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15 Things That Happened in 2015 That Are Better Than Donald Trump

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A lot happened in 2015. That’s for sure. There were some good things and some bad things. Some good things were: marriage equality became legal, Alysia Yeoh got married, and we saw some stunning images of Pluto that helped to reignite our fascination with space travel. You know what else happened this year? Donald Trump happened this year. That’s bad.

So, friends. Here’s our list of all the things that happened in 2015 that are better than Donald Trump. Yeah, that’s a pretty low bar, but… hey, it’s still a bar.

Pluto

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For a few months, the world held its collective breath as NASA worked to unveil these stunning images of the farthest (dwarf) planet in our solar system. The revelation of these photos stands as one of the factors in what feels like the world’s renewed interest in space travel and space colonization. The future looks bright, folks.

Jessica Jones

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In the time since its release, Jessica Jones has been given its fair share of hot takes and thinkpieces. But it is a show that was still able to capture the imagination and attention of a hell of a lot of people, and it did so with a standout female character. Yes.

Some Potato Salad

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It’s good, right? Just look at it. Mmm, delicious. And it sure as hell doesn’t want to build a wall along our border with Mexico. Big plus.

Supergirl

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Another show we got this year that features women kicking bad guy ass. What a year.

Pizza Rat

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I’ve reached out for a comment from Pizza Rat, but the note I left on a cold slice of pizza in the New York subway just blew away the moment I put it down. And then a pigeon took the pizza. Still, the pigeon’s feathers looked better than that rag on Trump’s head so… that’s something?

Mad Max: Fury Road

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I mean… enough said.

Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

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Human Spectre, Warden/Hawke/Inquisitor, TMSer and all-around general badass Sam Maggs released her highly-praised book, Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, and we could not be more happy about it.

Lumberjanes Wins Big at the 2015 Eisner Awards

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It was a great year for female-led comics, wasn’t it? Lumberjanes stands to go down in history as one of the bright, shining examples of how great things can be.

BB-8 (and The Force Awakens)

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What, like we need a reason?

NASA Finds Liquid Water on Mars

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We need to be exploring space, like, yesterday. Let’s go already!

Hamilton

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I haven’t listened to the soundtrack or seen the show, but it’s clear that Lin-Manuel Miranda created something really special. We’d rather see elections and politics play out like a musical rather than the dumpster fire that is Donald Trump and the 2016 election. Speaking of…

This Dumpster Fire

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Look at it. So regal. So majestic. Its beauty transcends words. And it’s spitting out less toxic waste than one minute of a Donald Trump rally.

I Had a Really Delicious Burrito This Summer

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It was good. It had al pastor and carnitas. Protip: don’t cut your burritos in half like this. I didn’t. I bet Donald Trump does.

This Cat. That Cat. Literally Any Cat Ever in the History of Forever.

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Kitties!

You

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I know I’m kind of pulling some TIME magazine shenanigans here, but y’all readers all up in the comments and our social media really helped make this year (like every year) a really great one. We want to thank you for being here, and for coming back. Speaking personally, you all make writing for TMS fun, and I think we’ve totally got the best readers ever. You all rock.

And you’re all sure as shit better than Trump. Believe that.

So, readers. What happened to you this year that’s better than literally anything about Donald Trump?

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Jessica Lachenal is a writer who doesn’t talk about herself a lot, so she isn’t quite sure how biographical info panels should work. But here we go anyway. She's the Weekend Editor for The Mary Sue, a Contributing Writer for The Bold Italic (thebolditalic.com), and a Staff Writer for Spinning Platters (spinningplatters.com). She's also been featured in Model View Culture and Frontiers LA magazine, and on Autostraddle. She hopes this has been as awkward for you as it has been for her.