If the BBC can summarize all of history in 100 objects, then Vanity Fair can do a year in 18. The magazine offers a collection of iconic objects—some real, some fictional—as a time capsule of sorts for 2011. Among the highlights:
- The Hello Kitty cat holding a “No Nukes” sign, to indicate the Japanese earthquake/Fukushima disaster.
- A pyramid covered in daisies, to mark the Arab Spring.
- A black turtleneck, to celebrate Steve Jobs.
- A psychedelic walker, to honor the first baby-boomers turning 65.
- A mailbox with a rainbow flag, to acknowledge New York as the sixth state to legalize gay marriage.
- Kate Middleton’s face on a 50-pound note, to commemorate the wedding of the year (decade?).
- A copy of Thoreau’s Walden with USB ports, to represent the first year e-books outsold regular ones on Amazon.
- A chalkboard with a sad face, to illustrate the departure of Glenn Beck from Fox News.
- An iPhone with a hot dog (read: “Weiner”) on the screen. No explanation needed.
Click through for the full illustrated list
, which includes a pretty intense nod to Casey Anthony.