On this last day of 2012, let's take a look back at some of the persons, places, and things that helped define this year.

Our source? Google. For the last few years, the mega-search engine has created an annual summary of the most-searched things on their site. They call the review Google Zeitgeist; here's the 2012 edition: [Google/YouTube]

I think they hit all the high points of this year just ending. But you may think they missed a spot or two. If you do, tell us what should've been on the Google list, here or on our Facebook page.

And have a prosperous 2013...