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Pop Culture News 2008

During a world-wide hops (needed to make beer) shortage in 2008, Sam Adams brewing company sold craft brewers their hops at cost to keep them in business and has given over 3 million in loans to small breweries to spur competition. 

For The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger designed the look for The Joker with makeup he got from a drug store. 

Lindsay Lohan tied with Lindsay Lohan for the worst actress Razzie award for both her roles in the movie I Know Who Killed Me. 


When Barbra Walters interviewed Miley Cyrus in her home in 2008, the camera crew managed to clog all of Miley's toilets. Instead of getting angry, Miley and family later sent Barbra a golden toilet figurine reading "So you'll always remember the Cyrus family." 

The last surviving Civil War widow, Maudie Hopkins, didn't pass away until 2008. She married an 86 year old veteran when she was only 19. 

In 2008 Monty Python decided to start their own Youtube channel. They uploaded HQ videos of their sketches which in only a few days resulted in a 16,000% increase in DVD box set sales. 


2008's wealthiest person, Warren Buffett still lived (lives) in a 5 bedroom house he bought for $31,500 in 1957. 

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. 

For one day in 2008 there was an app in the App Store that cost $999.99 USD and did nothing. 8 people bought it. 

A 4chan user made a prank about how Steve Jobs "died of a heart attack", after the prank went around social media, Apple's stock dropped around $5,000,000,000 because of the' joke'. 

There was a sushi-gate in 2008, where two students proved through DNA testing that many NY restaurants would switch the fish in their sushi from high-end (like white tuna) to low-end (like tilapia). 


In 1988, actor Gary Busey was in a severe motorcycle accident. Busey, not wearing a helmet, was in a coma for 33 days. In 2008, a psychiatrist determined that the accident caused brain damage and that is why he is considered to have an eerie and bizarre persona. 

Nebraska implemented a law to allow parents to drop off unwanted newborns at safe havens; the law didn't state an age limit, and nearly all the children abandoned were over ten years old. 


A Brazilian priest, Father Adelir Antonio, as part of a fundraiser, strapped 1000 balloons to a lawn chair and sent himself up. Weeks later, he was found dead at sea, earning him a Darwin Award. 


In 1987, Steve Rothstein bought a lifetime unlimited first class American Airlines ticket for $250,000. He flew over 10,000 flights costing the company $21,000,000. They terminated his ticket in 2008. 


According to a 2008 study published in the journal of Applied Animal Behavior Science, the most aggressive dog breeds are Dachshunds (wiener dogs), Chihuahuas, and Jack Russell Terriers; not the Pitbull, Rottweiler, or Doberman. 

In 1957 journalist Drew Pearson claimed that John F. Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize winning book Profiles in Courage had been ghost-written by his speechwriter Ted Sorenson. JFK's father sued and ABC retracted the statement and apologized. In 2008 Sorensen admitted he wrote most of the book. 


#1 Song...

"OMG," by Usher Featuring will.i.am, was the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 when you started on March 17, 2008. Click below to play video....

"Endless Love," by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, was the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 5, 1981. Click above to play video....

Biggest Movies of 2008

1. The Dark Knight
2. Iron Man
3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
4. Hancock
6. Kung Fu Panda
7. Twilight
8. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
9. Quantum of Solace
10. Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

Most Popular TV Shows of 2010

1. American Idol  
2. Dancing With the Stars
3. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
5. The Mentalist
6. Sunday Night Football
7. Desperate Housewives
8. Grey's Anatomy
9. Criminal Minds
10. Two and a Half Men