3.15.2011

Lost Last Month

February 2011

Hosni Mubarak's job, after sweeping protests in Egypt force the president to step down after 30 years, and inspire similar calls for reform in Bahrain, Libya, Algeria, Yemen, Djibouti and elsewhere. Human intelligence, after two of Jeopardy!'s most successful contestants are defeated by IBM's AI program, Watson. A bookstore giant, when Borders files for bankruptcy and immediately starts closing 200 stores. Valentine's Day in Malaysia, after Islamic morality people arrest over 80 Muslims for attempting to celebrate the holiday. Hometown pride, when the Cleveland Cavaliers match the NBA record for a single-season losing streak. The White Stripes, announcing they are disbanding. The last surviving American veteran of World War I, Frank Buckles, aged 110. The inexplicably beloved Two and a Half Men, cancelled by CBS after lead actor Charlie Sheen goes spectacularly off the deep end.

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