A departing look at 2007 from Dave Barry:
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 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 “Don’t 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:
â€¢ Several courageous members of the U.S. Congress — it could be as many as a dozen — decided, incredibly, not to run for president.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ Toward the end of the year, entire days went by when it was possible to not think about Paris Hilton.
â€¢ Apple released the iPhone, which, as we understand it, enables users to fly, cure cancer, read minds and travel through time. …