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1. We are big fans of frozen dairy treats. So too, apparently, are Gossip Girl stars Leighton Meester and Blake Lively.

On which magazine's cover did this appear?
Entertainment Weekly
TV Guide
Rolling Stone
2. The acclaimed video game subtitled Arkham Asylum dealt with the adventures of which superhero?
Iron Man
Wonder Woman
3. Another comic-related pop culture item! Which comic book hero met up with Barack Obama in a special issue that coincided with the US Presidential Inauguration?
Captain America
Swamp Thing
4. More presidential pop culture news! In an interview before the Super Bowl, Barack Obama was shown a picture of which celebrity, whom he referred to as being "in a weight battle, apparently"?
Jessica Simpson
Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Osbourne
Jennifer Lopez
5. 2009 saw the release of some unbelievably horrible album covers. Which of the below was not unleashed upon the public in 2009?

6. While 2008 marked a huge comeback for Mickey Rourke, the actor had a rough time personally in 2009 when his 18-year-old chihuahua died. What was his beloved canine's god-like name?
7. Which band fired its lead singer, who had reportedly developed a cocaine addiction, in the middle of the Hong Kong airport?
Velvet Revolver
Panic! At the Disco
Fallout Boy
8. Complex magazine rendered this newsmaker as a cyborg on the cover of its April/May issue:
Kanye West
Tiger Woods
David Letterman
9. Which celebrity couple among those listed below did *not* divorce during 2009?
Sean Penn and Robin Wright
Hugh Hefner and Kimberly Conrad
Danny DeVito and Rhea Pearlman
Patricia Arquette and Thomas Jane
10. On the heels of his own divorce, which celebrity was romantically linked to at least four different women who were all named Oksana (one of which he is still dating)?
Ron Howard
Jack Black
Mel Gibson
Will Ferrell
11. "'Cause we're aliens, and that's how we roll" was the catchphrase for the marketing campaign for which product/service?
12. (Indulge us on this one) Actress Maggie G. married boyfriend actor Peter S. in Italy in May. If these two took each others' name, it would correctly be spelled:

13. US magazine put which person/persons on its over on the editions dated:
  • May 11
  • May 18
  • May 25
  • June 1
  • June 8
  • June 15
  • June 22 which point we stopped keeping track?
Jon & Kate
Susan Boyle
Megan Fox
Justin Timberlake
14. A video by which artist included Penn & Teller being kicked out of a Las Vegas hotel room?
Taylor Swift
Rob Thomas
Katy Perry
Robin Thicke
15. On the same day in 2009 that saw the Grim Reaper take both Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, a widely-spread internet hoax claimed that which other actor had died?
Lee Majors
Bill Paxton
Jeff Goldblum
Matthew McConaughey
16. One of the darker stories to emerge from pop culture during 2009 was the murder of one Jasmine Fiore, strangled to death on by her husband Ryan Jenkins. The incident forced a television network to pull which reality dating show, on which Jenkins was to appear?
The Bachelor
Megan Wants a Millionaire
Rock of Love: Charm School
I Love Money 2
17. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt brought predictable egomaniacal mayhem to their short stay on the reality show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. We feel very, very sorry for this country that played host to this travesty:
Costa Rica
18. The garment crafted of sewn-together Kermit the Frog heads:

entered Pop Culture Infamy when it was worn during an interview with a German TV station by:
Britney Spears
Lady Gaga
Mariah Carey
Lily Allen
19. "Seriously man, you and me, we’re f@!*&$ done professionally" was the oft-repeated highlight of which star's fiery on-set tirade at one Shane Hurlbut?
Christian Slater
Christian Bale
Hugh Jackman
Daniel Craig
20. The Bachelor had just about run its course as a reality series....until the wacky finale of the show's 13th iteration, during which bonehead Jason Mesnick announced that he was kicking the "winner" to the curb and getting it on with the runner up.

Most likely, you remember that the scorned woman was Melissa Rycroft, who went on to appear on Dancing With the Stars. But can you recall the name of the woman that Jason ultimately dated?
21. Employing his usual subtlety, which movie honcho directed a Victoria's Secret commercial which ran at the end of 2009?
James Cameron
Steven Soderberg
Michael Bay
Ang Lee
What you're seeing here is a selection from the July 2009 cover of Esquire. For the cover shot, the words of a famous author are scrawled across the nude body of model Bar Rafaeli. Whose prose enhances Bar's thigh in such an unusual way?
Cormack McCarthy
Stephen Colbert
James Patterson
Stephen King
23. Brothers/cousins Anthony, Ivan, Michael and Cameron perform as Caleb, Nathan, Jared and Matthew perform as this group, which had their biggest year to date in 2009:
Kings of Leon
Owl City
Boys Like Girls
24. In 2009, American Idol unleashed Adam Lambert and Kris Allen on the music scene. Which of these notable AI alumni did NOT release an album in 2009?
Kelly Clarkson
Chris Daughtry
Carrie Underwood
David Cook
25. Perhaps our favorite celebrity Tweet of the year came when this star, who has previously displayed difficulty differentiating various species, tweeted from Sea World: "Just overcame my fear of sharks by kissing a killer whale!"
Tara Reid
Lindsay Lohan
Britney Spears
Jessica Simpson
26. Carrie "I don't see anywhere in the Bible where it says you shouldn't get breast implants" Prejean became a household name during the 2009 Miss USA pageant. Carrie came to the world's attention with her answer to a question relating to:
Same sex marriage
Gun control
Immigrant rights
The validity of the Obama presidency
27. Which celebrity welcomed twin girls, Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge, by way of surrogate?
Kelly Ripa
Alyson Hannigan
Jenny McCarthy
Sarah Jessica Parker
28. A certain celeb got a tattoo on her side which was supposed to read "Live without regrets" in Italian. Which was great and all. Except that it was *misspelled*. Which actress might be due for some white-out/lasering?
Jessica Biel
Hayden Panettiere
Isla Fisher
Scarlett Johansson
29. During 2009, the Kardashians continued their push towards pop culture omnipresence. Consider the following list:
  1. Kris and Bruce divorced
  2. Khloe got married
  3. Kourtney gave birth
  4. Kim got engaged
Which of the above actually happened during 2009?
A, C and D
B only
B, C and D
B and C
30. "Make a sex tape and grow up. Get like Britney Spears and do some heroin. Do like Lindsay Lohan and start seeing a lesbian and get some crack in your pipe. Catch Chlamydia on a bicycle seat. That's what I want." Dubious advice of the year came from which actor, and was directed towards which young actress?
Eric Dane / Hilary Duff
Jamie Foxx / Miley Cyrus
Robert Downing, Jr. / Dakota Fanning
James Gandolfini / Kristen Stewart

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