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How Well Do You Know: 2013: The Year in Pop Culture Part 1
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1. You are already sick of it by now but this video meme was the rage of 2013.
Because Buttshake
Gangnam Style
Harlem Shake
Return of the Dougie
2. Our belief system was shaken when Monopoly added a new piece to replace a retired one. Which one came and which one went?
By way of explanation.....
Fare thee well, Iron. Our clothes will be wrinkled evermore.
3. The pronunciation of this word became a hotbed of social media controversy.
By way of explanation.....
Choosy nerds choose Gif.
4. Nobody was more surprised by the success of this made for cable movie than SyFy, the people who made it. Name the film that became an instant meme due to its odd title.
By way of explanation.....
Sharknado sounds great right up until you try to watch it.
5. Hollywood can brag about mega-opening weekends all they want, but they are all a drop in the bucket compared to this videogame title, which opened to $800 million (!) in its first 24 hours of release.
Bioshock: Infinite
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Grand Theft Auto 5
Mass Effect 3
By way of explanation.....
There is a lot of money in beating up binary hookers.
6. John Stewart took a much deserved sabbatical from The Daily Show in order to make his directorial debut. Who hosted the show in his absence?
Samantha Bee
Al Madrigal
Aasif Mandvi
John Oliver
By way of explanation.....
Oliver was so great at the job that he got his own TV show out of it.
7. Like The Beer Baron, the only thing we know for certain about Banksy is that he exists. We also learned in 2013 that he briefly moved to...
New York City
San Francisco
By way of explanation.....
Please watch Exit Through the Gift Shop if you haven't already.
8. Fans of this series were traumatized by events that transpired in an episode entitled The Rains of Castamere.
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
The Walking Dead
By way of explanation.....
In the immortal words of Billy Idol, it's a nice day for a Red Wedding.
9. In the spring of 2013, this game surpassed Farmville 2 to become the most popular app on Facebook.
Candy Crush Saga
Dragon City
Texas Holdem Poker
By way of explanation.....
There are people who have spent enough money on this game to feed a third world country for a calendar year.
10. In case you have been on an Arctic expedition and have lacked internet access for the past few months, you should know that the new Pope is *awesome*. We recently found out that he previously worked as a...
Cab driver
Trapeze artist
By way of explanation.....
Bouncer is correct although we are not ruling out the possibility that he has worked at all these jobs.
11. You may love her cookware, but this TV personality really stepped in it when some of her more...racially insensitive comments came to light.
Giada De Laurentiis
Paula Deen
Rachael Ray
Martha Stewart
By way of explanation.....
Ms. Deen suffered from diabetes and internet savagery this year. Both wounds were self-inflected.
12. This Hollywood sex symbol announced some scary medical news in 2013. She required double mastectomy surgery.
Sandra Bullock
Angelina Jolie
Ashley Judd
Nicole Kidman
By way of explanation.....
The good news is that Ms. Jolie seems healthy and hearty as we enter the new year.
13. The world lost one of its most brilliant minds when this noted writer passed away after a decade long struggle with cancer that had previously claimed his voice.
Jerry Buss
Roger Ebert
Gene Siskel
David Foster Wallace
By way of explanation.....
One of the biggest thrills our site ever experienced was when Ebert linked to one of our columns in 2001.
14. This show finished its heralded run with a trio of episodes named Ozymandias, Granite State and Felina.
30 Rock
Breaking Bad
15. The person who voiced this beloved Simpsons character passed away in 2013.
Bleeding Gums Murphy
Edna Krabappel
Herschel Krustofski
Homer Simpson
By way of explanation.....
In addition to winning an Emmy for voicing Edna, Marcia Wallace was also famous for her role on The Bob Newhart Show.
16. This original series is Netflix's answer to that classic women in prison B-movie Caged Heat, albeit with glowing reviews.
Hemlock Grove
The L Word
Orange Is the New Black
By way of explanation.....
(Insert innuendo here)
17. Speaking of Netflix original programming, this series became the first to be previously canceled on another network that was revived on Netflix.
Arrested Development
Better Off Ted
House of Cards
Veronica Mars
By way of explanation.....
Netflix did not in fact make a horrible mistake.
18. Doctor Who announced that there will be a new Doctor for next season. What is the name of the actor chosen to be the 13th (and final?) Doctor?
Peter Capaldi
John Hurt
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Colin Salmon
By way of explanation.....
Hurt was the War Doctor who came before the current run of Doctors starting with Christopher Eccleston. Capaldi already appeared as 13 in The Day of the Doctor.
19. There were a pair of new videogame consoles released in 2013. If you add their titular numbers together, what is the sum total?
By way of explanation.....
XBox "One" and Playstation "Four" = 5.
20. Complete the (obvious) statement: Miley Cyrus went to the Video Music Awards. Miley Cyrus _________. Social media went into meltdown.
By way of explanation.....
If you missed this one then God, Jed, I don't even *want* to know you. Or maybe I envy you. It's one or the other.

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