This year, a President won re-election, a Korean popstar invaded YouTube, and Kate Middleton, well, owned life. Here are some things you might have missed. Just a note of caution: not everything is fit for Christmas dinner conversation.
1. Only in Taiwan: Jeremy Lin '10 dressed up as Hello Kitty in order to exit his hotel undetected. He then made a video that has since gone viral, featuring some courtside action from the Linster himself.
2. Barack Obama's speech at the DNC inspired voters, but it was Michelle Obama who set the campaign trail ablaze. Her sincere account of her own family's struggles invigorated an otherwise lifeless reelection effort.
3. After nine years of marriage, the comedy power couple Will Arnett and Amy Poehler is splitting up. Every "Arrested Development" fan can agree that they've made a huge mistake.
1. Harvard's inaugural sex week has just ended. Did you learn any new tricks, or maybe discover a new fetish? Or is your sex life still the last thing on your to-do list? If so, get out there this weekend and cross it off.
2. Reflect. Reading period begins in less than a month, so what have you done this semester? Have those grandiose goals been accomplished, or have they been thrown into your overflowing laundry basket?
3. President Obama is finally considering repealing tax benefits to oil companies. Why? He thinks their $4 billion—yes, billion—in annual profits justifies shifting these tax benefits into more research for cleaner alternative fuels.
1. Now you see it, now you don't. Ben & Jerry's has removed the fortune cookies from its limited-edition "Taste the Lin-Sanity" frozen yogurt flavor and replaced them with pieces of waffle cones. The chain released a statement, saying, "We offer a heartfelt apology if anyone was offended by our handmade Lin-Sanity flavor."
2. Jeremy Lin isn't the only Harvard grad to grace the NBA court. Joanna M. Zimmerman '10 is a cheerleader for the Washington Wizards. Zimmerman has said that she knew Lin as an undergrad and, on Feb. 8, the two crossed paths again at the Knicks-Wizards game.
3. No more monkey business. After five monkeys died in 19 months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture investigated the Harvard-operated New England Primate Research Center. The report, which was released last Sunday, also cites a case of non-fatal dehydration as well as other injuries incurred by squirrel monkeys.
1. Cultural Rhythms is finally upon us. Brace yourself for a cultural sojourn in Sanders, all in less than two hours. Oh, and some guy named John Legend will be there. You might have heard of him.
2. Conflict continues to ravage Syria, and the death toll is growing each day. The Red Cross has finally started to evacuate women and children, and we're still waiting on more foreign intervention.
3. Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation recently opened an event raffle for its launch. Tickets are being raffled off for the entire college—five from the HGSE and an undisclosed number from the UC. Willy Wonka, much?
1. With Facebook going public soon, Lady Gaga wants in on the action. She's created her own social media site named "Little Monsters," aimed at consolidating her fanbase—which is certainly large, considering she has 19 million followers on Twitter.
2. Speaking of Facebook, Mark E. Zuckerberg raised eyebrows this week by appearing to endorse Mitt Romney. The catch? Zuckerberg actually just "liked" a post written by Slate's Farhad Manjoo, which read, "Just try looking at the Romney logo without seeing MONEY." #failbook
3. Meanwhile, the FBI just released Steve Jobs's file. Any interesting finds? Not really, aside from his past drug use and tendency to "distort reality."