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The Year in Bummers, from A to Z

Hillary Clinton

H for Hillary. F for Fake News.

The alphabet has its drawbacks. As a vehicle for cataloguing the bummers of 2016, it’s too short. 26 letters? Not really enough to catalogue this rotten year, this endless failed Tinder date, this 12-month wedgie, this 366-day cod liver oil belch, this Adam Sandler of years. 2016 deserves a Viking funeral — it’s a year to be set on fire and pushed out to sea. Find the full series here.

In This Series



The Year in Bummers, from A to E

Sorry optimists: 2016 was a rotten, rotten year. First of four dispiriting parts.

By Steve Burgess, 26 Dec 2016


Hillary Clinton

The Year in Bummers, from F to I

This list could’ve been way longer. Sad. Second of four funereal parts.

By Steve Burgess, 27 Dec 2016



The Year in Bummers, from J to Q

Letter ‘P’ was particularly brutal. Third of four joyless parts.

By Steve Burgess, 28 Dec 2016


Donald Trump

The Year in Bummers, from R to Z

All good things must come to an end. Last of four dejecting parts.

By Steve Burgess, 29 Dec 2016

Real Cities Give Their People Places to Pee

Public washrooms should be plentiful and accessible, says one scholar. And cities that do flush, flourish.

By Christopher Cheung