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The year 2011 has been dubbed 'the Year of the ASB' on for a collection of unlikely events that would have been greeted with derisive laughter if they had been suggested six months before. These include:

  • The Arab Revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt etc and NATO intervention in Libya, all triggered by one man upset because he wasn't allowed to sell fruit.
  • Americans actually getting out and protesting for workers' rights in Wisconsin (and later in the year the Occupy Wall Street movement).
  • Osama Bin Laden successfully killed by Americans. Republicans praise Barack Obama.
  • The Canadian election led to the NDP overtaking the Liberals to become the Official Opposition and the Bloc Quebecois was almost destroyed.
  • After an analysis of spanish coins of the XVI/XVII centuries, it appeared the crisis that striked Spain wasn't caused by a massive afflux of american gold : it was thesaurised by italian bankers and was not used for coins since the XVIII.
  • Spontaneous youth riots across England for basically no reason
  • Faster-then-light travel discovered to be possible.
  • Saudi Arabia allows women to vote and stand in local elections.
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad managing the stupendous feat of uniting Americans and the West and Al-Qaeda in condemnation against his claims that 9/11 was staged.
  • Scientists invent a flying carpet.
  • The Burmese junta starts to liberalise, not due to international pressure or internal revolution like the one attempted in 2008, but just because they feel like it.
  • A terrorist attack in Norway committed by a native 'neo-crusader' loony.
  • After 13 years of famous delays, becoming the most notorious 'vapourware' product ever, the game “Duke Nukem Forever” finally comes out.
  • Pat Robertson says that the US Republican Party presidential candidates have become too politically extreme and are growing unelectable.
  • Japan plans for a new city called “Neo-Tokyo”, a backup city for future earthquakes.
  • Polish foreign minister Radek Sikorski says “I will probably be the first Polish foreign minister in history to say so, but here it is: I fear German power less than I am beginning to fear German inactivity.” Presumably this is followed by HurganPL's head exploding.
  • Actual plans for a 13 feet tall piloted mech made by the Japanese.
  • Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam praises and promotes Scientology.
  • The Teen Choice Award for best action actress went to 63-year old Linda Hunt.

It seems likely that more will be added as the year goes on.

offtopic/2011.txt · Last modified: 2019/03/29 15:13 (external edit)