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2012: The year that gave us…

While we all wake up with screaming hangovers in a new year, let’s take time to remember the best bits of 2012. The Daily Shift’s Aoife Bennett remembers it like it was only yesterday…

Another great year has ended. Here's to 2013!

Another great year has ended. Here’s to 2013!

Gangnam Style

If you told me this time last year (whenever you want to take that as) that I’d be dancing around like a jockey gone wrong and enjoying it, I think I’d laugh at you. Gangnam Style however, took the world by storm this year, becoming the first You Tube video to surpass one billion views. That’s a lot of jockey dancing. The song is a mockery of the Gangnam district of South Korea, so think a ditty about D4s and you’re on the right path. It’s also sung pretty much entirely in Korean, but only two phrases are really needed: ‘Oppa Gangnam Style’ and ‘Eh sexy lady.’

Call Me Maybe

Every summer has a ridiculously catchy song that no one can stop singing no matter how hard they try and 2012 was no different. Carly Rae Jepsen’s infectious song about wanting your amour to maybe give you a buzz turned into the summer anthem, with even the toughest of men singing along when it came on the radio.* It hit the number one spot in 14 countries, including Ireland and was a guaranteed floor filler. It is the one of the biggest selling digital songs of all time, with over 10 million online sales. It also gave birth to a new chat up line used around the world.

*probably, probably not. Just get that image in your head though.


A phrase that should, frankly, be left in 2012. Orginally used in Drake’s song ‘The Motto’, this four letter phrase means to live every day as if it were your last. Many young people around the world have taken it on as their motto, it’s become a Twitter hashtag and actor Zac Efron has the phrase tattooed on his hand. Because he’s never, ever going to regret getting that done…

Zac Effron with his #Yolo Tattoo

Zac Effron with his Yolo Tattoo *In article image courtesy of justjaredjr.com


Ah heur, leave ih ouh!

Dublin’s northside can sometimes be associated with violence, and a fight breaking out on Talbot Street did nothing to quell those stereotypes. However, on July 10th a passer by stepped in to stop the brawl and earned herself a place in history. The woman’s pleas to ‘leave it out’ (layman’s terms to stop fighting) have become an Irish internet sensation, with her voice being added to videos such as Jeremy Kyle and a karate grading.

50 Shades of Grey

The literary blockbuster of the year was the new ‘dirty book’. The kind of book we didn’t want mammy know we were reading and we definitely didn’t want her borrowing it! Every woman around the world who read it imagined her own Christian Grey, and put themselves in Ana’s shoes as they asked themselves what the furthest they’d go in the sack was. It also led to a surge in the sale of ‘women’s things’ in certain shops.

One of the biggest page turners of 2012: 50 Shades of Grey

One of the biggest page turners of 2012: 50 Shades of Grey *In article image courtesy of policymic.com

*Lead image courtesy of blog.utest.com
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About Aoife

Journalism student from Waterford, studying in Dublin. Lover of food, Katy Perry, kittens and polka dots. Writer of anything that comes to mind.

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