Pop Culture Madness!


2009 Trivia

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World Series Champions:
New York Yankees
Superbowl Champions:
Pittsbugh Steelers
NBA Champions:
Los Angeles Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs:
Pittsburgh Penguins
U.S. Open Golf:
Lucas Glover
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Juan Martin del Potro/Kim Clijsters
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Roger Federer/Serena Williams
NCAA Football Champions:
Alabama
NCAA Basketball Champions:
North Carolina
Kentucky Derby:
Mine That Bird

"The Quote"

"You guys might not know this, but I consider myself a bit of a loner. I tend to think of myself as a one-man wolf pack. But when my sister brought Doug home, I knew he was one of my own. And my wolf pack... it grew by one. So there... there were two of us in the wolf pack... I was alone first in the pack, and then Doug joined in later. And six months ago, when Doug introduced me to you guys, I thought, "Wait a second, could it be?" And now I know for sure, I just added two more guys to my wolf pack. Four of us wolves, running around the desert together, in Las Vegas, looking for strippers and cocaine. So tonight, I make a toast!"
- Alan, from The Hangover

Time Magazine's Person of the Year:
Ben Bernanke
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Ions:
Christina Aguilera, Malin Akerman, Jessica Biel, Moon Bloodgood, Jordana Brewster, Penelope Cruz, Brooklyn Decker, Eliza Dushku, Anna Faris, Megan Fox, Mila Kunis, Adriana Lima, AnnaLynne McCord, Leighton Meester, Marisa Miller, Katy Perry, Bar Refaeli, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, Lea Michele
Miss America:
Katie Stam
The Scandals, Deaths and Odd News:
Golfer Tiger Woods allegedly took part in extramarital affairs with ten women including Playboy model Loredana Jolie and porn star Holly Sampson.

Chris Brown's battery charges against Rihanna and the shocking picture of her black eye that surfaced on the internet.

Eric Schmidt, Google's Chairman, said "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place" when confronted about the search engine's privacy policies.

A female serial killer named "Phantom of Heilbronn" was linked to 40 crimes, six of which were murders. In 2009 it was discovered that she didn't exist and her DNA was simply contamination from the cotton swabs used at the crime scenes.

Richard and Mayumi Heene of Fort Collins, Colorado claimed their 6-year-old child was trapped inside a gas balloon that floated up to altitudes of 7,000 feet. The incident received mass media attention but turned out to be a hoax.

Rapper Coolio attempted to stage dive. Nobody caught him, he was beaten up and had his shoes stolen.

General Motors declared bankruptcy, took billions in government bailout money and issued new stock for the "new GM," with no compensation for the old shareholders now worthless "old GM" stock.

Kanye West did not let Taylor Swift finish at the MTV VMA awards and interrupts her during her acceptance speech.

Michael Jackson, The King of Pop, died while preparing for a series of concerts. Prosecutors continue to question Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murry, about whether or not he prescribed Jackson a fatal dosage of Propofol.

Photo: Presidents Obama (US) and Sarkozy (FRance) noticed this young woman. French presidents are known for 'noticing' pretty young women, but American presidents normally don't get photographed in such positions.

2009 Pop Culture News:
In 2009 Canada passed the "Apology Act", establishing that apologizing to someone after an incident cannot be used in court against the person who apologized to establish their guilt or liability.

Donald Unger cracked his left hand knuckles everyday for 60 years but did not do so on his right hand. Proving that cracking knuckles had no effect on his health he earned a 2009 'Ig Nobel Prize' in Medicine.

The city council of Madison, WI voted to make the plastic lawn flamingo the city's offical bird.

The Guinness World Records 2009 Gamer's Edition lists GTA San Andreas as the videogame with the largest voice cast, with 861 credited voice actors, including 174 actors and 687 additional performers, many of those performers being fans of the series who wanted to appear on the game.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009) features voice acting from all four of the original cast members (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson), who helped write the script as well. Aykroyd considers it "essentially the third movie"

10 year old Colby Curtin, suffering from cancer, had a dying wish to watch Pixar's Up, which led to a Pixar employee flying down with a DVD of the movie for a private screening of the film. She died later that night.

The entire main cast of Zombieland (2009) have been nominated for at least one Oscar: Jesse Eisenberg for the Social Network (2010), Emma Stone for Birdman (2014), Woody Harrelson for The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) and The Messenger (2009), and Abigail Breslin for Little Miss Sunshine (2006).

A retired policeman named Geraint Woolford was admitted to Abergale Hospital in north Wales and ended up next to another retired policeman called Geraint Woolford. The men weren’t related, had never met and were the only two people in the UK named Geraint Woolford.

Scientists discovered that a single, ant mega-colony had colonized much of the world on a scale rivaled only by human civilization, including 1 super colony spanning 3,700 miles along the Mediterranean coast.

Chris Hemsworth's first movie role was in Star Trek (2009). He played Kirk's father, George KIrk, who died in the opening sequence of the film.

The producers of 2009's Star Trek hosted a screening in Austin publicized as that of The Wrath of Khan. A few minutes into Khan, the film appeared to melt and Leonard Nimoy appeared on stage with the hosts, asking the audience, "wouldn't you rather see the new movie?" before a preview.

One of Google's programmers was adding websites to the malware registry when he accidentally entered "/" instead of a full URL causing the search engine to block off every website in its index including Google's own pages for 55 minutes.

Paint Drying: The Movie was a movie made in 2009 consisting only of paint drying, as a rebuttal to critics who mention that they "Would rather watch paint dry" than a particular film.

Stephen Colbert won a NASA competition to have a module of the ISS named after him, but NASA opted to name it ‘Tranquility’ instead. They did, however, name a treadmill on the ISS after him. It is called the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (C.O.L.B.E.R.T.)

A Hungarian art historian, while watching the movie Stuart Little with his daughter, spotted a long-lost avant-garde painting in the background. The painting was bought by a set designer in a Pasadena antiques shop for "next to nothing", and later sold for $285,700 at an auction.

Sony sold 12 million floppy disks- in 2009!

A woman filed a lawsuit against PepsiCo after discovering that the crunchberries in a Cap'n Crunch cereal had not in fact been real fruit. The case was thrown out, with the judge remarking that to do otherwise would "ignore all concepts of personal responsibility and common sense".

On June 28, 2009 Stephen Hawking threw a party for time-travelers. He announced the party the day after it happened, and according to Hawking, no one came.

In the 2009 Philippines floods a teenager named Muelmar Magallanes saved 30 lives. After leaping into the rushing waters to save his family from danger, he repeatedly jumped back in to save others, including a trapped mother and baby, until too tired to fight the current he was swept away.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 2009: $3,000,000

Irish police found they had more than 50 motoring offences recorded for someone called "Prawo Jadzy". It turned out that Prawo Jadzy means "driving license" in Polish.

The original version of Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers did not chart on the UK Singles Chart until 2009, 38 years after its release.The original version of "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers did not chart on the UK Singles Chart until 2009, 38 years after its release.

The First Viral 'Selfie":
Melissa and her husband Jackson Brandts were exploring Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park, Canada, when a ground squirrel photobombed their timed picture.
The Big Movies:
(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Avatar
2. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
4. The Twighlight Saga: New Moon
5. Up
6. The Hangover
7. Star Trek
8. The Blind Side
9. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
10. Sherlock Holmes
2009 Most Popular TV shows:
1. NCIS (CBS)
2. Sunday Night Football (NBC)
3. Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
4. The Mentalist (CBS)
5. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
6. CSI (CBS)
7. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
8. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
9. House (Fox)
10. CBS NFL Postgame

The biggest Pop Artists of 2009 include:
Black Eyed Peas, Colbie Caillat, Flo Rida, George Straite, Jay-Z, John Mayer, Justin Bieber, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Pink, Rihanna, Sugarland, Susan Boyle, Taylor Swift

(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 2009:
December 13, 2008 - January 16, 2009: Beyoncé - Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)

January 17, 2009 - February 6, 2009: Lady Gaga featuring Colby O'Donis - Just Dance

February 7, 2009 - February 20, 2009: Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You

February 21, 2009 - February 27, 2009: Eminem featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent - Crack a Bottle

February 28, 2009 - April 10, 2009: Flo Rida - Right Round

April 11, 2009 - April 17, 2009: Lady Gaga - Poker Face

April 18, 2009 - July 10, 2009: The Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow

July 11, 2009 - October 16, 2009: The Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling

October 17, 2009 - October 23, 2009: Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne - Down

October 24, 2009 - November 6, 2009: Britney Spears - 3

November 7, 2009 - November 13, 2009: Owl City - Fireflies

November 14, 2009 - November 27, 2009: Jason Derülo - Whatcha Say

November 28, 2009 - January 1, 2010: Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind
Popular Music in 2009 - # 1 Hits of 2009