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Getting Piggy With It

In February, we begin the Year of the Pig. (The Earth Pig, to be precise. There are Fire, Metal, Wood and Water Pigs too, but those details are for some other blog.)

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In Chinese culture, pigs are associated with wealth and generosity. So far, so good.

Our last Pig Year was 2007. What were some of the highlights of that year? Maybe the good, the bad and the ugly from that year hold some clue about what’s in store this time around.

The Good:

  • The iPhone debuts
  • Live Earth concerts raise environmental awareness
  • Mad Men premiered on AMC
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton wed.

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The Bad:

  • Anna Nicole Smith died just five months after giving birth to a daughter
  • 32 students died in a mass shooting at Virginia Tech
  • An 8.0 earthquake hit Peru
  • The New England Patriots were caught videotaping defensive signals of the New York Jets.

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The Good or Bad (depending on your politics)

  • Nancy Pelosi becomes the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history.

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And the Just Plain Ugly

  • Brittney got the buzz cut seen round the world
  • High-waisted jeans were a thing
  • A female astronaut’s reputation plummeted to Earth in a messy love triangle
  • Paris Hilton served three days of hard time.

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Based on this intensive research, we can safely make some Year of the Pig predictions. New technology will be introduced. There will be some great and not-so-great entertainment. We will see natural disasters and sports scandals. Politics will continue to polarize us. The safest bet? Far in the future, when you look back at the year that was, you will judge yourself guilty of at least one big Glamour Don’t.

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Enjoy 2019 and the Year of the Pig, if only because 2020 and the Year of the Metal Rat sounds a little scary.



Tom Sheeter
Tom Sheeter is a Los Angeles based writer and Account Manager at Superstock. He specializes in film and tv licensing and clearance issues.

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