Now It’s Your Turn: What Will Happen in 2013?

By Mike Feinsilber

This posting has little to do with writing or editing. It’s a quiz. You can make some copies, pass them around at your New Year’s Eve party and then invite the same guests this time next year (TTNY) to see who wins the Nate Silver award. I’ll post the answers TTNY.

1. The Census Bureau estimates the U. S. population as of 12/28/2012 at 315,010,174 and world population at 7,061,123,280. What will those numbers be at this time next year (TTNY)?

2. As 2012 ended, the District of Columbia and nine states—Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Washington—recognized same sex marriage. What will the number be this time next year (TTNY )?

3. The Supreme Court will hear two cases challenging state and federal laws that define marriage as a union of a man and a woman. The court could establish a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Will it?   ____ Y.___ No.

4. Will President Obama nominate Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense and, if he does, will the Senate confirm?  ____ He’ll nominate. _____ He won’t nominate Hagel.  ______Senate will confirm. _____ Senate will reject or he’ll withdraw.

5. How many Supreme Court vacancies will President Obama fill in 2013?  ______

6. Will millionaires be subjected to higher tax rates in 2013? _____Y. _____ N.

7. To fill John Kerry’s Senate seat, will Scott Brown be the GOP nominee?  ____Y. ____N. Will the Democratic nominee bear the last name  Kennedy? ____Y. ____N. Will the Republican nominee win?____Y. ____ N.

8. Will John Boehner be the speaker of the House TTNY?  _____ Y. ____ N.

9. Will Congress enact gun control legislation in 2013 that bans the manufacture, sale or possession of high-capacity magazines? ___Y. ____N.

10. Will David Gregory be prosecuted for showing a high-capacity magazine on “Meet the Press” after being advised by the DC Police Department that having even an empty magazine in DC violates the law? _____Y. ______ N.

11. Who will appear to be the early frontrunner by TTNY for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination?  _________________ Democratic frontrunner?_________________.

12. Will Nouri al-Malik be Iraq’s prime minister TTNY? ____Y. ____N.

13. Facebook went public in May at $38 a share and it’s now at $26. Where will it be TTNY? ________

14. The National League’s San Francisco Giants won the 2012 World  Series, beating the American League’s Detroit Tigers in the seventh game. Which two teams will meet in the 2013 series?_____________________________

15. Before the start of the 2012 season, manager Davey Johnson predicted his Washington Nationals would win the National League East championship. And they did, with the best record in major league baseball: the Nats won 98 games and lost 64. (In 2009, the Nationals won 59 and lost 103, the worst record in major league baseball that year.) Will the Nationals win the National League pennant in 2013? _____Y. _____N. How many games will they win and lose in 2013? ____Wins;  ___ Losses.

16. In October, 2009, the U.S. unemployment rate was 10.2%, its highest level in 26 years. In November, 2012 it stood at 7.7%. Where will it stand TTNY?  ______%.

17. Will Rupert Murdoch buy the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, and the other newspapers in the struggling Tribune Company? _____Y. _____N.

18. The average price for a regular gallon of gasoline in the U.S. as of 12/24/2012 was $3.33. Where will it stand in a year? $________

19. Let’s go to the movies. L.A.Times critic Ken Turan picks Amour as his top movie of 2012. Here are others mentioned as possible winners of the Oscar for best picture. Pick the one you think will get the Oscar:                   _____ Amour. _____ Django Unchained.  _____ Zero Dark Thirty. _____ Lincoln. _____ Wuthering Heights. _____ Beasts of the Southern Wild. ____ Les   Miserables. ______ Skyfall. ______ Life of Pi. ______ Argo. _____The Dark Knight Rises. ______ Rust and Bones.  _____ Footnote. ______ Silver Lining Playbook.   ______ The Deep Blue Sea.  Your choice, if not listed here: _______________

20. The D-J Industrials closed at 13.104 on 12/31/2012, up 7.3% for the year. Will it close above that TTNY? _____Y.______N. Above 15,000? _____Y. _____N.

21 .Will the Euro still exist as a valid currency TTNY? _____Y. ______N.

22.  Michael Bloomberg will be looking for work TTNY. Will he take a position—even a temporary one as head of a commission—in the Obama administration? ______ Y;_______N.

23. Will all four Obamas walk for a distance on Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday, January 20, 2013?  ____Y; ____N.

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