The “Top” of 2011

Heading into 2012 many reflect and look back on the year behind them.  Here are a few lists to help you stroll down memory lane!  If you are looking for something specific Time has a full list of the top 10 things in a list of categories!

Google’s Top Searches in 2011

  1. Rebecca Black
  2. Google+
  3. Ryan Dunn
  4. Casey Anthony
  5. Battlefield 3
  6. iPhone 5
  7. Adele
  8. Tepco (The city ordered to evacuate after the earthqakes shook Japan and the Fukushima plant)
  9. Steve Jobs
  10. iPad 2

The Top 10 Franchises from 2011

  1. Hampton Hotels
  2. Subway
  3. 7-Eleven Inc.
  4. Servpro
  5. Days Inn
  6. McDonald’s
  7. Denny’s Inc.
  8. H & R Block
  9. Pizza Hut Inc.
  10. Dunkin’ Donuts

Most Popular Twitter Hashtags

  1. #egypt
  2. #tigerblood
  3. #threewordstoliveby
  4. #idontunderstandwhy
  5. #japan
  6. #improudtosay
  7. superbowl
  8. jan25

Here is to looking back on 2011, and moving on to 2012!

Predictions for 2012 That Will Never Happen

Think of what you’d like to see happen in 2012… Now think about what you’d like to see happen, but you know won’t in a million years happen.  Those of us at PCB Daily wanted to share our list of far-fetched predictions and hopes for 2012, even though we know the likely-hood of them happening is slim-t0-none.

  • The speed limit on Back Beach road near Pier Park goes back to 55mph, and even gets raised to 70mph (everyone goes that fast anyway)
  • Panama City Beach locals will be admitted to both piers at no cost (aren’t our taxes paying for them anyway?)
  • A theme park is built in Panama City Beach (with tons of giant roller coasters)
  • IKEA finds a home in Panama City Beach (and in all of our homes)
  • A Whole Foods is built here (preferably two or three)
  • People stop complaining about the lack of jobs long enough to look at the many job listings that are emailed out daily (stop blaming for-profit corporations for making a profit)
  • Not to hear about the Mayan calendar and the end of the world again (it’s predicted to end on December 21st, 2012 by the way so get your bucket list crossed off)
What do you hope to see in 2012 that won’t really happen?

**Please note this article is meant to be comical and does not necessarily reflect the views of PCB Daily as a whole**

Christmas Around the World

Depending on where you go or where you were raised, there are subtle and drastic differences in how Christmas is celebrated around the world and in our own country.

Here is a short list of traditional variations, perhaps you’d like to accomodate some into your own this year!

  • In France, instead of stockings hanging on the fireplace mantel children leave their shoes beside the fire for Papa Noel to leave candy, fruits, and nuts in.
  • In Alaska, the traditional Christmas dinner involves fish and maple dusted doughnuts.
  • In Mexico the Christmas celebrations start on December 12th (The Virgin of Guadalupe) and end on January 6th (Epiphany).  Children leave their wish list in their shoes and wake up to their gifts and statues of the Three Wise Men, who are thought to bring the toys.  Most receive gifts on Epiphany and not on Christmas.
  • Citizens of Bethlehem celebrate Christmas on several different days, depending on what faith they observe.  Crosses are painted on the door of every Christian home and each house has their own nativity scene.
  • In Japan, Christmas is mostly a commercial holiday since less than 1% of the population is Christian.  The holiday is celebrated on Christmas Eve and instead of Christmas cookies, the Japanese traditional dessert is a cake.  On Christmas day the most commonly eaten food is fried chicken.
  • Brazilians, enjoy the folk play Los Pastores (The Shepherds) which includes shepherdesses and a gypsy who attempts to kidnap the Christ Child.  Father Noel brings gifts from Greenland, but upon arrival in Brazil, changes into silk clothing due to the heat.
  • In India, Christians will decorate mango or banana trees.  They will also decorate their houses with mango leaves or small clay oil-burning lamps. Churches are decorated for Christmas services with poinsettias and candles.
  • The Polish celebrate with a tradition called Wigilia.  This tradition involves a 24-hour fast on Christmas Eve and ends with the Christmas feast.  The meal cannot begin until the first star of the night appears, honoring the star of Bethlehem.
  • In Nicaragua, many customs of old Spain are retained.  Children carry bouquets to the alter of the Virgin and sing carols in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
  • In Romania, children sing carols and read poetry while the leader carries a large decorated wooden star attached to a pole or broomstick. There is a picture of the Holy Family in the center of the decorated star.
  • Russians, fast until after the first church service on Christmas Eve.  Their Christmas Eve dinner is meatless, but includes a porridge called kutya.  Kutya is eaten from a common dish to symbolize unity.
  • Greeks rarely use Christmas trees, but symbolize the season with a shallow wooden bowl.  This bowl has a wire suspended across the rim and holds a hanging wooden cross wrapped in a sprig of basil.  Water is kept in the bowl to keep the basil alive and fresh.  The mother (typically) dips the cross and basil to holy water each day and uses it to sprinkle water in each room of the house.

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Cultural Arts Association’s August Workshops

Find Your Happy Place in a Yoga or Meditation Class around town

Weekend Live Music Roundup

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