In 2004, Vice President Dick Cheney famously dropped an F-bomb on the floor of the Senate, but that is about the nastiest thing that has happened on the floor of either house of Congress in recent memory.
Emotions run high in politics, no matter where you are. Money, lives and national prosperity are at stake whenever lawmakers go to work.
In some places around the world, political differences are settled with punches, chokeholds and eggs.
The most famous brawl of 2010 happened April 27 in the Ukraine. There, the parliament voted to extend Russia's lease of a Crimean naval port for the Black Sea Fleet in a chaotic session during which eggs and smoke bombs were thrown as well as several punches.
Taiwan, whose politicians seem to have a parliamentary brawl far too often to keep track, did not disappoint in 2010. There were at least two major dust-ups among its elected politicians at their place of work.
As for the rest of the world, a group of lawmakers in Nigeria got into a fistfight after they were booted from the House of Representatives for accusing the speaker of corruption.
In Nepal, Maoists disrupted government business rowdily. Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Italy and Turkey also saw violence reach their parliaments' floors.
All in all, it's impossible to say whether this year was more violent than the last for the world's governments (internally, that is.)
Here's to hoping the newest members of Congress from the 2010 mid-term elections don't get any ideas.