By Jennifer 8. Lee | December 29, 2007
I was asked to put together a funny highs and lows for 2007 on NYC. Which is interesting, because I had never done that before and had to figure out how to make humor work. I actually kind of came up with a few methodologies, and consulted my friend, Rachel Axler, whose a writer for The Daily Show (when they are writing that is).
Least graceful breakup announcement: A-Rodâ€™s free-agent declaration during the fourth game of the World Series. (He ended up staying with the Yankees, after all.)
Most graceful breakup announcement: Mayor Michael R. Bloombergâ€™s press release announcing his decision to leave the Republican Party during a June trip to California.
Most photogenic small animal: Lucky Lady, the 7-month-old lamb found loose on the mean streets of the Bronx in June.
Least photogenic small animal: The rats filmed at a KFC/Taco Bell in Greenwich Village in February.
Widely noted acknowledgment of sexual identity: The announcement by J. K. Rowling, author of the â€œHarry Potterâ€ series, during a question-and-answer session at Carnegie Hall in October, that the fictional wizard Albus Dumbledore was gay.
Widely noted denial of sexual identity: The statement by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, who told an audience at Columbia University in September, â€œIn Iran, we donâ€™t have homosexuals like in your country.â€
Political phone call that shouldnâ€™t have gone to voice mail: The threatening phone message that the Republican political consultant Roger J. Stone Jr. is said to have left on the answering machine of Governor Spitzerâ€™s father in August.
Political phone call that should have gone to voice mail: Judith Giulianiâ€™s puzzling call to her husband Rudolph W. Giulianiâ€™s cellphone during his speech in September to the National Rifle Association.
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