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As we compiled our annual in and out list, an only half-serious look back at where we've been and how we've changed, we noticed that few years have been as eye-wideningly, neck-snappingly full of ins and outs as this year.

Think about it: Internet indiscretions toppled Chris Lee and Anthony Weiner while their alluring self-portraits gave the late-night comics weeks worth of material. Herman Cain was at the top of the heap of Republican presidential candidates before his past caught up with him. The Bills had us hoping until November, when the wheels fell off.

Occupiers set up camp; the local group got along fine until a splinter faction set up tents in Lafayette Square. Within days, they were out.

Hurricane Irene drenched the Northeast, but not us -- although we did feel the earthquake in late August. We felt very in!

Globally, there were many endings: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was driven from office after 30 years; Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, who had been in power even longer, was overthrown, hunted and killed. And Osama bin Laden wound up buried at sea.

On a brighter note, as the year ended, people took charity into their own hands by paying off layaway costs for strangers -- both inspiring and in.

Out, sadly, was Steve Jobs. But as we look forward to 2012, we remain inspired by the tech visionary's last words: "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow."

-- Anne Neville

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IN ------- OUT

#occupying ....... ........ #winning

pepper-spraying cop ........ "Don't Taze me, Bro!"

camping .................... picketing

angry hippies .............. sad hipsters

Tebowing ................... planking

And with your spirit ........ And also with you

urban beehives .............. urban chicken coops

Sky Burger......................Angry Birds

Jason Aldean..................Hank Williams Jr.

Urban Meyer .................Joe Paterno

5-Hour Energy ..................Four Loko

Layaway angels ........... Secret Santas

Siri...................... Suri

Ryan Gosling ...............Ryan Reynolds

"Death Comes to Pemberley" ......."Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"

"Two Broke Girls" ......."Two and a Half Men"

Louis C.K..................Dane Cook

Ultimate Dog tease ...............Keyboard Cat

blogging .................... Tweeting

"Once Upon a Time" ..........."Lost"

The Mayan calendar ........... the May Rapture

The Harbor ..................The Square

First Niagara Center ...........HSBC Arena

Adele ........................ Christina Aguilera

Ricky Gervais ............. James Franco

"Boss" ........... ......... "Boardwalk Empire"

Spotify..................... Pandora

boot camps .................. yoga

pajama jeans.............Snuggies

Arab groceries...........Asian markets

taco trucks .................hot dog carts

gluten sensitivity ............lactose intolerance

homemade ketchup ............. peach salsa

pot pie ...................... casseroles

Napoleon Dynamite ....... Allen Gregory

Tiger Woods ................. Alexis Thompson

Pegulaville ....................Pominville

November mustaches.............. playoff beards

trade deadline .................. draft day

concussion awareness ............ walking it off

Amherst Street................. Allen Street

exploding canoes................steel diamonds

do-it-together (DIT)............do-it-yourself (DIY)

pig farming....................vineyards

M 83 ....... Black Eyed Peas

jigsaw puzzles.........Words With Friends

With contributions by Melinda Miller, Anne Neville, Andrew Z. Galarneau, Colin Dabkowski, David Valenzuela, Mary Kunz Goldman, Jeff Miers, Joe Popiolkowski and Evonne Austin.