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Pop Culture Stories of 2001

1. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie gave a passionate open-mouth kiss to her brother, James, which made many people almost forget Bjork's goose dress. 


2. Enron

Recordings revealed that Enron shut down a power station in California and created an artificial power shortage, deliberately aggravating the 2001 California Energy Crisis, so they could raise prices and cost residents billions in surcharges. Enron's accounting scandal cost investors something close to $60 Billion, and their accounting firm, Arthur Anderson, went out of business. Earning short-term cash, Enron cost the state of California as much as $40 billion by causing artificial rolling blackouts in 2000 and 2001. 

3. Continuum Magazine

Continuum, a magazine devoted to the idea that AIDS is a conspiracy, went out of print in 2001 after all the editors died of AIDS. 

4. Harry Potter

Mattel sold a Harry Potter 'Nimbus 2000' flying broom that vibrated when kids rode it. They pulled it from stores after adult stores began selling the toy. 


5. Sports Equinox

Phoenix is the only city to ever have a complete "sports equinox", when all four major sports teams from a city play on the same day. On November 4th, 2001 the Cardinals (NFL), the Coyotes (NHL), and the Suns (NBA) all lost, while the Diamondbacks (MLB) won game 7 of the World Series. 

6. No One Dies Alone

In 1986, nurse Sandra Clarke could not stay with a patient who asked her to stay. When she returned, the patient had died alone. In 2001, she was key in starting No One Dies Alone, a program where volunteers sit with terminal patients who have no one else. The program is now world-wide. 

7. Buxton Balloon

A ten-year-old named Laura Buxton, released a balloon with her name and address in the hope of finding a pen pal. The balloon traveled 140 miles before coming down and was found by an almost-ten-year old also named Laura Buxton. They share a number of other similarities. 


8. Buffalo Wings

After Bill Murray's character in the 2001 film Osmosis Jones mentioned a fictitious "National Chicken Wing Festival" in Buffalo, New York, the city created a real version of the festival, and has held it every year since then.


9. What’s in a Name?

Although "Madison" was the second most popular girl's name in 2001, it was virtually unheard of before the 1984 movie Splash, where a mermaid adopts it as her human name after seeing a street sign for Madison Avenue. To this Tom Hanks's character initially protests: "But Madison isn't a name!" 


10. Space Pie

Pizza Hut made a delivery to the International Space Station in 2001. They paid the Russians $1 million to transport the Pizza. 

11. Tough First Day

Ben Sliney, the man who ordered the grounding of all aircraft in the US Sept 11, 2001 was on his first day of the job. 


12. The Matrix

In the 1999 movie the Matrix, Neo's passport expires on September 11, 2001. 


14. iPod

iPod was released October, 2001.


Let’s Celebrate!


#1 SONG...

"Family Affair," by Mary J. Blige, was the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 when you started on November 30, 2001. Click below to play music video. 

Biggest Movies of 2001

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
3. Shrek
4. Monster's Inc
5. Rush Hour 2
6. The Mummy Returns
7. Pearl Harbor
8. Ocean's Eleven
9. Jurassic Park III
10. Planet of the Apes