December 10, 2015 7:07 AM EST

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris hooked up


Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog broke up

Peanuts (in small servings) were linked to longevity


Processed meats, like bacon, were linked to cancer

Oliver drove Last Week Tonight to impressive ratings


Stamos drove under the influence, according to police

Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video spawned hundreds of memes


Jem and the Holograms sank at the box office

Adele’s “Hello” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100


Cameron Crowe’s Aloha was called a “hot mess” by critics

Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” dominated radio over the summer


Fantasy-sports site DraftKings dealt with insider-trading claims

Carli Lloyd was a standout on the world-champion U.S. team


Sepp Blatter was suspended amid a FIFA bribery scandal

Big Bird starred in viral FunnyOrDie clips

Large Things

Big Soda faced plummeting sales in the U.S.

Pratt headlined the smash hit Jurassic World


Christie polled low in the 2016 race

Serena rose to the top of the tennis world pre–U.S. Open


Brian was demoted to MSNBC post–fabrication scandal

Lucious Lyon delighted viewers on the Fox hit Empire


Lionsgate admitted its Gods of Egypt cast was too white

An emoji was named Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year


Email caused campaign drama for Hillary Clinton

Broadway applauded Alexander Hamilton

U.S. History

Princeton protested Woodrow Wilson

McDonald’s won raves for serving all-day breakfast

Fast Food

Chipotle caught flak for an E. coli outbreak

This appears in the December 21, 2015 issue of TIME.

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