On December 13, these were the headlines that kept people busy at the watercooler.
1) COURAGE UNDER FIRE: Humanity of the best kind played out amid the civil war in Syria. The kindness of a stranger was caught on tape. During a spray of sniper fire, an elderly woman went down, but she was still alive. A 17-year-old put his life on the line in an attempt to save her.
While crawling toward her, he saw her fingers move and knew for sure she was still breathing. It was a daring struggle to get them both out of the line of fire.
The poor woman was ultimately a casualty of war, but boy's bravery became a global inspiration.
2) BIEBER DRAMA: Unfolding like a lifetime movie plot, unsuspecting Justin Bieber was caught in the middle of a murder-for-hire scheme gone bad. Dana Martin was reportedly obsessed with Bieber and even has a giant tattoo of the pop star on his leg. A court affidavit says 45-year-old Martin came up with a plan to kill Bieber while behind bars in New Mexico.
3) AWARD SEASON UNVEILED: Golden Globe nominations have kicked off a season of award giving. In the Best Picture Drama category it's "Argo," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Zero Dark Thirty," and "Django Unchained."
For Best Comedy or Musical, the choices are "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," "Silver Linings Playbook," and "Les Miserables."
4) BYE BYE BLARING: On Thursday, the FCC said bye-bye to loud TV ads as the "calm act" went into effect banning loud commercials. If the advertisement is louder than the show you're watching, it gets the boot.
5) KINGPIN: With a maximum score of 300, you didn't think there'd be any bowling records left to break, but Chad McLean rolled his way into the Guinness book by making 9 strikes in one minute. A lot of people bowl a whole game without a single strike. He made 9 in 14 tosses.