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And The Nominees Are...

  • Grand Slam of the Year 1

    Banning Uggs from school

    Say what you will about UGG Boots (warm, fuzzy, cruel, unflattering, so 2003, etc.), they're not the biggest problem in education today. But a Pennsylvania middle school got them off students' feet and out of the classroom for good. Students of Pottstown Middle School are barred from wearing the fur-lined boots in classes, reports the Delaware County Daily Times. The new school policy states: "Students may continue to wear outdoor boots to and from school to protect them from cold, snow and ice but need to change into a pair of sneakers or shoes before entering homeroom." It's a sad day for people who dress like Chelsea from Teen Mom 2,but a triumph for Goths, '90s revivalists and skaters. Under the new ordinance: "lace up, tight at the ankle, boots, shoes and high top sneakers," are totally acceptable. Expect a few extra members in the middle school Oi! punk appreciation club and the distant "bah" of relief from an Australian baby lamb.

  • Grand Slam of the Year 2

    LA Kings' playoff run

    This one's a tap-in, folks. The Los Angeles Kings captured the franchise's first Stanley Cup since it was founded in 1967, and became the first No. 8 seed to go on a run that ended with sipping from Lord Stanley's mug. And, oh yeah, with Jonathan Quick provided goaltending worthy of a Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and Darryl Sutter showing his coaching chops after replacing Terry Murray 29 games into the regular season, the Kings wrote their own Hollywood story.

  • Grand Slam of the Year 3

    Superheroes take over the box office

    Superhero films have been a dependable staple of summertime cinema over the last decade, but in 2012, it seemed almost impossible to go through a warm weather weekend without at least one new superhero film coming out. The summer kicked off with the years-in-the-making superhero ensemble "The Avengers," which quickly broke box office records, attracted positive critical attention and earned nearly $1.5 billion worldwide. Then there was "The Amazing Spider-Man," the reboot of the webslinging superhero starring British newcomer Andrew Garfield and Hollywood It Girl Emma Stone. Reviews of that were decidedly mixed, but that didn't stop people from going to see it; to date, the film has amassed nearly $700 million worldwide. And, of course, there was "The Dark Knight Rises," the much-hyped, higly-anticipated final chapter in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. The premiere weekend was a decidedly somber affair following the horrifying cinema shooting in Aurora, Colorado that left 12 dead and 58 injured. Unsurprisingly, the terrible tragedy led to the film experiencing a not-as-great-as-expected opening weekend, but still, to date the final Batman film has earned nearly $1 billion worldwide. Of course, superhero films see no sign of slowing down; next year will see a Superman reboot in "Man of Steel," "Iron Man 3" is in production, and it's only a matter of time before "The Avengers 2" comes to fruition. If you're an aspiring screenwriter with an original, non-superhero idea for a movie, good luck getting that made.

  • Grand Slam of the Year 4

    Higgs boson

    The science-fiction-predicted future is almost here, at least where light-speed travel is concerned. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced the likely discovery of the elusive "God particle," the Higgs boson. The announcement was met with a standing ovation and tears of joy. "We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature," said CERN director General Rolf Heuer. One CERN scientist, Albert de Roeck, likened the discovery of the Higgs boson to that of electricity. He says that just as humanity couldn't fathom the future applications of electricity, we can't yet comprehend the applications of the Higgs boson, the particle thought to help explain why matter has mass.

    - Nadine Bells

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Poll Choice Options
  • Banning Uggs
  • Superhero films
  • Higgs-Boson
  • LA KIngs