2012 Fun Facts, History and Trivia

2012 Fun Facts, History and Trivia

Top Ten Baby Names of 2012:
Sophia, Emma, Isabella, Olivia, Ava, Jacob, Mason, Ethan, Noah, William

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Mila Kunis, Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lawrence, Olivia Munn, Emma Stone, Megan Fox, Emma Watson, Malin Ackerman, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Olivia Wilde

The Heartthrob(s):
Chris Evans, Ryan Lochte, Stephen Amell, Tom Hardy, Justin Timberlake, Robert Pattinson, Hugh Laurie, Christian Bale, Adam Levine

Fresh Faces:
Rita Ora, Frank Ocean

“The Quote:”
“There are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business you didn’t build that.” – President Barack Obama

“Puny god”
-Hulk in The Avengers

“The ‘D’ is silent.”
Jamie Foxx in Djago Unchained

Time Magazine’s Person of the Year:
Barack Obama

Miss America:
Laura Kaeppeler

Miss USA:
Olivia Culpo (Miss Universe), Nana Meriwether

The Scandals:
The middle finger that M.I.A. flashed during the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show was a result of the singer’s Hindu spiritual enlightenment, she claimed.

Most of the millions of fans who were watching her back up Madonna disagreed. When sued by the NFL for $1.5 million, she defended herself by saying that it was no big deal since there were young, provocative cheerleaders also performing.

Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) blackout as the largest protest in the history of the internet, so far.

The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar reached the date 13.0.0.0.0 on December 21, 2012. Many people thought that this would be the end of the world.

The Terrible:
28 people, including 20 children, were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut

Pop Culture News:

Stephen Hawking won the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world

Google’s Gmail became the world’s most popular email service

Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977, passed the heliopause, entering interstellar space. (The heliopause is the theoretical boundary where the Sun’s solar wind is stopped by the interstellar medium; where the solar wind’s strength is no longer great enough to push back the stellar winds of the surrounding stars.)

Walt Disney purchased Lucasfilm Ltd and its rights for Star Wars and Indiana Jones for $4.05 billion

Russian scientists regenerated Silene stenophylla (a flower) from a 31,800 year old group of cells, a record for regeneration.

Edvard Munch’s famous painting ‘The Scream’ sold at auction for $119,922,500.

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey resulting in 110 deaths and $50 billion in damage and forces the New York stock exchange to close

In March, Wendy’s overtook Burger King to become the second best selling hamburger chain.

For the first time since 1977 no Pulitzer Prize is awarded for fiction.

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’ grossed $500 million in 24 hours to become the biggest entertainment launch of all time

Doomsday Clock:
5 minutes to midnight, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
2012: “The challenges to rid the world of nuclear weapons, harness nuclear power, and meet the nearly inexorable climate disruptions from global warming are complex and interconnected. In the face of such complex problems, it is difficult to see where the capacity lies to address these challenges.” Political processes seem wholly inadequate; the potential for nuclear weapons use in regional conflicts in the Middle East, Northeast Asia, and South Asia are alarming; safer nuclear reactor designs need to be developed and built, and more stringent oversight, training, and attention are needed to prevent future disasters; the pace of technological solutions to address climate change may not be adequate to meet the hardships that large-scale disruption of the climate portends.

The Habits:
Playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Dancing to PSY’s “Gangnam Style, Reading Fifty Shades of Gray by E.L. James or The Hunger Games (Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins

2012 Toys inducted to the National Toy Hall of Fame:
Star Wars action figures, Dominoes

Broadway Show – Once (Musical) Opened on March 18, 2012 and Closed: January 4, 2015

Broadway Show – Newsies (Musical) Opened on March 29, 2012 and Closed: August 24, 2014

Best Film Oscar Winner:
The Artist (presented in 2102)

2012 Entries to The National Film Registry:
3:10 to Yuma (released in 1957)
Anatomy of a Murder (released in 1959)
The Augustas (released in 1930s/1950s)
Born Yesterday (released in 1950)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (released in 1961)
A Christmas Story (released in 1983)
Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight (released in 1897)
Dirty Harry (released in 1971)
Hours for Jerome: Parts 1 and 2 (released in 1980-82)
Kidnapper’s Foil (released in 1930s)
A League of Their Own (released in 1992)
The Matrix (released in 1999)
The Middleton Family at the New York World’s Fair (released in 1939)
One Survivor Remembers (released in 1995)
Parable (released in 1964)
Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia (released in 1990)
Slacker (released in 1991)
Sons of the Desert (released in 1933)
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (released in 1973)
They Call It Pro Football (released in 1966)
The Times of Harvey Milk (released in 1984)
Two-Color Kodachrome Test Shots No. III (released in 1922)
Two-Lane Blacktop (released in 1971)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (released in 1914)
The Wishing Ring: an Idyll of Old England (released in 1914)

The Big 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

Sports:
World Series Champions: San Francisco Giants
Superbowl Champions: New York Giants
NBA Champions: Oklahoma City Thunder
Stanley Cup Champs: Los Angeles Kings
U.S. Open Golf: Webb Simpson
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies): Andy Murray/Serena Williams
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Roger Federer/Serena Williams
NCAA Football Champions: North Dakota State
NCAA Basketball Champions: Kentucky
Kentucky Derby: I’ll Have Another

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