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2013 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

<< - 2012

2013 History Snapshot

  • Politics? From 1993 to 2013, about 10% of total electricity produced in America was generated by uranium that Russia sent America from its old Soviet nuclear weapons. This was nicknamed it the "swords to plowshares"program.
  • The Top Song was Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke featuring Lil Jon and Ludicris
  • The Big Movies included The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Iron Man 3 and Frozen
  • Price of a Chrysler Town & Country minivan: $30,620.00
    Price of a postage stamp in 2013: 46 cents
    Edy's ice cream, 48 oz: $4.99
  • The World Population was ~ 7,100,000,000
  • When Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013, he became the first Pope to step down in almost 600 years. The last Pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415.
  • PayPal accidentally credited $92 quadrillion to Chris Reynolds in 2013.
  • And... before South Korea named Gangnam Style singer Psy as their tourism ambassador in 2013, the role was filled by American saxophonist Kenny G.

World Series Champions

Boston Red Sox

Superbowl Champions

Baltimore Ravens

National Basketball Association Champions

San Antonio Spurs

NHL Stanley Cup Champions

Chicago Blackhawks

US Open Golf

Justin Rose

US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)

Rafael Nadal/Serena Williams

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Andy Murray/Marion Bartoli

NCAA Football Champions

Florida State

NCAA Basketball Champions


Bowl Games

Orange Bowl: January 1, 2013 - Florida State over Northern Illinois
Rose Bowl: January 1, 2013 - Stanford over Wisconsin
Sugar Bowl : January 2, 2013 - Louisville over Florida
Puppy Bowl IX: February 3, 2013 Most Valuable Puppy: Fitz (a Catahoula Mix)

Kentucky Derby


Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog

Banana Joe V Tani Kazari

Time Magazine's Man of the Year

Pope Francis

Miss America

Mallory Hagan

Miss USA

Erin Brady (Connecticut)

Fashion Icons and Movie Stars

Malin Ackerman, Amy Adams, Alessandra Ambrosio, Gillian Anderson, Jennifer Anniston, Hayley Atwell, Morena Baccarin, Kristen Bell, Ashley Benson, Julie Benz, Beyonce, Alison Brie, Gisele Bündchen, Emilia Clarke, Lauren Cohan, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Kaley Cuoco, Miley Cyrus, Alexandra Daddario, Brooklyn Decker, Kat Dennings, Zooey Deschanel, Natalie Dormer, Jenna Fischer, Isla Fisher, Megan Fox, Karen Gillan, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, Maggie Grace, Ariana Grande, Christina Hendricks, Amber Heard, Katie Holmes, Carly Rae Jepson, Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian, Jana Kramer, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, Blake Lively, Demi Lovato, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lupita Nyong'o, Rooney Mara, Tatiana Maslany, Lea Michele, Aly Michalka, Kate Middleton, Janelle Monae, Alex Morgan, Olivia Munn, Rachel Nichols, Michelle Obama, Rita Ora, Cote de Pablo, Katy Perry, Bar Refaeli, Rihanna, Margot Robbie, Emmy Rossum, Zoe Saldana, Shakira, Cobie Smulders, Emma Stone, Taylor Swift, Sophie Turner, Kate Upton, Sofia Vergara, Emma Watson, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Kristen Wiig, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Williams

"The Quotes"

"If we left, they wouldn't have nobody," the 34-year-old Alvarez says. (see the California shut down an elder care facility story in RIP, Scandals below)

Prince used an image of Dave Chappelle dressed as him on the cover of his 2013 single, Breakfast Can Wait. When asked about it Chappelle said, "What am I going to do... sue him for using a picture of me dressed up like him? That's checkmate right there."

2013 Pop Culture History

Paz Dylan pranked the Grammy Museum when he snuck in and hung a series of informational wall display pieces featuring strange descriptions and photographs of himself eating tacos. Awarding himself song of the year, album of the year, and best new artist of 2013, they hung unnoticed for a month.


Dale Irby, a physical education teacher in Texas, wore the exact same disco-era polyester shirt and coffee-colored sweater vest in his school picture for 40 years in a row, until his retirement in 2013.

The town of Dull in Scotland has been twinned with the town of Boring, Oregon since 2012. In 2013 the town of Bland, Australia joined them in what has become known as the 'Trinity of Tedium'.

The Albuquerque Journal ran an obituary for Breaking Bad character Walter White.

Vincent Vega's 1964 Chevelle Malibu in the movie Pulp Fiction belonged to Tarantino and was stolen while making the movie. The car didn't resurface until 2013, when a cop noticed 2 teenagers stripping the car.

The band, Hanson, launched their own beer in May 2013 called, "Mmmhops".

The largest known discovery of buried gold coins, valued at $10M, was found on a couple's private property in rural California. Known only as John and Mary, the couple has no idea who buried the coins, and they remain anonymous to prevent treasure-seeking trespassers.

In 2013, women earned 60 percent of all bachelor's degrees that were awarded in the United States.

An HGTV viewer (and nurse) wrote in and said she spotted a lump in the neck of Tarek el Moussa, a home rebuilder show host, and she was concerned about it. It was later discovered to be thyroid cancer. He credits her with saving his life.

In August 2013, Google went down for 5 minutes and, as a result, took 40% of all internet traffic with it.

Bitcoins were developed by an anonymous software designer who called himself Satoshi Nakamoto. In 2010 he turned over the source code and disappeared. Nakamoto is believed to be in possession of roughly one million Bitcoin. In December 2013, this was the equivalent of $1.1B

Galaxy Quest, a satire of Star Trek and fandom, is so popular with the latter's fans that it was named the 7th best Star Trek film at the 2013 Star Trek Convention. Actors of TOS, TNG, Voyager and DS9 also have expressed admiration for the film.

After more than 20 years of soda being America's number one beverage, water became Americans' favorite drink.

Mariano Rivera was the last MLB player to wear #42 for an entire season. The MLB retirement of Jackie Robinson's number in 1997 grandfathered players like Rivera who already wore 42 while preventing new players from wearing it.

In 2013, Star Wars was translated into Navajo, making it the first major motion picture translated into any Native American language.

The 2013 Transpacific yacht race from San Francisco to Honolulu was won by the same boat that won in 1936, Durade.

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.

PayPal mistakenly deposited $92.2 quadrillion dollars into a users account. #oopsie

Public Policy Polling conducted a poll in 2013 that found 27% of Americans thought hipsters should be assessed a special tax for being annoying

Marco Alvarado, a 20 year-old Chicago man, told police who pulled him over "I'm gonna be real with you, I have a gun in my ass." The cops then found a gun in his ass.

2013 was the first year in recorded history where consumption of fish has surpassed beef

In 2012, the CEO of Lenovo received a $3 million bonus as a reward for record profits which he in-turn redistributed to about 10,000 of Lenovo's employees. He did this again in 2013.

Nine American babies were named 'Cheese'.

The NIST-F1 is a cesium fountain clock, a type of atomic clock. As of 2013, the clock's uncertainty was about 3.1 × 10-16. It is expected to neither gain nor lose a second in more than 100 million years. The NIST-F2 standard aims to be about three times more accurate than the NIST-F1 standard.

Cost of a 30 second Superbowl ad: 4 Million dollars

RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News

California shut down an elder care facility, Valley Springs Manor, but didn't relocate the residents before the owners stopped operations. Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez, the cook and janitor, stayed behind, unpaid, to give around-the-clock care to 16 patients for two days. "There was about 16 residents left behind, and we had a conversation in the kitchen, 'What are we going to do?' " Rowland said.

In 2013 1200 women died in the US due to complications from pregnancy or birth. In 1995 that number was 460.

2013 was the first year without a Loch Ness Monster sighting since 1933.

The Wall Street Journal discovered a cache of files that revealed the U.S. government lobotomized over 2000 veterans against their will after WW2. The veterans were lobotomized for reasons such as PTSD, depression, schizophrenia, and occasionally homosexuality.

It was illegal for women of Paris to wear pants until February 2013, when France lifted the November 1799 law.

In Stringtown, Oklahoma, population 400, 76 percent of the town's 2013 budget came from traffic tickets. After a state investigation into excessive speed trapping the town's police department was disbanded.

In 2013, Bill Gates admitted that the Ctrl+Alt+Delete command was a mistake, and should have been a single button

Schools in Ambridge, Pennsylvania were put on lock down after a student played the theme song from Fresh Prince of Bel Air on his phone. A teacher misheard the lyrics as "shooting some people outside of the school."

The state of Mississippi ratified the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution that abolished slavery on February 7, 2013.

In 2011, the United States Postal Service printed 3 billion stamps of the Statue of Liberty replica in Las Vegas. In November 2013, the statue's sculptor, Robert Davidson, filed a copyright infringement suit against the U.S. government.

On September 22, 1979 there was an unidentified nuclear explosion in the Indian Ocean, and it is known as the Vela Incident.

Quentin Tarantino's '64 Chevy Malibu was stolen from the set of Pulp Fiction in 1994. It was recovered in 2013.

Brazilian businessman Eike Batista's wealth has decreased by over 99% between March 2012 and July 2013, from a peak net worth of $32 Billion to $200 million and may hold the record for having been the fastest destroyer of wealth.

Steve Wynn bought a Picasso for $45 Million in 1997, accidentally put his elbow through it causing over $90,000 in damages. This story added value to the painting and was sold for $155 Million in 2013.

A 2013 poll of Americans found that 4% of registered voters believe "lizard people" control our societies by gaining political power.

Russian artist and activist Petr Pavlensky sat down naked in Red Square and pounded a nail through his scrotum and into the cobblestone street. He called it a "metaphor of apathy, political indifference, and fatalism of Russian society."

In 2013, the CIA publicly acknowledged the existence of Area 51 for the first time.

Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts

Sony Playstation 4, Wii U, Xbox One, Nintendo 2DS
Top Video Games: Call of Duty: Ghosts, Pokemon X and Y, Grand Theft Auto V

2013/14 Biggest Television Shows

(according to Nielsen TV Research)
1. Sunday Night Football (NBC)
3. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
4. NCIS: Los Angelos (CBS)
5. Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
6. The Blacklist (NBC)
7. Person of Interest (CBS)
8. The Voice (NBC)
9. Blue Bloods (CBS)
10. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

Popular Music Artists

The Biggest Pop Artists of 2013 include:
Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Calvin Harris, Daft Punk, Eminem, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lorde, Luke Bryan, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Mumford & Sons, One Direction, Pearl Jam, Rihanna, Robin Thicke, 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 2013

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

February 2, 2013 - March 1, 2013: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz - Thrift Shop

March 2, 2013 - April 19, 2013: Baauer - Harlem Shake

April 20, 2013 - April 26, 2013: Bruno Mars - When I Was Your Man

April 27, 2013 - May 17, 2013: Pink featuring Nate Ruess - Just Give Me a Reason

May 18, 2013 - June 21, 2013: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us

June 22, 2013 - September 13, 2013: Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell - Blurred Lines

September 14, 2013 - September 27, 2013: Katy Perry - Roar

September 28, 2013 - October 11, 2013: Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball

October 12, 2013 - December 20, 2013: Lorde - Royals

December 21, 2013 - January 17, 2014: Eminem featuring Rihanna - The Monster

Popular Movies

(according to boxofficemojo)
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
2. Iron Man 3
3. Frozen
4. Despicable Me 2
5. Man of Steel
6. Gravity
7. Monsters University
8. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
9. Fast & Furious 6
10. Oz The Great and Powerful

Despicable Me 2, Fast and Furious 6, Frozen, Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug , The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, Monsters University, Oz The Great and Powerful

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