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2008 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
2008 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
Superbowl XLII Champions
|New York Giants|
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
|Detroit Red Wings|
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Roger Federer/Serena Williams|
|Rafael Nadal/Venus Williams|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 3, 2008 - Kansas over Virginia
Rose Bowl: January 1, 2008 - USC over Illinois
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 2008 - Georgia over Hawai
Puppy Bowl IV: February 3, 2008 Most Valuable Puppy: Abigail (a Jack Russell Terrier)
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|K-Run's Park Me In First|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Michelle Geller, Christina Aguilera, Charlize Theron, Megan Fox, Jessica Biel, Beyonce, Marissa Miller, Eva Amy Adams, Christina Aguilera, Elizabeth Banks, Mischa Barton, Victoria Beckham, Julie Benz, Beyonce, Jessica Biel, Rachel Bilson, Jordana Brewster, Rose Byrne, Kari Byron, Emilia Clarke, Penélope Cruz, Elisha Cuthbert, Alexandra Daddario, Natalie Dormer, Hilary Duff, Shannon Elizabeth, Jenna Fischer, Megan Fox, Sarah Michelle Geller, Karen Gillan, Jessica Gomes, Maggie Grace, Amber Heard, Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Scarlett Johansson, January Jones, Kim Kardashian, Heidi Klum, Avril Lavigne, Evangeline Lilly, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jaime King, Padma Lakshmi, Adriana Lima, Lindsay Lohan, Eva Longoria, Demi Lovato, Eva Mendes, Maria Menounos, Marissa Miller, Heidi Montag, Hayden Panettiere, Eva Longoria Parker, Rihanna, Amanda Seyfried, Shakira, Ashlee Simpson, Molly Sims, Britney Spears, Kristen Stewart, Yvonne Strahovski, Charlize Theron, Ashley Tisdale, Carrie Underwood, Sara Jean Underwood|
|"If you're good at something, never do it for
-The Joker, in The Dark Knight
2008 Pop Culture History
|In April 2008, Prince covered "Creep" at
Coachella. This version was captured on a video and uploaded to Youtube.
However, it was quickly taken down at Prince's request. After finding
out about the blocking, Thom Yorke was quoted as saying: "Well,
tell him to unblock it. It's our song."
2008's Tropical Storm Marco is the smallest tropical cyclone ever record; yielding a 18.5km wide core which became the smallest in recorded history.
Jessica Cox became the world's first licensed armless pilot in 2008.
An asteroid weighing ~80 metric tons expolded above the Nubien
desert in 2008 with only 19 hours notice.
In 2008 Monty Python decided to start their own Youtube channel. They uploaded HQ videos of their sketches which in only a few days resulted in a 16,000% increase in DVD box set sales.
Lead singer and bassist of Rush, Geddy Lee, had one of the largest collections of Negro Baseball League memorabilia and formally donated it all to the Negro Baseball League museum in Kansas City, MO.
2008's wealthiest person, Warren Buffett still lived (lives) in a 5 bedroom house he bought for $31,500 in 1957.
Michael and Xochi Birch, the founders of Bebo, sold Bebo to AOL for $850 million in 2008 only to later buy it back for only $1 million in 2013.
For one day in 2008 there was an app in the App Store that cost $999.99 USD and did nothing. 8 people bought it.
A 4chan user made a prank about how Steve Jobs "died of a heart attack", after the prank went around social media, Apple's stock dropped around $5,000,000,000 because of the' joke'.
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 2008: $2,700,000
Every resident of Alaska gets an annual "oil royalty check" - a payment representing their share of revenue from Alaskan oil. In 2008 the payout was $2,069, or $8,276 for a family of four.
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|There was a sushi-gate in 2008, where two students
proved through DNA testing that many NY restaurants would switch the
fish in their sushi from high-end (like white tuna) to low-end (like
Shanon Matthews' disappearance in 2008 triggered the biggest manhunt in the UK for 30 years and TV appeals from her mother. She was found weeks later: her mother and an accomplice kept her drugged under a bed in order to claim reward money.
Dominic Owen Mallary always said he wanted Andrew W.K. to play during his funeral. So when he died in 2008 Andrew W.K. went to the wake, and played classical piano the entire time after paying his respects.
Since 2008, more than 44 BILLION dollars has been spent on gift cards that were then never used.
In 1988, actor Gary Busey was in a severe motorcycle accident. Busey, not wearing a helmet, was in a coma for 33 days. In 2008, a psychiatrist determined that the accident caused brain damage and that is why he is considered to have an eerie and bizarre persona.
Nebraska implemented a law to allow parents to drop off unwanted newborns at safe havens; the law didn't state an age limit, and nearly all the children abandoned were over ten years old.
Special care was taken while restoring Shakespeare's grave in 2008, to ensure that his bones remained untouched as the epitaph on his tombstone reads: "Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear, to dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, and cursed be he that moves my bones."
A stage actor, Daniel Hoevels, slit his own throat onstage after his prop knife, for his suicide scene, was replaced with a real one. He survived.
A Brazilian priest, Father Adelir Antonio, as part of a fundraiser, strapped 1000 balloons to a lawn chair and sent himself up. Weeks later, he was found dead at sea, earning him a Darwin Award.
Walmart paid employees of "Walmart de Mexico" in company scrip vouchers usable only at Walmart stores until a court ruling in 2008.
In 2005 the Italian Prime Minister, Berlusconi, insulted Finnish cuisine and joked that Finns ate "marinated reindeer". In 2008, Finland won an international pizza contest, beating Italy. The name of the winning pizza was "Pizza Berlusconi" which was made of smoked reindeer.
In 1987, Steve Rothstein bought a lifetime unlimited first class American Airlines ticket for $250,000. He flew over 10,000 flights costing the company $21,000,000. They terminated his ticket in 2008.
According to a 2008 study published in the journal of Applied Animal Behavior Science, the most aggressive dog breeds are Dachshunds (wiener dogs), Chihuahuas, and Jack Russell Terriers; not the Pitbull, Rottweiler, or Doberman.
The United States was ranked the 18th most obese nation.
Polish composer André Tchaikowsky donated his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company in hopes that it would be used as a prop for the skull of Yorick. In 2008, the skull was used in a series of performances of Hamlet at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Every restaurant Gordon Ramsay visited in Season 2 (2008/9)of (US) Kitchen Nightmares closed.
In 2008 Louisiana became the last state to ban cockfighting.
SSHHHH! Kelloggs made their cereal boxes thinner in 2008 but kept the price the same so that buyers wouldn't perceive the smaller size box when viewed from the front.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, Comcast customers were billed for unreturned equipment that had been destroyed by the hurricane. Customers were charged as much as $1000 for failing to return modems, DVRs, and other equipment that had been lost or destroyed.
In 1957 journalist Drew Pearson claimed that John F. Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize winning book Profiles in Courage had been ghost-written by his speechwriter Ted Sorenson. JFK's father sued and ABC retracted the statement and apologized. In 2008 Sorensen admitted he wrote most of the book.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
|Wall-E toys, Elmo Live, Hasbro's U-Dance, Transformer
Movie Action Figures, Air Hogs Havoc Heli Laser Battle, Kota Triceratops,
Monopoly Here and Now, Ripstick Caster Board, Webkinz, Lego City,
Lego Mindstorms NXT, Rubik's Revolution, Littlest Pet Shop
Video Games: Mario Kart Wii, Grand Theft Auto IV, Call of Duty: World at War
|Reading The Appeal by John Grisham|
2008/9 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. American Idol (FOX)
2. Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
3. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)
4. NCIS (CBS)
5. The Mentalist (CBS)
6. Sunday Night Football (NBC)
7. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
8. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
9. Criminal Minds (CBS)
10. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 2008 include
AC/DC, Adele, Alicia Keyes, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Coldplay, Jack Johnson, Jonas Brothers, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Mariah Carey, Metallica, Pink, Rihanna, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, T.I.,
(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.)
Number One Hits of 2008
|December 1, 2007 - January 4, 2008: Alicia Keys - No
January 5, 2008 - March 14, 2008: Flo Rida featuring T-Pain - Low
March 15, 2008 - April 4, 2008: Usher featuring Young Jeezy - Love in This Club
April 5, 2008 - April 11, 2008: Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
April 12, 2008 - May 2, 2008: Mariah Carey - Touch My Body
May 3, 2008 - May 23, 2008: Lil Wayne featuring Static Major - Lollipop
May 24, 2008 - June 27, 2008: Rihanna - Take a Bow
June 28, 2008 - July 4, 2008: Coldplay - Viva la Vida
July 5, 2008 - August 22, 2008: Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl
August 23, 2008 - September 5, 2008: Rihanna - Disturbia
September 6, 2008 - September 26, 2008: T.I. - Whatever You Like
September 27, 2008 - October 17, 2008: Pink - So What
October 18, 2008 - October 24, 2008: T.I. featuring Rihanna - Live Your Life
October 25, 2008 - December 12, 2008: Britney Spears - Womanizer
December 13, 2008 - January 16, 2009: Beyoncé - Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
(according to boxofficemojo)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Cloverfield, The Dark Knight, Dr. Suess' Horton Hears A Who, Gran Torino, Get Smart, Hancock, The Incredible Hulk, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Mamma Mia!, Marley and Me, Quantum of Solace, Sex and the City, Slumdog Millionaire, Twilight, WALL-E, Wanted
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