Top 10 Worst of 2016


Mikhail Vasilyev, Staff Writer

This year has been a disaster, from Election madness to clown hysteria to dabbing. 2016 is coming to a close, and it is time to count down the 10 worst trends and events that came and went.

10. Viral Japanese music video PPAP. With 130 million views on YouTube it’s popularity was a mystery, as it wasn’t especially funny. According to YouTuber Jacksflims, “Random does not equal funny.”

9. No Man’s Sky. Advertisements were misleading. Only about 5 hours of unique gameplay. Game critic Angry Joe said, “I expected so many features, and Hello Games did not deliver. They flat-out lied about multiple things that they promised to include. I liked this game for the first 2 or so hours, but quickly it became pointless and repetitive. Absolutely not worth 60 bucks.”

8. The Rio Olympics. A disaster, from the green pools to the steroid scandals and Zika virus. The total nightly views went down by 17% from the 2012 London Olympics, according to the LA Times

7. Harambe and the memes. They became so stale and overused that virtually everyone was making unfunny Harambe jokes. According to The New York Times, in an associated press interview, zoo director Than Maynard said, “We are not amused by the memes, petitions and signs about Harambe.”

6. Batman vs Superman. It had a total budget of $430 million, and was in production since 2013. Sadly, the movie was a let down. The special effects were cool, but the plot was confusing and the writing lazy. Critic Robbie Collin of The Telegraph said, “No major blockbuster in years has been this incoherently structured, this seemingly uninterested in telling a story with clarity and purpose.”

5. 2016 Mr. Olympia, the largest bodybuilding competition of the year, wasn’t talked about much, but it deserves recognition. Big Ramy didn’t place in the top 5. Ramy was the largest in the competition by far, significantly larger than the winner, Phil Heath, and he even had the same levels of body fat and definition. Fans booed the judges.

4. The passing of Muhammad Ali at the age of 74. This was tragic. He is an inspirational figure who encouraged pushing limits. “He’ll be remembered as a man of the world who spoke his mind and wasn’t afraid to take a chance and went out of his way to be a kind, benevolent individual that really changed the world,” the family spokesman, Bob Gunnell, said at a news conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to The Telegraph.

3. Killer clowns. Social media was absolutely hysterical when the clowns were first sighted, but slowly they lost their charm. Towards the end of the craze, viral “clown sighting” videos popped up on Facebook and Youtube, which depicted normal people dressed in clown costumes as a joke. Even Campolindo was threatened by the possible appearance of clowns during the football game on October 31.

2. The resurgence of the dab. This “dance” move lost its popularity at the end of 2015, but reappeared again in 2016. You know it was dead when Hillary Clinton appeared on Ellen and did the dab. As Jacksfilms said, “Hillary Clinton killed the dab.”

1. “Damn Daniel”. This meme was bland and unfunny, and worst of all, used by everyone. The original video received over 300,000 retweets. KnowYourMeme, the database and leading source of internet memes and trends, said that the appeal of the meme was unknown and unjustifiable. Sophomore Jonah Kelsey said, “I don’t know why it was popular. There was no point in it, and it especially wasn’t funny or humorous. But everyone went around referencing it, thinking that they were funny!”