Top ten moments of 2015

| December 31, 2015

Moment #1

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From user Swiked at swiked.tumblr.com/

The ridiculous “what color is the dress?” question. Is it blue and black or white and gold? Honestly, it was blue and black for me for the longest time and then I had half a second when I saw white and gold. Will knowing the answer to this question help me get my degree? So let’s just put that dress in the past and face the fact that the dress was hideous. In case you need science to accept the world as it is, here you will find the explanation of the dress:

http://www.nytimes.com/
interactive/2015/02/28/science/
white-or-blue-dress.html?_r=0

Moment #2

Thousands of Syrians were displaced from their homes fleeing from the Islamic State Group. People are people, and we must not judge them over other’s wrongs. It’s quite depressing how much the people of Syria are suffering. Thousands of Syrians are dying every day trying to escape the hell their world has become.

Moment #3

This is recent, but there has been a methane gas leak in California. It’s not looking too hot out there for them and many families have been relocated due to the leak that has been likely going on since October. There have been reports of people claiming they feel nauseous and unwell. Officials are working as fast as they can to seal off the gas leak. You can get more information here:

http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/massive-methane-leak-displaces-thousands-southern-california-n487381

Moment #4

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Picture courtesy of @gavingraham. pic.twitter.com/HrpApfbBfJ

The dead Raccoon Memorial in Toronto. So if you didn’t hear there was a dead raccoon on the streets of Toronto that was supposed to be picked up by the city. The city never picked it up, so the people of Toronto created a raccoon memorial while others continued to contact the city to pick up the raccoon. Flowers were placed into the raccoons hands. Someone even printed out and framed a picture of a raccoon and put it next to the dead one. The people of Toronto made a point that the city wasn’t doing its job, and they did it in the funniest, and I think sweetest (For the raccoon) way. R.I.P little Raccoon.

Moment #5

What do you mean you’re not a Belieber? The whole world got Bieber fever! Justin made a huge comeback this year and for those of you who didn’t watch the AMA’s do yourself a favor and WATCH it. I didn’t even like him before 2015, but now I can wholeheartedly say that I am a fan. He literally made it rain at the AMA’s. This is not an overeager rationalization, this is the truth. He made it rain, and it was magical. To make it easier on those who didn’t get a chance to watch the AMA’s, you are welcome.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-justin-bieber-sing-in-the-rain-during-2015-amas-finale-20151122

Moment #6

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“Peace for Paris” art by Jean Jullien. www.instagram.com/p/-CvRmhhFJP/

The Paris attacks. My heart is truly broken for the beautiful city of Paris. I spent a glorious summer there and never in my wildest dreams did I think something of that magnitude would happen. It goes to show how the world is changing and to prevail as humans we must come together. The white house and even our very own Charlotte bore the colors of the French flag on our buildings and landmarks. It’s unfortunate that disaster is what has brought many countries together, but at least they are together. May all the people who died on that important night rest in peace, may all the lives that were touched by this horrible event be healed, and may the world grow into a much warmer loving place. More info can be found below:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34818994

Moment #7

Donald Trump and the Presidential race. What started off as a laugh to most people has become into a serious topic of debate. Trump is the most visible candidate for the Republican Party and threatens to run independently if not given the nomination, which would fracture the Republican vote. He has been the source of much controversy this year with a very aggressive stance towards minorities and slander tactics against his opponents. Only time will tell if Trump makes it into the oval office, but in mean time, make sure you stay up to date with today’s politics and VOTE in the 2016 election.

Moment #8

Hotline Bling. Drake pretty much took over my life for a good month. I actually had to delete vine because I spent all my time watching all the funny and ridiculously addictive videos that people created. There was a Pokémon one, a Dora the Explorer one and much more. It was fantastic. In fact, I will provide a link to it just to show how great it was. If you find yourself five videos deep, just shut your computer and go outside, please.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjefCwpowTc

Moment #9

The pope visited the United States! The Pope hung out at the white house and with the president. I even had a friend who went to Washington to see him; random but cool. Seems like this pope is really trying to get out there and do more. It’s working out great, and as I have heard by many of my friends that follow his work, he is the best pope the Catholic Church has had in a very long time.

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Courtesy of Lionsgate

Moment #10

The last Hunger Games film came out. I will go ahead and flat out say I was not satisfied. I will also state the fact, and no one try and fight me on this one because I will stand my ground, that baby Katniss “ birthed” at the end of the movie was enormous. Enormous isn’t even the word that fits it. The baby was the size of a watermelon, and it bothered me that the producers actually tried to sell that scam to the audience. No way she had that kid, she would be in half. Although I will admit the mutant mutts in the sewer scared the life out of me, and I almost screamed in the theater when Finnick was killed off. I mean I could see it coming from a mile away, but it still hurt.

 

Great things, bad things and odd things happened this year. We can’t change a single aspect about how our 2015 went, but we can make way for how our 2016 goes. Today is already almost gone but tomorrow isn’t nor is the day after tomorrow or the day after that. So we can come together as communities, as cities, as states, as a country, as a group of countries to make this world a better more enjoyable place to live. So live for today and not for tomorrow because tomorrow is the day for that and today is the day for the now.

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Angie Baquedano is the Assistant Lifestyle Editor at Niner Times. She is close to completing her Creative Writing major and Journalism Minor as an Undergraduate and hopes to one day work for The National Geographic Society. When Angie isn’t swamped with homework or working her CNA job she can be found traveling, reviewing restaurants for Charlotte Food Adventures or taking up new hobbies such as painting with oil pastels (It changes depending on what inspires her that week).

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Angie Baquedano is the Assistant Lifestyle Editor at Niner Times. She is close to completing her Creative Writing major and Journalism Minor as an Undergraduate and hopes to one day work for The National Geographic Society. When Angie isn’t swamped with homework or working her CNA job she can be found traveling, reviewing restaurants for Charlotte Food Adventures or taking up new hobbies such as painting with oil pastels (It changes depending on what inspires her that week).

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