People hated 2016 so much, the year itself became a punchline. Indeed, we saw plenty of signs that something was amiss. Uber began taking over public transportation, we found out Kava could be poisonous, beaches even ran out of sand. But for every grim omen, we saw people fighting for a better future. People like the First Lady, who mastered social media to promote hope and social justice. We met a prisoner who proved the government secretly spied on him – from his jail cell. We even profiled a DIY scientist who tried to cure himself by bathing in bleach and eating feces pills. Now that’s courage. It was a long and memorable year, so we’re taking a moment to look back at our favorite stories.
By Andrew J. Hawkins
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