At Large with Tom Williams >> Some final lists from 2012

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We are a couple weeks into the new year but, before we all file 2012 away into our memories and scrapbooks, lets take a final look at some lists that highlight the year gone by.

Highest-Grossing Films

  1.  Dark Knight Rises
  2.  The Amazing Spiderman
  3.  The Hobbit
  4.  Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn II
  5.  Brave

Highest Prime Time TV Ratings

  1. Sunday Night Football
  2. American Idol Performance
  3. NCIS
  4. American Idol Results
  5. Dancing with the Stars

Most Popular Songs

  1. Somebody That I Used to Know (Gotye)
  2. Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen)
  3. We Are Young (Fun.)
  4. Gangnam Style (Psy)
  5. One More Night (Maroon 5)

Top-Grossing Concert Tours

  1. Madonna
  2. Bruce Springsteen
  3. Lady Gaga
  4. Coldplay
  5. Justin Bieber

Best Selling Books

  1. Gone Girl: A Novel (Gillian Flynn)
  2. Fifty Shades Trilogy (E.L. James)
  3. Bared To You: A Crossfire Novel (Sylvia Day)
  4. No Easy Day: The Mission that Killed Bin Laden (Mark Owen)
  5. The Racketeer (John Grisham)

Most Online Celebrity Searches

  1. Kim Kardashian
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Miley Cyrus
  4. Rihanna
  5. Lindsay Lohan

Most Twitter Followers

  1. Lady Gaga @ladygaga
  2. Justin Bieber @justinbieber
  3. Katy Perry @katyperry
  4. Rihanna @rihanna
  5. Barack Obama @BarackObama

Wealthiest People in the USA

  1. Bill Gates (Microsoft)
  2. Warren Buffet (investor)
  3. Larry Ellison (Oracle)
  4. Charles Koch (investor)
  5. David Koch (investor)

Wealthiest NJ Residents

  1. Jacqueline Mars (Mars candy)
  2. Donald Newhouse (media)
  3. David Tepper (hedge funds)
  4. Michael Price (investor)
  5. Leon Cooperman (hedge funds)

Celebrities Who Earned The Most

  1. Michael Bay ($160 million)
  2. Oprah Winfrey ($160 million)
  3. Steven Spielberg ($130 million)
  4. Jerry Bruckheimer ($115 million)
  5. Dr. Dre ($110 million)

Dead Celebrities Who Earned The Most

  1. Elizabeth Taylor ($210 million)
  2. Michael Jackson ($145 million)
  3. Elvis Presley ($55 million)
  4. Charles Schultz ($37 million)
  5. Bob Marley ($17 million)

TV Actors Who Were Paid The Most Per Episode

  1. Ashton Kutcher, Two and a Half Men ($700,000)
  2. Mark Harmon, NCIS ($500,000)
  3. Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy ($350,000)
  4. Kaley Cuoco, Big Bang Theory ($300,000)
  5. Ed O’Neill, Modern Family ($175,000)

Athletes Who Earned The Most

  1. Floyd Mayweather ($85 million)
  2. Manny Pacquiao ($62 million)
  3. Tiger Woods ($59 million)
  4. LeBron James ($53 million)
  5. Roger Federer ($52 million)

Wealthiest Members of Congress

  1. Rep. Michael McCall, R-TX ($294 million)
  2. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA ($220 million)
  3. Sen, John Kerry, D-MA ($193 million)
  4. Sen, Jay Rockefeller, D-WV ($82 million)
  5. Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA ($76 million)

New Jersey’s Wealthiest Towns
(Median Income-at least 500 residents)

  1. Harding ($108,210)
  2. Saddle River ($106,954)
  3. Haddonfield ($103,597)
  4. Moorestown ($94,844)
  5. Sea Bright ($91,162)

South Jersey’s Wealthiest Towns
(Median Income-at least 500 residents)

  1. Haddonfield ($103,597)
  2. Moorestown ($94,844)
  3. Avalon ($72,750)
  4. Longport ($68,194)
  5. Stone Harbor ($67,250)

Most Dangerous Cities in USA

  1. Flint MI
  2. Detroit MI
  3. St. Louis MO
  4. Oakland CA
  5. Memphis TN

Top Beaches in NJ

  1. Wildwood
  2. Ocean City
  3. Long Beach Island
  4. Sea Isle City
  5. Belmar

Biggest South Jersey Stories

  1. Hurricane Sandy – the storm earned its place in history with destruction that still has many along the coast living outside their homes and trying to restore or rebuild.
  2. The New Route 52 Causeway – traveling from Ocean City to Somers Point (or visa versa) has become easier, safer and more scenic. And people in both communities are facing less inconvenience as the construction crews are gone.
  3. Opening of Revel Atlantic City – though the entertainment resort has fallen short of its projections, the casino-hotel has produced nearly 3,000 full-time jobs.
  4. The June Storm – this one pretty much skipped over the shore communities and hit the offshore communities the hardest. Its impact on the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states made it the most destructive and deadly thunderstorms in North American history.
  5. Parkway Changes – though the reaction seemed over the top, the removal of trees and addition of a fence along the Garden State Parkway seemed to upset a lot of people. The fence was largely removed, though the view that many claimed was blocked is still blocked by trees.

Words of Wisdom: “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors and let each new year find you a better man.” (Benjamin Franklin)

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