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What happened to the stock generation game by Mavrodi?

I was listening to the interview with Sergey Mavrodi, a Russian entrepreneur, or criminal, depends on who you ask.

He created one of his money schemes in 1998, it was a virtual stock market game called “Stock Generation”. It was registered offshore, somewhere in the Caribbean, with a proper gaming licence.

There were tens of millions of users, but only 3 users disliked something and complained. That triggered a court case in Boston, which Mavrodi won, but then lost at the appeal stage of the case.  He was accused of fraud.



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Why is Flappy Bird so annoying?

You have definitely heard of Flappy Bird. It’s a game that was subject to a lot of controversy ever since its appearance and the funny fact is that nobody knows exactly why. Its Vietnamese developer, Dong Nguyen, decided after receiving a lot of hateful comments that it was time to shut it down. His life changed drastically when he began to earn around $ 50,000 per day.

As we could expect, a lot of news and opinions about this action began to emerge… Were there ulterior motives? Maybe even legal ones? Why would you just shut down a game that brought you so much wealth? All of them remained speculations. The developer’s thoughts were that a game should make you feel good and entertained, not annoyed and addictive.

And Flappy Bird proved to be a very annoying game indeed. It’s really simple in design, but extremely hard to play. Your only goal is to prevent this tiny bird from hitting herself on green pipes. For many this recipe proved to be very addictive. This is why a lot of reviews appeared. And not only reviews, but Youtube videos as well.

So you may love or hate the game. Maybe after playing it a bit you will see that it was a simply genius creation or maybe you will believe that you could have spent your time wiser.

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Top Google Searches for 2013

Do you ever wonder who or what topped the list for 2013?  These are the results according to Google 2013 Zeitgeist!

Google Zeitgeist, Here’s to 2013!


Peter Capaldi – a Scottish actor, a screen director and a film director. The winner of numerous awards, the most significant among them is the Academy Award for Franz Kafka`s It`s a wonderful life (1995), an action short film that he wrote and directed.

Jason Collins – an American basketball player. He was famous not with his high results but rather with his unusual technique of playing that was very useful for his team.  Also this is the first professional athlete who has become known by publicity as gay.

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iPad Air – this is the fifth generation of iPad tablet computer, it has a very thin design. Is similar to IPad Mini, but improvements and enhancements made it to one of the most favourite devices. What an awesome gadget to have!

Spring Breakers – it is an American drama film that focuses on the life of wild college-age girls, all possible aspects of it – drug abuse, crime, violence. The film is full of emotion and feeling, it was the award winning drama at the Venice International Film Festival and the Golden Lion.


Kevin Ware –  is an American basketball player, the attention of media was turned to him when he broke his leg in the game against the Duke Blue Devis. Though he is not a professional but a college basketball player.


Krrish 3 – a Bollywood science fiction film about a scientist and his superhero-son. The film is full of visual effects, unexpected turns, wonderful performance of actors, even though there was some criticism about background music. Krrish 3 became a blockbuster in India.


BBM – BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM, is a messenger and video telephony application for BlackBerrry devices. Numerous options have made it one of the most favourite applications for users, and soon it will be available for Android and iPhone.


Les Miserables – initially it is a name of a historical novel by Victor Hugo, but later there were created many adaptation for theatre stage and video. The story mostly focuses on the life and struggle of a character, ex-convict Jean Valjean, but on the whole it is a deep philosophical novel that covers many aspects of private and public life.

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Lou Reed – an American musician, song writer and singer. He was the main performer in The Velvet Underground, a band that was a commercial failure at first but became one of the most influential bands of the era.


New Pope – the New Pope, Pope Francis, is the first non-European Pope since Pope Gregory III, 1272 years earlier, the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from Americas. He is famous for his simple approach to the papacy and attempts to connect people of all backgrounds and beliefs.


GTA 5 Cheats –  is most popular video game. GTA 5 has a game map that is “bigger than the worlds of Red Dead Redemption, San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV combined” according to Rockstar so you will need some help finding your way around.

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Salve Jorge  –  is a Brazilian primetime telenovela created by Glória Perez and starring Nanda Costa and Rodrigo Lombardi. Leading roles were performed by Nanda Costa, Rodrigo Lombardi, Giovanna Antonelli, Carolina Dieckmann, and others. An exciting and full of feeling and emotion film.

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Man of Steel –  is a typical 2013 American superhero Movie. The director of the film is Zack Snyder, the producer – Christopher Nolan, the main hero of the movie was created based on the DC Comics character Superman.

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Immobilien Scout – the biggest market or even a portal for real estate selling, buying, real estate rent. Here you can find all kinds of real estate property for all purposes.  This is a German company.

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Despicable Me 2 –  is an American computer-animated comedy film made in 3D format. This is the continuing of the film Despicable Me created in 2010. The film was produced by Illumination Entertainment, distributed by Universal Pictures. The film was premiered in Australia, and then it appeared in cinemas of America.


2014 FIFA World Cup – this year FIFA World Cup 2014 will be the 20th FIFA World Cup/ It will take place in Brazil during almost one month, from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It will be the second time for Brazil to host that competition.

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Django Unchained – is a 2012 American western adventure film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.Django is a slave that has to deal face to face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Only Django can lead him to his bounty, because Schultz is on trial.

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Bigg Boss 7 – is the seventh part of the Indian TV series Bigg Boss that was running on TV channel Colors from 15 September 2013. This season which is the seventh one was much longer than its predecessor.


Red Sox – is a professional baseball team from Boston. The club is more than 100 years old, it was founded in 1901. It is the second strong team in the world.

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Jodi Arias  – was born in 1980 in Salinas, California/ She was making headlines when she was charged with murdering her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2008. The body of his boyfriend was found in the shower of his apartment by his friends.

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Beyonce new Album – is the name of the fifth studio album released by American singer and songwriter Beyoncé Knowles. It was introduced to public on December 13, 2013.


Dakota Johnson – is an American actress, fashion model, she is the best known for her lead role in the Fox sitcom Ben and Kate even though this film was not so popular.

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Nelson Mandela – was a South African politician, revolutionary, a philanthropist person. He was elected as a President of South Africa for the period from 1994 to 1999. He was the first South African elected in a fully representative democratic election.  2013 was the year that he passed away.

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Jamie Dornan –  is an actor who was born in the Northern Ireland, he is also famous as a model and as a musician. He played Axel von Fersen in the film Marie Antoinette, Sheriff Graham Humbert in the ABC series Once Upon a Time, but one of his most famous roles is the role of serial killer Paul Spector in the BBC drama series The Fall.


Henry Cavill  is a famous British actor. His most famous role is the Superman role of Clark Kent / Kal-El in the film Man of Steel that was released in 2013.


Government Shutdown – is a term that is used in American politics to explain the temporary halt in the service of government. This happens because the officials are not able to perform their duties due to some circumstances. This happened in 2013 after the Congress did not manage to enact appropriating of funds for 2014.

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Edward Snowden  is a computer specialist that once worked for Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency (NSA). He is famous for disclosing some NSA documents to media. Given the circumstances he was staying in Russia and later in China for his own protection.


Elysium – is an American science fiction thriller film directed by Neill Blomkam. there were starred Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. The film described the life of the most wealthy people on a man-made space station, though the rest of the survived humankind has to struggle on a ruined Earth. A man is a hero who is ready to bring equality to the polarized worlds.


Adrian Peterson is an American football player that played for the team Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He finished his football career as the leading rusher.


Lorde – Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor is more known by her stage name Lorde. She is a New Zealand singer and songwriter. Her first single “Royals” became a world hit, her next song releases also have been positively perceived by public.


Iron Man 3 – is an American superhero film. the main character is Iron Man. Tony Stark, he is the Iron Man actually, fights against a powerful enemy. When Stark discovers that the enemy destroyed his world he is trying to find and to punish those guilty.

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Reeva Steenkamp – was a model who was born and grown up on South Africa. She was shot dead by Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, he was her boyfriend since November 2012.


Katherine Webb –  is an American model and beauty queen. She is also well known for her activities on TV.  She became very popular because of broadcast of the 2013 BCS National Championship Game where she was present too.


James Gandolfini was an American actor. He is known for his role as Tony Soprano in the HBO series, The Sopranos, he played there an American Mafia crime boss.


Jiah Khan – was a Hindi movie actress. She got her first role in the 2007 Ram Gopal Verma film Nishabd. She was nominated for this role for Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.


After Earth –  is an American science fiction and adventure film directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Kitai Raige and his father Cypher after the crash have to stay on Earth, one thousand years after events that caused humanity’s escape. Cypher was injured and Kitai has to make a dangerous journey to be able to send a signal for help.


Wrecking Ball is a song performed by American singer Miley Cyrus. The song was included in her fourth studio album Bangerz. This song was released as the second single on August 25, 2013, by RCA Records. In general Miley is getting a lot of attention for her scandalous outfits and provocative performances.


Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani school pupil who is more known as education activist. She lives in Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan. She was nominated for the International Childrens Peace Prize for her fight for rights of girls in schools.


Paul Walker – was an American actor, but he is also famous for founding of Reach Out Worldwide. He became famous in 1999 after he starred in the hit film Varsity Blues, later he also performed a role of Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious film and this role made him really famous.  He died on November 30, 2013 in a fatal car accident.

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Boston Marathon is a marathon that takes place every year in cities in Greater Boston in eastern Massachusetts. It always takes place on Patriots’ Day, it is the third Monday of April. It was founded in 1897 after the success of the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics. In 2013 there were more than 26 000 people entering this competition.


North Korea – officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia, in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. The capital and largest city is Pyongyang. The elaborate cult of personality is characteristic to this country, and in 2013 the Kim family were enshrined as hereditary rulers of the country.  There is a lot of political turmoil in that region.


Samsung Galaxy S4  is an Android smartphone developed by Samsung Electronics. it maintains a similar design with Galaxy S III but has upgraded and enhanced software and takes more advantages of hardware capabilities.  This is an amazing gadget.


Mindy McCready – was an American country music singer. She recorded more than five studio albums, the first of them “Ten Thousand Angels”, became a platinum album. She died in 2013 in one of her suicide attempts.


Lea Michele is more known as Lea Michele. She is an America singer and songwriter, dancer, but she is most famous for her roles in films and musicles, one of the most famous of them is Le Miserables.


Pacific Rim is an American science film about monsters. The film was directed by Guillermo del Toro. It describes a war story between people and monstrous sea creatures. A former pilot and a trainee have to deliver special weapon to try to save the humankind from the apocalypse.

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Paula Deen is an American television host famous for her cooking shows for celebrities. She was left with a small sum of money with her two sons, but now she runs her own The Lady & Sons restaurant. Besides she is an author of 15 books.


Cube World –  is a RPG video game developed by Picroma for Microsoft Windows in collaboration with Mac OS. Wolfram von Funck started to work on this game in June 2011, later his wife Sarah von Funck started to help. Now you can play Cube World online or download it in every part of the world.

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Royal Baby – prince George of Cambridge (born 22 July 2013) is the son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. He is also the only grandchild of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales. Prince George of Cambridge is the third in line to succeed his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. This was probably the loudest topic of 2013!

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Blackberry 10 – is an operating system for mobile devices. It was developed by BlackBerry Limited for its line of smartphones and tablets.


Costa Concordia was a cruise ship of Concordia class. She was constructed in 2004 by the Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente yards in Italy. She was operated by Costa Crociere from 2005 till 2012. Costa Concordia was wrecked near the coats of Isloa del Gigio in Italy on 13 January 2012 and the captain fled the ship. In 2013 this vessel was finally retrieved.


Lee Thompson Young – is an American actor mostly famous for his teenager role in The Famous Jett Jackson. He played also Chris Corner in Friday Night Lights. His last role was the role of a detective in the drama series Rizzoli & Isles.  Sadly he passed away in August, 2013.


Ben Affleck – Benjamin Géza Affleck-Bold is more known for his nickname Ben Affleck. He is not only a famous film actor, but also a film director, screenwriter and producer. He became famous due to his performance in the films Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Dogma.

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Robin Thicke is an American and Canadian songwriter, singer, actor and musician. He composed mostly R&B music. His most popular singe Blurred Lines was released in 2013.

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The Conjuring – the film tells a horrifying tale about paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. They were called to help the family that was tortured by some dark presence.

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Bitcoin is an electronic payment network that has its own digital currency. it is based on an open source protocol, so one can use it for free. Bitcoin was developed and in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto. It uses public-key cryptography, that is why it is often called cryptocurrency.


Amanda Bynes is a popular American actress. Bynes became popular due to her roles in the Nickelodeon series All That and The Amanda Show. She also starred on the sitcom What I Like About You on The WB.  In 2013 she ended up in rehab for mental illness treatment.


Harlem Shake –  is an Internet meme that became popular in February 2013. It is a form of a video where people perform a comedy sketch that is usually accompanied by a short excerpt from the song “Harlem Shake”.

World War Z – is a British-American apocalyptic film directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay was written by Matthew Michael Carnahan. It is based on the novel of the same name by Max Brooks.

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Xbox One –  is a video game console. it is developed and introduced to market by Microsoft. Xbox One was announced on May 21, 2013. It is a competitor with Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Nintendo’s Wii U and is a part of the eighth generation video game consoles.


Gareth Bale – is a famous Welsh football player who plays as a winger for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. Bale began his professional career at Southampton. He played there as at left back. There he also earned recognition as a free kick specialist.

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Miley Cyrus VMAs was a pre-teen idol earlier, but her recent performance at the MTV Music awards in 2013 made her one of the most watched people in the world.

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Monsters University – a computer cartoon movie about the life of little monsters. Mike Wazowski was a little monster who has dreamed of becoming a Scarer and the best student of the Monsters University (MU).

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Daft Punk  is an electronic music duo. It consists of musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. Daft Punk became popular in the late 1990s in France and its success continued in the following years.  Turned out that in 2013 they were one of the most pirated musicians, meaning that people downloaded their music illegally online.


Kim Kardashian Baby – Kardashian gave birth to her daughter with West. This happened on June 15 in Los Angeles. Kardashian and West became engaged on October 21, it was the 33rd birthday of Kardashian. He projected a proposal message on the stadium screen in front of her friends and family members.

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Syria Conflict – the Syrian Civil War, also known under titles the Syrian Uprising or the Syrian Crisis is an armed conflict in Syria between those loyal to the Ba’ath government and those who want changes. The unrest began on 15 March 2011, but it is continuing till now.

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Under the Dome – is an American science fiction drama, a series developed by Brian K. Vaughan and based on the novel written by Stephen King. It tells about the residents of a small town who suddenly become separated from the rest of the world by massive transparent dome.


Windows 8.1 –  is a personal computer OS, an immediate successor to Windows 8. Windows 8.1 offers its users touchscreen entertainment and the comfort of the Bing Smart Search. It offers many new capabilities while preserving those most beloved by our users.

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HTC One –  is a touchscreen Android smartphone/ HTC One is designed, developed and produced by HTC. It is available in more than 80 countries and is one of the most successful products of the company.

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Trayvon Martin –  was a 17-year-old African American who was shot by George Zimmerman. He went out to convenience store, George Zimmerman saw him when he was returning home and reported to police. He told that Trayvon Martik looked suspicious. Some minutes later Trayvon Martin was shot.

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Oblivion – it is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction film based on comics created by Jospeh Kosinski. Kack Harper is one of the drones that remained after a devastating nuclear war caused by invasion of aliens. The few humans that survived migrated to a space station orbiting the Earth. Memory of Jack is wiped for security reasons but he sometimes sees dreams…


Argo is an American film directed by Ben Affleck. The plot of the film is quite easy: a CIA agent has to save six Americans in Tehran during the crisis in Iran in 1980. In the film starred Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman.


Vine is an Apple app that helps users to create videos in a simple and fun way and share them with friends and family.


iPhone 5s – it is one of the best smartphones in 2013. Its design, display, performance, nice colours and comfortable features distinguish it profitably among other models.


Galaxy Note 3 – it is a smartphone designed by Samsung. Even though it is being criticized for its big size but the extensive range of features and options make it rather a small lap than a mobile device. That is why this smartphone can be called a leader in the market of smartphones.


Enem 2013 – ENEM 2013 is a national high school exam for testing Brazilian students’ knowledge in languages, mathematics, social sciences and natural sciences.  It included writing an essay on a chosen subject which for 2013 turned out to be “the effects of the dry law in Brazil”.  5 million students attended ENEM 2013 and some of them made the news – a student died in a car accident on the way to the exam, one female gave birth there, and some transgendered students were faced were caught in the confusion of legal names they originally had in their documents.


Typhoon –  is a tropical cyclone that develops in the Pacific Ocean. There are three areas where the typhoons happen very often. Of course everybody remember the typhoon that struck the Philippines in 2013 – it turned out to be catastrophically for the country.


Chennai Expresss – it is a romantic Indian movie that tells about a journey of a man from Mumbai to Rameshwaram. During this journey he finds his love. The lead roles perform Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone.


PlayStation 4 – it is the playstation of the eighth generation developed by Sony Corporation. This is a playstation that quite differs from usual playstations that are used at home. It works on OS Orbis, a modified version of FreeBSD 9.0.

Oklahoma Tornado – the Moore Tornado 2013 struck Oklahoma and neighbouring areas. The wind speak was reaching 340 km/h, width of tornado was 2,1 km at its peak. 24 people were killed and 377 were injured. This was one of the strongest tornadoes within last time.


Charlie Hunnam – An English dramatic actor, he was born in Newcastle. Charlie Matthew Hunnam started his career at the age of 18 with his guest role in the TV series Byker Grove, after that he performed in Queer as Folk and many other films.


Amanda Berry –  was born on April 22, 1986, and disappeared one night before her 17th birthday. Only ten years later she re-appeared screaming for help. She was kidnapped along with other young girls, they were rescued thanks to Amanda Berry.

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Cory Monteith –  was a Canadian musician and actor who is mostly known for his role as Finn Hudson in Glee series. Before that he played only minor roles in some films. After Glee he performed in the movie Monte Carlo and Sisters&Brothers. The actor died in 2013 of a combination of heroin and alcohol.


Nexus 5 – it is a smartphone developed by Google in collaboration with LG Electronics. It runs on Android Operating System. Nexus 5 was released in black and white color for online purchase in selected countries.


Silver Linings Playbook – an American romantic comedy-drama adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. It tells the story about Patrizio Solitano, a man with bipolar disorder and his attempts to build up his life after his stay in psychiatric hospital.

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Atari Breakout –  is an Arcade online game. The theme is technical space. The task is to destroy as many bricks as you can till 3 lives are spent. The main characters are absent in the game, just bricks and space.

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iOS 7 – is a mobile operating system released by Apple Corporation. It has significant improvements and changes comparing to the previous versions. Among the most important changes are improvements to user interface, refreshed app icons, new look.


Kidd Kraddick – an American television personality, a radio host, famous for his morning radio show Kidd Kraddick in the morning that was broadcaster in the whole America, and Dish Nation television shows. He got the nickname “Kidd” from a radio producer and became famous under this name.


Hugo Chavez – was a Venezuelan politician and president, his main focus was on implementing social reforms as a part of social project that was famous under the name of Bolivian Revolution.


Amor a Vida – a Brazilian Telenovela about a dispute for control of a hospital in San Marino that happens in a wealthy family. Actors that starred in Amor da Vida: Paolla Oliveira, Malvino Salvador, Mateus Solano, Vanessa Giacombo, Juliano Casarre.


Jennifer Lawrence – an American actress. The third youngest actress who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She was 20 at that time. The most popular films in which she appeared are: X-Men, Days of Future Past, The Hunger Games.


Sharknado – a disaster move filmed in 2013. A hurricane lifts huge man-eating sharks and floods Los Angeles with shark-infested water. In “Sharknado” starred Cassie Scerbo, Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and John Heard.


Minions – a minon is a small yellow creature. They have one or two eyes, wear metal goggles, each of them has a unique character. They are the main characters of a computer animated film that is planned to be released in 2015.


Rob Ford – a Canadian politician and businessman, he is quite controversial person, was accused in public drunkenness, illegal drug abuse and was involved in many scandals. Despite of this he was elected to Toronto City Council, then re-elected twice, and now he is a current Mayor of Toronto.  For Christmas citizens brought some coal to his office.

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Aaron Hernandez – an American football player in past. He was playing college football in a team of the University of Florida. The winner of many awards. He was indicted for the murder of his friend, Odin Lloyd, but managed to maintain his innocence.


Blurred Lines – popular hit for 2013 by Robin Thicke, the best selling song of the year.

Batkid – this was a touching day in San Francisco put together by Make-a-Wish Foundation. Miles Scott is a 5 year old boy who is recovering from leukemia cancer appeared in a Batman outfit along the side of his favorite superhero to fight the crime scenes prepared by volunteer actors.


Oscar Pistorius – South American sprint runner. His both legs were amputated when he was 11 months old, but he takes part in competition for both below-knee amputees and for able-bodied athletes.  His story would be amazing if he wouldn’t be accused of killing his girlfriend.


George Zimmerman –  is famous for shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2012. This happened in Sanford, in Florida. In 2013 the trial for this murder ended in acquittal.


Gravity – a science fiction film directed by Alfonso Guaron. After an accident with a space ship an astronaut and a medical engineer are struggling together to survive. In the film starred Sandra Bullok, George Clooney, Ed Harris and Orto Ignatiussen.




Happy New Year – 2014!