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25+ Things You Completely Forgot Happened This Decade

We went through a lot this past decade. Things are changing faster than ever and it can be hard to keep up! Still, it’s crazy to think that some of these things only came into our lives less than ten years ago, or that some of these things ever existed in the first place… We’ll leave it to you to judge for yourself.

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Viral songs, trending hashtags, and bizarre one-off occurrences – we had it all this decade and then some. Take a look at our list of the often-forgotten things that happened over the last ten years. But we’re warning you – it’s likely you’d have gladly left a lot of this in the past!

In 2013 We Harlem Shook

What kind of a break down did the world have when everyone started dancing to the “Harlem Shake” in 2013? Electronic music producer and DJ Baauer was the young man behind the song, which saw anyone posting their “shake” on the internet. In many instances, the dancer would be wearing a full-body morph suit.

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The video would begin usually with one person standing with other people in a room, before dancing on their own. Once the beat of the song came in, the disinterested people would suddenly join in on the “shake” and going crazy. It was a bizarre moment to be alive.

In 2018 Banksy Pushed the Boundaries of Art

The secretive British graffiti artist Banksy managed to trick us all with this clever stunt in October 2018. He self-destructed his own work of art after it was bought at auction for $1.4 million, to the dismay of the bidder. It occurred just after the auction took place, making it a once-in-a-lifetime performance piece.

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The painting was of “Girl With Balloon,” which was renamed after the stunt took place. Now on display at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart art museum in Germany, the work has been renamed “Love Is in the Bin.” Basically, if it wasn’t clear enough already, he couldn’t care less about your money.

In 2016 We Said Goodbye to Harambe

In May 2016, the 17-year-old western lowland gorilla of central Africa was shot by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden when a three-year-old boy climbed into his enclosure. It was a sad event, as Harambe was killed due to zoo protocol that prioritized protecting the child’s life.

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The incident raised questions about the danger that a zoo poses to an animal’s life, and the internet ran wild with memes and comments. The public grieved for the silverback gorilla and rained criticism on the powers that be for letting it get to that stage. RIP Harambe!

In 2011 Rebecca Black Broke the Internet

This might be one of those things you’d rather forget, but we’re reminding you this existed. Young Youtube sensation Rebecca Black’s song “Friday” became a viral hit in March of 2011, delighting and annoying people all around the world. For the music video, Rebecca and her teenage friends danced around to the infamous pop ballad.

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Belting lyrics such as “Gettin’ gay on Friday,” and “Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal,” the 13-year-old managed to achieve what much older counterparts fail to do. She took a song with simple lyrics and became an overnight success. Not necessarily for the right reasons as many viewers complained about how bad it was. Regardless of the negative publicity, Rebecca managed to kickstart her career as a singer with it.

In 2014 We Raised $115 Million with Ice Water

Let’s travel back in time to the summer of 2014. Do you recall when everyone was throwing a bucket of ice-cold water on themselves and posting videos of it on the internet? It’s likely you do, as it’s one of the viral trends that inflicted just the right amount of pain as well as raised money for a good cause.

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It was shocking enough to grab people’s attention, and in the end, it raised nearly $120 million dollars for ALS awareness and research. It enabled the ability to provide money for the research and the development of new drugs for those afflicted with the disease, and even leading to the discovery of the ALS gene. Good work everyone!

In 2019 U.S. Women’s Soccer Flourishes

It has been truly an exciting time for women in sports this last decade. The U.S. Women’s Soccer team broke a new record when they won against the Netherlands in Lyon, France, July 2019. They became the first country to win two consecutive titles in the Women’s World Cup, scoring 26 goals throughout the tournament.

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They also became the first country to earn four Women’s World Cup wins altogether, with team players Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scoring a goal each in the second half of their final match. Rapinoe herself achieved both the Golden Ball (the tournament’s top player) and the Golden Boot (the tournament’s top scorer) during the season.

In 2010 the Ipad Changed the Game

In April 2010, the first iPad was released and we never looked back. It was, at the time, not taken too seriously as a technology gadget, rather thought of as a novelty purchase or expensive luxury. Today, you’ll find toddlers keenly swiping on candy crush and pensioners checking on the weather app.

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It’s fair to say that people weren’t exactly expecting the tablet to take off as it did, but now we can hardly imagine a society without them. And to think, it’s only been a decade since the first generation of iPad’s came into the rotation. What were we doing beforehand we wonder!

In 2010 It Was the End of an Era for Blockbuster Video

In one of the most heart-wrenching stories of the decade, who could remember when everybody’s favorite video shop, Blockbuster finally announced it was shutting its doors. Ever since Blockbuster Video opened to the public in 1985, it had become one of America’s most beloved brands.

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For video lovers around the world, the entertainment franchise became a household name. After peaking at over 9,000 stores worldwide, over time the market and technology changed. So the franchise sadly filed for bankruptcy in 2010. Ever since, Blockbusters has gradually closed all its branches, spelling an end of an era for a generation of video-tape lovers.

In 2018 New Age Royals Tied the Knot

No one had any idea that a year and a half after they married in May 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would step down from their royal duties as they recently announced. They married in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor in front of approximately 600 guests, as well as 30 million viewers on the TV.

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In some ways, Meghan opted for a humble design. There were little details added to the classic silhouette. However, it wasn’t really all that down-to-earth; it was after all a Givenchy dress that sported a 16.5-foot-long veil, for which the internet couldn’t let go.

In 2017 The Great American Eclipse Happened

On August 21st in 2017, a once-in-a-lifetime natural occurrence took place. It darkened the horizons for the whole of the United States, something which hadn’t occurred in 99 years. It’s unusual for the disk of the moon to entirely cover the disk of the sun, especially from the east to the west coast of America.

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You’ll likely remember everyone trying to plan accordingly so they would be outside at the right time to see it. But if you weren’t lucky enough, don’t worry – another complete solar eclipse of the US will happen in 2024, only this time it will be from the north pole to the south. We can’t wait!

In 2016 Everyone Tried the Mannequin Challenge

Who remembers when this made the rounds on the internet? This viral internet trend invited people to remain frozen, like a mannequin, while a moving camera pans across. Often, people would try and one-up others by making their videos more complex or involving more people.

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The participatory nature of this challenge made it engaging and competitive. It’s been speculated that it started in a school in Florida but was picked up by celebrities and athletes alike, giving it an even larger platform. Some of the videos were so well-choreographed, they looked like they were straight from a movie set!

In 2017 Millennials Were Obsessed Over These

In 2017, all kids wanted was one of these – fidget spinners. They came in a variety of colors and eventually a selection of different shapes came to market, but they all did more or less the same thing. The goal was to keep it spinning when it’s balanced on just your thumb. But they initially had a more practical purpose.

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They were initially intended to help people focus better and act as an outlet for nervous energy, but that purpose was soon forgotten once they started coming out in new and fun colors. It’s not really understood why they suddenly blew up in 2017 as they had been around for years before. Either way, today they’re readily available at your local kiosk or by the supermarket checkout.

In 2016 Leo’s Day Finally Came

It was a running joke on the internet for many years, that actor Leonardo DiCaprio would always be nominated for an Oscar but never manage to win won. He had received multiple nominations, and the internet would joke that he held a deep frustration about never quite getting his hands on one.

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People were even starting to speculate if he had annoyed the Academy in some way, as many thought he had been long overdue an Oscar. Finally, in 2016, he received one for his performance in The Revenant. He won the Best Actor award for the 88th Academy Awards and the internet rejoiced.

In 2016 We Mourned this Video-Sharing App

Remember Vines? They were the TikTok of yesteryear, the video platform for short attention spans, and teenagers to celebrities alike were creating funny six-second videos to post on the video-sharing app. But in October of 2016, they shut down at only three years old. It’s crazy to think they had over 200 million active users!

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Despite the enormous amount of users, it just wasn’t successful enough for Twitter to keep on. It’s six short seconds didn’t allow for it to be a sustainable business model and as such, Twitter had to let go of 350 of its employees working for the app. And when Instagram launched the story feature, it was game over for Vine.

In 2016 Pokémon Was a Go

In July 2016, the world literally ran circles for the hottest new game, Pokémon Go. In something that looked a little reminiscent of Black Mirror, adults and children alike were running around the streets with their eyes glued to their phone screens. It’s still playable today, although not as feverously popular as it once was.

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This augmented-reality mobile game caught so much traction that even people who weren’t particular fans of Pokémon were playing it. People were out in their neighborhoods and meeting strangers in a bid to catch Pachirisu. And a game hasn’t taken the world by storm in such a way ever since.

In 2011 We All Went Horizontal

It was absolutely everywhere for a period of time in 2011. People were planking in train stations, on trees, on the floor, and even on handrails. The idea was to lie face down and as straight-bodied as possible, which then became an unspoken challenge on where the weirdest place to plank, was.

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It marks the beginning of the “viral trend” or social media-led challenge, as it was extremely popular and posted all over the place. People couldn’t help but try it for themselves and put up pictures of their attempts. It’s even been described as a public craze. Whatever it was, we’re glad it’s in the past.

In 2013 Anna Kendrick Inspired People to Play With Cups

As spring transitioned into summer in 2013, one movie had people singing a new tune. The film Pitch Perfect, starring Anna Kendrick, saw the young actress singing the song “When I’m Gone” and soon enough it was on the tip of everyone’s tongue. The particular scene in which she sings it struck a chord with many of us.

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It wasn’t long before people were uploading videos of themselves singing it, too. It became something of a viral movement, as she accompanied her song with the acoustics from a plastic cup. It inspired people to take inanimate objects and see if they could make music with them as Anna did.

In 2017 It Was Time to Come Forward

Enough was enough. After years of abuse going unaccounted for, a few brave individuals came forward to hold Harvey Weinstein responsible for his terrifying misconduct of power. The Hollywood producer was met with several public allegations and, in October 2017, the #MeToo movement came to be.

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The hashtag was blazoned across social media platforms and encouraged thousands of women to step forward with their own experiences of abuse and victimhood. It led to widespread public awareness and is now recognized as a significant moment in feminist history.

In 2013 We All Questioned What the Fox Says?

Who knows how we’ll explain this to younger generations. Norwegian comedy-duo Ylvis released the weirdest song, The Fox, in which they ask repeatedly ask the question, “what does the fox say?” No one could know that this electronic novelty dance song would blow up the way it did in September 2013.

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In the equally strange video, the two men dress as foxes and roam around the woods at night. They proceed to make a variety of animal noises such as “dog goes ‘woof, cat goes ‘meow” but they fail to inform us what the fox actually does say; it’s still a mystery to this day.

In 2017 We Saw Resistance to the Presidency

The largest single-day protest in United States history took place at the beginning of 2017, where millions of people took to the streets of Washington and other major cities. They were supporting issues such as gender equality and civil rights, which they felt were under attack with the new presidency.

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The “Women’s March” consisted of over 600 marches worldwide attended by over 5 million people. In Washington alone, over half a million people turned up to the demonstration against the Trump administration.

In 2012 People Believed in Mayan Prophecy

Did you forget? The world was abuzz with the news that on December 21st in 2012, the world was going to end. Allegedly, the Mayan calendar informed us of such an occurrence, but when the day finally arrived and nothing happened, all fears were put to rest for the time being.

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It wasn’t exactly clear how we were all going to be wiped off the face of the earth, but that didn’t stop people from theorizing. Were we going to be hit by a huge meteor? Were we on the verge of an incurable outbreak? Maybe political affairs would turn nuclear? No one knew for sure.

In 2011 The World Caught Linsanity

The sports fans among us might recall this momentous victory for basketballer Jeremy Lin. He succeeded in leading his team onto a seven-game winning streak in the 2011 – 2012 basketball season. And the New York Knicks had him to thank as the backup point guard.

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Jeremy was the first NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent and garnered attention for his religious Christian outlook that wasn’t typically seen of someone in his position. The world caught “Linsanity,” a term used to describe the big international support that Jeremy was getting.

In 2015 the Selfie Craze Kicked Off

It’s not just Kim Kardashian we have to thank for the rise of the selfie photo – who remembers when she published the book Selfie in 2015 which contained pictures only of herself? With the development of smartphone technology and the growing accessibility to the device, more and more people have taken to their front-facing camera to capture that moment in time.

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Behind us are the days when you’d ask a stranger to stand back a few meters and snap you beside a landmark. Today, you can do it all yourself. We’ve truly never been so self-reliant with self-portraiture than we are today, and we have the technology to thank for that as well as celebrity favor for it.

In 2011 We Read the Potter Epilogue

Arguably one of the most popular franchises to ever come about, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series was an international phenomenon that captured the imaginations of kids and adults alike. And for many young people, they had grown up watching the film adaptations.

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That’s why when the eighth and final movie came out in 2011, Potterheads around the world were sad to see the end of it. Of course, it still lives on through Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the broadway play The Cursed Child, but the last film of the franchise marked the end on an era. It ended up ranking as the twelfth highest-grossing film of all time.

In 2011 The World’s Most Eligible Bachelor Gets Hitched

It was one of the highest-covered events that happened in 2011. Prince William tied the knot with his long-term girlfriend, then known to us simply as Kate Middleton. It was extremely anticipated and not just by the Brits, drawing in almost 30 million people worldwide to their TV screens.

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It’s now been eight years since the televised marriage, and we’re happy to see that they’re still going strong. They have three young children together, which we’re still trying to wrap around our heads. We remember watching the Royal wedding at home like it was yesterday!

In 2019 Congress Was the Most Diverse It Had Ever Been

In January 2019 there was a new reason to celebrate. Congress had officially become the most racially diverse it had ever been, with over one in every fifth member (22%) belonging to an ethnic minority. It was the fifth time in a row and showed growing progress in diversifying the U.S. House of Representatives.

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It saw more people in Congress who were female, a person of color or someone who identifies as LGBTQ. There were 177 women elected to office. including the first Native-American woman and Muslim woman to hold the position. While Congress is still disproportionately white, progress is being made.

In 2012 Tinder Launched and Changed How We Date

App-dating is the new norm. These days, Millenials especially are far more comfortable swiping left and right on one of the many apps on the market than approaching someone in real life. We live in a new and unprecedented age of dating, and it’s all thanks to the rise of Tinder, Bumble, and Happn, among others.

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App-dating allows us to streamline who we want to have a chance with, by judging them solely on their appearance and what little information they might provide about themselves. It also eliminates the stresses of initial rejection, as the user is only alerted to when they have also been “swiped right.” Dating has never been more tech-driven than in the last decade.

In 2016 Google Put a Blind Man in the Driving Seat

Google’s self-driving car had finally arrived in 2016. It’s called Waymo, and as the CEO John Krafcik put it: “We’re a self-driving car company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get around.” They put that to the test by putting a clinically-diagnosed blind man behind the wheel.

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The test exemplified the car’s self-steering capabilities. Google succeeded in proving that Waymo could be the future of cars on the road, as it could cut down on traffic deaths significantly by eliminating human error as much as possible. While there are many obstacles still to overcome to change the way we drive, Google achieved a new first with their self-driving vehicle this decade.

In 2012 Mustache-Mania Really Took Off

It’s impossible to forget. We don’t know how it happened, but the simple emblem of a mustache took the world by storm. The icon was plastered everywhere; from mugs to pillows to jewelry, you couldn’t leave your house without seeing it somewhere. And brands were sure on top of this trend.

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There’s a couple of theories on what started it. First, it’s suspected that the Movember movement, which sees men growing facial hair as part of men’s cancer awareness, grew in popularity and inspired all these designs. Another school of thought suspects your everyday hipsters clung on to the trend of growing out long facial hair and wanted an excuse to see them everywhere. Either way, it became a hugely popular theme in the 2010s.

In 2016 Everyone Was Scared Their Phone Might Catch Fire

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was released in August 2016 and it didn’t take long before complaints started to pile up about their phones spontaneously catching on fire. But it wasn’t just happening with Samsung – one teenage girl’s bedroom burnt to a crisp after she left her iPhone charging overnight that same year.

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With the sudden widespread panic about these unpredictable new phones, Samsung was forced to issue a recall. With this the company discovered some phones had accidentally been manufactured with defects in the phones’ batteries and allowed for dangerous overheating, resulting in fires. And for the hefty price tag, they came with, that’s quite an oversight.

In 2015 Emojis Finally Became More Inclusive

Ah, we now couldn’t imagine life before emojis! But remember when all our messages were littered with Simpsons-style generic yellow icons and smilies? Back then, people were fearful that the idea of creating emojis in different skin shades would lead to abuse on social media.

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Thankfully, after research revealed that modified emojis helped users express themselves online; in 2015 the creators had a change of heart. In a move to promote inclusivity and diversity, a new set of emojis in five skin shades rolled out, ranging from “pale white” to the “darkest brown.”

In 2010 Dubai Unveiled The Tallest Skyscraper in the World

While the competition is fierce, and many countries have tried, in 2010, Dubai shattered all previous records as they unveiled the tallest Skyscraper in the world. The gravity-defying structure was dubbed Burj Khalifa and towered over the skyline at an impressive height of 829.8 m tall.

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The construction for the supersized structure first began in 2004 and took six years to complete. Amazingly, it now holds several world records, including the tallest structure ever built, the world’s highest restaurant and the world’s highest New Year display of fireworks.

In 2015 A Dress Melted The Internet

As we flashback to 2015, who could forget the dress that melted the internet!? It all started when a user shared a photo online of a wedding guest wearing a striped dress. The user asked the internet, “Guys please help me. Is this dress white and gold, or blue and black?” Before long, that photo divided the world and caused a full-blown social media storm.

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That photo tested everyone’s color senses to the max and started an internet debate over the color of that dress. Soon enough, #The Dress started trending across the web. And families, friends, co-workers, celebrities, and every person on the street couldn’t help but join in the “Great Dress Debate” of 2015.

In 2019 Scientists Captured a Shot of The Black Hole

While scientists have researched and theorized about the phenomenon of the Black Hole for years, amazingly in 2019 they finally got the proof they needed. Thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope, scientists were able to capture an image of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.

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According to science, a black hole is a dense, compact object which has such a strong gravitational pull, that nothing can escape it. That even includes light. Scientists have known about this for many years. But in 2019, they finally developed the groundbreaking technology needed to capture it in all its glory. Pictured: 66 high-precision antennas that make-up one section of the array of telescopes that captured the image.

In 2010 Farmville Took Over Our Game Screens

Although Farmville was first created in 2009 by Zynga, the agriculture-simulation social network video game really blew up in the last decade. Before long, school children and adults alike were happy to spend their days pretending to farm on Facebook for fun and virtual coins.

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By 2010, the game reached fever pitch and peaked at 83.76 million monthly users. If you weren’t so into the trend then you’ll probably remember your friends and family members flooding your newsfeed with updates about what level they’d reached on their make-believe farms.

In 2010 Instagram Was Born and Gave Way to “Influencers”

The 2010s have seen the rise of a whole new profession; the influencer. Now, social media stars are making incredible amounts of money by posting images of themselves with whichever brand or company sponsors them. And to think, it all started when Instagram came about in 2010.

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Who remembers Instagram’s old logo? In 2016, they changed it from the instant-camera design it had always been to so something more streamlined and modern. And today, everyone and their mom have an account, if only to stay up to date on the people they used to go to school with.

In 2014 Segways Surged in Popularity

In one of the most futuristic stories of the decade, Segways began to take over our streets in a big way in the last few years. The two-wheeled, self-balancing personal transporters were originally the brainchild of Dean Kamen, who introduced them to the market in 2001.

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After years of development, the Segway prototype was evolved and fine-tuned. At the beginning of the decade, it was a rare sight to see someone floating down the street on two futuristic-looking wheels. Now in many corners of the world, Segway scooters have become the norm, and an ideal way to float through the day.

In 2018 the World Lost the Last Male White Rhino

For years, White Rhinos have been on the verge of extinction. So, in Sudan armed guards had spent 24 hours a day protecting the last known male White Rhino from dangers of poachers. However, in 2018 they were faced with the news that sent shockwaves around the world.

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That year, we all learned that the last male White Rhino had tragically passed away of old age. The silver lining was that he was succeeded by his daughter and granddaughter. However, if they don’t find another male White Rhino roaming in the world soon, these majestic creatures might be a thing of the past.

In 2015 The Nation Legalized Gay Marriage

The LGBTQ community and its supporters rejoiced on June 26th, 2015. Same-sex marriage was finally legalized across the United States in the historic court case, Obergefell v. Hodges. The Supreme Court ruled that the new law should apply to every state, and people all over the country celebrated in the streets.

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It was a momentous occasion for LGBTQ people, who have long been fighting for equal rights and wider acceptance. But while the queer community was happy to receive such recognition, it maintained awareness of the other hurdles that need to be overcome regarding, awareness, protection, and fair treatment.

In 2013 Miley Cyrus Left Hannah Montana Behind

Certainly a memorable moment. The world was a little taken aback when the young pop star who skyrocketed to fame through her Disney channel show, Hanah Montana attempted the Jamaican dance on 36-year-old Robin. It was 2013, and the two were performing at the MTV Video Music Awards. It turned out to be one of the most controversial collaborations to date.

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Miley wore a skin-colored latex bra and pants set as she hopped around the fully-suited singer. For many people watching at home, the show was too provocative and vulgar. Her moves, outfit and overall mannerisms were certainly a far cry from her days as the innocent Hannah.

In 2016 We Couldn’t Stop Saying “Catch Me Outside”

Danielle Bregoli, also known as Bhad Bhabie, appeared on Dr. Phil in September 2016. The internet exploded with videos, memes, and remix’s of the moment she shouted out at the live studio audience. Now a catchphrase, “Catch me outside, how about that” was what she said to threaten the sniggering audience members.

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She became known as the “Cash me outside” girl, and she soon developed into a TV and media personality off of the back of it. Now she is pursuing a rap career, performing alongside Tory Lanez and Kodak Black. To us, however, she’s always going to be that red-headed girl from Dr. Phil.

In 2016 the Chicago Cubs Became World Series Champions for the First Time in Over a Century

After a thrilling match in Game Seven, the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 and became the champions of the World Series. It was a hugely emotional moment in 2016, as they hadn’t won a World Series since 1908. They had finally put an end to their 108-year-long drought.

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Celebrations ensued everywhere, with the victory taking on a particularly special meaning to long-supporting fans of the club. Many people even took to social media to talk about beloved relatives, alive or passed on, who long dreamed about witnessing this exceptional win.

In 2018 Some People Heard Yanny, Some People Heard Laurel

All of a sudden, a recording of an audio-illusion was doing the rounds on the internet in 2018. Everywhere you went you heard people talking about whether or not they were hearing the word “Yanny” or “Laurel,” with people swearing it was one or the other. Even Hollywood A-listers were weighing in.

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Analysis has confirmed that both words can be heard in the same recording as they are heard on different frequencies. “Yanny” is heard on a higher frequency, whereas “Laurel” is more present in a lower frequency. On Twitter, over 500,000 people replied to a poll on what they were hearing, with 53% hearing “Laurel” and “47% “Yanny.”

In 2015 Katy Perry’s Left Shark Came Under Questioning

Katy Perry was performing for the Super Bowl halftime show in 2015, with one particular number alarming some viewers. The eagle-eyed noticed that one of Katy’s two dancing sharks (back-up dancers dressed as sharks) was completely out of sync and deaf to the rhythm. People went so far as to suspect if he was intoxicated or even performing against his own will.

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But the man behind the left shark suit finally came out three years later, revealing himself to be Bryan Gaw. He explained: “There’s what’s called free-style choreography, or, like, you get to move around or play your character as a dancer. I’m in a 7-foot blue shark costume. There’s no cool in that. So what’s the other option? Well, I’m gonna play a different character.”

In 2015 Steve Harvey Mistakenly Crowned the Wrong Miss Universe

It was a difficult, yet hilarious, thing to witness when Steve Harvey accidentally announced Miss Colombia as the winner of the Miss Universe pageant. So many emotions happened so fast. Steve had to walk back out on stage with his tail between his legs and tell everyone that actually, the crown belonged to Miss Philippines.

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There was even the awkward moment where the stage assistant tried to take the bouquet of flowers away from the real runner up and pass them to Miss Philippines. Either way, the world watched as she was decrowned on stage to a sea of shocked and pitying looks. An amazing moment of television.

In 2017 Fyre Festival Didn’t Happen

Who saw one of the spellbinding documentaries discussing the infamous Fyre Festival last year? When Netflix and Hulu independently released documentaries about the stand-alone event in 2019, people caught on to the full scope of the fraud that took place. It was the luxury music festival, scheduled to take place on the island of Great Exuma in the Bahamas.

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The organizers lied about the festival to business partners, investors, and ticket purchasers alike, with it all leading to an unfortunate and embarrassing inaugural weekend. They couldn’t hide the lack of accommodation, food, and promised musical acts forever and people were not happy upon their arrival.

In 2015 Teenagers Were Attempting the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge

Once Kylie Jenner admitted to using lip fillers for her desired large pout, the challenge to emulate her lips was on. Young fans all over the world were taking to shot glasses, soda bottles, and suction cups to try and force blood into their lips. It’s not an entirely safe practice, and there were reports of young people taking the challenge too far.

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This was the same year Kylie’s makeup line, Kylie Cosmetics was launched. It became a huge overnight success, selling out her liquid lipstick and lipliner set completely in a single minute and crashing the website. And to think, it was all on the back of her infamous lip injections.

In 2019 People Stormed Area 51

“They Can’t Stop All of Us,” was the commonly quoted catchphrase of the “Storm Area 51” movement. It grew out of a viral joke on Facebook, with Californian Matty Roberts creating an event that over two million people RSVP’d to. It was a joke, but it turned into a reality for some.

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Those who didn’t just want to let the joke go decided to actually put on this festival near the restricted area called “Alien-Stock.” T-shirts, alien masks, and costumes were a common feature of the event, with approximately 6000 people turning up to pitch tents. People may not have found aliens when they went, but they found their community at least.

In 2019 Kids Couldn’t Stop Flossing

The move seen around the world, called flossing involves a highly coordinated dance routine that requires repetitive arm swinging or flailing from side-to-side. This soon became a dance craze for kids, preteens, and adults alike. It was a 16-year-old American schoolkid named Russell Horning that created this bizarre dance and has since shot to internet fame under the name The Backpack Kid.

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Horning is known not just for his flailing arms, but also his serious expression and front-facing head while he executes his moves. He recalls how fast it all happened: “I just posted a video on Instagram just for fun, only thinking about 30 or 40 people would see it, then that video just blew up.” And it wasn’t just kids – even celebrities were getting in on it.

In 2012 Gangnam Style Became a Cross-Cultural Phenomenon

To the world’s surprise, South Korean musician Psy became the most famous face on the planet in 2012. His hit song and music video Gangnam Style saw him popularize his signature dance move where he mimics riding a horse. It was an instant hit and became the most-watched video in history.

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This single video raked in over two billion views after it’s release in the summer, with the small-time South Korean artist blowing up overseas. He was interviewed on talk show hosts in America, England, and even Australia. Basically, no one saw it coming that Psy would become an international sensation.