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The hit list ; From new princesses to meat dresses, it was quite a year for pop culture -- so you won't want to miss this annual run-down of what we see as oh, so five minutes ago.

Every year at this time The Buffalo News' Features Department staff puts together an "In/Out" list and, to us, it just never seems to get old. Why? (Other than it's a new year with new outs and ins -- duh!) Because every year this world we live in seems to get just a little crazier.

Who could have predicted that someone called The Situation would take up so much space in the collective psyche of the youth of this country? Or that a woman running for the U.S. Senate would have to go declare herself absolutely NOT a witch? And how 'bout that governor's race this year? Don't even get us started on Jimmy McMillan and The Rent is Too Damn High party.

Hilarious, right?

But if we were to be honest, another great reason we love our In/Out list is, well, we get to decide. Such power!

The truth, of course, is that in this era something that's "in" could be out faster than you can say iPad. So here's some advice: It's "in" to take our advice on what's In and what's Out with just the slightest grain of salt.

IN/OUT

Crackbook ... Crackberry

"Glee" .. "American Idol"

Oishei Foundation ... Erie County Legislature

Meat dresses ... Dresses

"Hoarders" ... "Intervention"

Kate Middleton ... Sarah Ferguson

Vuvuzelas .... Cow bells

3 0/3 0 .... 2 0/2 0

Bedbugs ..... Head lice

Boots .... Flip-flops

Grisanti.....Thompson

Stieg Larsson ...Stephenie Meyer

"The Good Wife" ... "Lost"

"I'm not a witch" ... "I am not a crook"

Housewives ... Housework

Pies ... Cupcakes

Taylor Swift ... Kanye West

GTL .... TCB

Alaska .... Palin

Sandra Bullock ... Jesse James

Gailey.........Jauron

Betty White ... Cher

Conan ... Jay

Wellies .. Uggs

The Rent Is Too Damn High Party ....Tea Party

"Refudiate" ... "Truthiness"

Cardigans ... Turtlenecks

The Situation ....K-Fed

Don't touch my junk! ... Don't taze me, Bro!

Lady Gaga ..... Rihanna

"Bridalplasty" .... "Bridezillas"

Andy Cohen......Simon Cowell

Justin Bieber ... Justin Timberlake

Food trucks .....Food carts

Contaminated eggs ... Contaminated produce

Snooki ... Kim

Grain Alcohol .... Four Loko

Piers Morgan .... Larry King

The slo-mo wave ....The wave

Stevie .... Marshawn

Flash mobs .... Line dancing

Nicole Scherzinger....Paula Abdul

Living roofs .... Asphalt islands

84-year-old Joe Paterno .... 46-year-old Urban Meyer

Elle Fanning .... Dakota Fanning

Facial recognition....Passwords

Capri Anderson .... Rachel Uchitel

Miners ... Forty-niners

Zuckerberg ... Assange

Gluten sensitivity .... Lactose intolerance

Zombies ... Vampires

Russell Brand ... Sacha Baron Cohen

Visible fences .. Invisible fences

Imagination Movers ... The Wiggles

Bed intruder video ... Wedding entrance video

Jaden and Willow Smith ... Miley and Billy Cyrus

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