Saturday, January 5, 2013

2012 in Review - Vets and Writers

Happy 2013!!! I'd like to take a reflective step back today and visit some of the juicy stuff the animal and literary niches showed the world in 2012.

Noteworthy Vet Stuff 2012:

  • Summer 2012 Olympics: Every four years the world is exposed to the beauty, athleticism, and partnership of three equestrian sports: jumping, dressage, and three-day eventing.  Germany and Great Britain dominated the majority of the three sports in both individual and team competition. 

  • Winner of the 2012 Westminster Dog Show: "Malachy" the Pekingese.

  • Uggie, a handsome Jack Russell terrier won multitudes of adoring fans with his performance in the movie "The Artist".

  • Tardar Sauce AKA the Grumpy Cat meme becomes an Internet sensation:

  • HBO ends the filming of its new series "Luck" after three horses die. 

  • A prominent Tennessee Walking Horse trainer was convicted of animal cruelty after video evidence showed various acts of soring and other methods of abuse at his barn, drawing national attention.

  • The US's fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) AKA Mad Cow disease found in a cull dairy cow in California.

  • FDA issued a draft guidance on the voluntary withdrawal of antibiotics for production purposes in food animals.
  • The once-mysterious cause of the lethal white nose syndrome in bats was found to be fungal.

Noteworthy Literary Stuff of 2012:

  • The Encyclopedia Britannica goes all-digital and stops printing bound volumes.

  • The Pulitzer Prize board decided not to award a prize for fiction.

  • A Navy SEAL involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden publishes a personal account.
  • J.K. Rowling publishes an adult novel, "The Casual Vacancy".

  • Chinese novelist Mo Yan wins the Nobel Prize for Literature.
  • Hilary Mantel is the first woman to win the Man Booker Prize twice, with her novel "Bring Up the Bodies".

  • Publishing house giants Random House and Penguin merge.
Did I miss anything?  Let me know!

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