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2007 Trivia

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World Series Champions:
Boston Red Sox
Superbowl Champions:
Indianapolis Colts
NBA Champions:
San Antonio Spurs
Stanley Cup Champs:
Anaheim Mighty Ducks
U.S. Open Golf:
Angel Cabrera
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies):
Roger Federer/Justine Henin
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Roger Federer/ Venus Williams
NCAA Football Champions:
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Kentucky Derby:
Street Sense
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Fergie, Megan Fox, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Hudson, Scarlett Johansson, Minka Kelly, Heidi Klum, Beyonce Knowles, Ali Larter, Lindsay Lohan, Eva Longoria, Eva Mendes, Marisa Miller, Sienna Miller, Bar Refaeli, Rihanna
Sports Highlights:
Peyton Manning, Roger Federer
"The Quote"
"I personally believe the U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don't have maps and I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and the Iraq everywhere like such as and I believe they should our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S. or should help South Africa or should help the Iraq and Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future for us."
- Miss South Carolina, Lauren Caitlin Upton

Time Magazine's Person of the Year:
Vladimir Putin
Miss America:
Lauren Nelson (Lawton, OK)
The Scandals:
Anna Nicole Smith died from a drug overdose at age 39.

Akon had a rather sexy dance with this fourteen-year old young lady at a "over 18 only" concert in Trinidad. When confronted with the press, and her preacher father, Danah Alleyne admitted that it wasn't her best idea.

Disneyland had to close the "It's a Small World" ride for several months in 2007 for renovations because people were too fat for the ride and the boats were regularly getting stuck.

A study was released in 2007 which emphasized that Generation X's men made less (by 12%) than their fathers had at that same age in 1974, thus reversing a historical trend.

Paris Hilton spent 23 days in jail for her DUI.

Howie Hubler, a Morgan Stanley bond trader, is responsible for the biggest loss on a trade in history: $9 billion in 2007 during the housing market collapse. He was given the option to resign instead of being fired in October 2007, receiving $10 million in back pay upon his leaving.

CBS released a CSI toy which included a fingerprint dusting powder that contained up to 5% asbestos. Finally, 20 months after an asbestos victims’ organization made this fact public a recall was carried out.

Britney Spears shaved off her hair.

Philip Workman, on Death Row, requested that instead of a last meal, a pizza be donated to a local homeless person. The request was denied.

China tested a missile and shot down one of their own satellites, accidentally creating 2,087 pieces of space debris on crazy orbits, all of which are now required to be tracked to avoid space collisions.

Lindsey Lohan, as of 2007, went to rehab 3 times.

Children were shown The Hills Have Eyes 2 instead of Megamind in a Massachusetts theater. The opening scene of THHE2 features a chained naked woman giving birth to a deformed baby.

Mika Brzezinski (a MSNBC news anchor) refused to report on the lead story of Paris Hilton's release from jail, then after being pressured again to do the story, she attempted to light the script on fire on live television.

Boston Police Department shut down waterways, highways, and bridges after mistakenly identifing battery-powered LED placards of characters from the Adult Swim show Aqua Teen Hunger Force as improvised explosive devices. The devices were being used as a guerrilla marketing campaign.

2007 Pop Culture News:
After "The Man From Earth" was illegally shared via BitTorrent, the producer publicly thanked the file sharers because it "lifted the profile of the film far beyond the financier's expectations".

In July, convenience store chain 7-Eleven converted 11 of its stores in the United States and one in Canada (Coquitlam) into Kwik-E-Marts to promote The Simpsons Movie.

Devin Gaines earned 5 bachelor degrees with honors simultaneously at the University of Connecticut, averaging 24 credits/semester and 3 hrs of sleep/night. He drowned in 2007 because he didnt know how to swim.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg commissioned David Choe to paint murals for their office. Although he thought the Facebook business model was "ridiculous and pointless," Choe, an avid gambler, chose to receive stock in lieu of cash. His shares were valued at $200 million by Facebook's IPO

Serbian vandals drove a stake into former president Slobodan Milosevic's grave to prevent him from coming back as a vampire.

When Android was unveiled in 2007, Nokia was quoted as saying "we don't see this as a threat," and a member of Microsoft's Windows Mobile team stated "I don't understand the impact that they are going to have."

The Chinese Yongle encyclopedia, completed in 1408, was the largest encyclopedia ever created until Wikipedia finally surpassed it in 2007.

According to a study from researchers at the University of Copenhagen, all blue eyed people can be traced back to one person who lived near the Black Sea 6,000 to 10,000 years ago.

The Mona Lisa has no clearly visible eyelashes or eyebrows. An engineer used high resolution scans to show the painting was originally painted with clearly visible eyebrows or eyelashes and they gradually disappeared over time, possibly because of overcleaning.

Nerd Legend Freddy Anderssom completed Super Mario Bros 3 in only 11minutes and 3 seconds.

Leonardo DiCaprio/Warner Bros. won a bidding war against Brad Pitt/Paramount Pictures for the rights to Jordan Belfort's memoir The Wolf of Wall Street.

A Bowhead whale was discovered with the end of a harpoon left embedded in its neck from a previous hunt. It was found that the harpoon tip was originally manufactured in 1890, indicating the whale had survived a human attack more than a century ago.

Todd Davis, CEO of LifeLock who used his real Social Security number in LifeLock advertisements, was a victim of identity theft 13 times in 2007 and 2008 alone.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 2007: $2,600,000

André Brugiroux was named "greatest traveller on Earth", after visiting every country and territory in the world between 1955 and 2005.

Two teams of armed intruders stormed their way into a nuclear plant used to store weapons grade uranium from South Africa's decommissioned arsenal. The coordinated assault was thwarted by an off-duty firefighter, a plant employee, and their dog.

Siberia experienced orange snow. This orange snow was ruled to most likely caused by a heavy sandstorm in neighboring Kazakhstan. Tests on the snow revealed numerous sand and clay dust particles and a high iron-content, which were blown into Russia in the upper stratosphere.

In 1965, Bob Dylan said that if he ever sold out to a commercial interest, it would be "ladies garments." In 2007, he and his music appeared in a Victoria's Secret commercial.

According to a study by the University of Southern Denmark, the secret to happiness is to have low expectations of life.

The Habit:
Finishing up the Harry Potter series
1st appearances & 2007's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Nintendo DS , Sony PS3

Rickrolling was invented. This is when you click on something online, and instead get the video for Rick Asley's Never Gonna Give You Up. Nirvana fans will find this particular rickroll amusing:
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

The Big Movies:
(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Spider-Man 3
2. Shrek the Third
3. Transformers
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
6. I Am Legend
7. The Bourne Ultimatum
8. National Treasure: Book of Secrets
9. Alvin and the Chipmunks
10. 300
2007 Most Popular TV shows:
1. American Idol (Fox)
2. Dancing With the Stars (Fall, ABC)
3. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
4. House (Fox)
5. CSI (CBS)
6. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
7. Sunday Night Football (NBC)
8. Survivor: China (CBS)
9. The Moment of Truth (Fox)
10. NCIS (CBS)

The biggest Pop Artists of 2007 include:
Akon, Avril Lavigne, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Common, Daughtry, Dreamgirls Soundtrack, Fergie, High School Musical II Soundtrack, Jay-Z, John Mayer, Josh Groban, Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, Michael Bublé, Norah Jones, Pink, Rihanna, Timbaland

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 2007:
December 16, 2006 - February 23, 2007: Beyoncé - Irreplaceable

February 24, 2007 - March 2, 2007: Nelly Furtado - Say It Right

March 3, 2007 - March 9, 2007: Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around... Comes Around

March 10, 2007 - March 23, 2007: MIMS - This Is Why I'm Hot

March 24, 2007 - April 6, 2007: Fergie featuring Ludacris - Glamorous

April 7, 2007 - April 20, 2007: Akon - Don't Matter

April 21, 2007 - May 4, 2007: Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake - Give It To Me

May 5, 2007 - May 11, 2007: Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend

May 12, 2007 - May 25, 2007: Maroon 5 - Makes Me Wonder

May 26, 2007 - June 8, 2007: T-Pain featuring Yung Joc - Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')

June 9, 2007 - July 27, 2007: Rihanna featuring Jay-Z - Umbrella

July 28, 2007 - August 10, 2007: Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah

August 11, 2007 - September 7, 2007: Sean Kingston - Beautiful Girls

September 8, 2007 - September 14, 2007: Fergie - Big Girls Don't Cry

September 15, 2007 - September 28, 2007: Soulja Boy - Crank That (Soulja Boy)

September 29, 2007 - November 9, 2007: Kanye West - Stronger

November 10, 2007 - November 30, 2007: Chris Brown featuring T-Pain - Kiss Kiss

December 1, 2007 - January 4, 2008: Alicia Keys - No One
Popular Music in 2007 - # 1 Hits of 2007