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2011 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
2011 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|St. Louis Cardinals|
Superbowl XLV Champions
|Green Bay Packers|
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
|New York Rangers|
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Novak Djokovic/Samantha Stosur|
|Novak Djokovi/Petra Kvitova|
FIFA World Cup Soccer
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 3, 2011 - Stanford over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 2011 - TCU over Wisconsin
Sugar Bowl : January 4, 2011 - Ohio State over Arkansas
Puppy Bowl VII: February 6, 2011 Most Valuable Puppy: CB (a Shih Tzu/Terrier Mix)
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Foxcliffe Hickory Wind|
Time Magazine's Person of the Year
|Alyssa Campanella (California)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
Hayley Atwell, Morena Baccarin, Kate Beckinsale, Ashley Benson, Julie Benz, Beyonce, Alana Blanchard, Emily Blunt, Katrina Bowden, Jordana Brewster, Alison Brie, Rose Byrne, Emilia Clarke, Marion Cotillard, Kaley Cuoco, Penélope Cruz, Miley Cyrus, Alexandra Daddario, Kat Dennings, Cameron Diaz, Jenna Fischer, Karen Gillan, Jessica Gomes, Selena Gomez, Ashley Greene, Anne Hathaway, Lena Headey, Katie Holmes, Julianne Hough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Scarlett Johansson, January Jones, Rashida Jones, Kim Kardashian, Anna Kournikova, Mila Kunis, Padma Lakshmi, Jennifer Lawrence, Demi Lovato, AJ Michalka, Aly Michalka, Lea Michele, Kate Middleton, Maria Menounos, Olivia Munn, Rachel Nichols, Michelle Obama, Jessica Pare, Katy Perry, Natalie Portman, Bar Refaeli, Margot Robbie, Léa Seydoux, Irina Shayk, Allison Scagliotti, Nicole Scherzinger, Cobie Smulders, Brittany Snow, Sophie Turner, Sofia Vergara, Emma Watson, Kristen Wiig, Michelle Williams
Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Taylor Lautner, Rob Pattinson
|"I'm a winner" - Charlie Sheen
George Lucas approached Mark Hamill in 1983 and asked him if he'd like to play an elderly, mentoring Luke to hand the story to the next generation. When Hamill asked "When?", Lucas replied with, "Oh, around 2011."
Frank Buckles, the last surviving soldier of World War I, lived for 110 years and died in 2011. When asked about his secret for long life, he simply offered, "When you start to die... don't."
Simon Cowell praised Rebecca Black's song Friday: "the fact that it's making people so angry is brilliant". He advised her to not "listen to anyone over the age of 18. I'm being deadly serious. Whatever she's done has worked... she's the most talked-about artist in America right now".
Following the attacks of 9/11, executives were unsure if it was too soon to air SNL. Lorne Michaels asked the mayor of NYC "Can we be funny?" and the Mayor replied "Why start now?"
2011 Pop Culture History
|A copy of Action Comics #1 (the first comic featuring
Superman) was found in an abandoned storage unit, estimated to be
worth over $1 million. The comic actually belonged to Nicholas Cage,
who had it stolen from his house 11 years earlier, and was returned
A 2011 size 0 is larger than a 1970 size 6.
According to a 2011 North Korean government study; China is the world's happiest nation, followed by North Korea. "The American Empire" came in last.
In the London riots of 2011, the looting and vandalism which took place throughout the city was almost totally avoided by bookshops. One man said his store would probably stay open during the unrest, stating: "If they steal some books, they might actually learn something."
For their 2011 tour, The Foo Fighters submitted their tour rider, or performance agreements, as a 50 page coloring book complete with a word search and maze.
The country of Togo printed a postage stamp with a photo of an actress portraying Marie Curie, thinking it was actually Marie Curie.
The Morning Bulletin in Australia once featured an article about '30 000 pigs' escaping from a farm. The paper had to issue a retraction the next day when it transpired the reporter had misheard the farmer. In fact, '30 sows and pigs' had escaped. #accents
A study revealed that people who eat candy weigh less than those who don't. The study was sponsored by the "National Confectioners Association".
In the 2011 Jamaican census, 29,026 individuals identified themselves as Rastafari, which is approximately 1% of the country's population.
The biggest wave ever surfed was 78 feet tall in Nazare, Portugal, by Garrett McNamara.
The Patriot, released in 1928, was the last silent film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture until 2011's The Artist. It is also the only Best Picture nominee that has since become lost.
Adam Sandler's 2011 movie Jack and Jill was nominated for all 10 Razzie Awards and won every single one.
On December 30 2011, Samoa skipped a day to move to the other side of the International Dateline. Before then, it was the last country in the world to see the sunset each day, now it is one of the first to greet a new day.
William Hung of American Idol 'She Bangs' fame retired from music in 2011 and is now a Los Angeles crime scene analyst. #shebang
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra was in a deep financial crisis. Kid Rock, in what he called "the best drunk move I ever made," decided to throw a benefit concert. He raised over one million dollars for the symphony and helped save classical music in Detroit.
Dynamic Eye Sunglasses, invented by Chris Mullin, block sunglare instantly with liquid crystal lenses.
On July 11th, 2011, Neptune, the eighth planet from the sun, completed its first full rotation of the sun since its discovery in 1846.
During a Mets vs Phillies game, the country was informed of Bin Ladens death. The whole crowd chanted "USA" confusing the players as they didn't get the news yet.
In 2011, Julian Assange called Facebook the "most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented."
From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein's rule.
This year, it cost 2.41 cents to make a Penny and 11.18 cents to make a Nickel.
Tyson Smith received a heterotropic heart transplantation when surgeons attached a donor heart to his old failing heart. Removing the old heart and replacing it with a new heart would have caused the new heart to fail, but together the two hearts share the work and get the job done.
Elvis Costello was so appalled by the price his label set for a 2011 box set of his, at ~ $200, that he told all his fans not to buy it.
LEGO produced 381 million (toy) tires in 2011, making them the world's largest rubber tire manufacturer by number of units produced.
Lisa Lampanelli promised to donate $1,000 dollars to a Gay Men's Health Crisis center for every memeber of Westboro Baptist Church that protested her show on May 20, 2011 in Kansas. 44 protesters showed up, she rounded it up to $50,000.
Russia didn't consider beer to be an alcoholic beverage until 2011. Before then it was classified as a soft drink.
In 2011 male model Andrej Pejic was ranked by FHM magazine to be #98 of the sexiest women alive.
Each agency of the US government has put a price on a human life. As of 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency set the value of a human life at $9.1 million. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration put it at $7.9 million - and the Department of Transportation figure was around $6 million.
Cost of a 30 second Superbowl ad: 3.5 Million dollars
"It was completely engulfed and everything was up in flames," said bride Nancy Rogers, posing here with new husband Mike as White Point Beach Resort's main lodge burned in the background. "We lost all of that stuff, but thatís not important to us. We got the most important things."
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
María Santos Gorrostieta Salazar, the mayor of Tiquicheo Mexico, survived three assassination attempts and despite her wounds refused to resign. In 2011 her term as mayor ended and her police protection was withdrawn. In November 2012 she was abducted, stabbed and brutally beaten to death.
Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov was declared dead of a heart attack in 2011.
She was discovered to have survived the attack when she woke up
at her own funeral and then promptly died of a heart attack.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Nintendo's 3DS, LeapFrog LeapPad, Amazon Kindle Fire
HGTV Magazine began publication
|Playing Angry Birds
Reading The Litigators by John Grisham
2011/12 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. Sunday Night Football (NBC)
2. NCIS (CBS)
3. Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
4. American Idol (FOX)
5. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
6. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
7. The Mentalist (CBS)
8. The Voice (NBC)
9. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
10. Person of Interest (CBS)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 2011 include
Adele, Beyonce, Blake Shelton, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Cake, Cee Lo Green, Chris Brown, Coldplay, David Guetta, Drake, Evanescence, Foo Fighters, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, LMFAO, Maroon 5, Michael Bublé, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Scotty McCreery, 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.)
Number One Hits of 2011
|December 18, 2010 - January 7, 2011: Katy Perry - Firework
January 8, 2011 - January 28, 2011: Bruno Mars - Grenade
January 29, 2011 - February 18, 2011: Britney Spears - Hold It Against Me
February 19, 2011 - February 25, 2011: Wiz Khalifa - Black and Yellow
February 26, 2011 - April 8, 2011: Lady Gaga - Born This Way
April 9, 2011 - April 29, 2011: Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - E.T.
April 30, 2011 - May 20, 2011: Rihanna featuring Britney Spears - S&M
May 21, 2011 - July 8, 2011: Adele - Rolling in the Deep
July 9, 2011 - July 15, 2011: Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer - Give Me Everything
July 16, 2011 - August 26, 2011: LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock - Party Rock Anthem
August 27, 2011 - September 9, 2011: Katy Perry - Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
September 10, 2011 - September 16, 2011: Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger
September 17, 2011 - November 11, 2011: Adele - Someone Like You
November 12, 2011 - January 6, 2012: Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris - We Found Love
(according to boxofficemojo)
Bridesmaids, Captain America: The First Avenger, Fast Five, The Hangover Part II, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Help, Kung Fu Panda 2, Pirates of the Carabbean: On Stranger Tides, Prometheus, Puss in Boots, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Thor, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, X-Men: First Class
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