So long Year 5773, and welcome, year 5774. As we welcome the unknown, or at least try to convince ourselves that this year will be different, we look back: In retrospect, 5773 wasn't a particularly good year. Nor was it a particularly bad one.

But it sure was a funny one. Embarrassment-of-public-officials-wise, the past year might have been one of the best. Here is a list of the most embarrassing or...