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2012 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

<< - 2011

2012 History Snapshot

  • When NBC was broadcasting the 2012 London Olympic opening ceremony for the US, they skipped over the 7/7 London terror attack tribute and instead showed Ryan Seacrest interviewing Michael Phelps
  • Crime: There were no reports of violent crime in all of New York City on November 26, 2012. This is the first time this was known to have happened.
  • The Top Song was Royals by Lorde
  • The Big Movies included The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games
  • Price of iPad 2 in 2012: 4399.99
    Price of a Little Tykes Cozy Coup: $39.99
  • The World Population was ~ 7,020,000,000
  • There were 6500 US Veteran suicides in 2012, about 17.8 suicides a day.
  • Between 2002 and 2012, college textbook prices rose 82% while overall consumer prices rose 28%.
  • The Worst: Electronic Arts was voted "The Worst Company In America" by The Consumerist for 2 years in a row in 2012 and 2013
  • Before 2012 the largest buyer of kale in the US was Pizza Hut, and they only used it as garnish around their salad bar.
  • And... after the release of The Hunger Games and Brave in 2012, women's participation in archery rose over 100%.

World Series Champions

San Francisco Giants

Superbowl Champions

New York Giants

National Basketball Association Champions

Oklahoma City Thunder

NHL Stanley Cup Champions

Los Angeles Kings

US Open Golf

Webb Simpson

US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)

Andy Murray/Serena Williams

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Roger Federer/Serena Williams

NCAA Football Champions


NCAA Basketball Champions


Bowl Games

Orange Bowl: January 4, 2012 - West Virginia over Clemson
Rose Bowl: January 2, 2012 - Oregon over Wisconsin
Sugar Bowl : January 3, 2012 - Michigan over Virginia Tech
Puppy Bowl VIII: February 5, 2012 Most Valuable Puppy: Fumble (a Terrier Mix)

Kentucky Derby

I'll Have Another

Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog

Palacegarden Malachy

Time Magazine's Man of the Year

Barack Obama

Miss America

Laura Marie Kaeppeler

Miss USA

Olivia Culpo (Rhode Island), Nana Meriwether (Maryland)

Fashion Icons and Movie Stars

Amy Adams, Malin Ackerman, Alessandra Ambrosio, Erin Andrews, Hayley Atwell, Morena Baccarin, Victoria Beckham, Kate Beckinsale, Ashley Benson, Halle Berry, Katrina Bowden, Alison Brie, Rose Byrne, Kari Byron, Emilia Clarke, Lauren Cohan, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Marion Cotillard, Kaley Cuoco, Alexandra Daddario, Brooklyn Decker, Kat Dennings, Zooey Deschanel, Natalie Dormer, Jenna Fischer, Megan Fox, Karen Gillan, Jessica Gomes, Ellie Goulding, Ashley Greene, Lena Headey, Katie Holmes, Michelle Jenneke, Scarlett Johansson, Rashida Jones, Kim Kardashian, Miranda Kerr, Ke$ha, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, Blake Lively, Demi Lovato, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Berenice Marlohe, Lea Michele, Maria Menounos, Kate Middleton, Olivia Munn, Rachel Nichols, Michelle Obama, Rita Ora, Jessica Pare, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Margot Robbie, Emmy Rossum, Allison Scagliotti, Nicole Scherzinger, Emma Stone, Sophie Turner, Kate Upton, Emma Watson, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Kate Upton, Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Emma Watson, Kristen Wiig, Olivia Wilde

"The Quotes"

NASA astronaut Anna Lee Fisher made news in 2012, when, during the landing of the Space Shuttle Discovery at Washington's Dulles Airport, she was asked by an aspiring young astronaut how they could get into the space program, Fisher quipped "study Russian."

2012 Pop Culture History

Amy and Kate Elliot hold the world record for "longest interval between the birth of twins" at 87 days. Which only broke the previous record by 3 days.

Camille Paglia called the finale of "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" the greatest artwork of the modern era, citing its "overwhelming operatic power."

There were no reports of violent crime in all of New York City on November 26, 2012. #peace

Jay-Z released Glory on January 9, 2012, a song dedicated to his first child, Blue Ivy Carter. Because Blue's cries were included at the end of the song and she was officially credited on the song as B.I.C, at two days old, she became the youngest person ever to appear on a Billboard chart.

When the CERN team announced the Higgs boson findings, they presented their slides in Comic Sans.

Despite becoming a big hit in 2012, Ellie Goulding's first hit single "Lights" was recorded in 2008.

A CME (coronal mass ejection) missed earth by only nine days and would, if it had hit, caused global damage with recovery time, in the US alone, estimated at between four to ten years.

Before 2012 the largest buyer of kale in the US was Pizza Hut, and they only used it as garnish around their salad bar.

A broken humerus of a giant fossil sea turtle was found in New Jersey in 1849. In 2012, another broken humerus was discovered, which was found out to be the other half of the exact same bone found 163 years prior.

The Dutch East India Company was the most valuable company ever in world history. With a value of 78 million Dutch Guilders, adjusted to 2012 dollars it was worth $7.4 trillion.

Wladimir Klitschko auctioned off his 1996 Olympic gold medal in March 2012 for charity. The buyer payed $1 million but immediatly returned it because he wanted it to stay in the family.

Choi Gap-bok escaped from prison by squeezing his body through the food slot at the bottom of his cell door. The slot measured 5.9 inches tall and 17.7 inches wide. Choi, a yoga practitioner, applied skin ointment to his body and slipped out while 3 prison guards were sleeping.

M.I.A. was sued by NFL for showing Middle finger during 2012 Superbowl Show.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that competitive cheerleading is NOT a sport and thus, can not be used in place of another women's sport under Title IX.

In 2012 Mathematician Vi Hart sent an open letter to Nickelodeon proving Spongebob's Pineapple was geometrically impossible. Pineapple designer Kenny Pittenger responded by posting a new "mathematically correct" design. This new design is now used on the show.

On July 23, 2012, Earth had a near miss with a solar flare. Had it occurred a week earlier, it could've wiped out communication networks, GPS and electrical grids.

A Pit Bull named Lilly pulled her unconscious owner from the path of an oncoming freight train. The driver said he saw the dog frantically pulling at the woman, not giving up even though the train didn't stop in time. The dog saved the woman and survived impact injuries herself.

Rapper Drake graduated high school on October 2012 at the age of 25.

After Kirani James won Grenada's first-ever Olympic gold medal in 2012, the country was so proud that the government held a giant 3-hour celebratory rally attended by thousands, gave him $186,000, printed new stamps, named a new stadium after him, and built a museum/gym in his home town.

In deep Africa there are accounts of people seeing dinosaur-like creatures that resembles a Brachiosaurus or Apatosaurus. The locals call it Mokèlé-mbèmbé and there have been several documented expeditions to find it from as early as 1776 to as late as 2012.

Employees of Disney World and Disneyland were prohibited from having mustaches, beards and goatees for nearly 50 years until the ban was lifted in 2012. Soul patches are still banned.

BMW paid to name a cold snap weather event after its Mini Cooper car as a promo stunt. The stunt went sour after the snap killed 112 people in Eastern Europe.

Joe Flacco in 2012 was widely mocked after claiming that he was the best NFL quarterback, superior to Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Aaron Rodgers: "I don't think I'd be very successful at my job if I didn't feel that way". Flacco won the Super Bowl that year.

Between 2002 and 2012, college textbook prices rose 82% while overall consumer prices rose 28%.

In 2012, the Smithsonian officially recognized video games as an art form and had an exhibit to "comprehensively examine the evolution of video games as an artistic medium."

Cost of a 30 second Superbowl ad: 3.8 Million dollars

RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News

Ted 'Unabomber' Kaczynski updated his alumni information at Harvard in 2012: he called his eight life sentences "awards" and his current occupation as "prisoner".

In 1911 a colony of Adélie penguins was discovered to have homosexual and necrophilic behaviors. It was at the time considered too indecent for publication. The findings were finally published in 2012.

María Santos Gorrostieta Salazar was the mayor of Tiquicheo Mexico, surviving 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.

Etan Patz was the 1st missing child to have their picture on milk carton in 1979 and his murderer was caught in 2012.

Due to a record 103° temperature in the Chicago area, a retired couple, Burt and Zorine Lindner, was killed when a railroad track warped and caused a train to derail, burying the couple and their car in coal.

When Taylor Swift held a public vote for where she would visit and preform a free concert, trolling 4chan users voted for Boston's Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a childrens school for the deaf and won the vote. The school gat a donation in lieu of the concert. Earlier, Mountan Dew had a contest to name a new green apple flavored drink. 4chan picked up on this and the winning submissions were "Hitler did nothing wrong" and "diabeetus". Neither was chosen.

This year, suicides killed 803,900 people. There were 504,587 homicide deaths and 119,463 people died in war related incidents.

In October 2012, thirteen year old Erin Gallagher committed suicide due to bullying and cyberbulling. Two months later, Erin's fifteen year old sister Shannon committed suicide. Shannon claimed she couldn't live without her Erin.

London was the first city to have ever hosted the Olympics three times. 1908, 1948, and 2012.

When NBC was broadcasting the 2012 London Olympic opening ceremony for the US, they skipped over the 7/7 London terror attack tribute and instead showed Ryan Seacrest interviewing Michael Phelps.

150,000 condoms were provided to the athletes at the 2012 olympics, enough for each athlete to have protected sex 15 times.

17 year old Stacey Irvine was rushed to the hospital with difficulty breathing, anemia, and severe vitamin deficiencies. This was caused by her diet of only chicken nuggets and French fries.

Apple products accounted for 14% of all theft crimes in New York City in 2012.

A Coronal mass ejection barely missed earth in 2012 which could have caused $2 trillion in damages. There is a 12% chance one will hit by 2022.

The body of Richard III, infamous king of England, was lost for over 500 years before being found beneath a parking lot in 2012. #hideandseekchampion

One proposed solution to the US debt ceiling crisis of 2012 was the minting of a 1 trillion dollar coin that would be used to pay off the country's debt.

Google avoided $2 billion in taxes in 2012, by transferring royalty payments from its Irish and Dutch subsidiaries to a Bermuda unit, which was simply headquartered in a local law firm.

Nate Hill, an NY artist dressed up as the Hamburglar and biked around New York City throwing partially-eaten McDonald's cheeseburgers at bystanders. The artist said he wanted it to be "one of those little things that messes up your whole day."

Amanda Bynes was hospitalized in a mental care facility multiple times after her retirement from acting in 2012. After multiple run-ins with the law, control over her finances and medical care were handed over to her mother.

Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts

Sony's PS Vita, Wii U, Wii Mini, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Diablo III

2012/13 Biggest Television Shows

(according to Nielsen TV Research)
2. Sunday Night Football (NBC)
3. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
4. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
5. Person of Interest (CBS)
6. Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
7. American Idol (FOX)
8. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
9. The Voice (NBC)
10. Blue Bloods (CBS)

Popular Music Artists

The Biggest Pop Artists of 2012 include:
Adam Lambert, Adele, Alicia Keyes, Bruno Mars, Calvin Harris, Carly Rae Jepson, Carrie Underwood, Flo Rida, fun., Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, LMFAO, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Maroon 5, Mumford & Sons, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, PSY, Pink, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Train, Usher, Zac Brown Band

(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 2012

November 12, 2011 - January 6, 2012: Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris - We Found Love

January 7, 2012 - February 3, 2012: LMFAO - Sexy and I Know It

February 4, 2012 - February 17, 2012: Adele - Set Fire to the Rain

February 18, 2012 - March 2, 2012: Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)

March 3, 2012 - March 16, 2012: Katy Perry - Part of Me

March 17, 2012 - April 27, 2012: Fun featuring Janelle MonŠe - We Are Young

April 28, 2012 - June 22, 2012: Gotye featuring Kimbra - Somebody That I Used to Know

June 23, 2012 - August 24, 2012: Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe

August 25, 2012 - August 31, 2012: Flo Rida - Whistle

September 1, 2012 - September 28, 2012: Taylor Swift - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

September 29, 2012 - November 30, 2012: Maroon 5 - One More Night

December 1, 2012 - December 21, 2012: Rihanna - Diamonds

December 22, 2012 - February 1, 2013: Bruno Mars - Locked Out of Heaven

Popular Movies

(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Marvel's The Avengers
2. The Dark Knight Rises
3. The Hunger Games
4. Skyfall
5. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
7. The Amazing Spider-Man
8. Brave
9. Ted
10. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, Brave, The Dark Knight Returns, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hunger Games, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Skyfall, Ted, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

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# 1 Hits of 2012
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