It has certainly been an eventful year for business globally and the bad outweighed the good as growth slowed and problems in the eurozone persisted.
Riaan Cruywagen, Hurricane Sandy and the iPad 3. We list the trending topics of this year's South African Google searches.
When armed robbers came calling, all Billy Rivers could think of was his stupid 'Movember' moustache.
Welcome to the world of furry: a bizarre, sometimes pornographic, rambunctious new form of participatory pop culture.
Important people make idiotic remarks all the time, but these are now so much easier to appreciate thanks to the viral power of social media.
The number of countries filtering online content has increased. Pornography and security are reasons given to block politically sensitive information.
The past year has seen the axe fall on a number of controversial characters. The Mail & Guardian looks at 2012's high-profile job losses.
The news is filled with terrible things but now and then we get the opportunity to smile. Here are seven things that gave us sunshine in 2012.