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greetings mother factors my name is Sam and today I have been sequestered into a

sweltering recording booth to relay you various edu taining facts about the

2000s but I would be remiss in my 101 fact duties for I not to mention the

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back to the matter at hand why was Beyonce's first solo album

delayed why did the 30th of October 2000 mark the beginning of a new era for

Humanity and whatever happened to the exclamation mark in panic at the disco

where have you taken her Brendon Urie 2 out of 3 these questions are going to be

answered so Baddeck yourself in rhinestoned denim ride the wave of a

Chinese economic boom and drown in the sadness of knowing Clifford the Big Red

Dog is probably dead by now as we count through 101 facts about the 2000s number

mm was a decade of the Gregorian calendar that began on the first of

January 2000 and guess what ended on the 31st of December 2009 it's also the very

first decade of the 21st century and the 3rd millennium it was a big one guy is

very important decade for the very important things

number 2 fondly enough there was actually a bit of a discussion about

what to call this decade as the established method of referring to

previous decades such as the 70s 80s and 90s would dictate the

period be called the zeroes what about the O's or even the booths mm appears to

be the most dominant with other more colloquial terms like the naughties also

being popular number through the decade was defined by the continued growth of

the internet which contributed to increased globalization yeah we know

long words thanks quite courses plus and even

faster interpersonal communication throughout the world phones got smaller

MSN Messenger and Skype rose to prominence and texting continued its

rise to become the dominant method canceling plans you regret making number

four one of the very first things to happen in the 2000s was nothing leading

up to the dawn of the 21st century the entire world had worked itself into a

frothy seizure of fear over the impending ill effect of y2k with some

even suggesting that nuclear power plants could explode and planes would

fall out of the sky well none of that actually turned out to happen and the

effects of the so-called the millennium bug turned out to be fairly minor bit of

a letdown realist number 5 on the 4th of March 2000 the PlayStation 2 was

released in Japan the console ultimately sold over 155 million units making it

the best-selling game console of all time

I remember being nestled around the family ps2 basking in the warm glow of

digital entertainment my father puffing on a pipe while my mother dance socks it

was a simpler time number 6 throughout March of 2000 the so called

dot-com bubble in which numerous online companies surged in popularity began to

burst thousands of these companies quickly went out of business though some

didn't manage to stay afloat a number of them such as eBay and Amazon recovered

relatively quickly and since become enormous businesses number 7 in April of

2000 Metallica sued the music file sharing service Napster after an early

unfinished version of their track I disappear was leaked on the application

Napster and release a sword for the era of illegally downloaded music and

corresponding litigation had only just begun

number 8 on the 5th of May 2002 Filipinos for the names of Reno Ramona's

and onel de Guzman released the infamous I love you computer worm deleting files

and sending copies of itself to everyone in the users outlet address book the

worm ultimately caused an estimated eight point seven billion dollars worth

in damages but since the Philippines had no laws against writing malware at the

time Ramona's and de Guzman got off scot-free

number nine yeah on the 11th of May 2000 the

billionth person living in India was born the baby girl was named asta the

Hindi word for faith hours after her birth she was surrounded by almost 200

journalists who were covering the story not sure why she couldn't exactly give

an interview could she number 10 in June Samsung released the SCH V 200 which

featured a built-in rear camera capable of capturing 0.35 MP image files making

it the world's first camera phone however in order to share them or indeed

do anything with them at all users had to first transfer the image files to a

computer the first fully integrated camera phone appeared a few months later

in November in the form of sharps J phone which allowed users to share

pictures directly from the phone number 11

Mini millennium bridge that spans the River Thames in London was opened on the

10th of June 2000 it was promptly closed two days later on the 12th of June as

the bridge had the unexpected habit of shaking back and forth like a disco

serpent modifications to correct the unwelcome wobbling kept the bridge

closed into 2002 number 12 in the 2000 u.s. presidential election Republican

candidate and Texan doofus George W Bush defeated Democrat Vice President Al Gore

however the final outcome was not known until over a month later because of

disputed votes in Florida not a great sign of a mr. George Bush as if number

13 the 30th of October in the year 2000 was the last time no humans were in

space the next day the soyuz tma-21 spacecraft was launched carrying the

very first resident crew of the International Space Station were just

been continuously crewed ever since number 14 on the 10th of January 2001

the free and open the editable encyclopedia Wikipedia went online

founded by Jimmy Wales the site contains extensive information on basically every

topic you can imagine as the realization of humanity's noble pursuit of knowledge

I have personally used the site for years and have ignored its pleas for

donations at every available opportunity let the disgusting piece of human trash

that I number 15 on the top of every 2001

NASA's near shoemaker space probe touched down on the near-earth object

known as 433 eros making it the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid

neeterb number 16 on the 18th of February an FBI agent by the name of

Robert Hanson was arrested and charged with spying from Russia for 25 years

Hansen's treachery was later described at the Department of Justice as possibly

the worst intelligence disaster in US history having spent two-and-a-half

decades handing mountains of documents and computer diskettes filled with

national security information over to the Russians motivated by money rather

than ideology Hansen was paid over $600,000 in cash and diamonds for his

treasonous actions number 17 in March of 2001 the Taliban began their destruction

of the Buddha's of Bamiyan two colossal afghan cliff carvings of buddhas that

dated back to the fourth and fifth century the Taliban deemed the carvings

to be idolatrous because the Taliban are in fact each number 18 on the 1st of

April 2001 the Netherlands became the first nation in history to formally

legalize same-sex marriage since then numerous other countries have also

treated gay people are human beings and shockingly the earth continues to turn

number 19 on the 24th of August Microsoft released Windows XP a brightly

colored model of you too friendly decorum and class the operating system

also made a californian hill super famous no not that Californian Hill this

one staff these days they all do a vo once together and suddenly they're doing

that 2001 was also the year in which Britney god damn Spears gifted humanity

with her iconic performance of I'm a slave for you at the VMAs held on the

6th of September the performance reaches crescendo when Britney had a large

albino Burmese python draped over her shoulders which upset the killjoys over

Peter because of course it did number 21 sadly towards the beginning of the

decade the world was scarred by the atrocities of the 9/11 attacks on the

11th of September 2001 19 terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes

crashing two of them into the World Trade Center towers which collapse less

than two hours later a third plane crashed into the Pentagon and the last

crashed into a field in Pennsylvania owing to a parent passenger resistance

the attacks claim the law of almost 3,000 people and irrevocably

changed the face of global politics number 22 on the 23rd of October 2001

Apple unveiled the very first ipod an excellent rectangle that allows you to

listen to music without lugging around a metric ton of CDs though mp3 players

have existed for years before iPod changed the portable music game and

further allowed Apple to sync it's creepy minimalist claws ever deeper into

society's collective brainstem just kidding love you iPhone number 23

the classic science fiction film Donnie Darko was released on the 26th of

October 2001 despite a mediocre box office performance the film received

critical acclaim and is vocally described as one of the greatest films

ever made a sign from a career edifying performance by Jake Gyllenhaal and

supporting bolt from through Barrymore 1 Patrick Swayze the film also stars a

young Seth Rogen before developing into the stone a movie heartthrob he was born

to become did you know Seth Rogen was in Donnie Darko let us know when our

YouTube Father but well yeah number 24 towards the end of October the Irish

Republican Army aka the IRA declared that they would be dispensing their

weapons arsenal after years of fighting during the Troubles since then Northern

Ireland has seen isolated acts of sectarian violence but the brutality of

the previous decade mains largely in the past number 25 in November 2001 the

world's first contraceptive patch became available under the name of auto every

allowing to even greater freedom and body autonomy for women around the world

hashtag feminism hash tag hash number 26 on the 2nd of December 2001 the American

energy company Enron went bust at a cost of 17 billion dollars our troops

discover the company had been sustained by systemic accounting fraud hilariously

the American business magazine fortune had previously named Enron as America's

most innovative company six years in a row number 27 on the 15th of December

2001 the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy was reopened to the public after being

closed for repairs over a decade earlier in 1990 a team of engineers architects

and soil experts successfully stabilized the 12th century tower at a cost of

roughly 27 million dollars guaranteeing a permanent lien would stay

in place for at least another 200 years number 28 on the 1st of January 2002

physical notes and coins for Euro were officially introduced into year

zone countries the former currencies of all the included country cease to be

legal tender on the 28th of February signalling the death of the French franc

the German mark the Greek drachma and the Dutch Guilder as well as various

others number 29 during the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City

Australian Stephen propery won a gold medal in speed skating simply because

everyone in front of him crashed hilariously the only reason he was in

the final look because the exact same thing happened in the semi final number

30 at the 2002 Academy Awards held on the 24th of March Halle Berry became the

first black actress to win an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the 2001

American drama film monsters ball nothing by the way I know you're

thinking and yes it did actually take onto 2001 for a black woman to win Best

Actress number 31 on the 1st of April the Netherlands became the first nation

in the world to legalize euthanasia allowing people with poor quality of

life as a result of debilitating illnesses to end their life with the

help of medical professionals or keep it light for this video but apparently not

number 32 on the 20th of May the tiny super Catholic Southeast Asian country

of East Timor regained its independence after 26 long years of occupation by

Indonesia starting in 1975 it would later become the 190 first country to

join the United Nations later in the year

yay East Timor number 30 pray the Rome Statute came into force on the 1st of

July 2002 thereby establishing the International Criminal Court sound sexy

huh the statute established four core international crimes genocide war crimes

crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression like an evil version of the

Spice Girls most of those indicted by the ICC are

accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity

only one person the current President of Sudan Omar Bashir has been accused of

genocide number 34 the next day on the 2nd of July the American businessman and

a VHS Steve Buffett became the first person to fly solo around the world

non-stop in any kind of aircraft and he chose to do it in a balloon Johnny

number 35 in 2003 scientists found an almost complete skeleton of a 3-foot

tall person in a cave on the engineer island of Flores experts seemed realized

and unearthed the remains of an extinct species of human which was later dubbed

Homo floresiensis after its place of discovery Homo floresiensis died out

roughly fifty thousand years ago and are noted for their remarkably small brain

size haha idiots mystics on the 1st of February 2003 the space

shuttle Columbia disintegrated during reentry killing all seven of the

astronauts on board the catastrophe occurred when a piece of foam insulation

broke off from the space shuttle external tank and hit the left wing of

the orbiter allowing hot atmospheric gases to penetrate the heat shield and

destroy the internal wing structure causing the shuttle to break apart basis

and sound so fun now does it number 37 on the 3rd of February the veteran music

producer and celebrated songwriter Phil Spector was arrested on suspicion of

murdering actress Lana Clarkson that suspicion was confirmed 2009 but it's

conviction for murder in the second degree the only funny thing about this

is spectres crazy hair but yeah he shot someone in the face number 38

despite the combined heft of numerous worldwide political demonstrations

collectively bellowing please don't the Iraq war began on the 20th of March 2003

many of the reasons given for the initiation of the war were proven false

and as a result of the conflict over 100,000 civilians were killed

it sucked basically I don't usually like to get political but the death of over

100,000 civilians sucks number thirty-nine in April of 2003 it was

announced that the Human Genome Project had been completed since the project

began in 1990 sciences from around the world sequence approximately 99% of the

human genome with the identification of over 20,000 individual genes and base

pairs that create the basic DNA composition of human beings number 40

Beyonce's debut solo album entitled Dangerously in Love was released on the

23rd of June 2003 it was originally going to be released earlier but was

delayed by the success of Nellie's uber popular R&B smash hit dilemma featuring

Beyonce's former bandmate and person who thinks you can text people using

Microsoft Excel Kelly Rowland Colin Ortiz simpler times number 41 on the

first of August 2003 one of the world's most successful social networks ever

created was created my space with its customizable home pages and I mean I'm

sure there's other stuff MySpace quickly became the most popular website ever

mid-2006 even surpassed Google as the most visited website in the u.s. sadly

for our friend Tom Mark Zuckerberg is personal information stealing social

media for hemostat Facebook eventually overtook myspace in 2008 and since then

myspace has become a digital husk of its former self the meaning of life on the

10th of August 2003 the town of Fabrice room in Kent smelled it through a

temperature of 38.5 degrees Celsius that's 101.3 degrees Fahrenheit setting

the record of the highest temperature ever recorded in the UK this is also the

only time in which the denizens of Faversham were the hottest people in

Britain number 43 on the 27th of August 2003 Mars made its closest approach to

earth in over 60,000 years narrowly missing us by only 35 million

miles that's still a little too close for my liking NASA to really do

something about it number 44 on the 7th of October 2003 Californians voted to

kick out the Democratic governor Gray Davis out of office and replaced him

with a mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger you may have heard of him I'll record the name

somehow number 45 on the 24th of August 2003 the supersonic passenger airliner

Concorde made its final commercial flight bringing the luxurious area of

supersonic air travel to a close sadly the service had become unprofitable just

like my Jennifer Lawrence themed cake business that's a lot of money to Taylor

and Jam I have no regrets well I have several regrets actually but

that's not important right now moving on number 46 on the 22nd of November 2003

English rugby player Jonny Wilkinson scored a legendary extra time famous

drop goal with 26 seconds left to play winning England that year's Rugby World

Cup this prompted a brief surge in rugby popularity before we all came to our

senses and remember that football is actually better I'm just kidding bowling

is the best sport number 43 seven number 47 on the 13th of December 2003 the

fifth president of Iraq Saddam Hussein was captured by American forces after

being found hiding in a hole in the ground there are farmhouse in Tikrit

responsible for the crimes of hundreds of thousands of people Hussein this

later convicted of crimes against humanity and was executed in 2006 number

48 we're on to 2004 now which is also known as the year that America decided

to ruin the career of Popeye Continent Jackson who is performing with Justin

Timberlake at that year's Superbowl halftime show on the 1st of February

as Timberlake reached the end of his final line in rock your body he tore up

a part of Jackson's costume which was meant to reveal and lacy red bra however

Timberlake accidentally pulled off too much revealing her right boob for less

than a second because women's bodies are apparently the most offensive things on

earth millions of British Americans lost their collective poo and filed hundreds

of thousands of complaints forcing Jackson to apologise

Timberlake however only received a fraction of the backlash number 49 on

the 4th of February 2004 Apple mentioned myspace murder a facebook was launched

as a social networking site available only to students at Harvard University

the site eventually grew into the multi-million dollar success it

currently is today and may Jesse Eisenberg sorry I mean Mark Zuckerberg

as well as several of his collaborators including Justin Timberlake filthy

filthy rich number 50 in March of 2004 American domestic goddess Martha Stewart

was convicted of a slew of felonies relating to the in cloned stock trading

case and was sentenced to five months in prison initial speculation agreed upon

the certain demise of Stewart's career but she later led her company back into

profitability and has since made several bizarre attempts on a number of comedy

roasts number 51 on the first of September 2004 a large group of Islamist

militants occupied a school in Beslan a town in the autonomous Russian

Republic of North Ossetia in the course of the three day siege at least 335

people were killed and at least 700 more were injured

number 52 on the 19th of October 2004 a team of intrepid explorers reached the

bottom of krubera cave the deepest cave on earth through bear cave reaches down

to a depth of roughly 6,800 24 feet incidentally by the way 6,800 24 feet is

the name of my three hour long amateur documentary I made about my pet

millipedes all evidence of which was destroyed when I spilled smirnoff ice on

my laptop don't judge me number 53 on the 14th of December the

Meo viaduct which stretches across the town valley in France was officially

opened or opened as we say the impressive structure is 1125 feet at its

highest point making it the tallest bridge in the world

number fifty-four on the 26th of December 2004 one of the most powerful

earthquakes ever recorded occurred off the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia with a

magnitude of nine point three the quake triggered a tsunami that devastated

South Asia leaving more than 230,000 poor souls dead

number 55 2005 now and in January the BBC broadcast a televised version of

Jerry Springer the Opera a satirical musical written by Richard Thomason

Stewart Lee that features twisted caricatures of Christianity the show is

accused of blasphemy by many Christians and generated approximately 63 thousand

complaints number 56 on the 14th of February 2005 a little-known website

called YouTube was founded which you may know as the website you're currently

using right now YouTube was founded by Steve Chen Chad Hurley and Jared Kareem

the latter of whom appears in the very first youtube video posted on the 23rd

of April 2005 entitled me at the zoo the video features Kareem giving a short and

frankly mediocre description of elephants number 57 on the 29th of March

Mariah Carey released we belong together a dulcet lament that chronicles lost

desperation and heartbreak because even multimillionaires construct their

relationships billboard later ranked the track is the most played song of the

decade number 58 following the death of Pope John Paul the second on the second

of April 2005 over 4 million people travel to the Vatican to mourn him

shortly after white smoke came from the top of Sistine Chapel and heralded the

Pope a vacation of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who took the name pope

benedict xvi a name that's only slightly less terrifying than joseph ratzinger

sounds like ratatouille sri lame number 59 unfortunately 2005 had its fair share

of horrific incidents - on the 7th of July for Islamist terrorists carried out

a coordinated series of bombings in the heart of London for explosion saga did

the transport network in London three of the bombs were detonated on the London

Underground and one on a bus leaving 56 people dead and over 200 others injured

this incident has come to be known as 7-7 and was the deadliest terrorist

attack to ever happen in Britain since the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 number 60

the costliest hurricane in US history Hurricane Katrina made landfall along

the u.s. Gulf Coast on the 29th of August 2005

Katrina devastated many coastal area stretching from Florida to Texas

corsican estimated 125 billion dollars in damages and costing lives of 1,800

people number 61 on the 5th of October 2005 Twilight was published and

somewhere in the universe an angel fell from heaven and perished in fitful agony

a shameful consequence of humanity's crimes against the divine my personal

biases aside the book would ultimately stand as the first installment in

Stephenie Meyer's ultra popular series about Bella swans at tumultuous on-again

off-again relationship with sparkly vampire Edward Cullen number 62 in

November of 2005 surgeons in France carried out the world's very first

partial face transplant the patient a French woman called Isabelle de noir had

been mauled by her own dog which her family maintained was frantically trying

to wake her as she lay unconscious after taking a large amount of sleeping pills

number 63 throughout the mid to late naughty smoked off rolled out the

release of the Xbox 360 worldwide going on sale in most major markets in late

2005 early 2006 though not the best-selling console of his generation

the Xbox 360 was considered by many to be the most innovative owing to its

emphasis on multiplayer gaming and digital media distribution all Nintendo

64 on the 13th of November 2005 a 25 year old Scottish man named Andrew

Simpson was reported as the first person proven to have been cured of HIV 14

months after contracting the virus Stimpson repeatedly tested HIV negative

and to this day no one is certain why and how it happened

number 65 on the 22nd of November 2005 Angela Merkel assumed office as the

first female Chancellor of Germany she has been in power for 12 years and

Counting and is widely considered to be the most powerful woman in the world

number 66 in December 2005 the civil partnership Act came into effect

granting Britain's gay citizens the right to enter into civil partnerships

which confers almost all the same rights and responsibilities as civil marriage

full marriage equality arrived in England Wales and Scotland several years

later in 2013 and 2014 but this is a video about the 2000 so I'm not allowed

to mention those years I've said too much already

that police will be after me I must away in the dying moments of 2005 an extra

second was added to the 31st of December in order to correct the slowing of the

Earth's rotation which is arming anyone troubled by that little

fact no okay in any hasty ditional second called a

leap second and out the clock to tick up to 23 59 60

and was the first time the clocks have been adjusted in this way since 1998

another second was also added in 2008 number 68 on to 2006 now went on the

15th of January NASA's Stardust mission successfully ended when its sample

capsule parachuted back down to earth carrying cosmic dust retrieved from an

ejector of a comet called wild to snail dust was the first deep-space sample

return mission of its kind allowing scientists to study the collected dust

in a laboratory on earth like the Nerds that they are on the 23rd of February

Apple announced that its one billionth song had been purchase from iTunes

roughly three years after launch since then the unstoppable progress of

Apple's insatiable creep into every aspect of our lives continues unabated

hooray and no I still haven't forgiven you for

that due to album number 70 on the 1st of March 2006 at the english-language

version of Wikipedia welcomed its millionth article which happened to be

the entry for jordan hill railway station a fairly unremarkable train

station and the scottish city of Glasgow the number 71 on the 3rd of June 2006

Montenegro declared its independence after a referendum the loose

geopolitical union of Serbia and Montenegro was dissolved two days later

with Serbia's formal declaration of independence on the 5th of June

following the much publicized breakup Serbia became the union's legal

successor essentially getting to keep the house while Montenegro had to

reapply for membership in international organisations number 70 due on the 30th

of July 2006 a sad sad day indeed the BBC broadcast the final episode of Top

of the Pops after 42 years of weekly episodes the show was axed due to lack

of interest owing to increased competition from

other sources well thanks Internet I mean without your but number two

obviously thanks Bay number 73 in 2006 the verb to Google entered the

Oxford English Dictionary reflecting the site status as a contemporary god

worshiped for it's almost omnipotent reach into every realm of human

knowledge praise be google number 74 on the 9th of

July zinedine zidane was sent off for head-butting Italy's Marco Materazzi

right in the following a verbal provocation oh and it

was his final professional football game and it's the final of the World Cup -

you say Clancy Zinedine numbers of devourer yeah

following the discovery of similar worlds deeper in the distance QPR belt

Pluto long considered the ninth planet in the solar system was downgraded to a

dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union on the 24th of August

2006 the decision was met with both sober acceptance and unhinged outrage

because humans somehow feel personally attached to a barren rocky sphere

literally billions of miles away just kidding a lovely Poots number 76

the tiny european nation of luxembourg is famous for three things being a tax

haven assisted suicide and for being the first country on earth to make the

switch to entirely digital television broadcasting which it did on the 1st of

September 2006 number 37 on the 29th of December 2006 the UK finally settled its

post-world War two loan debt with the United States and

Canada the Americans loaned over 2 billion pounds to Britain in 1945 while

Canada led to 607 million pounds in 1946 at a rate of two percent annual interest

meaning the UK ultimately paid double what we initially received to be fair

we're also six years late with copying up the dough so sorry chaps number 6 on

the 19th of January 2007 Justin Bieber posted his first youtube video this date

shall forever be known as the incident when a terrible evil was unleashed upon

this world its disciple 2 known as believers will already be on my trail

just for speaking to you I must once again away number 79 2007 is also known

as the annus horribilis of our dear dear Brittnay the then troubled pop princess

shocked the world when she appeared in public on the 16th of February with a

completely shaved head when asked by reporter the reason why she had shown

her sacred bumps Brittany replied curtly big consumer video oh no that's not her

song is it sorry my bad number 18 on the 29th of June 2007 Apple released the

very first iPhone which reportedly cost over 150 million dollars to develop

thousands of people lined up outside their local Apple store to get their

tech hungry hands on it and within less than three months of release more than 1

million units have been sold number 81 on the 21st of July the conclusion to JK

Rowling's ultra successful Wizarding book series Harry Potter was

published entitled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the book told the story

of the Battle of Hogwarts in which the forces of mantle could repel

he-who-must-not-be-named for the final time bravo frictional characteristic my

love dearly with all my heart r.i.p toffee alrighty number 82 in

August of 2007 Mauritania became the very last country to criminalize slavery

although it had been officially abolished in 1981 with this horrific

allele 8 ban the practice became illegal everywhere in the world number 83 on the

10th of October the legendary rock and random noises band Radiohead released

their seventh album entitled in rainbows this is notable as being the first album

released by major artists to be sold on a pay what you want basis giving fans

the ability to pay any amount including diddly-squat join number 84 between 2007

and 2008 I'm sorry that was the black eyed pea in May 2008 there was also a

massive financial crisis frequently described as the worst economic disaster

since the Great Depression of 1929 I almost bought a teenager when all this

was happening so although it was aware that money was not good at the time my

body was being flooded with powerful hormones that turned me into the paragon

of manhood you know today and I as such did not care sorry guys millennial

number 85 during roughly the same period approximately 12,000 film and television

screenwriters participated in an organized strike against major Hollywood

studios networks and production companies the strike occurred due to a

dispute of a payment for online content and lasted for nearly three months

before a compromise was reached number 86 on to 2008 now and on the 24th of

February Fidel Castro stepped down as president of Cuba our - almost 50 years

in power Castro polarized global opinion with

some people calling him a quirky examination of teenage doctor and others

such as myself calling him a pretentious unfunny snoozefest

oh no sorry wait I'm confusing him with the film Napoleon Dynamite suave Oh at

those two confused number 87 on the 27th of February 2008 the UK experienced the

largest earthquake in 25 years measuring a whopping 5.2 on the Richter scale whoa

that's pretty puny by global standards actually but was very strong for Britain

the quakes epicenter was focused on the town of Market Raisin in Lincoln

and cause literally no deaths meaning everyone but laugh about it and joke

guilt free t-shirts emblazoned with the words I survived the earthquake were

even produced by enterprising shop owners number 88 on the 28th of February

2008 it was revealed that Prince had a the future husband of American actress

Megan Marshall from suits had secretly been serving in Afghanistan with the

help of an organized media blackout the prince who would later word American

actress Megan Marvel from suits was immediately removed from duty and

brought back to the UK where he would eventually marry American actress Megan

Michael from suits at some George's Chapel in 2018 number 89 in July 2008

Google announced that they'd index over one trillion unique URLs and we all know

what most of that was hey you know yeah

number 19 on the 28th of September 2008 the SpaceX Falcon 1 became the world's

first privately developed liquid fuel launch vehicle to enter Earth orbit

SpaceX was founded in 2002 by weird billionaire nerd Elon Musk who is very

weird number 91 on the 7th of October 2008 the

music streaming service known as Spotify was launched in Sweden Spotify has gone

from strength to strength to strength since then opening up to more and more

countries and growing to 170 million users and yet the app still sucks harder

than it than it and a thing that sucks I don't know it's fact 91 I'm tired it's

it number 92 on the first of November 2008 a mysterious online presence known

as Satoshi Nakamoto invented Bitcoin which is made available online several

months later in 2009 Bitcoin along with various other crypto currencies has

pocketed into the mainstream in recent years making a small number of people

into fabled internet millionaires and crime money much harder to trace and oh

no Nakamoto has sent his goons to shut me

off after speaking the truth about Bitcoin I must once again away all this

away is what's making me tired number 93 on the 4th of November 2008 Senator

Barack Obama defeated Republican John McCain to be elected the 44th President

of the United States Obama is notable as being the very first

black American to hold the position and was a harbinger of a new era of

tolerance and aggression in the only remaining superpower that Sarah would

last out only eight years before well you know

number 94 on the 10th of December 2008 to the channel island of Sark a British

Crown dependency held its first fully democratic elections becoming the final

place in the entirety of Europe to abolish the most humid evil system of

feudalism number 95 and on the 1st of February 2009 the people of Iceland

elected Johanna sigur rós appear as their new prime minister making her the

world's first openly gay head of government give it up for powerful

lesbians everybody number 96 on the 8th of April 2009 a group of

Somali pirates attempted to hijack the cargo ship MV Maersk Alabama roughly 440

kilometers southeast of Somalia the hijack was ultimately unsuccessful but

for the pirates fled in a lifeboat taking the captain Richard Phillips as a

hostage for three days before u.s. Navy SEAL snipers killed three of the captors

and took the other into custody rescuing captain Phillips in 2013 which

I know I shouldn't be mentioning but oh well the story of the events was adapted

into a film called captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks in Somali American

actor barkhad Abdi in his debut role for which he received a BAFTA for Best Actor

in supporting role as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations

number 97 on the 11th of July 2009 the World Health Organization declared that

the h1n1 influenza strain known as swine flu had become a global pandemic the

first in 41 years a total of fourteen thousand two hundred eighty six people

were ultimately confirmed to have died as a result of the virus though more

recent research suggests that number could be as much as ten times higher

number 98 on the 25th of June humanity lost the world's most celebrated Icona

pop music with the death of Michael Jackson while preparing for his this is

it tall Jackson collapsed and died later revealed to be the result of acute

propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication his personal physician Conrad Murray was

convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served two years in prison

number 99 on the 9th of July 2009 Antony Gormley public art project entitled one

and other begun the projects all members of the public stand atop the usually

vacant fourth plinth in London's Trafalgar Square with an hour to do

basically anything they wanted one another lasted for 100 days serving

2,400 Britons who did things like dress up as Godzilla made protests and even

nuddy my god if it is a number 100 at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards held on

the 30th of September 1 mr. Kanye West slept on stage during Taylor Swift

acceptance speech for a Best Female Video Award to tell her that although he

planned to let her finish he felt compelled to point out that he

thought Beyonce's video for single ladies should have prevailed I'm

paraphrasing here slightly number 101 on the 17th of December 2009 James Cameron

sci-fi epic avatar was released possibly the most over intermón existence the

film was praised for its groundbreaking special effects and stunning visuals and

would ultimately rake in a worldwide gross of almost 2.8 billion dollars

making it the highest grossing film in history so that was one hunter one fact

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