As the stroke of midnight approaches Saturday, odds are you’ll find yourself at a New Year’s party. Over the twinkly chime of champagne flutes, people will swap superlatives, debating the most addictive YouTube clip of the year or the funniest political gaffe. Don’t panic. Our meta-edition of Cocktail Chatter represents (mostly) a highlight reel of Slate’s 2011 highlight reels.
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