All Your 2013 Anniversary Coverage, Previewed in 2012

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Dec. 28 2012 11:02 AM

25 Years of Prozac, 100 Years of Crosswords

All your 2013 anniversary coverage, previewed in 2012.

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The 50th anniversary of the formation of The Wailers, featuring Bob Marley (1963)

Predicted publication: Rolling Stone

Predicted headline:

  • Most likely: “The Legend Begins”
  • Possible: “Stir it Up!”
  • Least likely: “Rasta Primavera”

Sample opening sentence: “The old men who sit on the front porches of shacks set high in the hills surrounding Nine Mile, Jamaica, like to tell the story of little Nesta Marley and his wild imagination.”

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The 50th anniversary of ZIP codes (1963)

Predicted publication: Mental Floss

Predicted headline:

  • Most likely: “The Code of the Streets”
  • Possible: “Five Digits, 50 Years”
  • Least likely: “People, Without These, There Is No Beverly Hills, 90210

Sample opening sentence: “It all started with a postal inspector named Robert Moon and what, to the average person, would seem like a really boring vision.”

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The 100th anniversary of the modern crossword puzzle (1913)

Predicted publication: The New Yorker

Predicted headline:

  • Most likely: “100 Down”
  • Possible: “Crossed Up”
  • Least likely: “Get a Life!”

Sample opening sentence: “On an average weekday, with the coöperation of her husband, one of the world’s best crossword puzzlers, a spindly, high-strung, and loquacious retired bookkeeper from Lincoln, Neb., pores over 29 different daily newspapers from all over the world.”

Predicted sources for quotes:

  • Most likely: New York Times’ crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz
  • Possible: Crossword puzzle scholar Dean Olsher
  • Least likely: Martin Naydel, creator of Jumble

Stock-art image prediction:

  • Most likely: Scribbly line doodle of a pencil in hand meeting paper
  • Possible: William Haefeli cartoon featuring wife at table asking overweight husband sprawled out on couch eating chips in front of TV, “What’s a seven-letter word for the legal dissolution of a marriage?”
  • Unlikely: This

The 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Predicted publication: Slate

Predicted headline:

  • Most likely: “Pride and Prejudice Is Awful”
  • Possible: “Pride and Prejudice: Worse Than Grapefruit!”
  • Least likely: “Celebrating 200 Years of Pride and Prejudice

Sample opening sentence: “On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s masterwork, Pride and Prejudice, this incontrovertible fact simply must be stated for the record: Mad Men and Louie and Homeland are better.”

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The 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de León touching ground in Florida (1513)

Predicted publication: Smithsonian Magazine

Predicted headline:

Sample opening sentence: “Nearly 20 years before the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León set foot on the eastern coast of Florida, he embarked on a legendary journey to the New World with an experienced and decorated explorer by the name of Christopher Columbus.

Predicted sources for quotes:

  • Most likely: Florida historian Dan Schafer
  • Possible: Florida Gov. Rick Scott
  • Least likely: Still-alive, fountain-of-youth–aided Juan Ponce de León

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Do you have a better headline for any of these 2013 anniversary stories? Or an anniversary you’re looking forward to reading about in 2013? Please share them in the comments section.