2017 Fun Facts, Trivia, and Major Events

Updated on March 22, 2019
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Gregory DeVictor is a trivia enthusiast who loves to write articles on American nostalgia.

Quick and Interesting Facts From 2017

What are some fun facts, trivia, and major events from 2017? For openers, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th U.S. President, America was treated to the first total solar eclipse in 99 years, and the USS Indianapolis was re-discovered. Mark Zuckerberg received an honorary degree from Harvard, Jeff Bezos became the world's richest man for half a day, and Mavis Wanczyk won the “largest single-ticket lottery prize U.S. history.”

In 2017, “losing weight” was the most popular New Year’s resolution, “123456” was the most popular password, and LEGO was the most popular Halloween costume. “The Shape of Water” won an Oscar for Best Picture, “The Handmaid’s Tale” won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, and “That’s What I Like” won a Grammy for Song of the Year.

Back in 2017, unemployment was 4.1%, inflation averaged 2.13%, and the minimum wage was still $7.25. A gallon of milk cost $3.16, a dozen eggs were $1.43, one pound of sliced bacon was $5.79, and the retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $2.49. “Low-key” meant “secretly enjoying something,” “G.O.A.T.” was an acronym for "greatest of all time," and “lit” described "a situation or event that’s extremely cool, exciting, or crazy."

In 2017, Noah and Ava were favorite baby names, latex dresses and furry sandals were all the rage, and “Sushi burgers” and “boozy ice cream” were crowd-pleasers. The New England Patriots were the Super Bowl champs, the Houston Astros won the World Series, and the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Stanley Cup.

Back in 2017, Facebook two billion active monthly users, Twitter increased the character limit for most users from 140 to 280 characters, and Apple introduced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Amazon merged with Whole Foods, About.com changed its name to Dotdash, and Mozilla released Firefox Quantum.

On the international news stage, Europe was hit by a series of terror attacks, António Guterres became the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Britain's Conservatives lost their majority in the UK Parliament. Charlie Chaplin lookalikes set a world record, Alibaba became the world's largest retailer, and Norway completed its transition to digital audio broadcasting (DAB).

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and major news events from 2017.

Table of Contents

For your convenience, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in 2017 vs. 2007
  2. Major News Events from the USA
  3. International News
  4. Interesting Sports Trivia
  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  6. Computer News and Events
  7. Nobel Prize Winners
  8. Most Popular Television Shows for 2017-2018
  9. Emmy Award Winners
  10. Best-Selling Fiction Books
  11. The 25 Best Movies of the Year
  12. Academy Award Winners
  13. Biggest Pop Music Artists
  14. Number One Music Hits for the Year
  15. Grammy Award Winners
  16. Interesting Tech Gifts
  17. The Top 50 Halloween Costumes
  18. Most Loved and Hated Halloween Candies
  19. Favorite New Year’s Resolutions
  20. The 25 Most Popular Passwords
  21. The 10 Best-Selling Cars
  22. Most Popular Radio Talk Show Hosts
  23. Food & Beverage Trends
  24. Gone But Not Forgotten - 2017 Celebrity Deaths
  25. America’s Most Successful Companies

In 2017, the USS Indianapolis was re-discovered by civilian researchers 8,000 feet below the Pacific surface.
In 2017, the USS Indianapolis was re-discovered by civilian researchers 8,000 feet below the Pacific surface.

1. Grocery Prices in 2017 vs. 2007

Grocery Item
2007 Price
2017 Price
% Change
All-purpose flour (one pound)
36 cents
52 cents
+44%
White rice (one pound)
55 cents
72 cents
+31%
Sugar (one pound)
51 cents
65 cents
+21%
Pasta (one pound)
88 cents
$1.28
+45%
White bread (one pound)
$1.20
$1.34
+12%
Wheat bread (one pound)
$1.71
$1.99
+16%
Whole milk (one gallon)
$3.50
$3.24
-7%
Salted butter (one pound)
$3.07
$3.38
+10%
American cheese (one pound)
$3.84
$4.28
+11%
Eggs (one dozen)
$1.68
$1.43
-15%
Red delicious apples (one pound)
$1.12
$1.29
+15%
Bananas (one pound)
51 cents
56 cents
+10%
Navel oranges (one pound)
$1.28
$1.33
+4%
Seedless grapes (one pound)
$2.09
$2.67
+28%
Strawberries (12 ounces)
$2.20
$2.21
+0.4%
Lemons (one pound)
$1.86
$2.01
+8%
Tomatoes (one pound)
$1.65
$1.90
+16%
Broccoli (one pound)
$1.59
$1.81
+14%
Dried beans (one pound)
94 cents
$1.36
+14%
Potatoes (one pound)
52 cents
72 cents
+38%
Ground beef (one pound)
$2.85
$4.12
+45%
Top round steak (one pound)
$4.11
$5.78
+41%
Sirloin steak (one pound)
$5.97
$8.07
+35%
Boneless pork chops (one pound)
$3.60
$3.82
+6%
Boneless chicken breasts (one pound)
$3.43
$3.21
-6%
Frozen turkey (one pound)
$1.15
$1.59
+38%
Sliced bacon (one pound)
$3.66
$5.79
+58%
Creamy peanut butter (one pound)
$1.79
$2.56
+43%
Chocolate chip cookies (one pound)
$2.70
$3.47
+29%
Ice cream (½ gallon)
$3.95
$4.70
+19%
This consumer news has been made available courtesy of VisualCapitalist.com.
In 2017, About.com changed its name to Dotdash.
In 2017, About.com changed its name to Dotdash.

2. Major News Events From the USA

  1. On January 20, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, and Mike Pence was sworn in as the 48th Vice President.

  2. The unemployment rate was 4.1% at the end of the year.

  3. The average inflation rate was 2.13%. In2013Dollars tells us that purchasing power decreased by 2.13% in 2017 compared to 2016. On the average, you had to spend 2.13% more money in 2017 than in 2016 for the same item. In other words, $1.00 in 2016 was equivalent in purchasing power to $1.02 in 2017.

  4. The average price for a gallon of gas was $2.49. Prices for gasoline in the U.S. reached their highest level in three years, “thanks in large part to efforts by major oil producers to boost crude prices.”

  5. The price of a first-class stamp was 46 cents. The cost to mail a one-ounce mail flat/large envelope was 98 cents.

  6. A 2017 Honda Accord cost about $22,455. On the other hand, a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette had a sticker price of $55,450.

  7. The average price for a gallon of milk was $3.16.

  8. One pound of potatoes cost 72 cents, a dozen eggs were $1.43, and one pound of sliced bacon was $5.79.

  9. Health care costs increased in 2017 faster than the rate of inflation. Under Obamacare, the average individual health insurance premium was $393, up from $321 in 2016, $286 in 2015, and $271 in 2014. The average family health insurance premium was $1,021, up from $833 in 2016, $727 in 2015, and $667 in 2014.

  10. In January 2017, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the United States was $315,200. By December, the median price had increased to $343,300.

  11. On December 31, 2017, the prime rate was 4.50%.

  12. On December 29, 2017, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 24,732. The S&P 500 ended the year at 2,674, and the Nasdaq Composite Index closed at 6,903. According to MarketWatch.com, “All three indexes ended in positive territory in December, with the S&P and Dow clinching their 9th straight monthly gain. That marks the longest streak for the Dow since 1959.”

  13. On January 6, Elizabeth Warren announced that she was running for a second term as Massachusetts Senator.

  14. On January 22, Jared Kushner was sworn in as President Trump’s Senior Advisor.

  15. On February 1, Rex Tillerson was confirmed as the 69th U.S. Secretary of State.

  16. On February 25, Tom Perez was elected Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

  17. On March 29, Ivanka Trump took an unpaid position as adviser to the President.

  18. On May 10, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) released a report saying that some glaciers in Montana’s Glacier National Park have receded by as much as 85% in the last 50 years, while the average loss is 39%. The National Park Service (NPS) confirms that "The current glaciers in the park are estimated to be at least 7,000 years old and peaked in size in the mid-1800s, during the Little Ice Age.” The NPS adds that if the current trends continue, according to glacier recession models, the park will no longer have active glaciers in 2030.

  19. On May 23, President Trump met with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

  20. On May 25, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg received an honorary degree from Harvard University. Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard in 2004.

  21. On June 27, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook had two billion active monthly users.

  22. On July 19, Senator John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer.

  23. On July 27, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos briefly became the world's richest man, overtaking Bill Gates for half a day.

  24. On August 18, the USS Indianapolis was re-discovered by civilian researchers 8,000 feet below the Pacific surface, more than 70 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes. MentalFloss.com points out that “Around 300 to 400 sailors and Marines were killed in the attack; the rest were stranded in the Pacific Ocean for several days.”

  25. On September 3, California governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency due to the La Tuna brush fire near Los Angeles.

  26. On October 17, investor and political activist George Soros announced that he had donated $18 billion to the Open Society Foundation, the international grantmaking network that he founded.

  27. On November 22, Uber admitted that hackers stole personal data from 57 million customers and drivers during October 2016. Bloomberg.com reveals that “compromised data included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world. The personal information of about 7 million drivers was accessed as well, including some 600,000 U.S. driver’s license numbers.”

  28. On December 6, President Trump acknowledged Jerusalem as Israel's capital. He also announced plans to move the U.S. embassy there.

3. International News

  1. On January 1, Portuguese politician and diplomat António Guterres became the Secretary-General of the United Nations, replacing Ban Ki-moon of South Korea.

  2. On April 4, China-based Alibaba became the world's largest retailer.

  3. On April 16, Charlie Chaplin lookalikes set a world record. BBC.com tells us that “Charlie Chaplin fans gathered at Manoir de Ban in Vevey, Switzerland, to mark the first anniversary of the museum dedicated to the star, and his 128th birthday. Some 662 people turned up, setting a world record for the largest gathering of Charlie Chaplins.”

  4. On May 5, Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue Magazine, was made a dame by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

  5. On May 7, Emmanuel Macron won France's presidential election by defeating Marine Le Pen.

  6. On June 8, Britain's Conservatives lost their majority "in a snap general election that resulted in a hung Parliament."

  7. On June 22, Prince Harry remarked that no one in UK royal family wanted to be King or Queen.

  8. On November 11, Alibaba’s “Singles’ Day” celebration was the biggest shopping day of the year. WeForum.org tells us that “More than one billion delivery orders were placed over the course of the 24 hours, the first time Alibaba's Singles' Day sales surpassed the billion-package landmark. Last year, 812 million orders were placed on 11/11.”

  9. On November 27, Britain's Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle announced their engagement.

  10. Throughout 2017, Europe was hit by a wave of terror attacks. According to ABCNews.go,com, the attacks included “a truck attack in Stockholm, the shooting of police officers at the Champs-Élysée boulevard in Paris, and twin vehicle attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, Spain.”

4. Interesting Sports Trivia

These quick facts have been made available courtesy of Pop-Culture.us.

  • World Series Champions - Houston Astros

  • Super Bowl Champions - New England Patriots

  • NBA Champions - Golden State Warriors

  • Stanley Cup Champs - Pittsburgh Penguins

  • U.S. Open Golf - Brooks Koepka

  • Kentucky Derby - Always Dreaming

In 2017, “The Handmaid’s Tale” won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.
In 2017, “The Handmaid’s Tale” won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.

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

  1. According to the Social Security Administration, favorite baby names in 2017 were Liam, Noah, William, James, Logan, Benjamin, Mason, Elijah, Oliver, Jacob, Emma, Olivia, Ava, Isabella, Sophia, Mia, Charlotte, Amelia, Evelyn, and Abigail.
  2. Fashion trends included Crocs, latex dresses, ultra-cropped sweatshirts, clear-knee jeans, furry sandals, legging shoes, tracksuits, sock booties, newsboy hats, extended sleeves, and shoulder pads.
  3. The Merriam Webster Online Dictionary announced that “feminism” was the “word of the year.” Merrill Perlman tells us that searches for the word “feminism” “spiked several times in 2017—after the women’s marches in January; with the arrival of movies featuring strong female characters, like Wonder Woman and The Handmaid’s Tale; and with the tsunami of sexual harassment accusations against powerful men.”
  4. Other popular dictionary words in 2017 were complicit, recuse, empathy, dotard, syzygy, gyro, federalism, hurricane, and gaffe.
  5. In 2017, “low-key” meant “secretly enjoying something,” “hundo p,” was an abbreviation for 100%, and “extra” described someone who’s “over-the-top or trying too hard.”
  6. On the Chinese lunar calendar, 2017 was designated as the “Year of the Rooster.”
  7. The top five Google searches for 2017 were “Hurricane Irma,” “iPhone 8,” “iPhone X,” “Matt Lauer,” and “Meghan Markle.” Factinate confirms that “how to” searches were also popular, “with people wondering how to make slime, how to make glasses for the solar eclipse, and how to buy bitcoin ranking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.”
  8. Savvy Shields (Arkansas) was crowned Miss America.
  9. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (Japan) was named Miss Universe.
  10. "Wonder Woman," directed by Patty Jenkins, premiered in Los Angeles. It was the first superhero film directed by a woman.
  11. Matt Damon’s movie “Suburbicon” was the biggest box-office flop of 2017. Other box-office bombs for the year included “Tulip Fever,” “A Cure for Wellness,” “Unforgettable,” “Life,” “Collide,” “The House,” “King Arthur: The Last Sword,” and “Ghost in the Shell.”
  12. "Dear Evan Hansen" won a Tony Award for best musical; "Oslo" received a Tony for best play.
  13. Volvo was the first automaker to announce that all new models by 2019 would either be hybrids or battery-powered.
  14. In 2017, over a billion people around the world needed glasses; another 36 million were blind.
  15. According to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, life expectancy in the U.S. dropped for the second year in a row to 78.7 years. The new average life expectancy puts the U.S. behind other “developed countries” such as Canada, Germany, and Japan. Steven Woolf, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, tells us that “addiction and a decline in the emotional wellbeing of Americans have been significant enough to drag down the country’s average length of life.”
  16. In 2017, the average American spent nearly 25 hours a week watching television and another 135 minutes per day on social media.
  17. The Silence Breakers--those who spoke out against sexual assault and harassment--were Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year.” According to Deadline.com, the shortlist of candidates included Jeff Bezos, the Dreamers, Patty Jenkins, Kim Jong Un, Colin Kaepernick, the #MeToo movement, Robert Mueller, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Donald Trump, and Xi Jinping.
  18. In January, the most expensive house in the U.S. went on the market in Bel Air, CA. Its asking price was $250 million.
  19. On January 18, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez were added to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  20. In February, the heavy-metal band “Black Sabbath” played their last concert in their hometown of Birmingham, England.
  21. In March, French fashion house Givenchy hired Clare Waight Keller as its first female designer.
  22. In April, Starbucks introduced a “limited-edition menu item” called a “Unicorn Frappuccino.” Factinate explains that “The drink was a bright purple color with blue syrup drizzle, topped with whipped cream and blue and purple sprinkles. The drink quickly became a social media fad, and increased sales at least 4% over the previous quarter.”
  23. On August 21, most of North America was treated to an eclipse of the sun. Space.com tells us that “skies darkened from Oregon to South Carolina in the first total solar eclipse visible from coast to coast across the United States in 99 years.”
  24. In August, Emma Stone became the highest-paid actress for 2017.
  25. In August, Fifty-three-year-old Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee, Massachusetts won $758.7 million in the Powerball Jackpot. It was the “largest single-ticket lottery prize U.S. history.”
  26. In December, astronauts aboard the International Space Station held the first pizza party in space.
  27. In December, Starbucks opened its largest cafe in the world in Shanghai. It was 30,000 square-feet, one-half the size of a football field.

6. Computer News and Events

These fun facts and trivia from 2017 have been made available courtesy of ComputerHope.com.

  1. In January, Norway completed its transition to digital audio broadcasting (DAB), becoming the first country in the world to end FM radio broadcasts. TheGuardian.com tells us that “The transition . . . allows for better sound quality and more channels and functions at an eighth of the cost of FM radio.”

  2. In April, Microsoft released the Windows 10 Creators Update.

  3. In May, the WannaCry ransomware cryptoworm infected over 300,000 computers that used the Microsoft Windows operating system. It attacked Britain’s National Health Service as well as companies in Spain, Russia, the Ukraine, and Taiwan.

  4. In May, About.com rebranded to Dotdash. The Dotdash network includes Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell Family, Verywell Mind, The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, The Spruce Crafts, The Balance, The Balance Careers, The Balance Small Business, Investopedia, Lifewire, TripSavvy, and ThoughtCo.

  5. In June, Amazon announced plans to merge with Whole Foods Market, Inc.

  6. In July, Apple announced that it would discontinue all iPod devices that were not running iOS.

  7. In September, Apple introduced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

  8. In November, Twitter increased the character limit for most users from 140 to 280 characters. Money.CNN.com reports that "The new character length won't apply to Japanese, Korean or Chinese-language tweets. Those languages can convey twice as much information in less space, so tweets will remain at 140 characters."

  9. In November, Mozilla released Firefox Quantum.

In 2017, Alibaba became the world’s largest retailer.
In 2017, Alibaba became the world’s largest retailer.

7. Nobel Prize Winners

This information has been made available courtesy of NobelPrize.org.

Peace: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Physics: Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne

Physiology or Medicine: Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young

Chemistry: Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson

Literature: Kazuo Ishiguro

Economics: Richard H. Thaler

8. Most Popular Television Shows for 2017-2018

This TV trivia has been made available courtesy of Deadline.com. Please note that these rankings are from adults 18-49.

  1. NFL Sunday Night Football (NBC)

  2. This Is Us (NBC)

  3. Rosanne (ABC)

  4. NFL Thursday Night Football (CBS + NFLN)

  5. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

  6. NFL Sunday Night Football Pre-Kickoff (NBC)

  7. NFL Thursday Night Football (NBC + NFLN)

  8. The OT (Fox)

  9. The Good Doctor (ABC)

  10. Young Sheldon (CBS)

  11. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

  12. Football Night in America 3 (NBC)

  13. 9-1-1 (Fox)

  14. Will & Grace (NBC)

  15. Empire (Fox)

  16. The Voice (NBC)

  17. Survivor (CBS)

  18. The Bachelor (ABC)

  19. Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC)

  20. The Voice (Tuesday) (NBC)

  21. Chicago PD (NBC)

  22. Modern Family (ABC)

  23. Law & Order SVU (NBC)

  24. NCIS (CBS)

  25. Scandal (ABC)

9. Emmy Award Winners

This television news has been made available courtesy of VanityFair.com.

  • Drama Series - “The Handmaid’s Tale”

  • Lead Actress, Drama - Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

  • Lead Actor, Drama - Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

  • Limited Series - “Big Little Lies”

  • TV Movie - “San Junipero”

  • Lead Actress, TV Movie Limited Series - Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”

  • Lead Actor, TV Movie Limited Series - Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of”

  • Comedy Series - “Veep”

  • Lead Actress, Comedy - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

  • Lead Actor, Comedy - Donald Glover, “Atlanta”

  • Variety Talk Series - “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

  • Directing for a Variety Series - Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live”

  • Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special - Charlie Brooker, “San Junipero”

  • Directing for a Drama Series - Reed Morano, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

  • Beauty Competition Series - “The Voice”

  • Writing for a Comedy Series - Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”

  • Supporting Actress, Drama - Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

  • Writing for a Variety Series - “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

  • Supporting Actor, TV Movie Limited Series - Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”

  • Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special - Jean-Marc Vallee, “Big Little Lies”

  • Supporting Actor, Comedy - Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live”

  • Writing for a Drama Series - Bruce Miller, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

  • Variety Sketch Series - “Saturday Night Live”

  • Directing for a Comedy Series - Donald Glover, “Atlanta”

  • Supporting Actress, TV Movie Limited Series - Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”

  • Supporting Actress, Comedy - Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

  • Supporting Actor, Drama - John Lithgow, “The Crown”

In 2017, Twitter increased the character limit for most users from 140 to 280 characters.
In 2017, Twitter increased the character limit for most users from 140 to 280 characters.

10. Best-Selling Fiction Books

This book trivia has been made available courtesy of Cosmopolitan.com.

  1. The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

  2. The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

  3. Lies by TM Logan

  4. He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

  5. The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney

  6. The Missing Wife by Sheila O'Flanagan

  7. Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil

  8. The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher

  9. Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

  10. Friend Request by Laura Marshall

11. The 25 Best Movies of the Year

This film news has been made available courtesy of IMDB.com.

  1. Okja

  2. Call Me by Your Name

  3. Blade Runner 2049

  4. Lady Bird

  5. The Shape of Water

  6. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

  7. Molly’s Game

  8. Murder on the Orient Express

  9. Dunkirk

  10. A Cure for Wellness

  11. The Mercy

  12. Hostiles

  13. War for the Planet of the Apes

  14. John Wick: Chapter 2

  15. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

  16. Thor: Ragnarok

  17. The Lost City of Z

  18. Alien: Covenant

  19. Wonder Woman

  20. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

  21. Atomic Blonde

  22. The Promise

  23. My Cousin Rachel

  24. La La Land

  25. Baby Driver

12. Academy Award Winners

These fun facts have been made available courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  • Best Picture: “The Shape of Water”

  • Best Director: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

  • Best Actor: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

  • Best Actress: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

  • Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

  • Best Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

  • Best Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

  • Best Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory, “Call Me by Your Name”

  • Best Editing: “Dunkirk”

  • Best Cinematography: “Blade Runner 2049”

  • Best Art Direction: “The Shape of Water”

  • Best Costume Design: “Phantom Thread”

  • Best Makeup: “Darkest Hour”

  • Best Visual Effects: “Blade Runner 2049”

  • Best Sound: “Dunkirk”

  • Best Sound Editing: “Dunkirk”

  • Best Original Score: “The Shape of Water”

  • Best Original Song: “Remember Me” (Coco)

  • Best Animated Feature: “Coco”

  • Best Foreign Language Picture: “A Fantastic Woman”

  • Best Documentary - Feature: “Icarus”

  • Best Documentary - Short Subject: “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405”

  • Best Animated Short: “Dear Basketball”

In 2017, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were the most popular Halloween candy.
In 2017, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were the most popular Halloween candy.

13. Biggest Pop Music Artists

This pop culture news has been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, The Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes, Migos, Justin Bieber, Future, BTS, Coldplay, Lil Uzi Vert, Guns N’ Roses, Imagine Dragons, Ariana Grande, U2, Post Malone, DJ Khaled, J. Cole, Metallica, Halsey, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Alessia Cara, Rae Sremmurd, Big Sean, Sam Hunt, twenty one pilots, Niall Horan, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Selena Gomez, Logic, Chris Brown, Florida Georgia Line, Maroon 5, The Rolling Stones, Thomas Rhett, Eminem, and Calvin Harris.

14. Number One Music Hits for the Year

This music trivia has been made available courtesy of Billboard.com.

  1. Shape of You - Ed Sheeran

  2. Despacito - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

  3. That’s What I Like - Bruno Mars

  4. Humble - Kendrick Lamar

  5. Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

  6. Bad And Boujee - Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert

  7. Closer - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

  8. Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt

  9. Believer - Imagine Dragons

  10. Congratulations - Post Malone featuring Quavo

15. Grammy Award Winners

These fun facts have been made available courtesy of Grammy.com.

  1. Record of the Year: 24K Magic

  2. Song of the Year: That’s What I Like

  3. Album of the Year: 24K Magic

  4. Best New Artist: Alessia Cara

  5. Best Pop Solo Performance: Shape of You

  6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Feel It Still

  7. Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Prototype

  8. Best Pop Vocal Album: + (Divide)

  9. Best Dance Recording: Tonite

  10. Best Dance/Electronica Album: 3-D The Catalogue

  11. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett Celebrates 90

  12. Best Rock Performance: You Want It Darker

  13. Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance: Sultan’s Curse

  14. Best Rock Song: Run

  15. Best Rock Album: A Deeper Understanding

  16. Best Alternative Music Album: Sleep Well Beast

  17. Best R&B Performance: That’s What I Like

  18. Best Traditional R&B Performance: Redbone

  19. Best R&B Song: That’s What I Like

  20. Best Urban Contemporary Album: Starboy

  21. Best R&B Album: 24K Magic

  22. Best Rap Performance: Humble.

  23. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Loyalty.

  24. Best Rap Song: Humble.

  25. Best Rap Album: Damn.

  26. Best Country Solo Performance: Either Way

  27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Better Man

  28. Best Country Song: Broken Halos

  29. Best Country Album: From A Room: Volume I

  30. Best New Age Album: Dancing on Water

  31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Miles Beyond

  32. Best Jazz Vocal Album: Dreams And Daggers

  33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Rebirth

  34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Bringin’ It

  35. Best Latin Jazz Album: Jazz Tango

  36. Best Gospel Song: Never Have To Be Alone

  37. Best Gospel Album: Let Them Fall In Love

  38. Best Latin Pop Album: El Dorado

  39. Best Tropical Latin Album: Salsa Big Band

  40. Best Americana Album: The Nashville Sound

In 2017, Starbucks introduced the “Unicorn Frappuccino,” which quickly became a social media fad.
In 2017, Starbucks introduced the “Unicorn Frappuccino,” which quickly became a social media fad.

16. Interesting Tech Gifts

This information have been made available courtesy of Time.com.

  1. Philips Hue Starter Kit

  2. Nintendo Super NES Classic

  3. Amazon Echo

  4. Google Daydream

  5. Amazon Echo Spot

  6. BioLite CampStove 2

  7. WD My Passport Hard Drive 4TB

  8. BeatsX Wireless Headphones

  9. Garmin Speak

  10. HP Sprocket 2-in-1

  11. Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB Tripod

  12. Sphero R2-D2

  13. AKG N60 Wireless

  14. Amazon Kindle Oasis

  15. Fitbit Ionic

  16. GoPro HERO5 Session

  17. Nintendo Switch

  18. Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS + Cellular

  19. DJI Spark

  20. Dyson V8 Animal Cord-Free Vacuum

  21. Microsoft Xbox One X

  22. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

  23. Samsung Galaxy S8

  24. Google Pixel 2 XL

  25. Canon EOS M6

  26. iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum

  27. Apple iPhone X

  28. Microsoft Surface Laptop

  29. Apple 13-Inch MacBook Pro

  30. Samsung CHG90 Series Curved 49-Inch Gaming Monitor

17. The Top 50 Halloween Costumes

This Halloween trivia has been made available courtesy of Thrillist.com. Please note that this list is in descending order.

  1. Wonder Woman

  2. Harley Quinn

  3. Clown

  4. Unicorn

  5. Rabbit

  6. Witch

  7. Mouse

  8. Pirate

  9. Zombie

  10. Dinosaur

  11. Princess

  12. Moana

  13. Ninja

  14. Superhero

  15. Mermaid

  16. IT

  17. Batman

  18. Monster

  19. Vampire

  20. Doll

  21. Belle

  22. Skeleton

  23. Joker

  24. Pumpkin

  25. Chuckey

  26. Cheerleader

  27. Angel

  28. Spiderman

  29. Minnie Mouse

  30. Star Wars

  31. Bear

  32. 1980s

  33. Ghost

  34. Fairy

  35. Devil

  36. Lion

  37. Mario

  38. Little Red Riding Hood

  39. Dragon

  40. Chicken

  41. Catwoman

  42. Mickey Mouse

  43. Power Rangers

  44. Police Officer

  45. Gray Wolf

  46. Daenerys Targaryen

  47. PAW Patrol

  48. 1990s

  49. Deer

  50. LEGO

18. Most Loved and Hated Halloween Candies

These fun facts have made available courtesy of Forbes.com.

10 Least Popular Halloween Candies:

  1. Circus peanuts

  2. Candy corn

  3. Wax Coke bottles

  4. Necco Wafers

  5. Peanut butter kisses

  6. Tootsie Rolls

  7. Smarties

  8. Licorice

  9. Good & Plenty

  10. Mary Janes

10 Most Popular Halloween Candies

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

  2. Snickers

  3. Twix

  4. Kit Kat

  5. M&Ms

  6. Nerds

  7. Butterfinger

  8. Sour Patch Kids

  9. Skittles

  10. Hershey bars

In 2017, the Honda Civic was America’s best-selling car.
In 2017, the Honda Civic was America’s best-selling car.

19. Favorite New Year’s Resolutions

This information has been made available courtesy of HarpersBazaar.com.

  1. Diet, exercise, and weight loss

  2. Read more

  3. Learn something new

  4. Save money

  5. Be nicer, kinder, and more patient

  6. Get a new job

  7. Volunteer and donate more to charity

  8. Drink less alcohol

  9. Get more sleep and relax more

  10. Make new friends and be a better friend

20. The 25 Most Popular Passwords

Create strong passwords, especially for your financial accounts. When creating a password, make it a minimum of eight characters. Use upper and lower case letters as well as numbers and symbols like # or &. The stronger you make your password, the more difficult it will be for a hacker to decode.

Here is an example of a weak password:

Wellness75

(Please do not use this password.)

Here is an example of a strong password:

Nx7Bn6Q5a

(Please do not use this password.)

Courtesy of TheInquirer.net, here is a list of the most popular passwords for 2017:

1. 123456

2. Password

3. 12345678

4. qwerty

5. 12345

6. 123456789

7. letmein

8. 1234567

9. football

10. iloveyou

11. admin

12. welcome

13. monkey

14. login

15. abc123

16. starwars

17. 123123

18. dragon

19. passw0rd

20. master

21. hello

22. freedom

23. whatever

24. qazwsx

25. trustno1

21. The 10 Best-Selling Cars

This auto news has been made available courtesy of Cars.com.

1. Ford F-Series

2. Chevrolet Silverado

3. Ram pickup trucks

4. Toyota RAV4

5. Nissan Rogue

6. Toyota Camry

7. Honda CR-V

8. Honda Civic

9. Toyota Corolla

10. Honda Accord

22. Most Popular Radio Talk Show Hosts

  1. Rush Limbaugh

  2. Sean Hannity

  3. Dave Ramsey

  4. Mark Levin

  5. Glenn Beck

  6. Howard Stern

  7. Michael Savage

  8. Joe Madison

  9. Thom Hartmann

  10. Mike Gallagher

In 2017, “The Shape of Water” won an Oscar for “Best Picture.”
In 2017, “The Shape of Water” won an Oscar for “Best Picture.”

23. Food & Beverage Trends

These fun facts and trivia from 2017 have been made available courtesy of Delish.com and FoodAndWine.com.

  1. Boozy ice cream
  2. Celery
  3. Cheese-stuffed everything
  4. Healthy snacks
  5. Insta-ready food
  6. Loaded cheesecake
  7. Mega cocktails
  8. Mermaid desserts
  9. Over-the-top pizza toppings
  10. Pickles galore
  11. Portuguese food
  12. Rum
  13. Sea vegetables
  14. Showstopping sundaes
  15. Sushi burgers
  16. Tacos
  17. Turmeric
  18. Unicorn drinks

24. Gone But Not Forgotten - 2017 Celebrity Deaths

This celebrity news been made available courtesy of FiftiesWeb.com.

  1. Adam West - Actor

  2. Al Jarreau - Jazz singer

  3. Barbara Hale - Actress

  4. Barbara Sinatra - Performer/model

  5. Bernard Sherman, - Entrepreneur/pharmaceutical CEO

  6. Buddy Greco - Jazz singer

  7. Clare Hollingworth - Journalist

  8. Curly Seckler - Bluegrass musician

  9. David Cassidy - Actor/singer

  10. David Rockefeller - Banker

  11. Dick Enberg - Sportscaster

  12. Dick Gregory - Comedian/civil rights activist

  13. Dina Merrill - Actress/heiress

  14. Edwin Mah Lee - Politician/attorney

  15. Fats Domino - Singer/songwriter

  16. Jerry Lewis - Comedian/actor/humanitarian

  17. Jim Nabors - Actor/singer

  18. Keely Smith - Jazz singer

  19. Lou Elias - Stuntman/actor

  20. Mary Tyler Moore - Actress

  21. Paul Goble - Children’s books writer

  22. Rose Marie - Actress/singer

  23. Sam Shepard - Actor/playwright/author

  24. Shelley Berman - Actor/comedian

  25. Syd Silverman - Publisher

25. America’s Most Successful Companies

  1. Walmart

  2. Berkshire Hathaway

  3. Apple

  4. Exxon Mobil

  5. McKesson

  6. UnitedHealth Group

  7. CVS Health

  8. General Motors

  9. Ford

  10. AT&T

In 2017, America was treated to the first total solar eclipse in 99 years.
In 2017, America was treated to the first total solar eclipse in 99 years.

© 2018 Gregory DeVictor

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