Beast-Approved25 Things We’re Thankful For11.22.12Beast-Approved25 Things We’re Thankful ForIt’s been one heck of a year. From Nate Silver and McKayla Maroney to Fifty Shades of Grey and the housing market, here are 25 things that deserve a shout-out at the Thanksgiving table. 11.22.12 9:45 AM ETClockwise from top left: Chris Carlson / AP Photo; Andrew Burton/Getty Images; Veronique de Viguerie / Getty Images ; Rob Kim / Getty Images; Charles Sykes / AP Photo; Charles Sykes / AP PhotoIt’s been one heck of a year. From Nate Silver and McKayla Maroney to Fifty Shades of Grey and the housing market, here are 25 things that deserve a shout-out at the Thanksgiving table. Kent Smith / ShowtimeClaire Danes on ‘Homeland'For making us all feel OK about how we look when we cry. Kevin Lamarque / ReutersTexts From HillaryFor making the Secretary hot again. ROFL! Lydia CallisFor putting a smile on our faces—even during the worst of times—as Mayor Bloomberg’s sign-language interpreter. Watch this video and try not to laugh. Charles Dharapak / AP PhotoClint EastwoodFor bringing performance art to a whole new level by talking to a chair. A.M. HomesFor writing May We Be Forgiven, a novel that is completely underrated because she is female. Charles Sykes / AP PhotoAnderson CooperFor coming out with humility and grace—and on The Daily Beast. Pete Souza / The White House via Getty ImageMcKayla MaroneyFor not being impressed with her Olympic silver medal—at all. Nor her meeting with the president. Matt Rourke / AP PhotoThe Sandusky JuryFor being practically the only people to do the right thing at Penn State. Nam Y. Huh / AP PhotoNate SilverFor knocking the punditocracy down a peg and scoring a sweet victory for nerds everywhere. Veronique de Viguerie / Getty ImagesMalala YousafzaiFor standing up for young girls everywhere. Now let’s show her we noticed. Jason Merritt / Getty ImagesAmanda BynesFor keeping us entertained with her unprecendented run at slot No. 10 on the Cheat Sheet. Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images‘Fifty Shades of Grey’For making it acceptable to read porn on the subway. Here’s to those infamous naughty bits! Chris Carlson / AP PhotoBill ClintonFor charming the pants off everyone, as only he can do, at the DNC. Peter Iovino / Universal Pictures‘Pitch Perfect’For introducing us to the fabulous Rebel Wilson —and giving competitive a cappella singing the Hollywood attention it deserves! Daniel Acker / Bloomberg via Getty ImagesThe Housing MarketFor forging a slow, steady, but awesome comeback. (We told you so!) Lee Jin-man / AP PhotoPsyFor “dressing classy and dancing cheesy”—and spawning this amazing spinoff video from Ai Weiwei. Rob Kim / Getty IamgesRosie PerezFor her magnificent defense of the 47 percent. Douglas Healey / AP PhotoPhilip RothFor quitting the novel business before he embarrassed himself totally. Craig RuttleOccupiersFor actually making a difference with Occupy Sandy.