Ten genuinely great things the internet gave us in 2017, featuring baby hippos

In a year filled with depressing news alerts and Trump tweetstorms, moments of sheer joy online were hard to come by – but there were a few

In a year filled with depressing news alerts and Trump tweetstorms, moments of sheer joy online were hard to come by – but there were a few

Unless you’re a corporation hoarding billions of dollars in offshore tax shelters, 2017 has not been a good year.

From Trump’s Twitter tantrums to the constant stream of alerts about natural disasters, the news has offered little in the way of happy distraction.

But amid all this doom and gloom, the internet did offer up a handful of moments of pure unadulterated joy. Forthwith, our definitive list of the top 10 things that weren’t terrible on the internet in 2017.

Over the course of an hour, the star pledged upwards of $30,000 to support her fans’ studies. It was a nice reminder that social media doesn’t have to be toxic.

No, not that eclipse. Solar eclipses happen all the time. This year, the internet gave us a truly rare event: a total eclipse of the pugs.

It’s one thing to get dunked on by one of the greatest basketball players of all time. It’s quite another to get clowned on by a six-year old. And yet, that was the unenviable position of one Nigel Farage, who was being “knighted” by a young girl in a bizarre skit on RT when the child piped up with a statement: “My mummy says you hate foreigners.”

In the United States, politicians spend election night hiding out in posh hotel suites until the results are in, at which point they appear at parties full of their most devoted followers.

Long live Lord Buckethead, the lord of the internet’s heart.

 

December 29, 2017

Sources:` USA Today ; The Guardian

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