We're not saying America's passion for Ryan Gosling went into hibernation for the winter, but the Canadian hunk of many muscles and many more acting skills has been bursting back onto the scene lately like those tulips on Michigan Avenue. (We only hope the frost doesn't kill them -- or him.) On the heels of all the new developments, here's a timeline of our favorite moments that turned the Gosling from man into myth.
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Hey, girl ...
While the Tumblr (Bleep) Yeah! Ryan Gosling was launched in late 2008, it didn't become a phenomenon until Ryan was doing promotional tours for "Blue Valentine." MTV was smart enough to get a video of him doing an interpretive reading. (This makes up for "Jersey Shore," guys.)
Break it up, dudes!
A teenage girl just happened to be filming a street fight when, all of a sudden, the Gosling swoops in to break things up. Best of all, he's decked out in sweats, a tank top and RIDICULOUS biceps, later telling MTV "I had just come from the gymnasium" (swoon).
And the sexiest man alive is ...
Not Ryan! How did this happen? After Bradley Cooper was named People's sexiest of 2011, irate people with way too much time on their hands took to the streets outside the mag's offices to protest the egregious error in judgment. 2012 is so his year.
He really is a hero
British people often forget to look both ways when crossing American streets -- and that's exactly what happened when Ryan swooped in to save a woman from being hit by a taxi. Reports indicate he did not say "hey, girl."
A New York woman hid plastic Easter eggs all over the city with special messages from @GoslingEaster inside. Sample message: "I'm dipping myself in chocolate for you." Ryan didn't have a hand in this one (that we know of), but that didn't stop our hearts from hopping.