Nobody buries time capsules anymore—they just upload a folder of photos somewhere and hope that the internet is still around a couple generations or two from now. (Burying stuff is hard work anyway, and there's never a good capsule store around when you need one.) With that in mind, here's our version of a 2012 photo capsule, 50 images so instantly familiar that they need little to no explanation as to why 2012 just wouldn't have been 2012 had they not been so photographically captured. Whenever you're feeling bummed about the future, flip through these pics with our Year-End Spotify Playlist going in the background, and experience the wonder of the final year of the Mayan calendar all over again. (And if the two Taylor Swift-related pics weren't enough, we got you covered there, too.)