Everyone was glued to their TVs during the balloon boy rescue. A 6-year-old boy was apparently hiding in a helium ballon when it accidentally floated away with him in it. Of course, the whole thing turned out to be a hoax; the family was just trying to get publicity and had told their son to hide in the attic when the balloon took off.
No you’re not imagining things, The Drew Carey Show did exist (until 2004). Some other 2000s sitcoms you might’ve forgotten about are 8 Simple Rules, According to Jim, Rules of Engagement, and Yes, Dear.
Back in the day, this is just what you had to do for free music. Worth it.
In 2001, a group of people, led by Jerome “Uncle Jerry” Jacobson, rigged the McDonald’s Monopoly game and scammed McDonald’s out of millions of dollars. The McDonald’s Monopoly trial was a big deal for many people, but after 9/11 occurred, the news of course stopped covering it. Recently, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck announced they’re making the trial into a movie, detailing how they did it, and how the entire thing was practically forgotten after 9/11.
Bodies: The Exhibition was insanely popular, traveling around the world showcasing human bodies that have been preserved through a process called plastination and dissected to display bodily systems.
The Northeast blackout of 2003 lasted anywhere from two days to two weeks depending on where you were. We all know there’s not much to do during a blackout, but unfortunately I don’t have the numbers on how many babies were born nine months after that.
Like a virus, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” had everyone from Madonna to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon performing the song’s crazy horse-riding dance.
Awareness bracelets were all the rage. If you were in support of a cause, chances are you were sporting this “style”.
After a 17-year killing spree, the BTK Killer (bind, torture, kill) was finally caught. Dennis Rader was particularly known for sending taunting letters to police and newspapers describing the details of his crimes. After a decade-long hiatus, Rader resumed sending letters in 2004, which led to his arrest in 2005. He then confessed and is now serving ten consecutive life sentences at El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas.
The rumor that Marilyn Manson got a rib removed in order to suck his own dick was spreading like wildfire. If you were to bring it up a dinner party tonight, everyone in the room would know what you’re talking about. And then say ‘why the fuck are you asking about this Steve?’
Vice President Dick Cheney literally shot his friend in the face while on a hunting trip. Obviously it was an accident, but the headlines afterwards were still hilarious.
In 2000, the Heinz Company took ketchup where it’s never been before: green. Shockingly, in the first three years, they sold more than 25 million bottles of EZ Squirt ketchup and rolled out three more funky colors, including purple, blue, and Mystery Color.
In 2003, when France opposed going to war in Iraq, the U.S. tried to rebrand “french fries” into “freedom fries.” It did not work.
SONY actually hacked people’s computer using their CDs. When users would play the CDs on their PCs, it would install a rootkit, which was practically impossible to uninstall.
Burger King first created Chicken Fries and as one Reddit user put it, it was “The most memorable moment in history. Changed my life forever. God bless America.”
The GoDaddy commercials were so scandalous that people legitimately thought they were a porn site. Some of their commercials were even banned because of it.
Tom Cruise done lost his mind on The Oprah Winfrey Show when he “Jumped the Couch” while expressing how much he loved Katie Holmes. Cute? Crazy? Probably a little bit of both.
Back in 2007-2008, the writer’s strike may have hurt a lot of our favorite TV series such as Heroes, but it was more than necessary. As DVDs were dying and online streaming was beginning to boom, writers knew they had to start getting paid for their work on the new outlet rather than networks taking all the streaming profits. This strike is partly to thank for all the quality content we have now like Game of Thrones.
YouTube videos were limited to 10 minutes in length. Trying to watch a TV show? You’re on LOST EP709 Part 2 of 17.
Sadly, 2 Girls 1 Cup can never be forgotten. In 2007, this scat-fetish porno scarred us all for life. I’m fairly certain I’m not allowed to link to actual porn, so you’ll have to look this one up yourself. But you probably shouldn’t.