2010 Trivia, Facts & History
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2010 History Snapshot
- War Room: In 2010 one of the fastest super computers in the
entire US Defense Department was primarily compromised of 1760
PlayStation 3 Consoles.
- The Top Song was Tik Tok by Ke$ha
- The Big Movies included Toy Story 3, Alice in Wonderland
and Iron Man 2
- Price of Nyquil liquicaps in 2010: $5.69/12
Ground Beef (90%): $3.99/pound
- The World Population was ~ 6,860,000,000
- The somewhat annoying Vuvuzela Horn, used during the 2010 World
Cup in South Africa became a Pop Culture Phenomenon.
- And... Moriusaq, Greenland had a population of 3 in 2009. A
2010 self defense case, ending in the death of one individual,
dropped the population to 2 people.
| 2010 Books
World Series Champions
|San Francisco Giants
|New Orleans Saints
|Los Angeles Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs
US Open Golf
US Tennis (Men/Ladies)
|Rafael Nadal/ Kim Clijsters
|Rafael Nadal/Serena Williams
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
FIFA World Cup (Soccer)
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion
|Lily Allen, Erin Andrews, Victoria Beckham, Ashley Benson,
Julie Benz, Emily Blunt, Amanda Bynes, Rose Byrne, Kari Byron, Emilia
Clarke, Marion Cotillard, Kaley Cuoco, enélope Cruz, Miley
Cyrus, Alexandra Daddario, Brooklyn Decker, Cameron Diaz, Natalie
Dormer, Hilary Duff, Selita Ebanks, Alice Eve, Anna Faris, Jenna Fischer,
Megan Fox, Gal Gadot, Karen Gillan, Jessica Gomes, Selena Gomez, Ashley
Greene, Maggie Grace, Amber Heard, Tricia Helfer, Julianne Hough,
Scarlett Johansson, ngelina Jolie, January Jones, Rashida Jones, Milla
Jovovich, Kim Kardashian, Ellie Kemper, Ke$ha, Mila Kunis, Joanna
Krupa, Padma Lakshmi, Evangeline Lilly, Blake Lively, AnnaLynne McCord,
Eva Mendes, Maria Menounos, Aly Michalka, Marisa Miller, Olivia Munn,
Michelle Obama, Hayden Panettiere, Anna Paquin, Danica Patrick, Audrina
Patridge, Katy Perry, Bar Refaeli, Rihanna, Zoe Saldana, Nicole Scherzinger,
Allison Scagliotti, Emma Stone, Yvonne Strahovski, Charlize Theron,
Carrie Underwood, Laura Vandervoort, Sofia Vergara, Olivia Wilde
| "I am not part of the PlayStation generation."
- Prince Charles, admitting he is baffled by modern technology.
Prince declared the Internet to be over as a platform for music distribution
and said, "All these computers and digital gadgets... just fill
your head with numbers and that can't be good for you."
Time Magazine's Person of the Year
Scandals, RIP and Odd News
The mummified corpse of Sogen Kato, thought to be Tokyo's oldest
man, was found in his bedroom by government officials. He had actually
died in 1978. The family pretended he was alive to continue getting
Mattel launched Computer Engineers Barbie. With the accompanying
book we learned that CE Barbie needed the help of two men to code
the game she was designing and they also needed to help her after
she accidentally infected her and her sister Skipper's computers
with a virus.
Abraham Lee Shakespeare was an American casual laborer who won a
$30 million lottery jackpot, receiving $17 million in 2006. In 2009,
his family declared him missing, and in January 2010 his body was
found buried under a concrete slab in the backyard of an acquaintance.
A heat wave in Russia lead to the deaths of over 1,000 people, the
majority of whom drowned as a result of swimming while they were
Vuvuzelas were so prolific during the 2010 Soccer World Cup that
TV broadcasters received hundreds of complaints and had to work
to filter the annoying sound out.
An unlucky 49-year-old un-named airline passenger was arrested in
Ireland after Slovak security officials placed explosives in his
luggage for training, then forgot to remove them before the plane
MI6 spy Gareth Williams' decomposing corpse was found locked inside
a duffle bag placed in the bathtub of a London flat. A re-investigation
by the Metropolitan Police concluded that his death was "probably
A Chinese National Highway Traffic Jam was the longest duration
traffic jam in history, lasting 12 days and locking up 62 miles
Haiti's second-largest airport is named after former leader of Venezuela,
Hugo Chavez. This was in part due to Venezuela's pledge to give
$1.2 billion to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, of which $222 million
has been released so far. Hugo Chavez died in 2013.
China had a traffic jam that lasted 12 days and spanned 62 miles.
In Paris, an un-named 18 month old boy fell from a 6th story window,
bounced off the awning of a cafe below, and was then caught, unharmed,
by a doctor who happened to be walking by.
Dave Grohl was admitted to hospital due to a drug overdose... He
had consumed too much caffeine from coffee whilst recording a new
Over 9000 women were sterilized in Puning, China for violating China's
one child policy during a 20-day campaign in 2010. Families of women
(or men) refusing to report to sterilization clinics were forcibly
detained until the parents complied.
Comcast has won the "Worst Company in America" award twice,
first in 2010 and second in 2014.
New York City officials admitted they forgot about a stalled train
during the 2010 blizzard, which left dozens of passengers stranded
for 7 hours. The subway chief said at a hearing they simply "forgot
about that train."
Comcast has won the "Worst Company in America" award twice,
first in 2010 and second in 2014.
After Kenny Waters was convicted of murder, his sister put herself
through college and law school to prove his innocence. She worked
with the Innocence Project to get DNA tested, and he was freed.
The 2010 movie "Conviction", starring Hillary Swank, was
based on his story.
2010 Pop Culture News
Sandra Bullock accepted her Golden Raspberry Award in person for
Worst Actress for her role in All About Steve. The following
night, Bullock won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role
in The Blind Side.
Andre Geim won the satirical Ig Nobel Prize in 2000 for his work
on using magnetism to levitate a frog. 10 years later, his experiments
regarding graphene won him the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. This
makes him the only ever recipient of both the Ig Nobel and Nobel
McDonald's started offering free wifi throughout the USA in January
2010. Starbucks started with free wifi in July 2010.
Bill Murray walked into Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes at
SXSW with RZA and GZA of the Wu Tang Clan and started bartending.
No matter what anyone ordered, he gave them shots of tequila.
The KOR-fx, a device that sits around the shoulders, and translates
stereo sound into stereo vibrations for gaming consoles, mp3s and
more, was invented.
Kodak discontinued the famed Kodachrome film. The last roll was
shot by acclaimed National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry
best known for his portrait 'Afghan Girl'. The last 36 slides captured
images around New York and a tribe in India on the verge of extinction.
The Plain Writing Act became law. It requires all federal agencies
to use clear prose that the public can readily understand.
Microsoft banned a user from Xbox Live for putting Fort Gay (A real
location in West Virginia) as his address. Microsoft refused to
believe that Fort Gay actually existed, and eventually took an appeal
from the towns Mayor David Thompson for the issue to be corrected.
The US Department of Defense connected 1,760 Playstation 3 consoles
to create the Condor Cluster supercomputer. It cost $2 million to
build, and only uses about 10% the energy consumption of a comparable
Finland became the first country in the world to make Internet access
a legal right.
A Kansas State University professor went on a Twinkie diet, where
he ate mainly Twinkies, Oreos, and Doritos to prove to his students
that calorie counting is the important part of losing weight, not
nutritional content. He lost 27 pounds in 2 months.
Earth is being shadowed by a minor planet called 2010 TK7, a 300
meter diameter trojan asteroid that orbits the sun in a spiral pattern
every 365.3 days, 60° ahead of Earth's track through space.
It has a gravitational force 1/20000 that of Earth and was only
discovered in 2010.
The Republic of Fiji lost its declaration of independence, and so
had to ask Britain for a photocopy.
Tupac's song Dear Mama was inducted into The Library of Congress
Registry with The LOCR stating it is "a moving and eloquent
homage to both the murdered rapper's own mother and all mothers
struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty
and societal indifference."
Before 2010, proper nouns were not considered valid words for Scrabble,
although many players still do not allow them.
Conan O'Brien follows only one person on Twitter, a randomly chosen
fan (Sarah Killen) who, since being followed in 2010, has gone from
3 to over 300k followers.
Actress Emma Stone celebrated her mom being 2 years cancer free
in 2010 by writing a letter to Paul McCartney asking him to sketch
two birds' feet because The Beatles' song "Blackbird"
was her mother's favorite. Paul sketched the birds which Emma and
her mom took and used to get matching wrist tattoos.
Someone broke the Asteroids world record that had stood for
27 years. It took 58 hours.
England only abolished Slavery in 2010, and only did so as a formality,
because the status of "Slave" never existed in English
Common Law, and thus a person could not be charged with the practice
of "Slavery". Owning a person was made illegal much, much
Sony was still producing the Cassette Walkman up until this year.
Five scientists observed 60,000 episodes combined of 73 cows lying
down to determine that: (1) the longer the cow has been lying down,
the more likely the cow will soon stand up, and (2) once the cow
stands up you cannot easily predict how soon that cow will lie down
again. (SAC Research, King's Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh
EH9 3JG, Scotland, UK)
Volvo Cars was owned by Ford since 1935, then sold to the Chinese
company Geely in 2010. The Swedish owned Volvo only makes Trucks
Alexander J. Yee & Shigeru K. broke a world record by calculating
Pi to 5 trillion digits at home on a desktop computer (twin 6core
Xeon processors, 96gb ram, and 20x 2TB hard drives.) It took 90
days; and 3.8 TB disk space was needed to store the final output
of decimal and hex digits.
The violent 2010 film Machete is actually a spin-off of the
2001 childrens film Spy Kids.
Sugarcane is the world's largest crop. In 2010, it was cultivated
on about 23.8 million hectares, in more than 90 countries, with
a worldwide harvest of 1.69 billion tons.
Taco Bell secretly reduced the sodium content of its food at 150
Dallas area restaurants by 23%. Without telling anyone, they replaced
the salt with "other spices and other ingredients." Two
months later, they had received exactly zero complaints about the
A mock political party (The Best Party) in Reykjavik, Iceland, openly
stated they would keep none of their campaign promises. They won
34.7% of the city vote, with their founder, Jon Gnarr, becoming
26.5 million Canadians tuned into the gold medal final in men's
hockey during the 2010 Winter Olympics. That's 80% of the entire
40.8% of children born in the US in 2010 were to unmarried women.
43% of British pilots admitted to falling asleep during flights,
33% of them reported waking up to find that their co-pilots had
fallen asleep as well, according to a survey carried between 2010
Manhattan had 2.3 million residents in 1910 vs. 1.5 million in 2010.
If you bought ONE share of Coca-Cola stock in 1920, it would be
worth $6.7 million by 2010.
According to a 2010 survey, Canadians were asked to chose if they
would prefer bacon or sex. 43% chose bacon.
In 2010 in the United States, 3 out of every 5 people who died from
gunshot wounds took their own life
3.2 billion people, or 46.4 per cent of the global population watched
the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
50% of Harvard's entire class of 2010 went into finance and consulting.
Cost of a 30 second Superbowl ad: 3.1 Million dollars
partially-shaved head trend was big with celebrities, including Willow
Smith, Rihanna, and model Amber Rose.
When Google replaced their logo with playable Pacman, users spent
an extra 36 seconds on the page. Assuming this time was wasted, it
resulted in a $120M loss in man hours.
Reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
2010's Most Popular Christmas Gifts
|Ipad, Zhu Zhu Pets, Nooks
Video Games: Red Dead Redemption, Pokemon Black and White, Kinect
Adventures, Call of Duty: Black Ops
|Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans, Despicable
Me, Grown Ups, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1, How to
Train Your Dragon, Inception, Iron Man 2, The Karate Kid, The King's
Speech, The Last Airbender, Little Fockers, Megamind, Shrek Forever
After, Shutter Island, Tangles, Toy Story 3, Tron Legacy, True Grit,
The Twighlight Saga: Eclipse
The Big Movies
|(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Toy Story 3
2. Alice In Wonderland
3. Iron Man 2
4. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
7. Despicable Me
8. Shrek Forever After
9. How To Train Your Dragon
2010/11's Most Popular TV
(according to Nielsen TV Research)
1. American Idol (FOX)
2. Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
3. Sunday Night Football (NBC)
4. NCIS (CBS)
5. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
6. The Mentalist (CBS)
7. Body of Proof (ABC)
8. Criminal Minds (CBS)
9. The Good Wife (CBS)
10. 60 Minutes (CBS)
| The Biggest Pop Artists of 2010 include
Arcade Fire, The Band Perry, Black Eyed Peas, B.o.B, Bruno Mars,
Eminem, Flo Rida, George Straite, Glee Cast, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry,
Kesha, Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5, Pink, Rihanna, Sade,
Sugarland, Susan Boyle, Taio Cruz, Taylor Swift, Train, Usher, Vampire
(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 2010
|November 28, 2009 - January 1, 2010: Jay-Z featuring
Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind
January 2, 2010 - March 5, 2010: Kesha - Tik Tok
March 6, 2010 - March 19, 2010: The Black Eyed Peas - Imma Be
March 20, 2010 - March 26, 2010: Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris - Break
March 27, 2010 - April 30, 2010: Rihanna - Rude Boy
May 1, 2010 - May 14, 2010: B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars - Nothin'
May 15, 2010 - May 21, 2010: Usher featuring will.i.am - OMG
May 22, 2010 - June 18, 2010: Eminem - Not Afraid
June 19, 2010 - July 30, 2010: Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg - California
July 31, 2010 - September 17, 2010: Eminem featuring Rihanna - Love
the Way You Lie
September 18, 2010 - October 1, 2010: Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
October 2, 2010 - October 29, 2010: Bruno Mars - Just the Way You
October 30, 2010 - November 12, 2010: Far East Movement featuring
The Cataracs and Dev - Like a G6
November 13, 2010 - November 19, 2010: Kesha - We R Who We R
November 20, 2010 - December 3, 2010: Rihanna featuring Drake - What's
December 4, 2010 - December 10, 2010: Rihanna - Only Girl (In the
December 11, 2010 - December 17, 2010: Pink - Raise Your Glass
December 18, 2010 - January 7, 2011: Katy Perry - Firework
More Pop Culture Resources
|Popular Music in 2010
# 1 Hits of 2010