"Only a good-for-nothing is not interested in his past.” —Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis
At the dawn of 2012, anyone might reasonably have expected the coming year to be unpleasant. The economy was struggling, there was a jobs crisis, and Rick Santorum was being seriously considered as a candidate for president. Adding to the dread, the Supreme Court had already guaranteed an avalanche of electile-dysfunction advertising. And Steve Jobs and Christopher Hitchens were both dead. Even the Mayans said we’d never get out of the year alive. How could 2012 not blow?
And, indeed, there were some seriously sucky moments, and not just for former CIA Director David Petraeus. Gun violence continued to bring sorrow to our society. Tornados ripped through Indiana and Kentucky, and Hurricane Sandy attacked the East Coast. Things got so weird that Clint Eastwood lost a debate with a chair.
And yet, there were also many magical moments. In the good news department, President Obama coasted to re-election, riding on the coattails of gay marriage and recreational weed. And both the Cats and Cards made the Final Four (with the Cats winning the right to set ablaze the ceremonial championship couches). We also finally learned the true cost of Obamacare: a surprisingly affordable 14 cents per pizza. And “Fifty Shades of Grey” made butt plugs fashionable again. All in all, it was a very memorable year. But how closely were you paying attention to the news? Take our 2012 quiz and find out!
National and World News
1. Chief Justice John Roberts led the Supreme Court in ruling that Obamacare was constitutional on what grounds?
____ A. “The Bible commands us to heal the sick.”
____ B. “Put simply, Congress may tax and spend.”
____ C. “It’s what all the cool European countries are doing.”
____ D. “Sooner or later, we’re all going to need some Lipitor and dick pills.”
2. Who said, “We will never have the elite, smart people on our side”?
____ A. Televangelist Pat Robertson, in an expletive-filled rant captured by a hidden camera
____ B. Joe Biden, at the vice presidential debate in Danville
____ C. Rick Santorum, speaking at a “Values Voters Summit” in Washington in September
____ D. Rick Santorum, while angrily Googling himself
Match the newsmaker to the news:
____ 3. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula
____ 4. Todd Akin
____ 5. Joseph Kony
____ 6. Richard Mourdock
____ 7. Dan Cathy
A. Ugandan guerilla leader, religious psychopath and terrorist who caused much Twitter-wringing in 2012
B. Los Angeles bank-fraud convict, religious psychopath and filmmaker who made the YouTube video “Innocence of Muslims” under the pseudonym Sam Bacile
C. Chick-fil-A president, religious psychopath and anti-LGBT fundraiser who said “We’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage”
D. Missouri representative, religious psychopath and gynecology theorist who pronounced that victims of “legitimate rape” can’t get pregnant
E. Indiana treasurer, religious psychopath and losing Senate candidate who said pregnancies resulting from rape were a “gift from God”
8. In a book called The Bible, there is a story with a character named Jesus Christ. Many people believe Jesus actually lived, 2,000 years ago. In 2012, an ancient papyrus surfaced revealing what new detail about Jesus, according to Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King?
____ A. He referred to the Biblical Feast at Cana as a “ragin’ kegger.”
____ B. He was married.
____ C. In addition to the loaves-and-fishes miracle, he also invented the Hot Brown.
____ D. He performed a previously unknown miracle: recruiting a big man who could shoot the three.
A. Politics, B. Science or C. “Fifty Shades of Grey”?
____ 9. Gauge bosons
____ 10. Stimulus package
____ 11. Adult stem cell manipulation
____ 12. Mormon underwear
____ 13. Firing Big Bird
____ 14. Job creators
____ 15. G protein coupled receptors
____ 16. Anal fisting
____ 17. Fracking
18. eBay and Tesla billionaire Elon Musk’s company SpaceX made what notable achievement in 2012?
____ A. The first fully robotic prostitute, dubbed “Sissy SpaceX”
____ B. A successful skydive from 23 miles above Roswell, N.M.
____ C. The AKIN telescope, the first telescope capable of looking far enough back in time to glimpse the worldview of U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo.
____ D. The first private company to send a space capsule to the International Space Station
19. What is “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow”?
____ A. Mitt Romney’s campaign slogan
____ B. The medical-marijuana lobby responsible for legalizing cannabis in 19 states
____ C. A Super PAC created by Stephen Colbert
____ D. A book by Newt Gingrich, subtitled “Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine”
20. In a provocative Atlantic article and subsequent book called “The End of Men,” author Hanna Rosin claims the future belongs to women because of what trends?
____ A. Women now outnumber and outperform men in both college and the workplace.
____ B. Rapid advances in stem-cell technology are “making the penis and testicles obsolete.”
____ C. Studies show that, “If he’s a legitimate man, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
____ D. Social media like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are empowering women to come together and “move beyond the patriarchy paradigm.”
21. What did Mitt Romney say that led many to believe he doesn’t care about those who aren’t rich?
____ A. “Middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less.”
____ B. “There are 47 percent of the people who … are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing … These are people who pay no income tax. … My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
____ C. “I’m not concerned about the very poor.”
____ D. All of the above
A. Dead, B. Naked or C. Skydiving?
____ 22. Whitney Houston
____ 23. Earl Scruggs
____ 24. Dick Clark
____ 25. Gary Connery
____ 26. Prince Harry
____ 27. Nora Ephron
____ 28. Andy Griffith
____ 29. Felix Baumgartner
____ 30. Gore Vidal
____ 31. Phyllis Diller
____ 32. Neil Armstrong
____ 33. Kate Middleton
____ 34. George McGovern
35. What is the Keystone XL Pipeline?
____ A. A line of vaporizers popular among medical-marijuana patients
____ B. A BP oil pipeline that spilled 650,000 gallons of oil near Prudhoe Bay, Ala., in March
____ C. A controversial proposed oil pipeline extension from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico
____ D. A fictional “backbone of the Internet” created by “The Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver to make several senators look foolish
36. What did President Obama privately tell Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, captured by microphones in March, setting off a firestorm of criticism?
____ A. “Bill Clinton said to ask you if he can get in on a little of that Pussy Riot action.”
____ B. “No one in America wants to admit it, but you’re totally kicking our asses in the space race.”
____ C. “After my election I will have more flexibility with missile defense.”
____ D. “Did Putin really drink Stoli out of Maria Sharapova’s navel?”
Local and Regional News
37. Las Vegas developer Jared Weiss announced he would bring what new attraction to Kentucky?
____ A. A museum in the west Louisville boyhood home of Muhammad Ali
____ B. A Biblical-themed amusement park called “It’s All Eve’s Fault” to Sparta
____ C. A redneck-themed amusement park called “Hicklandia” to the old Kentucky Kingdom
____ D. “Peter Griffin’s Hangout,” the world’s first “all-obese nudist colony” to Shelbyville
38. Which of the following Louisville bourbon-related enterprises is fake?
____ A. The Urban Bourbon Trail
____ B. Whiskey Row
____ C. Liquor in the Front, Poker in the Rear
____ D. Moonshine University
39. When Burmese Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visited Louisville in September, what inspirational message did she deliver?
____ A. There is really nothing more curative than a good Tom Yum Goong, five stars
____ B. We should embrace nonviolence and not take our rights for granted
____ C. That our senator is not really such a sad little turtle
____ D. “It’s not Myanmar, it’s everyone’s anmar!”
Match the newsmaker to the news:
____ 40. Savannah Dietrich
____ 41. Ken Ham
____ 42. John Ramsey
____ 43. Frank Simon
____ 44. Dick Lugar
____ 45. Stephanie Decker
A. Super skeezy Louisville allergist and hate-group president disciplined by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure in September for over-prescribing controlled substances
B. Super skeezy CEO of Answers in Genesis, which has been beset by fundraising problems and construction delays on its Ark Encounter theme park
C. The longest serving senator in Indiana history, ousted in the GOP primary by super skeezy Tea Party gynecological theologian Richard Mourdock
D. Millionaire college student from Texas who is spending his inheritance buying influence with Tea Party candidates across the country, including Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie
E. Brave Louisville teenager who made national news after she tweeted the names of her attackers in a sexual assault
F. Heroic Henryville, Ind., mom who lost her legs protecting her children during a massive tornado in March
46. Which robber baron flipped land to the federal government to build a new veteran’s hospital in Louisville, turning a sweet $8 million profit for himself on the broken backs of injured soldiers?
____ A. Simon Bar Schnatter
____ B. Skeletor
____ C. Jonathan Blue
____ D. C. Montgomery Burns
A. Fired, B. Retired or C. Expired?
____ 47. Gatewood Galbraith
____ 48. Keith Runyon
____ 49. Owsley Brown Frazier
____ 50. Steve Ford
____ 51. Ben Chandler
____ 52. Harold Workman
____ 53. Ric Manning
54. What is “shelter in place”?
____ A. A foodie trend in NuLu based on the cuisine of homeless shelters
____ B. A term for local freelance artists, writers and technology workers who pool their resources in former tobacco warehouses
____ C. The biological barrier that keeps rape victims from getting pregnant, as described by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo.
____ D. A euphemism for “stay inside” used by officials after a train derailment caused a poisonous-chemical leak near West Point
55. What move did WDRB make in June that had Louisville media circles in a tizzy?
____ A. Banned an episode of “The Big Bang Theory” because it “promoted sexual promiscuity and evolution”
____ B. Aired a “Point of View” segment featuring a shirtless Bill Lamb brandishing a sword and declaring himself “King of Louisville Media”
____ C. Raided The Courier-Journal sports department and ran off with popular columnists Rick Bozich and Eric Crawford
____ D. Announced that ’70s stars J. Fred Frog and Hunny Bunny were jumping to the C-J to cover the sports beat
56. Professionally crafted journalism is to user-generated content as Jack Fry’s shrimp and grits is to _______
____ A. Ass
____ B. Hot Pockets
____ C. U SUCK!
____ D. It’s complicated
57. The Courier-Journal made what risky move in May?
____ A. Replaced “The Incredible Inman” with a link to Google
____ B. Reanimated John Ed Pearce for a commemorative section, “When We Did Journalism”
____ C. Made fricassee out of the Deal Chicken
____ D. Put its digital content behind a paywall
58. After its May initial public offering of $38, why did Facebook’s stock price plummet to half that value?
____ A. Narcissism is so 2010
____ B. Lack of a perceived coherent mobile strategy
____ C. Millions of users tweeted Instagrams on Pinterest of Quora users Kickstarting Google Plus
____ D. Of its 1 billion users worldwide, 99 percent of them earn less than $1 per day
59. Which prognosticator stunned the media world by accurately predicting all 50 states in the presidential election?
____ A. New York Times blogger Nate Silver
____ B. Fox News can of ham Karl Rove
____ C. Twitter parody account “Drunk Diane Sawyer”
____ D. Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert
Arts & Entertainment
60. After writing seven Harry Potter novels, author J.K. Rowling published an adult novel in September. What was its title?
____ A. “Easy Money”
____ B. “Putting the Heine in Hermione”
____ C. “Hairy Spotter and the Kindle of Amazon”
____ D. “The Casual Vacancy”
61. 21c Hotel made news in May with what installation?
____ A. A controversial “smellovision” exhibit called “Socks of a Teenage Boy”
____ B. An all-nude staging of Dante’s “Inferno” in a store window on Main Street
____ C. A paintball re-enactment of the Trojan War
____ D. A 30-foot gold replica of Michelangelo’s “David” on the corner of Seventh and Main
62. When thunderstorms delayed the Forecastle Festival by an hour, My Morning Jacket gave what consolation prize to their waterlogged fans?
____ A. Umbrellas made out of hair they quickly grew on the spot
____ B. Morning jackets
____ C. An impromptu acoustic set under the I-64 overpass
____ D. A cover of John Denver’s “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” featuring Kevin Harned on lead vocals
63. What is “Gangnam Style”?
____ A. A wildly successful fashion trend in Paris based on gang colors
____ B. The first No. 1 smash hit song by an infant: Jay-Z and Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter
____ C. A song and viral video by Korean “K-Pop” star Psy parodying affluent trendsetters in Seoul
____ D. A popular Facebook meme demanding a remake of “Gilligan’s Island” starring Lil Wayne as Gilligan and Carly Rae Jepsen as Mary Ann
64. Which celebrity made a controversial virginity-losing-themed ad called “Your First Time” aimed at getting young women to vote for Barack Obama?
____ A. Jennifer Lawrence
____ B. Seth McFarlane
____ C. Lena Dunham
____ D. Jay-Z
65. Who said, “I hope I don’t see a bunch of wedgies at the waterpark. Vajiggle jaggles gonna be hanging out, though.”
____ A. Texas Gov. Rick Perry on a campaign stop in Williamsburg, Va.
____ B. Breakout reality TV sensation Honey Boo Boo on TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”
____ C. Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, captured on video on a fan’s phone
____ D. Twitter parody account @PimpBillClinton
66. Where did the NFL find the replacement referees it hired during a labor dispute?
____ A. The University of Phoenix
____ B. Dr. Bizer’s School for the Visually Impaired
____ C. The Arena Football League and the Lingerie Football League
____ D. NCAA Football
67. Baseball’s Jamie Moyer made what notable achievement in 2012?
____ A. He became the first player to use the Higgs boson to throw a strike before the pitch left his hand.
____ B. At age 49, he became the oldest pitcher in history to win a major league game.
____ C. He threw a perfect game, which was certified “legitimate” by Rep Todd Akin, R-Mo.
____ D. He became the first player to throw back-to-back no hitters.
68. The International Cycling Union stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charged him with doping and drug trafficking. What substances did he and his team use?
____ A. A cocktail of anabolic steroids known as “The Cream and The Clear”
____ B. The blood-booster EPO, steroids, blood transfusions and testosterone
____ C. A banned substance known as “Sheryl Crow Juice”
____ D. Bacon Flavored 5 Hour Energy
69. Olympic target shooter Josh Lakatos told ESPN, “I’ve never witnessed so much debauchery in my entire life!” What was he talking about?
____ A. A wanton night on the town he had with Ryan Lochte and Prince Harry
____ B. The Spice Girls’ performance at the closing ceremonies
____ C. The culture of sexual promiscuity among athletes in the Olympic Village
____ D. A secret sex tape featuring Daniel Craig and Queen Elizabeth, recorded just before their famous helicopter scene
70. The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team’s national championship run (including a semifinal win over U of L) inspired what other newsworthy feat?
____ A. A fight between two patients — one a UK fan and one a U of L fan — at a dialysis clinic in Georgetown
____ B. The burning of at least 12 couches, according to Lexington police
____ C. A 10-acre corn maze on a farm outside Lexington
____ D. All of the above
71. What was the inspiration for Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another’s name?
____ A. The horse’s penchant for small swigs of beer given to him by a groom
____ B. His trainer’s recovery from sex addiction
____ C. Owner J. Paul Reddam’s nightly answer to his wife’s offer of more cookies
____ D. The addictive nature of Oxycontin, which is made by the horse’s corporate sponsor, Purdue Pharma