In honor of our commitment to awkwardness in all things, I decided to create a very special list for 2010: the most awkward news events of the year. Why 8 instead of 10? Because 8’s a more awkward number.
So here, in my humble opinion, are 8 of the most awkward things that happened in 2010. In chronological order.
1. January: the tallest man-made structure ever built, the Burj Kalifa in Dubai, opens. This is awkward for two reasons: one, this tower is so much taller than absolutely every other building anywhere near it that it simply looks ridiculous; two, Dubai ran out of money while building it and had to turn to its neighboring Arab Emirate, Abu Dhabi, for finishing funds. As a result, it was renamed “Burj Kalifa” at the behest of the Abu Dhabi government. This is a little bit like building the tallest building in the world in New York and having to name it after the Canadian prime minister.
2. April: Volcanic ash from the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull interrupts air traffic across Europe for over a week. This is awkward both because it’s almost inconceivable that a word could have as confusing a spelling as “Eyjafjallajökull,” and also because it reminds us that Nature can still kick Man in the ass whenever it wants. (more…)