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How Well Do You Know: 2015: The Year in Pop Culture, Part 1
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1. One day you're besties with Taylor Swift. And then you're not. And then she writes Bad Blood about you. Which famous lady is purportedly the subject of Swift's scathing song?
Selena Gozem
Kelly Clarkson
Katy Perry
2. When she was not being musically knocked by Taylor Swift, Katy was making news in 2015 by performing at the Super Bowl halftime show, accompanied by a pair of imagination-grabbing, dancing:
3. Syfy's demands were not met, so the network carried through on its threat to release the third Sharknado film, subtitled:
The Third One
Because Sharknado
Sharks Gonna 'Nado
Oh Hell No
4. The world of professional wrestling was shocked and saddened by by passing of this legend, who was sent off to the great turnbuckle in the sky:
Macho Man Randy Savage
Bobby The Brain Heenan
Rowdy Roddy Piper
The Undertaker
5. The teenyboppers in your life Freaked. The. F. Out. at the announcement of this band member leaving One Direction:
6. It pitted Michael Tyson against Terry Crewes. Anne Hathaway threw down against Emily Blunt. Allison Brie showed Will Arnet no mercy. Spike gave audiences what they wanted in Lip Sync Battle, which featured this singer/model duo as its hosts:
Bruno Mars and Tyra Banks
Justin Timberlake and Heidi Klum
Robin Thicke and Brooklyn Decker
LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen
7. ABC thrilled and delighted possibly dozens of viewers in the early weeks of 2015 with the tale of this singing, dancing knight and his wacky cohorts:
8. Pinot Noir, Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne and Xanthippe all helped make Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt one of the years' best television show, even though the show aired on this non-TV entity:
9. When Caitlyn Jenner was making big news with her highly-publicized gender reassignment, she was trying to dodge criminal charges, stemming from a:
Home invasion
Car accident
Slander/libel incident
Case of tax fraud
10. As Jon Stewart's The Daily Show exited the airwaves riding a tidal wave of love, this music legend performed during TDS's final episode
Eric Clapton
Elton John
Bruce Springsteen
Billy Joel
11. Readers didn't get quite what they were hoping for with Go Set a Watchman, a much more complex and problematic follow-up to this literary classic:
The Catcher in the Rye
To Kill a Mockingbird
Gone with the Wind
12. US-Australian relations nearly strained to the breaking point over the ruckus caused by this actor's attempt to illegally import his dogs to that country while on a movie shoot:
John Travolta
Nicolas Cage
Channing Tatum
Johnny Depp
13. Fortunately, there was plenty more in the old TV feedbag, but audiences had to bid a fond farewell to three of these shows during 2015. Which is the only one that did not broadcast its final episode during 2015?
Parks and Recreation
Mad Men
The Mentalist
14. E! network's Fashion Police talker Guilana Rancic introduced her foot to her mouth when she made generally borderline racist comments about which young lady's hair on the Academy Awards red carpet?
Lupita Nyong'o
Zoe Saldana
Quvenzhané Wallis
15. This year's pop culture war was raged over an article of clothing. Everyone lost their you-know-what bickering over whether a certain dress was:
Black and green or blue and gold
Gold and black or white and blue
White and gold or blue and black
Blue and red or yellow and green
16. Meanwhile, viewers could. not. believe. what. just. happened. as The Jinx, a documentary from this network about real estate heir/suspected murderer Robert Durst, delivered a shock during its final moments on Sunday:

17. America's state-mandated love affair with young Ariana Grande went kablooey when she was photographed licking some of these unpurchased items in a store:
Celery stalks
Coffee beans
18. For a long time, it was in the future, but now it's in the past. Pop culture fans worldwide got their flux capacitors fluxing at the observance of Back to the Future Day, on which Marty McFly arrived from 1985. Which of the following was Back to the Future Day?
October 17, 2015
October 21, 2015
November 15, 2015
September 29, 2015
19. Kids, if you're gonna write a pop song, make sure its title is the same as a car model. Just ask this band, whose tune Renegade became ubiquitous when Jeep purchased it for use in a TV spot:
X Ambassadors
20. And finally, we hope that during the last calendar year you had a tenth the fun as did a certain New York City rat, whose attempt to make off with this foodstuff was watched online untold millions of times:
Hot dog

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