2010 Fun Facts, Trivia, and History

Updated on October 30, 2019
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This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2010.
This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2010.

Quick History Facts From 2010

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history from the year 2010? For openers, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, 206 million gallons of crude oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico, and Republicans gained control of the House during the midterm elections. Instagram was launched, Apple introduced the iPad, and Comcast began using the “XFINITY” name in an effort to rebrand the company.

In 2010, Internet Explorer was the most popular web browser, Facebook had 600 million users, and there were 88.8 million .com domain names. About 89% of emails were spam, 7.7 million people followed Lady Gaga on Twitter, and Amazon announced that it was selling more Kindle books than hardcover ones.

Back in 2010, the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly fell nearly 1,000 points, over 14% of Americans lived in poverty, and President Obama repealed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy. Starbucks and McDonald’s began offering free Wifi, Subway had over 34,000 sandwich shops, and the most famous people in America were probably David Letterman and Jay Leno.

In 2010, unemployment averaged 9.5%, inflation was 1.64%, and the minimum wage was $7.25 an hour. The prime rate was 3.25%, one ounce of gold was $1,420.25, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $2.96. A gallon of milk cost $3.32, eggs were $2.29 a dozen, and Heinz Ketchup was $1.69 for a 14-ounce bottle.

Back in 2010, the average life expectancy in the U.S. was 76.2 years for men and 81.1 years for women, Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was Mark Zuckerberg, and Caressa Cameron (Virginia) won the Miss America crown. The New Orleans Saints were the Super Bowl champs, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, and the Chicago Blackhawks clinched the Stanley Cup.

In 2010, Toy Store 3 was the most popular film, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest was Amazon’s best-selling book, and American Idol (Fox) was the top TV show. The Hurt Locker won an Oscar for Best Picture, Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) won an Oscar for Best Director, and Modern Family (ABC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.

What else happened in 2010? Jacob and Isabella were favorite baby names, tiny sunglasses and chandelier earrings were fashion trends, and “The Game of Life” was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. PayPal founder Elon Musk married actress Talulah Riley, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren parted ways, and Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton announced their engagement.

Here are some more fast history facts from 2010: the final episode of the 54-year-old soap opera As the World Turns was aired, demolition of Yankee Stadium in New York City was completed, and the song Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer was #1 on the country music charts. Samsung introduced the Galaxy S smartphone, comfort foods like chicken pot pies were crowd-pleasers, and Mario and Luigi Halloween costumes were all the rage.

On the international stage, the world’s tallest building opened in Dubai, a 5.9 earthquake devastated Haiti, and volcanic ash from Iceland caused major disruptions in air travel across Europe. David Cameron became the British Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama resigned as Japan’s Chief of State, and China had a traffic jam that spanned 62 miles.

Famous people in the news back in 2010 included Barack Obama, Imelda Marcos, David Cameron, Carlos Slim, Nicolaus Copernicus, Stephanie Meyer, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Simon Cowell, Conan O’Brien, Kathryn Bigelow, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bryan Adams, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ron MacLean, Tom Hanks, Alicia Keys, Mike Shanahan, Kobe Bryant, and Cam Neely.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts, cool trivia, and history from the year 2010. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, cars, interesting foods, sports facts, fashion fads, and other pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 2000s-themed trivia quiz.

Table of Contents

What happened in the year 2010? For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in the Year 2010

  2. History Facts From the USA

  3. International News

  4. Random Sports Facts

  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  6. Computer and Internet History Facts

  7. The Most Popular Websites in 2010

  8. Nobel Prize Winners

  9. Most Popular Television Shows for 2010-2011

  10. Amazon’s Top 10 Best-Selling Books for 2010

  11. Most Popular Movies of the Year

  12. Interesting Horror Movies from 2010

  13. Entries Into the National Film Registry

  14. Biggest Pop Music Artists

  15. Number One Music Hits for the Year

  16. Favorite Video Games

  17. Popular Foods and Beverages

  18. Cool Halloween Costumes

  19. Famous Weddings and Divorces

  20. Famous People Who Died in the Year 2010

  21. The 10 Best-Selling Cars in America

  22. America’s Largest Corporations

  23. Major Internet Companies Established

In 2010, Amazon announced that it was selling more Kindle books than hardcover ones.
In 2010, Amazon announced that it was selling more Kindle books than hardcover ones.

1. Grocery Prices in the Year 2010

These facts from the American grocery industry have been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ.

  1. Apples (McIntosh): $2.99 for a three-pound bag

  2. Baby food (Beechnut): Two four-ounce jars for $1.00

  3. Beef (ground, 90% lean): $3.99 a pound

  4. Bananas: Three pounds for 99 cents

  5. Bread (Wonder): Two 16-ounce loaves for $5.00

  6. Cereal (Cheerios): $3.79 for an 8.9-ounce box

  7. Cheese (Kraft American Singles): $4.99 for a 16-ounce package

  8. Coffee (Maxwell House): $3.99 for an 11.5-ounce can

  9. Cookies (Nabisco Mallomars): $3.99 for an eight-ounce box

  10. Crackers (Nabisco Ritz): $3.59 for a 12-ounce box

  11. Eggs: $2.29 a dozen

  12. Fish (Bumble Bee, solid white albacore tuna): $1.59 for a three-ounce can

  13. Flour (Gold Medal): $2.49 for a five-pound bag

  14. Juice (V8 Vegetable Juice): $2.99 for a 32-ounce bottle

  15. Ketchup (Heinz): $1.69 for a 14-ounce bottle

  16. Macaroni (Ronzoni, elbows): 99 cents for a 16-ounce box

  17. Margarine (I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!): $3.59 for a 15-ounce container

  18. Mayonnaise (Hellmann’s): $3.49 for a 15-ounce jar

  19. Milk: $3.32 per gallon

  20. Onions (yellow): $1.99 for a three-pound bag

  21. Pineapple (fresh, whole): $3.99 each

  22. Potatoes (Yukon Gold): $4.99 for a five-pound bag

  23. Soda (Coca-Cola): $1.79 for a 67.6-ounce bottle

  24. Soup (Campbell’s Tomato): Three 10.75-ounce cans for $2.00

  25. SPAM: $2.79 for a 12-ounce can

  26. Spaghetti sauce (Classico): $2.99 for a 24-ounce jar

  27. Sugar (Domino): $3.99 for a five-pound bag

In 2010, “Alice in Wonderland” was a popular film.
In 2010, “Alice in Wonderland” was a popular film.

2. History Facts From the USA

  1. In 2010, Barack Obama was President of the United States, and Joe Biden was Vice President.

  2. According to the 2010 Census, the U.S. population was 308,745,538. This represented “a 9.7 percent increase from the Census 2000 population of 281.4 million.”

  3. In 2010, the U.S. unemployment rate ranged from 9.9% in April to 9.3% in December. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics points out that “In 2010, 15 States reported annual average unemployment rates of 10.0 percent or more. Nevada recorded the highest rate, 14.9 percent, followed by Michigan, 12.5 percent, and California, 12.4 percent. (This was the first time since 2005 that Michigan did not post the highest unemployment rate among the States.) North Dakota again registered the lowest jobless rate among the States, 3.9 percent in 2010. The States with the next lowest rates were Nebraska and South Dakota, at 4.7 and 4.8 percent, respectively. Eight States reported the highest jobless rates in their annual series: California, 12.4 percent; Colorado, 8.9 percent; Delaware, 8.5 percent; Florida, 11.5 percent; Georgia, 10.2 percent; Idaho, 9.3 percent; Nevada, 14.9 percent; and Rhode Island, 11.6 percent.”

  4. The rate of inflation was 1.64%. In2013Dollars.com tells us that “Purchasing power decreased by 1.64% in 2010 compared to the previous year, 2010. On average, you would have to spend 1.64% more money in 2010 than in 2010 for the same item. In other words, $1 in 2010 is equivalent in purchasing power to $1.02 in 2010.”

  5. In 2010, a 16-ounce loaf of white bread cost $2.50, yellow onions were $1.99 for a three-pound bag, and one pound of 90% lean ground beef was $3.99. A gallon of milk cost $3.32, eggs were $2.29 a dozen, and Heinz Ketchup was $1.69 for a 14-ounce bottle. An 8.9-ounce box of Cheerios cost $3.79, McIntosh apples were $2.99 for a three-pound bag, and SPAM was $2.79 for a 12-ounce can.

  6. Here were the sticker prices for three best-selling 2010 cars: a Buick Regal cost $25,245.00, a Chrysler Town & Country was $17,750.00, and a Ford Fusion cost $19,695.00.

  7. The average price for a gallon of gas was $2.96.

  8. The minimum wage was $7.25. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “In 2010, 72.9 million American workers age 16 and over were paid at hourly rates, representing 58.8 percent of all wage and salary workers. Among those paid by the hour, 1.8 million earned exactly the prevailing Federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.” The BLS adds that “Minimum wage workers tend to be young. Although workers under age 25 represented only about one-fifth of hourly-paid workers, they made up about half of those paid the Federal minimum wage or less.”

  9. The prime rate was 3.25%, one ounce of gold was $1,420.25, and the median annual income was $49,445.00.

  10. In 2010, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the United States was $221,800 while the average price was $272,900. Comparatively, in November 2018, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the U.S. was $302,400 while the average price was $362,400.

  11. On January 28, the Senate voted 70-30 to give Ben Bernanke a second four-year term as Chair of the Federal Reserve.

  12. On March 23, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, into law. ABCNews.Go.com explains that Obamacare was “a law enacted to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable health insurance. It does this by offering consumers discounts (known as tax credits) on government-sponsored health insurance plans, and by expanding the Medicaid assistance program to include more people who don't have it in their budgets to pay for health care.” Britannica.com adds that Obamacare ”was widely considered the most far-reaching health care reform act since the passage of Medicare, the U.S. government program guaranteeing health insurance for the elderly, in 1965.”

  13. On April 5, twenty-nine miners died after a series of explosions rocked the Upper Big Branch mine near Charleston, West Virginia.

  14. On April 20 and thereafter, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill took place in the Gulf of Mexico. History.com tells us that on April 20, “an explosion and fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, kills 11 people and triggers the largest offshore oil spill in American history. The rig had been in the final phases of drilling an exploratory well for BP, the British oil giant. By the time the well was capped three months later, an estimated 4.9 million barrels (or around 206 million gallons) of crude oil had poured into the Gulf.”

  15. On April 23, Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the country's toughest immigration bill into law. The bill was designed “to identify, prosecute [sic] and deport illegal immigrants.”

  16. On May 6, the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly fell nearly 1,000 points shortly after 2:30 PM. The New York Times remarks that “the speed and scale of the plunge--the largest intraday decline on record--seemed to feed fears that the financial troubles gripping Europe were [sic] at last [sic] reaching across the Atlantic.”

  17. On May 8, demolition of Yankee Stadium in New York City was completed. The ballpark first opened on April 18, 1923.

  18. On August 5, the U.S. Senate voted 63 to 37 to confirm Elena Kagan as the newest Supreme Court justice.

  19. On September 16, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the percentage of Americans living below the poverty line--$10,830 for an individual and $22,050 for a family of four--reached 15-year high in 2010. That year, an estimated 44 million people, or 14.3% of the U.S. population, were living in poverty.

  20. On September 20, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), an independent group of economists, stated that the U.S. left the Great Recession in June 2010. Nevertheless, the 18-month recession that started in December 2007 was “the longest and deepest downturn for the U.S. economy since the Great Depression.”

  21. On November 4, Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives during the midterm elections while Democrats retained control of the Senate. Representative John Boehner of Ohio became the new Speaker of the House, replacing Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi of California.

  22. On November 16, construction began on the George W. Bush Presidential Center in University Park, Texas.

  23. On December 22, President Obama repealed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy.

3. International News

  1. On January 4, the 160-story Burj Khalifa (Khalifa Tower) opened in Dubai. Named after the president of the United Arab Emirates, the Burj Khalifa was the world's tallest building at 2,722 feet. The tower is a mixed-use property and includes office space, housing, shopping centers, and even a large fountain.

  2. On January 12, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake occurred in Haiti that killed over 160,000 people and displaced nearly 1.5 million others. The quake also destroyed most of Port-au-Prince, the nation’s densely-populated capital.

  3. On January 26, after six consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, the UK came out of a recession when the economy grew by 0.1% during the final quarter of 2010.

  4. On February 12, the XXI Winter Olympics opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The games closed on February 28.

  5. On February 22, Taiwan’s recession ended when the country’s economy grew by 9.22% during the last quarter of 2009.

  6. On March 20, the Eyjafjallajökull volcano “began spewing molten lava in an uninhabited area in south Iceland, after being dormant for 180 years.”

  7. On April 14th, after a brief intermission, the Eyjafjallajökull volcano “resumed erupting from the top crater in the center of the glacier.”

  8. On April 15, volcanic ash from Iceland caused major disruptions in air travel across western and northern Europe.

  9. On May 11, David Cameron became the British Prime Minister after forming a coalition government between the Liberal Democrats and his own Conservative Party.

  10. On June 1, Yukio Hatoyama resigned as Japan’s Prime Minister just nine months after taking office.

  11. On June 9, Finland fell back into a recession after the GDP decreased by 0.4% during the first quarter of 2010.

  12. On June 9, Hungary’s recession ended when the nation’s economy grew by 0.9%% during the first quarter of 2010.

  13. On July 25, Andy Schleck of Luxembourg won the 97th Tour de France, his third title in the world’s most prestigious cycling race.

  14. On October 10, the Netherlands Antilles, a group of six islands in the Caribbean Sea, was dissolved. Reuters.com explains that “The former Dutch Caribbean colonies of Curacao and St. Maarten became autonomous countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands . . . in a change of constitutional status dissolving the Netherlands Antilles. The two joined Aruba, which in 1986 had already gained this status that maintains direct ties with Holland, while three other islands, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, became autonomous special municipalities of the Netherlands in the dissolution of the 56-year-old Netherlands Antilles territory.”

  15. On October 31, Belgium’s recession ended when the country’s economy grew by 0.5% during the third quarter of 2010.

  16. On November 16, Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton announced their engagement.

  17. On November 19, twenty-nine miners in New Zealand died after a series of explosions rocked the Pike River coal mine.

  18. On December 7, Iceland’s recession ended when the nation’s economy grew by 1.2% during the third quarter of 2010.

  19. In 2010, China had a traffic jam that lasted for 12 days and spanned 62 miles.

In 2010, comfort foods like chicken pot pies were crowd-pleasers.
In 2010, comfort foods like chicken pot pies were crowd-pleasers.

4. Random Sports Facts

This information has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • Kentucky Derby - Super Saver

  • NBA Champions - Los Angeles Lakers

  • NCAA Basketball Champions - Duke

  • NCAA Football Champs - Auburn

  • Stanley Cup Champs - Chicago Blackhawks

  • Super Bowl Champs - New Orleans Saints

  • U.S. Open Golf - Graeme McDowell

  • U.S. Open Tennis (men/women) - Rafael Nadal/Kim Clijsters

  • Wimbledon (men/women) - Rafael Nadal/Serena Williams

  • World Cup Soccer - Spain

  • World Series Champions - San Francisco Giants

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends

  1. In 2010, popular baby names were Aiden, Jacob, Jackson, Ethan, Sophia, Isabella, Olivia, and Emma.

  2. The average life expectancy in the United States was 76.2 years for men and 81.1 years for women.

  3. The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad was $3,100,000.

  4. Popular holiday gifts were cash, electronics, toys, gift cards, and clothes.

  5. Fashion trends in 2010 included tiny sunglasses, couture clogs, designer denim, nautical stripes, copper tones, pastel eyes, and chandelier earrings.

  6. Heartthrobs and fashion icons for the year were Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Lauren Conrad, Beyonce, Olivia Wilde, Marisa Miller, Scarlett Johansson, and Christina Aguilera.

  7. Caressa Cameron (Virginia) won the Miss America crown.

  8. Rima Fakih (Michigan) became Miss USA.

  9. Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was Mark Zuckerberg.

  10. Top-grossing Broadway shows included Wicked, The Lion King, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Jersey Boys, The Addams Family, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia!, Phantom of the Opera, Promises Promises, and West Side Story.

  11. At the 82st Academy Awards, which honored the best films of 2009, The Hurt Locker won an Oscar for Best Picture, Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) won an Oscar for Best Actor, Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) won an Oscar for Best Actress, and Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) won an Oscar for Best Director.

  12. At the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, Modern Family (ABC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and Mad Men (AMC) won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Likewise, Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

  13. In January, McDonald’s began offering free Wifi at all their locations in the U.S.

  14. In July, Starbucks started to offer free Wifi to their customers.

  15. On September 17, the final episode of the 54-year-old soap opera As the World Turns was broadcast. Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois, As the World Turns debuted on April 2, 1956. Soaps.Fandom.com explains that “The show passed its 10,000th episode on May 12, 1995, and celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 2, 2006. On September 18, 2010, As the World Turns became the last remaining Procter and Gamble produced soap opera for CBS after Guiding Light aired its final episode on the network.” TheAtlantic.com adds that “Over the course of its half-century run, the soap launched the careers of some of Hollywood's biggest stars--Julianne Moore, Meg Ryan, Lauryn Hill, and Martin Sheen all started their acting careers on the soap.”

  16. Manhattan had 1.5 million residents in 2010 versus 2.3 million people in 1910.

  17. Approximately 3.2 billion people or 46.4% of the world’s population watched the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

  18. Over 40% of the children born in 2010 were to unwed mothers.

  19. Comcast won Consumerist’s award for “Worst Company in America.” Soon after, the telecommunications conglomerate began using the name “XFINITY” an effort to rebrand the company.

  20. “The Game of Life” was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

  21. Subway had over 34,000 sandwich shops in 96 countries.

  22. The song Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer by Billy Currington was #1 on the country music charts.

  23. According to The World Conservation Society, fewer than 3,500 wild tigers existed in the world.

  24. The average American drank 30 gallons of bottled water.

  25. The most famous people in America were probably David Letterman and Jay Leno.

In 2010, Mario and Luigi Halloween costumes were all the rage.
In 2010, Mario and Luigi Halloween costumes were all the rage.

6. Computer and Internet History Facts

These fun facts and trivia from 2010 have been made available courtesy of ComputerHope.com and Royal.Pingdom.com.

  1. In 2010, the most popular websites were Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Facebook, AOL, Ask, Amazon, CBS, Viacom, Wikipedia, Apple, eBay, the New York Times, Fox, and Comcast.

  2. Google’s top searches for the year were World Cup, Vancouver Olympics, Haiti earthquake, BP oil spill, and ash cloud. Yahoo’s most popular searches in 2010 included BP oil spill, World Cup in South Africa, Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, and Lady Gaga.

  3. In 2010, 107 trillion emails were sent and 294 billion email messages were sent each day.

  4. There were 1.88 billion email users worldwide and 480 million more email users in 2010 than in 2009.

  5. About 89.1% of emails were spam and 262 billion spam emails were sent each day.

  6. There were 2.9 billion email accounts worldwide and 25% of them were corporate.

  7. In 2010, there were 255 million websites.

  8. There were 88.8 million .com domain names, 13.2 million .net domains, and 8.6 million .org domain names.

  9. There were 79.2 million country-code top-level domains such as .UK or .CN.

  10. In 2010, there were 1.97 billion Internet users worldwide and a 14% increase in users over 2009.

  11. In 2010, there were 825.1 million Internet users in Asia and another 475.1 million in Europe.

  12. There were 266.2 million Internet users in North America and another 21.3 million in Australia and Oceania.

  13. There were 152 million blogs on the Internet.

  14. There were 175 million Twitter accounts and 25 billion tweets sent.

  15. In 2010, there were 7.7 million people following Lady Gaga, Twitter’s most followed user.

  16. There were 600 million users on Facebook.

  17. Around 30 billion pieces of content (e.g., links, notes, photos) were shared on Facebook every month.

  18. About 70% of Facebook’s users were located outside of the United States.

  19. There were around 20 million Facebook apps installed each day.

  20. In 2010, Internet Explorer was the most popular web browser and had 46.9% of the market share. IE was followed by Firefox (30.8%), Chrome (14.9%), Safari (4.8%), and Opera (2.1%).

  21. Facebook users watched over two billion videos every month.

  22. Over 3,000 photos were uploaded every minute to Flickr.

  23. Flickr hosted over five billion photos.

  24. About 36 billion photos were uploaded to Facebook.

  25. The average Internet user in the U.S. watched 186 videos every month.

  26. In 2010, Comcast began using the “XFINITY” name in an effort to rebrand the company.

  27. On January 27, Apple introduced the iPad.

  28. On February 9, Google Buzz, “a social networking, microblogging, and messaging tool,” was released.

  29. In June, Samsung introduced the Samsung Galaxy S.

  30. On July 19, Amazon announced that it was selling more Kindle books than hardcover ones.

  31. In October, the social networking site Instagram was launched.

7. The Most Popular Websites in 2010

These Internet history facts have been made available courtesy of Tech.co.

In 2009, the most popular websites included Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, AOL, Fox, Ask, eBay, Amazon, Wikipedia, Facebook, Apple, CBS, the Weather Channel, Craigslist, and Adobe.

One year later, the most-visited web destinations were Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Facebook, AOL, Ask, Amazon, CBS, Viacom, Wikipedia, Apple, eBay, the New York Times, Fox, and Comcast.

In January 2019, the most popular websites included Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo!, Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Bing, eBay, MSN, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Ask, and Wordpress.

In 2010,  the final episode of the 54-year-old soap opera “As the World Turns” was broadcast.
In 2010, the final episode of the 54-year-old soap opera “As the World Turns” was broadcast.

8. Nobel Prize Winners

These Nobel Prize facts have been made available courtesy of InfoPlease.com.

  • Chemistry: Richard F. Heck (U.S.), Ei-ichi Negishi (U.S.), and Akira Suzuki (Japan) for their work with "palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis."

  • Economics: Peter Diamond (U.S.), Dale T. Mortensen (U.S.), and Christopher A. Pissarides (UK) for "their analysis of markets with search frictions."

  • Literature: Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru) for "his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat."

  • Peace: Liu Xiaobo (China) for "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China."

  • Physics: Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov (both from Russia) for their "groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene."

  • Physiology or medicine: Robert G. Edwards (UK) for "for the development of in vitro fertilization."

9. Most Popular Television Shows for 2010-2011

This TV trivia has been made available courtesy of Nielsen Television Measurement.

  1. American Idol (Fox)

  2. Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

  3. Sunday Night Football (NBC)

  4. NCIS (CBS)

  5. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

  6. The Mentalist (CBS)

  7. Body of Proof (ABC)

  8. Criminal Minds (CBS)

  9. The Good Wife (CBS)

  10. 60 Minutes (CBS)

In 2010, the social networking site Instagram was launched.
In 2010, the social networking site Instagram was launched.

10. Amazon’s Top 10 Best-Selling Books for 2010

This book trivia has been made available courtesy of MarketingCharts.com. Please note that only books published for the first time appear on this list.

  1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (The Millennium Trilogy Series #3), by Stieg Larsson

  2. Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything, by Geneen Roth

  3. Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins

  4. Dead in the Family, by Charlaine Harris

  5. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, by Michael Lewis

  6. Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, by John Heilemann

  7. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Twilight Saga), by Stephenie Meyer

  8. Freedom: A Novel (Oprah’s Book Club), by Jonathan Franzen

  9. Sh#t My Dad Says, by Justin Halpern

  10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

11. Most Popular Movies of the Year

This movie trivia has been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  1. Toy Story 3

  2. Alice In Wonderland

  3. Iron Man 2

  4. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

  6. Inception

  7. Despicable Me

  8. Shrek Forever After

  9. How To Train Your Dragon

  10. Tangled

In 2010, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” was Amazon’s best-selling book.
In 2010, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” was Amazon’s best-selling book.

12. Interesting Horror Movies From 2010

Horror films for the year included Insidious, Let Me In, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, I Saw the Devil, The Crazies, Black Swan, I Spit on Your Grave, Piranha 3D, The Last Exorcism, Cold Fish, Trollhunter, Stake Land, Paranormal Activity 2, Frozen, The Silent House, The Wolfman, Hatchet II, Bedevilled, The Final, The Ward, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Saw 3D, The Reef, Julia's Eyes, Devil, We Are What We Are, My Soul to Take, and The Shrine.

13. Entries Into The National Film Registry

This film trivia has been made available courtesy of the Library of Congress.

  1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

  2. A Trip Down Market Street (1906)

  3. Airplane! (1980)

  4. All the President’s Men (1976)

  5. Cry of Jazz (1959)

  6. Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)

  7. Grey Gardens (1976)

  8. I Am Joaquin (1969)

  9. It’s a Gift (1934)

  10. Let There Be Light (1946)

  11. Lonesome (1928)

  12. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

  13. Malcolm X (1992)

  14. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

  15. Newark Athlete (1891)

  16. Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)

  17. Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)

  18. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

  19. Study of a River (1996/1997)

  20. Tarantella (1940)

  21. The Bargain (1914)

  22. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

  23. The Exorcist (1973)

  24. The Front Page (1931)

  25. The Pink Panther (1963)

14. Biggest Pop Music Artists

These fun facts and trivia from 2010 have been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

Favorite pop artists included Arcade Fire, The Band Perry, Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Flo Rida, George Strait, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Sade, Sugarland, Susan Boyle, Taylor Swift, Train, Usher, and Vampire Weekend.

In 2010, “The Mentalist” was a popular television show.
In 2010, “The Mentalist” was a popular television show.

15. Number One Music Hits for the Year

This information has been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us. Generally suitable for all age groups, music trivia questions and answers are a welcome addition to any party game.

  • November 28, 2009 - January 1, 2010: Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind

  • January 2 - March 5: Kesha - Tik Tok

  • March 6 - March 19: The Black Eyed Peas - Imma Be

  • March 20 - March 26: Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris - Break Your Heart

  • March 27 - April 30: Rihanna - Rude Boy

  • May 1 - May 14: B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars - Nothin' on You

  • May 15 - May 21: Usher featuring will.i.am - OMG

  • May 22 - June 18: Eminem - Not Afraid

  • June 19 - July 30: Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg - California Gurls

  • July 31 - September 17: Eminem featuring Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie

  • September 18 - October 1: Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

  • October 2 - October 29: Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are

  • October 30 - November 12: Far East Movement featuring The Cataracs and Dev - Like a G6

  • November 13 - November 19: Kesha - We R Who We R

  • November 20 - December 3: Rihanna featuring Drake - What's My Name?

  • December 4 - December 10: Rihanna - Only Girl (In the World)

  • December 11 - December 17: Pink - Raise Your Glass

  • December 18, 2010 - January 7, 2011: Katy Perry - Firework

16. Favorite Video Games

Popular video games in 2010 included Call of Duty: Black Ops, Red Dead Redemption, Alan Wake, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Dante's Inferno, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Limbo, Mass Effect 2, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Dead Rising 2, Fallout: New Vegas, Civilization V, BioShock 2, Halo: Reach, Crackdown 2, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Blur, Darksiders, Super Meat Boy, Just Cause 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, James Bond 007: Blood Stone, Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, Fable III, Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction, Heavy Rain, Mafia II, GoldenEye 007, God of War III, Back to the Future: The Game, Kirby's Epic Yarn, and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.

17. Popular Foods and Beverages

These fun facts and trivia from 2010 have been made available courtesy of TheKitchn.com and SpoonUniversity.com.

  1. Bacon (for example, crispy brown-sugar glazed bacon)

  2. Comfort foods (Examples include chicken pot pies, meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, and pizza.)

  3. Creme brûlée - A dessert made from heavy cream, vanilla beans, vanilla sugar, egg yolks, and hot water.

  4. Fruit smoothies - How about Martha Stewart’s “hearty fruit and oat smoothie” or her “mango and yogurt smoothie?”

  5. Hi-C fruit drinks (for example, Blazin' Blueberry, Boppin’ Strawberry, Strawberry Kiwi Kraze, Orange Lavaburst, and Wild Cherry)

  6. Lunchables Fun Snacks

  7. Sliders or mini burgers - There were pizza sliders, chicken and biscuits sliders, ham and cheese sliders, Brussels sprouts sliders, and Eggo breakfast sliders.

  8. Superfruits such as pomegranates, blueberries, plums, bananas, and avocados. Health.com explains that superfruits "are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients that can help you live longer, look better, and even prevent disease."

  9. Whacky ice cream flavors including green tea, bacon caramel maple, and butter pecan caramel.

  10. Whole grain products.

In 2010, Subway had over 34,000 sandwich shops in 96 countries.
In 2010, Subway had over 34,000 sandwich shops in 96 countries.

18. Cool Halloween Costumes

This Halloween trivia has been made available courtesy of Boston.com.

  1. Snooki (This costume was influenced by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, the MTV reality sensation.)

  2. Lady Gaga

  3. Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter costume from the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland

  4. Bottles (Examples included beer and tequila costumes.)

  5. Mario and Luigi (These costumes were based on the famous video game duo.)

  6. Retro (for example, a Madonna costume)

  7. Princesses

  8. Vampires

  9. Superheros (Examples included Batman and Iron Man costumes.)

  10. Pirates

19. Famous Weddings and Divorces

This celebrity news has been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

Weddings:

  1. On January 2, actor Vince Vaughn married realtor Kyla Weber.

  2. On March 15, comedian and writer Sacha Cohen wed actress Isla Fisher.

  3. On May 1, actor and producer Seth Green married actress Clare Grant.

  4. On May 15, actress and model Danneel Harris wed actor Jensen Ackles.

  5. On June 4, Friends star David Schwimmer married Zoe Buckman.

  6. On June 15, actor and producer Harrison Ford wed actress and Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart.

  7. On June 24, actress and model Megan Fox married Beverly Hills 90210 actor Brian Austin Green.

  8. On July 10, actress and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood wed Nashville Predators ice hockey player Mike Fisher.

  9. On July 31, singer and songwriter Alicia Keys married rapper Swizz Beatz.

  10. On September 25, PayPal founder Elon Musk wed actress Talulah Riley.

  11. On November 6, professional golfer Greg Norman married Australian interior designer Kirsten Kutner.

  12. On December 19, guitar legend Carlos Santana wed rock drummer Cindy Blackman.

Divorces:

  1. On March 31, Dawson's Creek actor James Van Der Beek divorced actress Heather Ann McComb.

  2. On May 29, Grammy-Award-winning singer Shania Twain divorced music producer Robert John Lange.

  3. On June 28, Academy-award-winning actress Sandra Bullock divorced Monster Garage host Jesse James.

  4. On August 23, Swedish model Elin Nordegren divorced professional golfer Tiger Woods.

  5. On September 28, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison divorced romance novelist Melanie Craft.

  6. On November 1, actor Charlie Sheen divorced socialite Brooke Mueller.

20. Famous People Who Died in the Year 2010

These celebrity facts have been made available courtesy of OnThisDay.com.

  1. January 27 - J. D. Salinger (American novelist)

  2. January 27 - Howard Zinn (American historian and activist)

  3. January 29 - Tom Brookshier (American football player and sportscaster)

  4. April 7 - George Nissen (American inventor who created the trampoline)

  5. April 8 - Malcolm McLaren (British musician)

  6. April 20 - Dorothy Height (American civil rights rights activist)

  7. May 31 - Chris Haney (Canadian journalist who created the board game "Trivial Pursuit")

  8. July 13 - George Steinbrenner (owner of the New York Yankees)

  9. August 8 - Patricia Neal (American actress)

  10. September 26 - Gloria Stuart (American actress)

  11. October 20 - Bob Guccione (American publisher of Penthouse Magazine)

  12. November 4 - Sparky Anderson (American baseball manager)

In 2010, the song “Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer” by Billy Currington was #1 on the country music charts.
In 2010, the song “Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer” by Billy Currington was #1 on the country music charts.

21. The 10 Best-Selling Cars in America

This auto news has been made available courtesy of GoodCarBadCar.net.com.

  1. Toyota Camry

  2. Honda Accord

  3. Toyota Corolla/Matrix

  4. Honda Civic

  5. Nissan Altima

  6. Ford Fusion

  7. Chevrolet Malibu

  8. Hyundai Sonata

  9. Ford Focus

  10. Chevrolet Impala

22. America’s Largest Corporations

This corporate trivia has been made available courtesy of Money.CNN.com.

  1. Walmart

  2. Exxon Mobil

  3. Chevron

  4. General Electric

  5. Bank of America

  6. ConocoPhillips

  7. AT&T

  8. Ford Motor Company

  9. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

  10. Hewlett-Packard

23. Major Internet Companies Established

Startups included Between the Bars (blog), BillGuard, Bing Health, Bing Mobile, BlackBoxTV, Cheekd, Colossal (blog), Datadog, DateBritishGuys.com, Diaspora (social network), Diaspora (software), Fiverr, Google Buzz, Google Person Finder, Instagram, Lucy Finder, The Midland Record, The Milky Way Project, Path (social network), The Penny Hoarder, Planet Hunters, The School Fund, Shabbat.com, Storify, Swappa, Testing Mom, TicketIQ, WhoSay, and Wowpedia.

© 2019 Gregory DeVictor

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