Six days into 2021, it was clear things weren't going to work like they used to.

So we showed you throughout the year how everything – from an election to a power grid to a massive cargo ship – should work and how they didn't for a time. We showed you how remarkable new vaccines would work and how they don't when people don't take them. We showed you broken parts of the environment, infrastructure and international relations.

Some things that broke this year were extraordinary: Records such as Tom Brady's seventh ring and Russell Westbrook's 182nd triple-double. Triple what?

It's all explained below with dozens of other topics we covered in 2021 – cicadas, space travel and "Jeopardy!" to name a few.

Before we're back at work in 2022, we thought we'd share some of our favorites. And just maybe, we'll break the internet: