Compared to this time last year, it feels about the same. Dismal weather. Last-minute shopping anxiety. Not knowing what you'll do Christmas night after dinner. But last year, it was 2009. Now, it's 2010. So much has changed, right? Well, sort of. Here's a guide to help you tell what's different in your life vs. a year ago.

Different: Ben Roethlisberger, Brett Favre revealed as (alleged) pigs. Tiger Woods reformed.


Same: Woods still the weirdest of the three.

Different: A year ago, you wouldn't have guessed you'd spend so much time thinking and talking about Conan O'Brien.

Same: You are aware of bedbugs.

Different: Now you're terrified of them.

Different: You would not have expected to find a movie about Facebook to be so interesting.

Different: You kinda suspect Mark Zuckerberg has Asperger's.

Different: U.S. combat forces are out of Iraq.

Same: Tens of thousands of service members still there. Afghanistan, too.

Different: You really, really, really hope someone will give you an iPad for Christmas.

Same: Still not excited about wolfmen.

Different: You learned with disappointment that Denise Whiting has trademarked "Hon."

Same: Scandal or no, Cafe Hon is still kinda expensive for what it is.

Different: Ryan Reynolds, Scarlett Johansson, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Al and Tipper Gore all single.

Same: Doesn't anybody stay together anymore?


Different: You know exactly who Justin Bieber and Willow Smith are.

Same: Whether it's Larry Craig or the TSA, the airport is never an appropriate location for intimate encounters.

Now = Kim Jong Il

Same: For the foreseeable future, a strange, chubby-cheeked dude named Kim will be running North Korea.

Soon = Kim Jong Un

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