2018: What a year! A lot of it was not so great, but thankfully, there were some actually really nice things that made it lighter, more enjoyable, and dare I say fun?
Here are some of the most memorable ones:
1. Everyone fell in love with a really hot Mandarin duck in Central Park.
2. And Knickers the giant cow was a source of fascination.
3. And then there were all those other absolute units.
4. Meghan Markle became a duchess and announced that she's pregnant with a future royal baby.
5. The Winter Olympics happened, and introduced us to some amazing athletes like Chloe Kim.
6. Adam Rippon became the first openly gay US male athlete to win a medal in a Winter Olympics.
7. And Mirai Nagasu became first American woman to land a triple axel in Olympic competition.
8. Speaking of sprots, Serena Williams came back to competition after her pregnancy, and did it with incredible style.
9. And even though Williams lost the US Open title, Naomi Osaka's win gave us a new woman athlete to watch.
10. We were introduced to Gritty, the lovably deranged-looking Philadelphia Flyers mascot.
11. We got some heartwarming and utterly delightful movies, like Won't You Be My Neighbor? and Mamma Mia 2! Here We Go Again.
12. A Star Is Born premiered, and brought some excellent jokes along with it.
13. To All The Boys I've Loved Before brought worldwide attention to Lana Condor and Noah Centineo.
14. And Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians, and Ocean's 8 showed us that representation and Good Film can and do go hand in hand.
15. Also, Awkwafina became a bona fide movie star, thanks to two of those movies.
16. The Queer Eye reboot premiered, giving us an incredible Fab 5 that unleashed a ton of joy and memes.
17. And Netflix also gave us the baking show fail fest otherwise known as Nailed It.
18. Taylor Swift got political, and people paid attention.
20. Hannah Gadsby's stand-up special Nanette shattered our expectations of what stand-up comedy is and should be.
21. And John Mulaney's Kid Gorgeous special provided an hour and four minutes of sheer joy and laughter.
22. Brooklyn Nine-Nine was saved from cancelation by NBC.
23. After 34 years on air, Jeopardy! finally began streaming on Hulu and Netflix.
24. Blake Lively made us thirsty with her impeccable suit game.
25. Beychella happened.
26. Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert blessed us with a highly entertaining Easter activity.
27. thank u, next and its music video had us all feeling fuckin' grateful for our exes.
28. And in general, Ariana Grande finally got the attention she deserves.
29. Fake heiress Anna Delvey ushered in a summer of scam.
30. We all wondered what a pigeon really looks like.
31. Lena Waithe stood out from the other incredible Met Gala looks by wearing this.
34. ASMR YouTuber LifeWithMak became an overall internet queen.
35. Heidi Klum wore maybe her most iconic Halloween costume yet.
36. We chilled out with a lot of CBD products.
37. Instagram rolled out a mute feature, which saved our timelines and stories.
38. Kendrick Lamar rightfully, and amazingly, won a Pulitzer Prize.
39. The Thai soccer team was rescued from a cave.
40. The world finally said "enough" to plastic straws, and "we're here for you" to turtles.
41. The James Beard awards honored an impressive number of women and minorities.
42. Jared Polis became the first openly gay person elected governor in the US.
43. Women candidates won a historic number of elections during the midterms.
44. And Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez became the end-all-be-all of squad goals.
45. Beto O'Rourke mobilized hundreds of thousands of voters in Texas.
46. And Stacey Abrams inspired hope in many in Georgia.
47. Kim Davis lost her election for Kentucky clerk.
48. Following the murder of her son Jordan Davis, Lucy McBath successfully ran for a US House of Representatives seat in Georgia.
49. And Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first Native American women elected to congress.
50. Emma Gonzalez and her fellow Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students turned a school shooting into a nationwide movement for gun control.
51. Ireland ended its abortion ban.
52. Tammy Duckworth made history as the first US senator to give birth while in office.
53. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Arden brought her newborn baby to the UN.
54. And India decriminalized gay sex, which is already inspiring other countries to follow suit.
Let's make 2019 the best one yet, y'all!
It's the end of 2018, and we're looking back on the year. Check out more of our Best of 2018 coverage!