By Kate Gavino

Did your predictions for the 2012 Nobel prize winner come true? Chances are, probably not.

Or better yet, do your picks live up to Italo Calvino's standards for what constitutes a classic.

Next year, why not let your mom or dad help with your predictions. After all, family influences are always helpful.

Even if you come from a family of nerds, you know something good will come out of it in the end.

And if all else fails, just remember that the streets are paved (literally) with gold.

So why not write a song about it? It could end up being the next "Hey Jude."

Though just coming up with a new word is satisfying for most people, no matter the lexicon.

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