Quiz: 2011 in Review: Test Your Memory: HowStuffWorks
2011 in Review: Test Your Memory
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As we look back on 2011, it's clear it was a banner year. Well, maybe not for the housing market, but at least got to watch a Royal wedding and dispell rumors about the McLobster. Now it's time to put your memory to the test. How much do you really remember about 2011? (Image credit: Swinburne Astronomy Productions.)
Which company's tweet had the distinction of being the most retweeted in 2011?
Wendy's received a Golden Tweet Award from Twitter for its tweet to raise $50,000 for foster children. The tweet read, "RT for a good cause. Each retweet sends 50¢ to help kids in foster care. #TreatItFwd"
In October 2011, how much did the world's oldest running steam-powered car sell for at auction?
In October 2011, the De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout steam-powered car brought twice its expected amount at auction in the U.S. The French-made steam car sold for $4.6 million and, until the auction, had been owned by only four people since its construction in 1884.
On what medium did artist George Closic create a portrait in honor of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011?
George Vlosic, an American artist, spent about 80 hours making a portrait of the Royal couple on an Etch A Sketch.
On Dec. 12, 2011, sales of Superman socks skyrocketed because of which football player?
On Dec. 11, 2011, Baylor football player Robert Griffin III was awarded the Heisman Trophy while sporting Superman socks. The next day, sales of the footwear soared -- some even sold on eBay for $500 a pair.
What was the magnitude of the earthquake that struck Japan in March 2011?
In March, a magnitude 9 earthquake struck Japan, the country's largest earthquake on record.
According to Twitter, which food-related topic was the top trender in 2011?
Twitter.com has revealed that #McLobster was the most tweeted topic in its "food and drink" category in 2011. Despite a nationwide outcry -- on Twitter, at least -- to sell the seafood sandwich across the U.S., McDonald's decided to keep the sandwich on the regional menu in its Maine stores only.
In 2011, Tibetan Sherpas were trained in basic watch repair by which luxury timepiece maker?
In 2011, Kobold began training Sherpas in Nepal in the art of watch assembly and repair. The move is expected to bring financial relief to workers in Nepal, which is one of the world's poorest countries. It will also help ensure a steady supply of luxury watches in the brand's retail store near Mount Everest, a popular destination for tourists.
During their last Christmas at Hogwarts, what were Harry and Hermione doing?
As seen in the July 2011 release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," Harry Potter and Hermione Granger spent their last Christmas of their Hogwarts years away from the school, hunting for horcruxes.
Which veteran TV personality made a January 2011 announcement about leaving a long-time show?
In January 2011, Regis Philbin announced he would step down as co-host of "Live with Regis and Kelly" by the end of the year. The 79-year old had been an integral part of the show for 25 years.
In February 2011, which man who was made infamous by a widespread Ponzi scheme gave his first publicized interview since his arrest?
Bernard Madoff was arrested in December 2008 for stealing billions of dollars from investors in an elaborate and fraudulent Ponzi scheme. In February 2011, he gave his first publicized interview.
Which form of books beat out traditional book sales in February 2011?
In February 2011, e-book sales topped all other book publishing formats. E-book sales were up a whopping 202 percent in February 2011 compared to the same month the previous year. According to the Association of American Publishers, it was the first time e-books beat out traditional books.
How long did the bells of Westminster Abbey toll after the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton?
The bells of Westminster Abbey were rung by hand for three hours on April 29, 2011 after the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London.
In 2011, a series of tornadoes, floods, wildfires and ice storms in the U.S. caused approximately how much total damage?
There were 12 major natural disasters in the U.S. in 2011, ranging from tornadoes and floods to wildfires and ice storms. Together, these disasters caused approximately $12 billion in damage, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Which sitcom celebrity fast tracked a divorce from his reality-star wife in order to marry a British flight attendant?
Kelsey Grammar, of "Frasier" fame, sped through his divorce from Camille Grammer, who stars on "Desperate Housewives of Beverly Hills," so that he could marry Kayte Walsh on Feb. 25, 2011. Walsh, a British flight attendant, met Grammer during an intercontinental flight.
After 300 years at the bottom of the sea, an artifact was recovered that belonged to which famed pirate?
In May 2011, archeologists recovered an anchor from an underwater shipwreck that's thought to be the pirate Blackbeard's ship. The anchor measured 11 feet by 7 feet (3 meters by 2 meters), and was used to steady the Queen Anne's Revenge some 300 years ago.
In 2011, which reality TV star wed his fifth wife -- who bore the same first name as his fourth wife?
Lorenzo Lamas, star of the reality show "Leave it to Lamas," wed his fifth wife, Shawna Craig, on April 30, 2011. His fourth wife, whom he divorced in 2002, was named Shauna, too.
Which British singer made Billboard history on Dec. 9, 2011?
British singer Adelle became the first female singer to be named Billboard's top artist, have the top single and have the top album all in the same year. Her single, "Rilling in the Deep," and her album, "21," were worldwide chart toppers.
What code did gamers crack in 2011 that had eluded scientists for years?
In September 2011, video gamers cracked a code that caught the attention of scientists around the world: The HIV molecule code. By playing a game called FoldIt, they were able to discover how the HIV virus replicates itself. The discovery took them three weeks, but had been baffling the scientific community for a decade.
In which insects did researchers discover potent antibiotics?
University of Nottingham researchers discovered in 2011 that cockroaches and locusts have a potent antibiotic in their heads, one that may kill up to 90 percent of the bacteria that create human disease.
In 2011, which couple may have set a celebrity record for the most expensive yet shortest marriage?
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian married NBA basketball player Kris Humphries on Aug. 20, 2011, in a lavish televised ceremony. The couple made headlines again 72 days later when they announced their divorce.
Who granted "60 Minutes" an interview in which she spoke about a failed suicide attempt with her infamous husband?
In October 2011, Ruth Madoff granted an interview to "60 Minutes" in which she described a failed suicide attempt with her husband, Bernie Madoff, who was accused and later convicted of fraud. She said they took multiple pills before bed, and were "glad we woke up."
In October 2011, who was quoted as saying, "I'm paying with my life for things I didn't do"?
American Amanda Knox said this to an appeals court in Italy. She was imprisoned for the murder of her British roommate, but her conviction was overturned and she was freed.
First made famous on "Dancing with the Stars," which performer traded heels for cowboy boots?
Julianne Hough helped train celebrity contestants on "Dancing with the Stars," but in 2011 donned cowboy boots to star in a remake of the classic '80s movie "Footloose."
Which British tabloid closed in July 2011 in the wake of a phone-hacking scandal?
In July 2011, the 168-year-old British tabloid "News of the World" shuttered after a scandal in which its employees were accused of widespread phone hacking.
In January 2011, Kathryn Gray became the youngest person to make what scientific discovery?
Kathryn Gray, 10, became the youngest person to discover a supernova. She spotted the supernova, which is an exploding star, through a telescope in January 2011.
In August 2011, who was quoted as saying, "Dr. King belongs to the world"?
Lei Yixin, the Chinese sculptor who was commissioned to carve a 30-foot statue of King for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. said this. The memorial was dedicated on Oct. 16, 2011.
Pope Benedict, head of the Catholic church, gave his approval to Web sites that offer which kind of services?
In January 2011, Pope Benedict gave his approval to social networking Web sites. The head of the Catholic church did, however, caution followers not to replace real friends with virtual friends.
Ninety-five-year-old Bronx resident Ida Keeling set a world record for being the oldest woman to accomplish what?
In March 2011, Ida Keeling set a record for running 60 meters (65 yards) in 29.86 seconds.
In August 2011, which member of the U.S. Congress said, "The capital looks beautiful and I am honored to be at work tonight"?
After she was shot during a town hall meeting in January 2011, U.S. Congress member Gabrielle Giffords sent a Tweet in August 2011 with this quote. It was her first day back on the job after recovering from a bullet wound to the head.
Why did Charles Czeisler of Harvard Medical School quip that "Technology has invaded the bedroom" in March 2011?
In March 2011, Charles Czeisler of Harvard Medical School said this in reference to a National Sleep Foundation study that found that 95 percent of the people surveyed used electronics in the hour before they go to bed.
What does filmmaker George Lucas believe the future of cinema will be?
Filmmaker George Lucas predicted in April 2011 that 3-D technology will take over the future of film -- just as color technology changed the way Americans watched TV in the 1950s.
On what day did scores of people leave apples, flowers and condolence letters at Apple stores across the nation?
After the news that Apple founder and former CEO Steve Jobs died on Oct. 5, 2011, fans of the man and his work left mementos at Apple stores around the country.
After performing together for more than three decades, which rock group announced their split in September 2011?
With an announcement that read, "We have decided to call it a day as a band," the rock group R.E.M. disbanded after playing together for 31 years.
In August 2011, which billionaire said, "My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress"?
In August 2011, Warren Buffett, one of the world's richest men, proposed a higher tax rate for the United States' super-rich with this statement.
In July 2011, who said, "Juries aren't supposed to make decisions based on public-opinion polls"?
Belvin Perry was the criminal case judge for Casey Anthony, who was accused of murdering her preschool-age daughter in Florida. In July 2011, a jury of Anthony's peers found Anthony not guilty, which was followed by public outcry. In response, Blevins gave this quote.
In September 2011, which singing competition made its debut on American television?
Simon Cowell debuted the American version of the British singing competition "The X Factor" in September 2011. "It is the biggest moment of my career," Cowell said.
Which golfer won a U.S. Open with a record-setting 16-under-par score in June 2011?
In June 2011, 22-year-old Rory McIlroy won the U.S. Open 16 strokes under par and was quick to say the win was for his dad.
On May 31, 2011, who said, "You and this show have been the great love of my life. This last show … is my love letter to you."
Before the last episode of her daytime talk show aired on May 31, 2011, Oprah Winfrey said that the show was her great love and that her last show was a "love letter to you," her viewers.
In December 2011, which daughter of a former President made her debut as a television journalist?
In December 2011, Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton, made her first appearance as a television journalist on NBC's "Rock Center."
Which celebrity funeral started 15 minutes late in accordance with the last wishes of the deceased?
On March 25, 2011, the laying to rest of Elizabeth Taylor began 15 minutes later than guests expected -- because one of Taylor's last wishes was to be late to her own funeral.
A scientific breakthrough by MIT researchers made it possible to make inexpensive solar panels out of what materials?
In July 2011, researchers at MIT discovered a way to print solar panels onto fabric and paper. This inexpensive process could revolutionize the availability of solar panels, which are traditionally made using an expensive process that involves high-temperature liquids, silicone, glass and other components.
Whether they were on Team Edward or Team Jacob, how much money did fans help "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I" earn at the box office?
"Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I" earned more than $259 million in theaters in 2011, attracting viewers in both the Team Edward and Team Jacob camps and beating out other movie blockbusters like "The Hangover Part II" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."
Which 2011 invention is expected to be the first step in revolutionizing the way people interact with video games?
The Kinect 2, an add-on to the Xbox video game system, allows users to play games without using a traditional remote control. Not only does the Kinect 2 sense body movement, but it also reads lips and facial expressions.
On Dec. 13, 2011, what did the National Transportation Board recommend that drivers be banned from using?
On Dec. 13, 2011, the National Transportation Board recommended that drivers be banned from using cell phones and other portable electronic devices.
Which former governor of Illinois was sentenced on Dec. 7, 2011, to 14 years in federal prison for 18 felony corruption convictions?
Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was convicted of federal corruption after attempting to sell President Obama's Senate seat. On Dec. 7, 2011, he was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.
In 2011, the X-Prize Foundation announced it would award $30 million to the first team to accomplish which breakthrough?
In March 2011, a privately funded race to the moon began when the X-Prize Foundation announced that it would award $30 million to the first team that could send a robot to the moon that would transmit video of the lunar surface back to Earth.
Which biography did Amazon name the best-selling book of 2011?
Amazon named the biography "Steve Jobs" the best-selling book of 2011.
Which long-awaited Broadway musical received an OSHA citation for injuries to cast members?
In March 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the Broadway production of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" for three serious violations of workplace safety. There were four injuries to cast members of the musical.
In August, astronomers announced their detection of a 'planet' made of what unusual substance?
A research team from the Swinburne University of Technology detected the planet-sized remains of a star orbiting a nearby pulsar. This 'planet' is composed almost entirely of crystallized carbon -- aka diamond.
How many holiday cards, letters and packages were expected to be delivered by the United States Postal Service during the 2011 holiday season?
The United States Postal Service estimated that they'd handle and deliver some 16.5 billion holiday cards, letters and packages during the holiday season of 2011.
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