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Scott's 7 Favorite Things From 2011

Guys! What a year. I don't know where to begin. Just kidding. Obviously I'm beginning with Mario Lopez.

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The top photo was taken was taken during the operation that ended with the death of Osama bin Laden.

It's a chilling, slightly misleading image.

But certainly one of the defining images of the year.

The second photo is such a wonderful response from someone on the internet.

I don't think it's making light of a solemn issue. I think the comment it's making is more complex than that.

3. The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Going to the Gathering Of The Juggalos was a huge highlight this year, for me personally, for Buzzfeed (original content!) and for the culture at large.

Matt's summary post was incredible, but for me, this post about all the illegal things openly for sale there nicely captured the essential lawlessness that makes the Gathering both fun and scary.

Also: Opium. Haha.

4. BuzzFeed's Ryan Gosling Mask

You can still print your own!

I've got a framed one next to my desk.

It was one of the many moving parts that came together for the protest in front of People magazine over their bungling this year's Sexiest Man issue.

It feels good to be on the right side of history.

6. Dad Jams

I don't remember who first told me about Dad Jams.

It was at some type of party and there was drinking and anyway I'm bad with names.

But it was a short-lived room on, now mostly abandoned (much like, as far as I can tell, much of the site), but very occasionally you can find people in there playing Kenny Loggins and Genesis songs. [Go to the Dad Jams room]

I loved it not because I got to play music that reminded me in any way of my own actual, personal dad, but because it perfectly named and defined a very particular sensibility that's been sort of floating around.

It really nailed down the thing of older, upper middle-class white guys who don't really get it but, with the enthusiasm of a golden retriever, want to put on loud music in their car and really rock out.