2011 Edition

Thanksgiving Things We’re Thankful For: Muppets & More (Photos)

From Seal Team Six to the Muppets to Steve Jobs, The Daily Beast gives thanks for the highlights of 2011.

From Seal Team Six to legalizing gay marriage in New York to a royal wedding, see what The Daily Beast is most grateful for this Thanksgiving.

Plus, watch Beast TV's roundup of the 2011 news stories we're most thankful for.

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Arab Spring Bloggers

For risking their lives to share their revolution with the world.  

Dylan Martinez / Reuters

'Harry Potter'

For a decade of movie magic.

Reuters TV / Reuters

Wendi Deng

For kicking ass and taking names to defend her husband from a pie thrower… even if he is Rupert Murdoch.

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Seal Team Six

For their extraordinary bravery under fire--not to mention their abs.

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For allowing us to have Thanksgiving dinner twice—and giving us an excuse put off the exercise.

Fabrizio Giovannozzi / AP Photo


For taking the Jersey Shore cast off America’s hands for a bit.

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The Nobel Committee

For recognizing the heroic efforts of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Yemeni human-rights activist Tawakkul Karman, and Liberian peace activist (and Beast Books author) Leymah Gbowee, who advocate for democratic reforms, women’s rights, and the release of political prisoners in Liberia.

Matt Slocum / AP Photo

Game 6 of the World Series

For being one of the most exciting moments in baseball history.

Matt Sayles / AP Photo

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore

For finally putting an end to their cringeworthy Twitter romance.

Chris Jackson / Getty Images

Princess Beatrice

For outdoing every churchgoing woman on Easter Sunday.

Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP Photo

Michelle Obama’s “Dougie”

For being the only first lady to break it down like Beyoncé.

Marcio Jose Sanchez

Harold Camping

For being wrong about “The Rapture” (twice) and giving us a reason to joke about the end of the world.   

Phil Moore / Getty Images

Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros

For risking their lives in combat photojournalism to shed light on the horrors of war and the darker sides of humanity.

Matt Sayles / AP Photo

Ryan Gosling

For protecting the streets and looking good in the process.

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Joan Didion

For breaking our hearts all over again with her book Blue Nights.

Greg Campbell / AP Photo

Something Rick Perry Said

But we forget what it was.

Andrew Macpherson – © The Muppets Studio, LLC

The Muppets

For proving that after all these years, Kermie and Piggy still got that lovin’ feeling.

David Guttenfelder / AP Photo

“Fukushima 50”

For braving 250 millisieverts of radioactivity (five times the permissible dose) to prevent a nuclear meltdown.

Jeff Christensen / AP Photo

'The Book of Mormon' Musicial

For teaching us what really happened with the golden plates--and showing us a great time.

Hilarious Photo Memes

For bringing us Feminist Ryan Gosling, Tebowing, Disney Face Swaps, and begging the question: Halloween or Williamsburg?

Paul Sakuma / AP Photo

Steve Jobs

Enough said.

Soul Brother / FilmMagic


For taking Jon and Kate Gosselin off TV.

Cindy Ord / Getty Images

Maurizio Cattelan

For making us look up at the Guggenheim.

Monika Graff, EPA / Landov

New York

For setting a civil-rights precedent by legalizing gay marriage.