2012 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 30,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 7 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.



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When we first started this project, we thought we would get a handful of pictures and a couple of dedicated followers, and it would be a fun way for us to pass the Bones-free summer, and maybe learn a little bit more about the places our fellow Bones fans live across the globe.

We may have underestimated what is, arguably, the best TV show fan base in the world.

It started slowly, but with some great word of mouth, a nice write-up on Wet Paint, and a tweet from a certain show runner (Thanks again, Hart!) we ended up receiving more pictures than we ever dreamed of from all over the world…places we’d never been and a few we’d never even heard of. And the best part of each email we received with a picture was the obvious excitement of each contributor. The idea that they shared, not only our love for the show and this little project, but their personal vacation photos gratified us in ways we will never be able to express. (One contributor sent us 20 different emails with pictures from vacations all over the world!) So we want you all to know how much we appreciate every email, every picture, every description…everything you all did to make this project a complete success.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We could never have done this without you.

~The WITB Team

Six out of seven continents, 34 countries and countless cities and towns later…Brennan and Christine are coming home.

Norman, Oklahoma, USA

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Brennan and Christine were recently spotted by Brandy at The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. The museum is named after the foundation started by Lloyd Noble, who was instrumental in educating and encouraging local area farmers and ranchers to practice land stewardship and resource conservation to help extend and improve the viability of Oklahoma farm land. The Nobel Museum is the one of nation’s finest university-based museums. Fifty thousand square feet of exhibit space includes five breathtaking galleries and exhibits that give visitors an in-depth tour of more than 4 billion years of Oklahoma’s fascinating natural history. The museum was founded in 1899 by an act of the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature, and opened the doors on its current state-of-the-art building in 2000. With more than 10 million objects and specimens in its collections, and 12 curators engaged in research projects around the world, the museum is a vital research division of the University of Oklahoma.

Manila Bay, Philippines, Asia

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Brennan and Christine were spotted one last time by Micha at Manila Bay, Philippines surrounded by many locals. Considered one of the best harbors in Asia, Manila Bay has a rich history due to its strategic location first during Spanish colonization, and afterwards for the Americans during the Russo-Japanese War. Over 19,000 birds were observed in the area, including the endangered Chinese Egret and Black-winged cuckoo-shrike, as well as other migratory birds and various fish. Brennan was saddened to see that the water in Manila Bay was not clear or beautiful. Unfortunately, due to poverty and low environmental awareness in the country the bay has been plagued with trash and oil spills over the years.

Vlkolínec, Slovakia, Europe

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Miška, Sisa and Ajka (in the first photo) spotted Brennan and Christine in Vlkolínec, Slovakia, Europe. Vlkolínec is a picturesque village under the administration of the town of Ružomberok. Historically, however, it was a separate village. The first written mention of the village came from 1376 and after 1882 it became part of Ružomberok. Its name is probably derived from the Slovakword “vlk”, i. e. wolf.

Vlkolínec has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993, and is one of ten Slovak villages that have been given the status of a folk architecture reservations. Vlkolínec, situated in the centre of Slovakia, is a remarkably intact settlement with the traditional features of a central European village. It is the region’s most complete group of these kinds of traditional log houses, often found in mountainous areas. The ladies are dressed in folk costume from the village Lucky. They dance in a folklore group and had a gig in Vlkolínec.

Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA

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The western most county of Massachusetts, the Berkshires is one of the premiere vacation spots for culture and outdoor adventures. The mountains offer great skiing in the winter, the spring and summer offer hikes in the mountains, swimming in the lakes and special events such as the summer music festival at Tanglewood. Autumn draws people from all over to see the beautiful foliage. The Berkshires is home to farmers and celebrities alike.

Brennan rented a small cottage for a few days this summer on a lake, teaching Christine how to swim and letting her play with other kids. And the family who helped hide her will never tell if she fell flat on her face while trying to water ski.

Norwalk, Ohio, USA

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While driving through Norwalk, Ohio Brennan noticed a small chapel designated the Shrine of the Sorrowful Mother. She was aware of a more famous church of the same name in nearby Bellevue, but the small, well-tended house of worship appealed more to the anthropologist in Brennan and she stopped to snap a quick picture of the building before they moved on.