspondents’ dinner? Was Louis C.K. really too offensive to host the Radio-TV Correspondents’ dinner? (yes; for his girlfriend’s birthday party; he’d like you to think so; probably.)

Sen. Rand Paul (John Huff/AP)

Will Jack Abramoff ever play golf in this town again? What was chef Spike Mendelsohn thinking when he agreed to flack a heartburn drug? Can Chef Geoff beat the speed cameras? Could Mark Wahlberg really have stopped the 9/11 attacks? (unclear; unclear; probably not; no.)

Who started it: Rand Paul or the TSA agents? Drake or Chris Brown? Lindsay Lohan or that congressional aide? (hey, man, do NOT get us involved.)

See also: The Reliable Source Person of the Year for 2012

The Reliable Source Year in Love: It’s Complicated

Zing! Best quotes of 2012: Bryce Harper, Martin Short, Ronan Farrow, Madonna and others

Earlier in Reliable Source: White House Christmas shopping; Sam Donaldson; Romney Christmas card; Taft Bridge lions