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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Monday, January 01, 2007
THE GOOD AND THE BAD OF 2006
2006 was a good year for .....

MOVIE PENGUINS
March of the Penguins won an Oscar, and Mumble, the star of the huge hit Happy Feet, won our hearts.

BRATZ
With their spunky attitude and streetwise style, the oat-eyed dools had their best year ever, tallying $2.5 billion-plus sales and relegating Barbie to the uncool girls table.

ARGENTINE WINE
Don't cry for Argentina. The popularity of its wine is soaring, Varieties like Malbec (ground in the Mendoza region) are winning over U.S. oenophiles with their bold flavors.

DISNEY
Smile, Mickey. The High School Musical album got to No. 1 TV show, and the Pirates of the Carribean sequel triumphed at cinemas.

TINY CARS
Sales of fuel-efficient models like the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa rose more than 40 percent over '05, in step (for a while) with gas prices.

CELL PHONES
Turns out they don't cause cancer after all, according to a new Danish study.


2006 was a bad year for .....

CELEB MARRIAGES
Jessica and Nick, Whitney and Bobby, Reese and Ryan, Pam and Kid Rock...
Thanks for the memories.

CHECKED LUGGAGES
Bans on carrying liguids led flyers to check - and airlines to lose - more bags than ever. Nearly twice as many bags were lost in October 2006 as in October 2002.

MAILBOXES
Like phone botths before them, public mailboxes are on their way out. With fewer people mailing letters and bills, 10 percent of the boxes were removed because of lack of use.

FRESH PRODUCE
Another order of onion rings, please. E.coli outbreaks sickened hundreds of Americans who ate spinach, lettuce and tomatoes contaminated by the bacteria.

HURRICANE WATCHERS
Exhausted after busy '05,s torm chasers got to rest up in a season that saw no Atlantic hurricanes hitting the U.S. But in 2007 is expected to be another record setter.

TRANS FATS
Shunned by Wendy's in June, the bad fat is also on its way out at Denny's, Loews and New York City eateries.



(Source: TIMEMAG/NOTEBOOK Dec.2006)
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