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Dublin: 3 °C Thursday 2 October, 2014

13 things we didn’t know this time last year

Top-ups. Doge. Twerking.

IT WAS A year that brought twerking, doge, and lots of sun.

Superstitious sorts might have expected the worst from 2013, but it had a tidy amount of new things to tantalise, shock and surprise us with.

From memes to political scandals, 2013 was a year with many sides to it.

What it was like to feel the heat of the sun on our face… for more than two weeks in a row

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Pic: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Sunshine. Glorious, glorious sunshine. It felt like it would never end, and then it did.

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That it would be our last year with Seamus Heaney

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Pic: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

He will be missed.

Who Wendy Davis was (and what a filibuster was)

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The US Senator stood and spoke for 13 hours straight to stop an anti-abortion law being passed.

What the Anglotapes contained

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Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The tapes, unveiled by the Irish Independent, captured conversations between senior bankers at Anglo Irish Bank. One saw former CEO David Drumm describing the Central Bank and the Financial Regulator as “a fucking shower of clowns”.

What a selfie was

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Alright, we sort of knew already, but we didn’t anticipate how much of a ‘thing’ the selfie would become.

That Tayto Chocolate would exist

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Mmm, chocolatecheesy.

What a Harlem Shake was

A brief but intense meme.

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How Miley Cyrus would introduce twerking to the general public

We thought she was a typical Disney child star. We were wrong.

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That money going to charity isn’t always going to charity

imageDirector at CRC, David Martin (left) Chairman of the CRC James Nugent (centre behind) and former CEO Paul Kiely (right). Pic: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

The top-ups scandal affected charity donations – and it’s no surprise as this scandal took the country by surprise. It resulted in the resignation of the entire board of the Central Remedial Clinic

What Lapgate was

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As the Dáil took a break during debating the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, a male TD grabbed a female TD onto his lap. Lapgate caused ripples of shock around the country, raising questions about drinking and sexism in the Dáil.

That Lucinda Creighton would leave Fine Gael

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Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire

After voting against the government on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013, she lost the party whip and was asked to leave.

How beautiful Earth could look from the ISS, thanks to Commander Hadfield

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What a gent.

What a doge was

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Much confusion. Such meme. Wow! Doge was one of the memes of the year.

Read: 8 things we’ll be thrilled to leave behind in 2013>

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