1. IPHONE 7 VS SAMSUNG NOTE 7
Occurrence: 2-7 September
How are we to trust smartphones anymore now that Apple’s removed the headphone jack and Samsung’s phones are just blowing up?
Detour: Bring up the days of the Walkman, and how hard it was to make that perfect 45-minute playlist that you could listen to on repeat.
2. THE US ELECTION
Occurrence: 8 November
What a better way to get friends and family at the table that you love fuming about something than this delightful conversation?
Detour: Mention how this election reminds you of that episode of House of Cards. Avoid talking about the new TV show The Crown though, as that might bring up…
Occurrence: 23 June
This is definitely going to incur a heated debate at the table that will also chill the cooked turkey sitting on the table.
Detour: Talk about why they’ve rebooted the TV show MacGyver and made Mighty Morphin Power Rangers a movie with Bryan Cranston.
4. DAVID BOWIE / LEONARD COHEN
Occurrence: 10 January / 7 November
These are both still a little too tender a topic to talk about with people.
Detour: Anything else, really.
5. LEONARDO DICAPRIO’S OSCAR WIN
Occurrence: 28 February
After years of people bickering that the actor still hasn’t been given the gold statue, now that he has one, who will we rally to get the next?
Detour: Did you know Ethan Hawke still hasn’t won a single Academy Award?