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
Chris Evans, Ryan Lochte, Stephen Amell, Tom Hardy, Justin Timberlake, Robert Pattinson, Hugh Laurie, Christian Bale, Adam Levine
Rita Ora, Frank Ocean
“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
-Hulk in The Avengers
“The ‘D’ is silent.”
Jamie Foxx in Djago Unchained
Time Magazine’s Person of the Year:
Olivia Culpo (Miss Universe), Nana Meriwether
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.
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
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
Best Film Oscar Winner:
The Big Movies: (according to boxofficemojo)
1. Marvel’s The Avengers
2. The Dark Knight Rises
3. The Hunger Games
5. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
7. The Amazing Spider-Man
10. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
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
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