2014 Trivia, Facts & History
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2014 History Snapshot
- The Missing Airplane: Malaysian Airliner MH370 vanished without
a trace, with 239 people on board.
- The Top Song was Happy by Pharrel Williams
- The Big Movies included American Sniper, The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay - Part 1 and Guardians of the Galaxy
- Price of Canon Coolpix Camera in 2014: $199.99
Price of a daily paper: $1.00
Advil liquigels: $429.00/20
- The World Population was ~ 7,170,000,000
- Grand Budapest Hotel was shot at 1.37, 1.85 and 2.35:1
to inform the viewer where he is in the timeline, which alternates
between 1985, 1968 and the 1930s.
- Famed molecular biologist James Watson put his 1962 Nobel Prize
up for auction in 2014 due to financial hardships caused by a
controversial statement in 2007. It sold for $4.1 million, and
was promptly returned to him by the buyer.
- And... The Bermuda Land Snail was thought to have gone extinct
in the 70s. In 2014, many were rediscovered in a Hamilton city
alleyway. The snails had colonized the alley early on and the
surrounding city shielded them from the threats that wiped out
the rest of the species.
| 2014 Books
World Series Champions
|San Francisco Giants
|San Antonio Spurs
Stanley Cup Champs
|Los Angeles Kings
US Open Golf
US Tennis: (Men/Ladies)
|Marin Cilic/Serena Williams
|Novak Djokovic/Petra Kvitová
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
FIFA World Cup (Soccer)
Before the FIFA World Cup 2014 Semi Final Match in which they lost
7-1 to Germany, Brazil hadn't lost a single match at a home stadium
in competitive matches since 1975.
Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons
|Erin Andrews, Alessandra Ambrosio, Gillian Anderson,
Hayley Atwell, Morena Baccarin, Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Ashley
Benson, Julie Benz, Tia Blanco, Alison Brie, Emilia Clarke, Lauren
Cohan, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Kaley Cuoco, Alexandra Daddario, Brooklyn
Decker, Kat Dennings, Zooey Deschanel, Gal Gadot, Karen Gillan, Ellie
Goulding, Ariana Grande, Gigi Hadid, Lena Headey, Sarah Hyland, Katie
Holmes, Samantha Hoopes, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Scarlett Johansson,
Victoria Justice, Jennifer Lawrence, Evangeline Lilly, Demi Lovato,
Tatiana Maslany, Rose Mciver, AJ Michalka, Aly Michalka, Kate Middleton,
Olivia Munn, Rachel Nichols, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Olsen, Rita
Ora, Katy Perry, Emily Ratajkowski, Bar Refaeli, Rihanna, Margot Robbie,
Emmy Rossum, Ronda Rousey, Zoe Saldana, Nicole Scherzinger, Léa
Seydoux, Shakira, Taylor Swift, Ivanka Trump, Sophie Turner, Sofia
Vergara, Emma Watson, Deborah Ann Woll
Time Magazine's Persons of the Year
Scandals, RIP and Odd News
Pablo Escobar's personal hitman, John
J. Velásquez, responsible for 3500 murders, was released
from jail in 2014 and is now a YouTube personality with 250,000
When the MV Sewol Ferry started sinking in South Korea in 2014,
the captain told the passengers, mostly secondary school students,
to not move and just stay put. 304 passengers and crew members died
in the disaster.
In 2014, more people died in Mexico as a result of armed conflict
than in Pakistan or Sudan, both regions with active military conflicts.
Pia Farrenkopf died in 2009... but her body wasn't discovered until
2014, largely because she had auto-pay set up for her bills. Her
mummified body was found in the garage of her newly foreclosed home
only after her bank account finally ran dry.
Michelle Carter, a 17 year old girl, was charged with manslaughter
for encouraging her 18 year old boyfriend to commit suicide.
The Trost family had to leave their $450,000 home in Weldon Spring,
MO after it was infested with 4,500 - 6,000 brown recluse spiders
and exterminators were not able to get rid of them.
Greenpeace ruined the ancient South American UNESCO World Heritage
Site- The Nazca Lines for a publicity
stunt of their own.
South Korean Christians put up a Christmas tree visible from the
North Korean Border. North Korea responded by calling it a "tool
for psychological warfare" and threatened to bomb it.
Charles Manson was granted a marriage license, but the wedding was
cancelled after it was discovered that 26 year old Afton Elaine
"Star" Burton only wanted to marry Manson so she and a
friend Craig "Gray Wolf" Hammond could use his corpse
as a tourist attraction after he died.
An 8-year-old boy named Tyler Doohan, saved 6 members of his family
from his burning house before finally succumbing to the fire himself
while trying to save the last victim, his disabled grandfather.
So far, Comcast has won the "Worst Company in America"
award twice, first in 2010 and second in 2014.
In 2014, Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon and owner of WaPo) was named
the world's worst boss by the International Trade Union Confederation
(ITUC), an organization with 176 million members in 162 countries.
When James Brady (the man paralyzed by a gunshot wound from the
Ronald Reagan assassination attempt) died in 2014, it was ruled
a homicide 33 years after the incident.
During a concert, Kanye West halted the performance of Good Life,
due to not the entire audience standing. The person he signaled
out was in a wheelchair.
Romania shipped a reputed 93.4 Tons of gold to Rusia in 1916 so
that Russia would safe keep the Romanian Treasure in the Kremlin
until the end of the war. And, as of 2014, they got back only 33
kg of it.
Namibia raised over $350k by auctioning off the right to hunt one
endangered black rhino. The rhino was past breeding age and detrimental
to the rest of the herd. The money was used to protect endangered
2014 Pop Culture News
In 2014, Betty White was awarded the Guiness World Record for "Longest
TV Career for an Entertainer (Female)", with a 1939 debut.
The US Murder rate in 2014 is less that half of what it was in 1990,
and far lower than the 70's and 80's.
CVS stopped selling tobacco products in favor of promoting good
"Dagobertducktaks" - the 2014 Dutch word of the year
- is an extra tax for the super rich, named after Donald Duck's
uncle Dagobert, known in English as Scrooge McDuck.
As of 2014 the USA ranked 25th worldwide in internet download speeds
and 40th in upload speeds. Though this accounting varies daily,
America's download speeds were never in the top 20 countries.
Google became more valuable than Russia's entire stock market in
The Bermuda Land Snail was thought to have gone extinct in the 70s.
In 2014, many were rediscovered in a Hamilton city alleyway. The
snails had colonized the alley early on and the surrounding city
shielded them from the threats that wiped out the rest of the species.
Original Top Model winner Adrianne Curry fended off an attacker
with a bull whip while dressed as Catwoman at San Diego Comic Con
Mazda recalled 42,000 cars because the yellow sac spider would climb
into the gas tank and form a web inside, blocking airflow. This
was the second recall- the first was in 2011 for the exact same
Cheetos made a fragrance called Cheeteau in 2014 .
Early one morning in St. Petersburg, Florida, a Starbucks drive-thru
customer decided to pay for the next customer's order, which ignited
an 11 hour long pay-it-forward chain that lasted from 7 a.m. and
ended at 6 p.m. later that evening when customer No. 379 declined
In 2014 Hilton Worldwide sold the famous Waldorf Astoria New York
hotel to a Chinese Insurance Company for just under $2 billion,
with plans to turn the Art Deco landmark into luxury apartments.
As of 2014 only two artists have had their first two singles reach
#1 and #2 on the Billboard charts: The Beatles and Iggy Azalea.
Superman would have entered public domain on 1 January 2014 if copyright
terms in the United States had not been extended in the late 1990s.
At this moment, 2033 is the next date to look for possibel changes.
In 2014 the ALS Association received $100.9 million in donations
compared to $2.8 million during the same period the year before
thanks to the ice bucket challenge.
ISTAT, the Italian government's National Institute of Statistics,
won an "IG Nobel Prize" (a parody of the nobel prizes)
in economics, for " including revenue from illegal drug sales,
prostitution, smuggling, etc., in GDP reporting, in order to meet
an EU regulatory mandate."
Godzilla was only seen for about 8 minutes in the 2014 film Godzilla.
Taylor Swift accidentally released 8 seconds of white noise on iTunes
for $1.29. It became #1 in Canada almost immediately before being
English YouTube star Zoella uploaded a picture to Instagram of a
"random man & his dog" on the beach. The "random
man" was Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.
A Swiss Bank Deposit Vault containing 8 million five centime coins,
or 400,000 Swiss francs was sold. It has been described as "the
perfect gift for a real life Scrooge McDuck".
In 2014, bots outnumbered humans on the internet for the first time
in history, making up 60 percent of all web traffic.
Molecular biologist James Watson put his Nobel Prize up for auction
in 2014 due to financial hardships. It sold for $4.1 million, and
was promptly returned to him by the buyer.
Shavarsh Karapetyan who was a 17-time world champion finswimmer
and heard that a bus crashed in the water. He went in the deep water
and rescued 20 people from drowning. After 10 years he rescued more
people from a burning hospital. He also carried the torch in the
Winter Olympics of 2014.
At the 2014 Kid's Choice Awards for Nickelodeon, nominees for "Favorite
Book" included Harry Potter, which ended in 2007, and The Hobbit,
which was published in 1937.
In 2014 only 7 humans were killed by sharks while an estimated 63,000,000
sharks were killed by humans.
111-year-old Alexander Imich was a survivor of both the Holocaust
and the Soviet gulags. Mr. Imich also became the World's Oldest
Living Man in 2014.
United Passions opened in 10 US theatres on its three day
opening weekend and only grossed $941, the lowest opening in US
box office history.
If all the K-cups sold in 2014 were laid end to end, they would
circle the Earth at least 10 times.
"The Simpsons Guy", the 2014 crossover between The
Simpsons and Family Guy, was described by one critic
as a "blight on humanity itself".
During the Super Bowl and Puppy Bowl, Nat Geo Wild showed the "Fish
Bowl", a 4 hour clip of a goldfish swimming in a bowl.
Because the NFL owns and enforces the trademark for the term "Super
Bowl," almost all ads and commercial uses will instead reference
"The Big Game" or something similar. Stephen Colbert even
used "The Supurb Owl" in 2014.
Cost of a 30 second Superbowl ad: 4.25 Million dollars.
A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO serial number 3851GT sold at Bonham's Quail
Auction on August 14, 2014 for US $34,650,000.00 ($38,115,000.00
including buyers premium), breaking the record previously held by
a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R race car
Dr. Oz The Good Life began publication
|Ice Bucket Challenge
2014's Most Popular Christmas Gifts
|New Nintendo 3DS XL
|American Sniper, Big Hero 6, Captain America: The Winter
Soldier, Gaurdians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five
Armies, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, The LEGO Movie, Maleficent,
Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: Days of Future Past
The Big Movies
|(according to boxofficemojo)
1. American Sniper
2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
3. Guardians of the Galaxy
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
5. The LEGO Movie
6. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
7. Transformers: Age of Extinction
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past
10. Big Hero 6
2014/15's Most Popular TV
| (according to Nielsen
1. Sunday Night Football (NBC)
2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
3. NCIS (CBS)
4. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
5. Empire (FOX)
6. Thursday Night Football (CBS)
7. Dancing With The Stars (ABC)
8. Criminal Minds (CBS)
9. Madam Secretary (CBS)
10. Scandal (ABC)
| The Biggest Pop Artists of 2014 include:
Ariana Grande, Beyonce, The Black Keys, Blake Shelton, Coldplay,
Eminem, Florida Georgia Line, Frozen Soundtrack, Guardians of the
Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1, Iggy Azalea, J. Cole, Jason Aldean, John
Legend, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, One Direction,
Pharrell Williams, Pitbull, Taylor Swift, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga,
Weird Al Yankovic, Wiz Khalia
(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 2014
|December 21, 2013 - January 17, 2014: Eminem featuring
Rihanna - The Monster
January 18, 2014 - February 7, 2014: Pitbull featuring Kesha
February 8, 2014 - March 7, 2014: Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
- Dark Horse
March 8, 2014 - May 16, 2014: Pharrell Williams - Happy
May 17, 2014 - June 6, 2014: John Legend - All of Me
June 7, 2014 - July 25, 2014: Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
July 26, 2014 - September 5, 2014: Magic! - Rude
September 6, 2014 - September 19, 2014: Taylor Swift - Shake
September 20, 2014 - November 28, 2014: Meghan Trainor - All
About That Bass
November 29, 2014 - January 16, 2015: Taylor Swift - Blank
More Pop Culture Resources
|Popular Music in 2014
# 1 Hits of 2014