Depending on your point of view, the past year saw the U.S. moved much closer to a fascist totalitarian state run by a foreign born Islamic communist (and he's black!) or is going in the same direction as 2008, only more moderately.
A few days after Valentines Day, President Obama sent an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan. Then in October he won the Nobel Peace Prize and the U.S. bombed the moon. "Conservatives" like Dick Cheney and Glen Beck were outraged that he was "dithering" in sending even more troops to Afghanistan.
China created a small black hole that did not swallow the Earth. Popular Science commented "Just because most black holes are solar-system-sized maelstroms with reality-warping gravitational pulls doesn't mean you can't have one in your pocket!"
Physicists said that the aural jitters picked up by a German gravitational-wave detector may indicate that we all live in a giant and blurry cosmic hologram.
Glenn Beck won the National Counsel of Teacher's of English Doublespeak Award
Beck beat out Sarah Palin, Rod Blagojevich, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The NCTE awarded him the prize "for always doing his best for the rest of us, for comparing health care for children and caps on executive salaries with fascism and the Nazis’ final solution..."