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Pop Culture News 2013

Paz Dylan pranked the Grammy Museum when he snuck in and hung a series of informational wall display pieces featuring strange descriptions and photographs of himself eating tacos. Awarding himself song of the year, album of the year, and best new artist of 2013, they hung unnoticed for a month. 



Dale Irby, a physical education teacher in Texas, wore the exact same disco-era polyester shirt and coffee-colored sweater vest in his school picture for 40 years in a row, until his retirement in 2013. 

The Albuquerque Journal ran an obituary for Breaking Bad character Walter White. 


Vincent Vega's 1964 Chevelle Malibu in the movie Pulp Fiction belonged to Tarantino and was stolen while making the movie. The car didn’t resurface until 2013, when a cop noticed 2 teenagers stripping the car. 

The largest known discovery of buried gold coins, valued at $10M, was found on a couple's private property in rural California. Known only as John and Mary, the couple has no idea who buried the coins, and they remain anonymous to prevent treasure-seeking trespassers. 

In 2013, women earned 60 percent of all bachelor's degrees that were awarded in the United States. 

In August 2013, Google went down for 5 minutes and, as a result, took 40% of all internet traffic with it. 

Bitcoins were developed by an anonymous software designer who called himself Satoshi Nakamoto. In 2010 he turned over the source code and disappeared. Nakamoto is believed to be in possession of roughly one million Bitcoin. In December 2013, this was the equivalent of $1.1B

Galaxy Quest, a satire of Star Trek and fandom, is so popular with the latter's fans that it was named the 7th best Star Trek film at the 2013 Star Trek Convention. Actors of TOS, TNG, Voyager and DS9 also have expressed admiration for the film. 

After more than 20 years of soda being America's number one beverage, water became Americans' favorite drink. 


Mariano Rivera was the last MLB player to wear #42 for an entire season. The MLB retirement of Jackie Robinson's number in 1997 grandfathered players like Rivera who already wore 42 while preventing new players from wearing it. 

An HGTV viewer (and nurse) wrote in and said she spotted a lump in the neck of Tarek el Moussa, a home rebuilder show host, and she was concerned about it. It was later discovered to be thyroid cancer. He credits her with saving his life. 


In 2013, Star Wars was translated into Navajo, making it the first major motion picture translated into any Native American language. 

The 2013 Transpacific yacht race from San Francisco to Honolulu was won by the same boat that won in 1936, Durade

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. 

PayPal mistakenly deposited $92.2 quadrillion dollars into a users account. #oopsie

Public Policy Polling conducted a poll in 2013 that found 27% of Americans thought hipsters should be assessed a special tax for being annoying

Marco Alvarado, a 20 year-old Chicago man, told police who pulled him over "I'm gonna be real with you, I have a gun in my ass." The cops then found a gun in his ass. 

2013 was the first year in recorded history where consumption of fish has surpassed beef.

Nine American babies were named 'Cheese'. 

The band, Hanson, launched their own beer in May 2013 called, "Mmmhops". 

#1 SONG...

"Can't Hold Us," by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton, was the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 when you started with us on October 28, 2013. Click below to play video. 

If we knew how to make these to give to you today, we would have! 


Biggest Movies of 2013

1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
2. Iron Man 3
3. Frozen
4. Despicable Me 2
5. Man of Steel
6. Gravity
7. Monsters University
8. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
9. Fast & Furious 6
10. Oz The Great and Powerful

Popular TV of 2013

1. Sunday Night Football (NBC)
3. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
4. NCIS: Los Angelos (CBS)
5. Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
6. The Blacklist (NBC)
7. Person of Interest (CBS)
8. The Voice (NBC)
9. Blue Bloods (CBS)
10. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)