Quiz: How Well Do You Remember the 2000s?: HowStuffWorks
How Well Do You Remember the 2000s?
By: Ashley Palkovics
6 Min Quiz
About This Quiz
No matter what age you may be, the turn of the century was a big deal for everyone. The internet was just getting started, sitcoms were being phased out to make room for different kinds of entertainment (i.e., "The Office"), and Apple was breaking the market. If you're from the United States, you probably remember where you were on September 11th of 2001. There's an incredible amount of significance in this decade, and the contributions of society from this time still affect our lives today.
Do you think you can recall all there is to know about the 2000s? Remember when Aaliyah was with R. Kelly? What about when Michael Jackson held his baby off of a balcony in Germany? Don't forget Britney Spears' infamous mental breakdown and head shave. Your personal experience during that period may vary, but no one can deny that this was quite a time to be alive.
Get your thinking cap out, and join us as we dive back into this age of history. We're spinning some wicked tracks, recalling some impressive pieces of technology, and exploring all of the celebrity drama that unfolded during this decade. Think you can keep up and crown yourself the champ of the century turn? Find out now!
Christmas changed for everyone after the release of this film. Which Will Ferrell movie from the 2000s comes on TV every single December?
Buddy the Elf has risen to a pedestal in our hearts that is unfaltering. The film was released the same year as another one of his movies, "Old School," which did not gain as much traction as this film did.
We go here often for our Slurpees. What gas station chain modified a handful of stores to promote the movie "The Simpsons"?
Eleven different 7-Elevens reworked their stores to be Kwik-E-Marts in an effort to promote the impending movie in 2007.
This harmful habit was combined with technology during the early 2000s to be healthier for consumers. What product is this called?
Before JUUL came around, you had old-fashioned e-cigs that began massive development in the 2000s. As of 2019, vaping has become one of the most searched words on the internet and has caused major controversy across the world.
Everyone loves an artist who can belt. No one can forget the goosebumps they felt the first time they heard her sing "Girl on Fire." Who sings the 2001 hit "Fallin"?
Alicia Keys continued down stardom during the 2000s, including hits like "No One" and "Girl on Fire." She was born in 1981.
Kids in the late 2000s were all wearing these funky bracelets with animal shapes in them. What were they referred to as?
Remember the bracelets that looked like animals when they weren't on your wrist? Yeah, we do too.
This sci-fi phenomenal finished up its second trilogy series during the decade. Which movies were they?
"Revenge of the Sith," the third and final installment of the prequel "Star Wars" series, premiered in theaters in 2005. Despite this film being actively disliked by many fans of the series, it did not deter the creators from further putting out content several years later — episode seven of the series premiered in 2015.
Not all siblings will always live in the shadow of the other ones. Which celebrity sister gained notoriety for her own musical genius during the 2000s?
Michael & Janet were both producing music at one point during their careers. His sister would later devote much of her musical talent to keeping Michael's good name alive, promoting their family's interests, and creating her own sound of pop.
There were many scandals going on during the early 2000s, but nothing quite like when this golf player had his life on TV for everyone to judge. Which athlete was involved in a major cheating scandal?
This pro golfer took a major personal hit when cheating allegations emerged involving him and several other women. Since then, Tiger has risen the ranks and cleaned house to become a revered athlete in the international golf universe.
Which outrageous, staple animation of the 2000s and beyond caused a major upset with several influential groups (Al Qaeda, Church of Scientology, non-smoking campaigns)?
When the episode "Trapped in the Closet" came out bashing the religion of Scientology, they began investigating the showrunners to find dirt on them. They couldn't find anything that wasn't already public knowledge.
Which Disney Princess made history in 2009 as the first African-American princess?
Prior to "The Princess & The Frog" premiering, Disney had halted its 2D animation ventures since 2004. Tiana was also the last princess to be drawn in 2D for their feature-film.
"So no one told ya life was gonna be this way," but what show did we spend a large portion of the early 2000s watching on NBC?
"Friends" aired from 1994 to 2004, showing the eclectic but endearing lives of six people living in New York City. The show has since become a cult classic and iconic American television show. It also projected Jennifer Aniston into major fame.
Sometimes even celebrities don't get what they want. Which celebrity lost to Leonardo DiCaprio in a bid for the rights to the memoir "The Wolf on Wallstreet" in the 2000s?
Brad Pitt was being backed by Paramount Pictures in an effort to secure the title. However, Leo and his pals at Warner ultimately won the bid and produced the hit film "The Wolf on Wallstreet."
Formerly married to Demi Moore in 2005, this hunk of television is now happy with his second wife, Mila Kunis. Which actor is this?
Ashton divorced Demi Moore and married his co-star from "That 70s Show," Mila Kunis. She was reportedly 14 when they met on set.
Which beloved LGBTQ+ advocate began her own talk show in 2003?
Ellen has been an influential force in the talk show world, philanthropy, and the queer community. During her self-titled sitcom in 1997, she came out to the world via her show's character. Ellen is now a prolific figure in households nationwide.
This influential character of history had their grave restored in the late 2000s and reminded many of us in public school at the time about his importance in our historical society. Who was he?
There is a curse placed on the grave of Shakespeare, which says "Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare, To dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones."
What was Flo Rida's breakout hit, discussing "apple bottom jeans"?
Apple bottom jeans and boots with the fur! The whole club was looking at her. This was the #1 song of 2008.
This celebrity really never did anything, but we always knew about them. Whose private tape was released to the world back in 2003?
Paris Hilton's private video with boyfriend Rick Salomon leaked online at the beginning of the decade. The piece has been dubbed "A Night in Paris." Yikes.
Where did the company and social media monster "Facebook" begin in the early 2000s?
Facebook was originally a platform specifically aimed at students of Harvard University. Its founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is now ranked one of 100 richest men in the world.
Remember when we would watch "American Idol" once a week with the family? Who was the first person to win during Season 1?
Kelly Clarkson quickly rose to fame after winning "American Idol," scoring her a recording deal with MCA Records that projected her to pop-stardom. Many years later, Clarkson is still performing, is a judge on the reality show "The Voice," and premiered her daytime talk show "The Kelly Clarkson Show" in September 2019.
Which iconic Nintendo system was being played worldwide during the 2000s prior to the release of the Wii?
This piece of video game history was put out by Nintendo 2001, hitting US stores that November. The console was so popular that when Nintendo released the Wii, they made sure it was backward compatible with its previous system.
Which of these was deemed the most major public health crisis of the 2000s?
Due to the generally prosperous life of citizens of the United States, obesity has made a significant contribution to negative public well-being. This problem has taken widespread attention and was even the focus of the reality show "The Biggest Loser."
This Canadian Christmas genius gained fame from his album "It's Time" in 2005. Who is this artist?
You'll never get enough of this man singing "Baby It's Cold Outside" or any of his other timeless Christmas classics.
Everyone loves Netflix, but one company actually rejected an offer to buy them in 2000! Which well-known group was this?
Blockbuster probably regrets this decision a lot. Ultimately, Netflix has become the number one streaming service in America, and Blockbuster closed its doors in November 2013.
When did we start getting free Wi-Fi in McDonald's restaurants?
In 2007, there were only 1,200+ McDonald's restaurants. Now there are 37,000+!
Have you ever wanted to have pizza in space? A few lucky astronauts got the experience. Which adored pizza place delivered pizza to the International Space Station in 2001?
Reportedly, Pizza Hut was paid $1 million for this delivery. We hope they tipped!
Which social media platform, released in the mid-2000s, is now the only platform that is diplomatically used by government officials?
Headquartered in San Francisco, this multi-million dollar social media site was founded by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams. It is one of the most visited websites in the world, and has been called the "SMS of the internet."
The Beijing Olympics were one of the most popular games to be televised worldwide, but what year was it?
Beijing 2008 was the Summer Olympic games of the season, and was held in August of that year. The symbol of the game design was dubbed "Dancing Beijing."
After Tamagotchi faded out of popularity, a new game took over the lives of kids across the world. What online community was all the rage with children everywhere in the early 2000s?
Neopets was the fourth most trafficked website in 2001 and was beloved by children of all ages. We guarantee your Neopet is probably starving by now.
What planet did NASA first begin exploring with two rovers in 2003?
NASA's Mars Exploration mission, which began in 2003, sent two rovers to Mars, where they discovered many different environmental factors to the planet (i.e., there's actually water). The two rovers' names were Spirit and Opportunity.
Millions of people tune in to watch the Super Bowl. Can you guess how much an ad for the televised event cost in 2002?
Keep in mind that the ads were normally about a minute long, sometimes even less. That's thousands of dollars a second!
This device became a household necessity for many beginning in the 2000s. What kind of device was it?
As of 2019, over one billion iPhones have been sold, and statistics have shown that their customers are very loyal. In 2019, Apple released the iPhone 11, the 20th reiteration of the popular handset.
Everyone was jealous of the kid with the DVR, but what was it actually called?
This digital video recorder was actually introduced in 1999 but didn't gain widespread popularity until a few years later. This service has come into question in more recent years due to privacy issues.
What classic Beyonce women-empowerment song gained radio acclaim in 2005?
To the left, to the left, every single top 100 chart in a box to the left! Beyonce has continued her amazing career since then, and she is also the mother of three beautiful children and wife to Jay Z.
Remember the crazy social media promotion at Burger King in 2009? What did you have to do to earn a free Whopper?
We're not sure if this was an effort to get people off social media, or just a silly test. Either way, if you wanted a Whopper, you were going to have to say goodbye to 10 friends or pay up. Which is more worth it?
Which infamous pop sensation died in 2009?
The King of Pop passed away on June 15th, 2009. He died of a drug overdose from a fatal combination of pills. Since his death, he was immortalized in American culture due to his talent and unforgettable songs.
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