A Video Retrospect: Never A Year Like 2009

A fitting way to start off the new year is a humorous look at the year we just made it through. With all it’s highlights as well as “low-lights” – seemed to be a lot more “downers” this past year than upbeat  events and happenings – or at least it sure felt that way – it’s all summed up in this fitting two-minute or so original video. The folks over at JibJab really know how to bring it all together or sum things up in a classic, cool  and often hilarious way. They’ve been doing this for a better part of this past decade – (since 1999 to be exact). Also lots of other fun and interesting things to check out while you’re there – you can even make your very own “sendable ecard” greetings for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, baby showers, retirement, holidays, congratulations, get well,  good luck, and other special occasions starring you, your friends, your family,  etc. I’ve also included a number of previous original JibJab videos here (on this website) in my VodPod Video Feature located in the left sidebar . (You’ll probably need to scroll down a little to view them in the left column).

Several links are provided below for easy access.

Enjoy ’em and pass ’em on to your family and friends. 🙂

"Never A Year Like 2009" - An Original JibJab Video

Please Note > You’ll probably need to watch this a few times to fully understand and appreciate what it  portrayed here as it moves along quite fast….. all put to the tune of Marvin Hamlisch’s classic masterpiece, “The Entertainer” from 1974. You can even take a look behind the scenes as to how it was made by clicking here at the Behind the Scenes blog. A truly funny and original production.

Here are additional JibJab Links as featured in the article above:

JibJab Website

“Never A Year Like 2009” – An Original JibJab Production

JibJab Sendables – eCards For Special Occasions

JibJab Everyday Fun – Animations Starring You

JibJab Original Video Archive

JibJab History – How It All Began

JibJab Blog Link


You Know You’ve Made It Through 2009 When…

Do you remember those days when you used to think that the remote control was the height of technological advancement? Even email has been around since 1969 but didn’t take hold commercial til 1988. Well – looks like it’s time for a reality check. Read on to see just how far you’ve come since those prehistoric times.

You know you’ve made it through 2009 when….

1.  You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

2.  You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years.

3.  You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of four.

4.  You e-mail or instant message the person who works at the desk next to you.

5.  Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don’t have an e-mail address or a Twitter account (or for that matter Facebook or MySpace).

6.  You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7.  Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.

8.  Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn’t even have the first 20 or 30 (or 50) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10.  You get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee.

11.  You text your kids in the next room to tell them dinner is ready.

12.  You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

13.  You’re reading this and nodding in agreement while laughing.

14.  Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

15.  You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

16.  You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn’t a #9 on this list.

…..And FINALLY…..

……………….. You’re now actually laughing at yourself!! 😛

Now Go On……….

……….Forward this to your friends…..

………………..You know you want to!!


For more info about when email starting changing our lives, click here.

09/09/09: The Numbers Game

999Those who like to play with numbers will have a field day on 09/09/09. On the negative or opposite side of the coin, “Doomsayers” have predicted the end of the world on 09/09/09 – specifically at 9:09 pm. Some even pointed out that the devil’s number of 666 or date of  (06/06/06) was typical of the trickery he is infamous for and people got the date turned upside down (666 turned around is 999).

So whether you consider the date lucky or unlucky … Here are some tidbits, news, events and suggestions for the day……….

09/09/09: The Numbers Game –

  • The date falls on a Wednesday in September, both of which have 9 letters.
  • September 9 also is the 252nd day of the year. 2+5+2=9
  • If you multiply a single-digit number by 9, the resulting two digits add up to 9. Consider: 8×9=72 –> 7+2=9


Take me out to the ballgame –

More than most, baseball is a game steeped in nines:

  • 9 players on the field at one time
  • 9 innings in a standard game
  • 9 strikes per inning
  • 90 feet between bases

You can celebrate by going to one of 15 games that Major League Baseball has on tap on Wednesday. Or you can commemorate along with MLB.com, which is inviting fans to vote for each team’s best players, by season and position, in the All-Time 9s.


lucky-in-love-9-9-9And though the date lacks the pizzazz of the lucky sevens (07/07/07) or (08/08/08), very lucky in many Asian cultures, that isn’t stopping marketers, mathematicians and the marriage-minded from dressing it to the nines.

Hotels are offering discounts, couples are wedding in droves and “9/9/09” was among the top 100 search terms on the search engine Google on Tuesday.

Lottery users will undoubtedly try their luck by playing 999 Wednesday, and a lucky mother might see herself profiled on the news should she give birth at just the right time: 9:09.

So why not get in on the act?

After all, you’re unlikely to experience another single-digit date in your lifetime. The next one won’t roll around for 92 years — until 1/1/2101.