The List: Things we wish we could leave in 2016

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

If you're on social media in any form, 2016 has felt like some combination ofAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and "Groundhog's Day" - an endless stream of "If you think it's bad now, well just you wait!" Here's a look at some of the reasons we can't wait to turn the page on this year.

Iconic deaths

Yes, we get it, people will continue to die in 2017 (and thanks for pointing that out, Mr. Sunshine), but 2016 has felt particularly brutal. Here's just a shortlist of luminaries lost in the last 12 months: Prince, David Bowie, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, Muhammad Ali, Harper Lee, Phife Dawg, Gene Wilder, Merle Haggard, Alan Rickman, Garry Shandling and Columbus' own John Glenn.

Martin Shkreli

The pharma bro with the unpronounceable last name has a knack for keeping himself in the spotlight, feuding with rap luminaries (Ghostface) and even local legends (Columbus' own Copywrite), but I'd be content if he went the way of Ask Jeeves.

The use of "snowflake" as a derogatory term

Even including this will likely invite someone to comment about their desire to drink a mug of liberal tears, and several spam comments offering said mug for sale.

Any viral video being described as an "evisceration"

John Oliver eviscerated Trump so many times that the Donald is about to be inaugurated.

The Cleveland Browns

In a banner year for Cleveland sports (LeBron and the Cavs win a title, the Indians bring the Cubs to the brink in the World Series) the Browns keep right on Browns-ing, winning a league-low one game moving into the final week of the season.

The Chainsmokers

The beat-making frat bros were all over the charts in '16, but the pair made nearly as many headlines for interviews where they chatted up their penis sizes and boasted about making money as a means to "hook up with hotter girls," as they explained toBillboard.

"Scary" clowns

Let's leave 2017 to genuine clowns like our own Mr. FunnyBunny.

Bernie Bros.

No, I don't want to hear how Sanders would have won the election or how the DNC just doesn't get it.

Carpool Karaoke

James Corden must be stopped.

Visual albums and/or prolonged album release teaser campaigns

Frank Ocean and Beyoncé both released great albums in 2016, but how many people wanted to stare at a computer screen for an hour-plus in order to take it all in? Even worse was Ocean's teaser campaign, where he'd randomly livestream new music from his website while sharpening his woodworking skills. Just give us a release date and follow through on it. Please.

Rock-themed TV shows

A couple of heavyweights debuted rock 'n' roll-themed series this year, including Martin Scorsese ("Vinyl") and Cameron Crowe ("Roadies"), neither of which was renewed for a second season - and with good reason.

The Galaxy Note 7

*randomly bursts into flames*

DC Comics movies

Every time the DC folks debut a new trailer people inevitably talk themselves into the idea that, "Hey, maybe this one won't suck" (see: "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad"). And it always, always does. The cycle is already repeating itself with the forthcoming Gal Gadot "Wonder Woman" movie. DON'T FALL FOR IT.


One of our biggest failings as a society is the fact that a wheeled device was universally accepted as a hoverboard.

Pepe the Frog as a racist meme


The term "YouTuber"

TheOxford English Dictionary might've added it as an official word this year, but I'm going to go on pretending this isn't a thing.


If only.