The year 2016 was loaded with surprises. You almost didn't know what was going to happen next. From the presidential election to people passing away, it was definitely an eventful time that many won't soon forget. Check out some of the top highlights from 2016.
Flint Water Crisis
Even if you don't live in Flint, MI, you have probably heard about the water crisis that affected the entire city. Lead contamination from corroded pipes entered the city's drinking water and caused a state of emergency to be declared by federal and state governments in January.
Governor Snyder ended up mobilizing the Michigan National Guard to distribute water filters, bottled water and testing kits to residents who were scared to use the tap water. They had good reason to avoid it too. At one point along the way, 5 percent of all the children under age five had elevated lead exposure based on information from the Center for Disease Control.
President Obama ended up coming to the city in May to demonstrate how reliable the new water filters were by drinking out of a tap with one of these filters on it. The problem continues today, but residents are hoping for an answer soon.
Peyton Manning Retires
Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl in 2016. While he only threw for 141 yards and never made a touchdown, they ended up winning the game 24-10 to give Manning his 200th career victory and set an NFL record. This was his second Super Bowl title, which helped secure his place among the greats. His mom wanted him to go out on a high note after winning the big game, which is exactly what he ended up doing. While it wasn't an immediate decision, it was one that many will remember for quite some time.
Kobe Leaves a Champion
In April 2016, Kobe Bryant ended up playing the last game of his 20-year career with the Lakers. He ended a basketball era with an impressive record encompassing five championships and 18 All-Star appearances. His 1,556th game and last score left him with 60 points and a victory of 101-96 over the Utah Jazz. The crowd didn't seem to care about the score. They only cared that Bryant was on his way out. Every time he scored the crowd cheered with a piercing volume that was unlike anything you could ever imagine.
Vaping Laws Changed
Just about everywhere you looked, you heard about the changing vaping laws making it more difficult than ever for vape store owners to continue operating. The outlandish taxes and fees are making it virtually impossible for many to survive the ordeal, leaving many having to shut down their businesses that they worked so hard for.
Things are changing and vape store owners are fighting back to make sure the government doesn't take advantage of them along the way. Even though things might be changing, there is no time like the present to pick up your favorite e-liquid and experience the difference a new juice can make in your life.
While these are only a few of the things that transpired in 2016, there are countless others out there as well. Who knows what 2017 will bring to the table?