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25 Things We’re Thankful For

It’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.

Clockwise 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 Photo

Clockwise 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 Photo

It’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.

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Claire Danes on ‘Homeland'

For making us all feel OK about how we look when we cry.

Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

Texts From Hillary

For making the Secretary hot again. ROFL!

Lydia Callis

For 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 Photo

Clint Eastwood

For bringing performance art to a whole new level by talking to a chair.

A.M. Homes

For writing May We Be Forgiven, a novel that is completely underrated because she is female.

Charles Sykes / AP Photo

Anderson Cooper

For coming out with humility and grace—and on The Daily Beast.

Pete Souza / The White House via Getty Image

McKayla Maroney

For not being impressed with her Olympic silver medal—at all. Nor her meeting with the president.

Matt Rourke / AP Photo

The Sandusky Jury

For being practically the only people to do the right thing at Penn State.

Nam Y. Huh / AP Photo

Nate Silver

For knocking the punditocracy down a peg and scoring a sweet victory for nerds everywhere.

Veronique de Viguerie / Getty Images

Malala Yousafzai

For standing up for young girls everywhere. Now let’s show her we noticed.

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Amanda Bynes

For 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 Photo

Bill Clinton

For charming the pants off everyone, as only he can do, at the DNC.

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‘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 Images

The Housing Market

For forging a slow, steady, but awesome comeback. (We told you so!)

Lee Jin-man / AP Photo

Psy

For “dressing classy and dancing cheesy”—and spawning this amazing spinoff video from Ai Weiwei.

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Rosie Perez

For her magnificent defense of the 47 percent.

Douglas Healey / AP Photo

Philip Roth

For quitting the novel business before he embarrassed himself totally.

Craig Ruttle

Occupiers

For actually making a difference with Occupy Sandy.

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Katie Holmes

For making a bold exit—and giving us another excuse to read about Scientology.

Manu Fernandez / AP Photo

Lionel Messi

For proving every day that in the world’s most popular sport, size doesn’t matter.

Valerie Macon / Getty Images

Nicollette Sheridan

For having the guts to take on ABC and Desperate Housewives in court— and looking good doing it.

Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images

Joe Biden

For speaking his mind, even when he’s not supposed to. Got any opinions on climate change, Joe?

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Javier Bardem

For being the best (and gayest?) Bond villain ever.

John Stillwell / Getty Images / Pool

And Finally...Prince Harry

For taking it all off.



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