Reflecting on 2015

This might be coming a little late but, Happy New Year! 2016 has arrived and it’s going to be another good year. 2015 was filled with ups and downs and there were all kinds of trends and things that occurred this past year. Here are some of the events and trends of 2015.

In January of 2015, the Charlie Hebdou attack occurred in Paris. 12 people were killed and 11 were injured.

In February, the Super Bowl took place and Katy Perry gave a stunning performance and Left Shark, who performed during Perry’s song, “California Gurls” became a worldwide sensation. And there was also the dress. People argued over whether or not it was black and blue or white and gold. The couple that took the picture confirmed that it was black and blue after the photo went viral. Team black and blue!

In March, the Germanwings flight 9525 ended in tragedy when the co-pilot of the plane deliberately flew the plane into the French Alps, killing everyone on board. Dawn of Justice was released in theaters. It was the Batman vs. Superman movie, in case you didn’t know.

Age of Ultron, the second movie of the Avengers series as well as Furious 7 were released in theaters in April. Both movies lived up to their expectations and were successful in the theaters.

In May, the Mayweather vs. Pacquio fight went down in Las Vegas and resulted in another win for Floyd Mayweather Jr. How-old.net is a website where you allow the website to analyze a photo of yourself and it guesses how old you are. This website became well-known and sparked the question of “How is the website able to tell how old you are?” If you’d like to test out how-old.net click here to see if it guesses your age correctly. The biggest trend of May was Netflix and Chill. There were all kinds of variations and parodies of this interesting and well-known trend.

“Just Do It” featuring Shia LeBouf went viral in June of 2015. The video was a motivational and overdramatized speech telling people to accomplish their goals and follow their dreams. In June, gay marriage was legalized in the U.S. Caitlyn Jenner also introduced herself to the world and later on ended up winning the “Woman of the Year” award.

In July, Minions took the world by storm and did well in theaters. “Now watch me whip/nae nae” became a song and dance sensation. I don’t know a single person that doesn’t know how to whip and nae nae. From the flyby of New Horizons, everyone was able to see clear and exciting pictures of Pluto and its moons. The pictures will allow for astronomers to gather more information about Pluto and its moons. In July, the world lost Saturo Iwata, the president of Nintendo and the creator of video games like Kirby and Mario.

In August, Donald Trump officially announced that he would be running for president in 2016 and began campaigning. AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA! You’ll understand this if you’ve seen the vine videos. John Cena also made it big this month in 2015. Hundreds of thousands of vines were created using his videos and announcement for the WWE. Some of them are funny and some of them are plain weird.

The supermoon eclipse left everyone in awe in September. It was beautiful to watch and great to take pictures of. Continuing on the topic of space, water was found on Mars. This was a very exciting discovery and we’ll have to wait and see what comes next as far as findings and discoveries on Mars and in the space around us.

In October of 2015, Drake’s hit song “Hotline Bling” made its’ debut. It was on the radio quite often and there were many parodies done of this song. ISIS crashed a Russian plane killing all 224 passengers on board near the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. A gunman killed ten including himself and injured seven at Umpqua Community College in Oregon as well.

Sadly terrorist attacks were becoming quite the trend towards the end of the year and Paris was attacked in November. 130 people were killed and over 300 were injured. Also in November, Ronda Rousey lost her fight to Holly Holm and Fallout 4, the fourth game of the Fallout series was released. And who could forget the release of the final movie of the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay Part 2? Most people believed that Mockingjay Part 2 finished out the trilogy well, others believed that it could have been finished differently, but in my opinion the movie was amazing and the actors all did a wonderful job portraying their characters and the plot stuck pretty close to the books.

Finally in December, the Star Wars saga continued with The Force Awakens I haven’t seen it yet but I’ve heard that the movie was very good and lived up to everyone’s expectations, so far. Not only was the new Star Wars movie big, but so was the Miss Universe pageant. The host, Steve Harvey made an honest mistake when he announced the final results, the wrong girl was crowned, and then he corrected himself as soon as he caught the mistake. After this happened, there was a lot of dispute over the actual results and Harvey’s actions and in the end Miss Philippines was crowned Miss Universe.

I believe that 2015 was a pretty good year even with all of the attacks and losses of wonderful people. We were all able to learn new things about ourselves and the world, experience new activities and situations, and also grow as people. As far as what’s going to happen in 2016, I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Do what you can to make it your own great year. Good luck getting used to writing 2016 on your papers and best wishes in the new year.

Reflecting on 2015

Super Bowl XLIX

This year’s Super Bowl has come and gone and what an amazing game it was!

Super Bowl XLIX was played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The New England Patriots played the reigning champions the Seattle Seahawks. The Patriots were led by Tom Brady and entered the Super Bowl with a 12-4 record for the regular season and were first in the AFC East. Seattle was led by their quarterback, Russell Wilson and also made an entrance at the championship game with a 12-4 record in the regular season. They were first in the NFC West.

Super Bowl XLIX

The minute the game started, the intensity was on. It stayed fairly close for the first half and people all over the nation were anxious and tense to see who would come out on top. Finally, the Seahawks scored a touchdown widening a gap in the 2nd half of the game. All hope seemed to be lost for the Patriots in the fourth quarter when the Seahawks were at the ten yard line and ready get a touchdown once more.  Wilson decided to throw the ball and it was intercepted by Julian Edelman (11) of the Patriots, turning the game around. Shortly after that, the Patriots scored and were in the lead. 28-24 was the score when the clock ran out and the Patriots were the 2015 Super Bowl champions. The game this year was phenomenal and it was a bummer to see either of the teams lose.

Super Bowl XLIX

Not only was the game great, but the halftime show with Katy Perry was the best one the Super Bowl has ever had. Katy Perry sang a mix of many of her top songs including, “Roar”, “Firework”, “Teenage Dream”, “Dark Horse”, and “California Gurls”. There was a giant tiger that she walked on, dancing and singing sharks and palm trees, and in the end, Perry was flying high above the field on a rocket /firework and fireworks went off in the end. Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot also made appearance during the halftime show with Katy.

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In my opinion, the commercials this year were not at their best. The Doritos commercial with the man on the airplane was funny, and the Budweiser commercials with the puppies were great, but the commercials featuring Loctite, the man and his blue pill (Fiat), and Kim Kardashian (T-Mobile) were very strange. When it comes to Super Bowl commercials, I like it more when the commercials are funny and easy to understand. A majority of the commercials this year just didn’t work for me.

Super Bowl XLIX

I hope that you all enjoyed watching the Super Bowl (even if the Broncos weren’t in it), whether it was the actual game, the commercials, or the halftime show. Can’t wait ‘til next year!

Super Bowl XLIX