Fun Facts & Trivia From 2013

Updated on December 9, 2018
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Gregory DeVictor is a trivia enthusiast who loves to write articles on American nostalgia.

What are some fun facts and trivia from 2013? For openers, President Obama was inaugurated for his second term, Bill Gates admitted that the Ctrl+Alt+Delete command was a mistake, and Tiger Woods was named the PGA Tour’s “Player of the Year” for the eleventh time. Microsoft replaced Hotmail with Outlook, Yahoo! purchased Tumblr, and Apple introduced the iPhones 5S and 5C.

In 2013, “eating healthy” was the most popular New Year’s resolution, “123456” was the most common password, and Rush Limbaugh was the most popular radio talk show host. “12 Years a Slave” won an Oscar for Best Picture, “Breaking Bad” won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, and “Royals” won a Grammy for Song of the Year.

Back in 2013, unemployment hovered around 7.7%, inflation averaged 1.46%, and the federal minimum wage was still $7.25. A gallon of milk cost $3.53, a dozen eggs were $1.93, and one pound of sirloin steak was $5.71. “Super-sweet” meant awesome, “soft” referred to someone who was afraid to do something, and “cray cray” was another word for crazy.

In 2013, Jackson and Sophia were favorite baby names, long-pleated skirts and oversized outerwear were all the rage, and deviled eggs and lobster rolls were crowd-pleasers. The Baltimore Ravens were the Super Bowl champs, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, and the Chicago Blackhawks clinched the Stanley Cup.

Back in 2013, a gallon of gas cost $3.49, a movie ticket was $10.25, and a Dell laptop cost $429.99. Life expectancy in the U.S. was 78.74 years, Walmart was America’s largest employer, and an estimated 70 million Target customers had their personal information compromised.

In 2013, Bill de Blasio was elected 109th Mayor of New York City, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 set record highs, and a partial shutdown of the U.S. government took place for the first time in 17 years. Sony launched the Playstation Four, Microsoft released Windows 8.1, and Google replaced Google Checkout with Google Wallet.

On the international stage, Pope Benedict XVI resigned, Pope Francis became the new pope, and the Netherlands greeted their first king in 123 years. Paris revoked a law that banned women from wearing trousers, French farmers protested the low price of eggs, and Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union.

Whether you’re a millennial, a 50-something, or a baby boomer, this article teaches you fun facts and trivia from 2013.

Table of Contents

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

  1. The Cost of 61 American Grocery Items in 2013
  2. National News
  3. International News
  4. Sports Trivia
  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts & Trivia
  6. Computer News
  7. Nobel Prize Winners
  8. Most Popular Television Shows for 2012-2013
  9. Emmy Award Winners
  10. Most Popular Radio Talk Show Hosts
  11. Top 20 Best-Selling Books (Nielsen BookScan)
  12. Best Movies of the Year
  13. Academy Award Winners
  14. Biggest Pop Artists
  15. Most Popular Songs
  16. Grammy Award Winners
  17. Most Popular Christmas Gifts in 1913 & 2013
  18. Favorite New Year’s Resolutions
  19. The 25 Most Common Passwords
  20. Most Popular High School Sports
  21. The 10 Best-Selling Cars in America
  22. Top Food & Beverage Trends
  23. Gone But Not Forgotten - 2013 Celebrity Deaths
  24. America’s 10 Largest Employers

In 2013, Bill Gates admitted that the Ctrl+Alt+Delete command was a mistake.
In 2013, Bill Gates admitted that the Ctrl+Alt+Delete command was a mistake.

1. The Cost of 61 American Grocery Items in 2013

This consumer news has been made available courtesy of the Morris County Public Library in Whippany, NJ.

  1. Apples (McIntosh) - 77 cents a pound

  2. Baby food (Gerber’s) - $2.00 for three four-ounce jars

  3. Bacon (Oscar Mayer) - $6.99 for a 12-ounce package

  4. Bananas - 79 cents a pound

  5. Beans (string) - $2.49 a pound

  6. Beef (London broil) - $3.99 per pound

  7. Beef (bottom round roast) - $2.99 per pound

  8. Bisquick - $2.89 for a 20-ounce box

  9. Blueberries (Jersey fresh) - $3.99 per pint

  10. Bread (Levy’s Real Jewish Rye) - $3.79 for a one-pound loaf

  11. Broccoli crowns - $2.49 per pound

  12. Cantaloupes - $2.99 each

  13. Carrots - $1.99 for a two-pound bag

  14. Cereal (Cheerios) - $3.99 for a 14-ounce box

  15. Chicken (Perdue, whole chicken) - $1.59 per pound

  16. Chocolate morsels (Nestle’s) - $5.99 for a 23-ounce bag

  17. Coffee (Chock Full O’Nuts) - $3.99 for a 10.5-ounce can

  18. Cookies (Nabisco, Oreo) - $4.99 for a 19.1-ounce package

  19. Crackers (Nabisco, Ritz) - $3.99 for a 13.7-ounce box

  20. Cranberries (Ocean Spray) - $2.99 for a 12-ounce bag

  21. Cranberry sauce (Ocean Spray) - $1.69 for a 14-ounce can

  22. Cream cheese (Philadelphia) - $2.69 for an eight-ounce package

  23. Eggs (large) - $2.39 a dozen

  24. English muffins (Thomas) - $3.59 for a six-count package

  25. Fish (Bumble Bee, solid white tuna) - $1.79 for a five-ounce can

  26. Flour (Pillsbury) - $2.99 for a five-pound sack

  27. Grapefruit - 99 cents each

  28. Grapes (red seedless) - $3.49 per pound

  29. Ice cream (Edy’s Grand) - $4.99 for a 1.5-quart container

  30. Ketchup (Heinz) - $1.99 for a 20-ounce bottle

  31. Macaroni & cheese (Kraft Dinner) - $1.49 for a 7.25-ounce box

  32. Margarine (Fleischmann’s) - $3.09 for a one-pound package

  33. Mayonnaise (Hellmann’s) - $4.59 for a 30-ounce jar

  34. Oatmeal (Quaker) - $2.99 for an 18-ounce box

  35. Onions - $2.99 for a three-pound bag

  36. Orange juice (Tropicana) - $3.50 for a 59-ounce carton

  37. Oranges (California) - Three for $1.99

  38. Pancake mix (Aunt Jemima) - $1.99 for an 16-ounce box

  39. Peaches - 99 cents a pound

  40. Peanut butter (Skippy, creamy) - $3.19 for a 16.3-ounce jar

  41. Pears (Anjou) - $1.69 per pound

  42. Pecans (Diamond) - $8.99 for an eight-ounce package

  43. Pie crust mix (Jiffy) - 95 cents for a nine-ounce package

  44. Pineapples (fresh) - $2.99 each

  45. Pork (boneless loin) - $3.99 per pound

  46. Potato chips (Lay’s Classic) - $3.49 for an 8.5-ounce bag

  47. Shortening (Crisco) - $6.49 for a 48-ounce canister

  48. Shrimp - $11.99 a pound

  49. Soda (Coca-Cola) - $1.79 for a two-liter bottle

  50. Soup (Campbell’s, tomato) - $1.99 for a 10¾-ounce can

  51. Sour cream (Breakstone) - $4.39 for a 24-ounce container

  52. Squash (acorn) - $1.29 a pound

  53. Strawberries (California) - $3.99 for a one-pound container

  54. Sugar (Domino) - $2.99 for a five-pound bag

  55. Tangerines - Five pounds for $3.99

  56. Tea bags (Lipton) - $3.99 for a 100-count package

  57. Turkey (Butterball) - $1.79 per pound

  58. Turnips (yellow) - 79 cents a pound

  59. Vanilla extract (McCormick) - $2.99 for one-ounce bottle

  60. Vegetable juice (V8) - $3.99 for a 64-ounce bottle

  61. Walnuts (Diamond, shelled) - $6.99 for a 10-ounce bag

In 2013, deviled eggs were a real crowd-pleaser.
In 2013, deviled eggs were a real crowd-pleaser.

2. National News

  1. Barack Obama was President of the United States and Joe Biden was Vice-President.

  2. Unemployment hovered around 7.7%. The states with the highest unemployment rates were Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. The states with the lowest unemployment were Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming.

  3. The rate of inflation was 1.46%. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index, “prices in 2018 are 8.55% higher than they were in 2013. The dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 1.66% per year during this period. In other words, $21.72 in 2013 is equivalent in purchasing power to $23.58 in 2018, a difference of $1.86 over 5 years.”

  4. The average price for a gallon of gas was $3.49. MarketWatch.com tells us that “Thirty states saw an annual average price below $3.50 a gallon. . . . South Carolina had the cheapest average gas prices, at $3.24 a gallon, followed by Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas. The most expensive state, Hawaii, saw average gas prices of $4.24 a gallon in 2013, followed by Alaska, California and Connecticut.”

  5. A 2013 Honda Accord LX sedan cost about $22,000. On the other hand, a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette had a sticker price just under $51,000.

  6. The price of a first-class stamp was 46 cents. In 2013, the USPS introduced a Global Forever Stamp that allowed customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for a set price of $1.10.

  7. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, bread went from 5.6 cents a pound in 1913 to $1.422 a pound in 2013. During the same period, milk increased from 35.6 cents a gallon to $3.53 a gallon; eggs went from 37.3 cents a dozen to $1.93 a dozen; potatoes increased from 1.6 cents per pound to 62.7 cents per pound; finally, sirloin steak went from 23.8 cents a pound to $5.705 pound.

  8. In January 2013, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the United States was $251,500. By December, the median price had increased to $275,500. Comparatively, in January 2017, the median cost of a newly-built, single-family home in the U.S. was $315,200. By December, the median price had increased to $343,300.

  9. In January 2013, there were 148,000 homes for sale in the U.S. By December, the number of homes on the market had increased to 186,000.

  10. On December 31, 2013, the prime rate was 3.25%.

  11. Wall Street ended the year on a record high. According to Business.Time.com, “The S&P 500 closed at 1,848.35, up .4 percent and 29.6 percent on the year, the largest annual increase since 1997. The Dow Jones Industrial Average also closed at a record high, reaching 16,576.73, up .4 percent from a day earlier and 26.5 percent on the year, marking the largest annual jump since 1996. The Nasdaq closed at its highest level in 13 years, rising 38.3 percent on the year.”

  12. In 2013, a Sony Camcorder CX220 cost $249.00, Crayola Crayons were $3.79 for a 24-count box, and DVD movies cost $14.99 apiece. A Dell laptop was $429.99, Top Flite golf clubs were $399.99 a set, and a Pioneer navigation system cost $799.99. A movie ticket was $10.25, Nike running shoes were $79.99 a pair, and a Frigidaire air conditioner (6,000 BTU) cost $179.99.

  13. On January 19, calcium deposits were discovered on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover.

  14. On January 19, professional cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted to using “performance-enhancing” drugs in all seven of his Tour de France victories.

  15. On January 21, President Obama was inaugurated for his second term.

  16. On February 1, John Kerry succeeded Hillary Clinton as U.S. Secretary of State.

  17. On March 23, the U.S. Senate passed its first formal budget in four years by a margin of 50-49.

  18. On May 4, author Harper Lee filed a lawsuit against literary agent Samuel Pinkus over the copyright of her best-selling book "To Kill a Mockingbird."

  19. On May 6, Walmart became the largest company on the Fortune 500 list.

  20. On May 7, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 set record highs. Money.CNN.com explains that “The Dow Jones industrial average rallied nearly 170 points, or 1.1%, to end at a record high of 15,460, breaking its previous record set May 28. The S&P 500 rose more than 1.3% to 1,675--also topping its May record. The Nasdaq jumped 1.6% to end at its highest level since September 2000.”

  21. On May 16, Bill Gates regained his position as the world's richest man.

  22. In June, the National Security Agency (NSA) began collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers. On an “ongoing, daily basis,” Verizon was required to give the NSA “information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.”

  23. On July 18, Detroit, Michigan filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

  24. On September 3, Microsoft purchased Nokia for $7.2 billion.

  25. On October 1, a partial shutdown of the U.S. government took place for the first time in 17 years, “after lawmakers in the House and the Senate could not agree on a spending bill to fund the government.”

  26. On October 16, Congress voted to end the 16-day partial shutdown of the U.S. government and avoid default. CNN.com tells us that “Weeks of bitter political fighting gave way to a frenzied night in Washington as Congress passed the bill that would prevent the country from crashing into the debt ceiling. Lawmakers worked precariously close to the midnight debt ceiling deadline amid warnings the government could run out of money to pay its bills if it didn't raise the debt ceiling.”

  27. On November 5, Bill de Blasio was elected 109th Mayor of New York City.

  28. On November 15, Sony launched the Playstation Four and sold over one million units on the first day.

  29. Between Black Friday weekend and December 15, an estimated 70 million Target customers had their personal information compromised. Forbes.com confirms that the stolen data included customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates, CVVs (card verification values), mailing addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers.

  30. On November 27, Tiger Woods was named the PGA Tour “Player of the Year” for the eleventh time.

In 2013, “12 Years a Slave” won an Oscar for Best Picture.
In 2013, “12 Years a Slave” won an Oscar for Best Picture.

3. International News

  1. On January 12, Beijing’s air pollution soared to levels deemed to be hazardous to human health.

  2. On January 17, Japan unveiled plans to build the world’s largest wind farm near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

  3. On February 4, Europol, the European Union’s joint police, announced that there were 680 “suspicious” worldwide soccer games dating back to 2008.

  4. On February 4, Paris revoked its 200-year-old law that banned women from wearing trousers in the French capital.

  5. On February 4, Canada removed the penny from circulation.

  6. On February 28, Benedict XVI became the first Pope to resign in nearly 600 years.

  7. On March 13, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected the new pope. He took the name Francis.

  8. On March 21, data from the European Space Agency’s Planck spacecraft revealed that the universe is 13.82 billion years old.

  9. On April 14, Justin Trudeau, son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, was elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

  10. On April 30, Willem-Alexander became the first male Monarch of the Netherlands in 123 years.

  11. On May 13, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield left the International Space Station to return to Earth.

  12. On July 1, Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union.

  13. In August, French farmers protested lower egg prices. FoodReference.com tells us that the farmers “began smashing thousands of eggs on the streets and squares of France's main poultry producing region of Brittany. Over-production and expensive renovations to meet new European regulations on hen houses have resulted in farmers receiving lower prices for eggs.”

  14. On August 5, Samantha Power became the 28th U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

  15. On September 15, Japan turned off its last working nuclear reactor.

  16. On September 22, Angela Merkel and the Christian Democrats won a third term in the German federal elections.

  17. On December 11, Pope Francis was named Time Magazine's “Person of the Year.”

4. Sports Trivia

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

  • World Series Champions - Boston Red Sox

  • Super Bowl Champions - Baltimore Ravens

  • NBA Champions - San Antonio Spurs

  • Stanley Cup Champs - Chicago Blackhawks

  • NCAA Basketball Champions - Louisville

  • NCAA Football Champions - Florida State

  • U.S. Open Golf - Justin Rose

  • U.S. Tennis (men/women) - Rafael Nadal/Serena Williams

  • Wimbledon (men/women) - Andy Murray/Marion Bartoli

  • Kentucky Derby - Orb

In 2013, “123456” was the most popular password.
In 2013, “123456” was the most popular password.

5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts & Trivia

  1. Popular baby names were Jackson, Aiden, Liam, Lucas, Noah, Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Isabella, and Mia. In 1913, favorite baby names included John, William, James, Robert, Joseph, Mary, Helen, Dorothy, Margaret, and Ruth.

  2. In 2013, popular names for male dogs were Max, Bailey, Charlie, Buddy, Rocky, Jake, Jack, Toby, Cody, Buster, Duke, and Cooper. Popular names for female canines included Bella, Lucy, Molly, Daisy, Maggie, Sophie, Sadie, Chloe, Bailey, Lola, Zoe, and Abby.

  3. In 2013, “super-sweet” meant awesome, “soft” referred to someone who was afraid to do something, and “cray cray” was another word for crazy.

  4. Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was Pope Francis.

  5. The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 78.74 years.

  6. The median household income was $56,479.

  7. In 2013, approximately 14.5% of Americans (45.3 million) lived at the poverty level.

  8. There were 2,081,301 marriages and 18.47 divorces per 1,000 marriages. The states with the highest divorce rates were Washington, DC, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Louisiana. The states with the lowest divorce rates included Rhode Island, Hawaii, Delaware, Minnesota, and Vermont.

  9. Approximately 20% of U.S. adults (and about one-third of those 18-30) had no religious affiliation.

  10. The top national universities were Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, the University of Chicago, MIT, Stanford, Duke, Dartmouth, Caltech, and the University of Pennsylvania.

  11. How much was college tuition in 2013? According to Trends.CollegeBoard.org, “Average published tuition and fees at private nonprofit four-year institutions rose by $1,105 (3.8%), from $28,989 to $30,094 in 2013-14. Average total charges are $40,917. Average published tuition and fees at public two-year colleges increased by $110 (3.5%), from $3,154 in 2012-13 to $3,264 in 2013-14.”

  12. PayPal mistakenly credited $92 quadrillion ($92,233,720,368,547,800) to Pennsylvania PR executive Chris Reynolds.

  13. Mallory Hagan (New York) was crowned Miss America.

  14. Gabriela Isler (Russia) was named Miss Universe.

  15. According to VanityFair.com, top Google searches for the year were Nelson Mandela, Paul Walker, iPhone 5S, Cory Monteith, Harlem Shake, Boston Marathon, Royal Baby, Samsung Galaxy S4, PlayStation 4, and North Korea.

  16. Here’s some more keyboard trivia: According to Pop-Culture.us, “Bill Gates admitted that the Ctrl+Alt+Delete command was a mistake, and should have been a single button.”

  17. Courtesy of PopCultureMadness.com, the following movies were added to The National Film Registry in 2013:

    Bless Their Little Hearts (released in 1984)

    Brandy in the Wilderness (released in 1969)

    Cicero March (released in 1966)

    Daughter of Dawn (released in 1920)

    Decasia (released in 2002)

    Ella Cinders (released in 1926)

    Forbidden Planet (released in 1956)

    Gilda (released in 1946)

    The Hole (released in 1963)

    Judgment at Nuremberg (released in 1961)

    King of Jazz (released in 1930)

    The Lunch Date (released in 1989)

    The Magnificent Seven (released in 1961)

    Mary Poppins (released in 1964)

    Men and Dust (released in 1940)

    Midnight (released in 1939)

    Notes on the Port of St. Francis (released in 1951)

    Pulp Fiction (released in 1994)

    The Quiet Man (released in 1952)

    The Right Stuff (released in 1983)

    Roger & Me (released in 1989)

    A Virtuous Vamp (released in 1919)

    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (released in 1966)

    Wild Boys of the Road (released in 1933)

In 2013, Furby Boom creatures were favorite Christmas gifts.
In 2013, Furby Boom creatures were favorite Christmas gifts.

6. Computer News

These fun facts and trivia from 2013 have been made available courtesy of ComputerHope.com.

  1. In January, Facebook began beta testing Graph Search, a “semantic search engine” that allowed people to use “natural language” in Facebook searches.

  2. In February, Microsoft announced that it would begin moving 300 million users away from the Hotmail brand and over to the new Outlook email service.

  3. On March 15, Microsoft replaced MSN Messenger with Skype. ComputerHope.com tells us that “Skype is a program that allows users to make VOIP [Voice over Internet Protocol] calls to any phone, anywhere in the world. It's free for a Skype user to call another Skype user, regardless of where they are located.”

  4. On May 20, Yahoo! purchased “microblogging and social networking” website Tumblr for $1.1 billion.

  5. On June 23, the FBI shut down Silk Road, a website that was best known for selling counterfeit goods and drugs. On November 6, Silk Road 2.0 came online.

  6. On July 17, Computer Chess was launched.

  7. On July 24, Android version 4.3 was released.

  8. In September, the trojan virus Cryptolocker was identified. ComputerHope.com explains that “The Cryptolocker virus is transmitted most often through e-mail as an attachment. It activates when a user reads the e-mail and tries to open the attachment. Although it is easily removed from a computer using antivirus software, the files that have been encrypted will stay encrypted.”

  9. On September 10, Apple introduced the iPhones 5S and 5C.

  10. On October 18, Microsoft released Windows 8.1.

  11. In November, Google introduced Google Helpouts.

  12. On November 20, Google replaced Google Checkout with Google Wallet.

7. Nobel Prize Winners

This information has been made available courtesy of InfoPlease.com and NobelPrize.org.

Peace: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for their “extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons."

Physics: Jointly to Francois Englert (Belgium) and Peter W. Higgs (UK)

Physiology or Medicine: Jointly to James E. Rothman (U.S.), Randy W. Schekman (U.S.), and Thomas C. Südhof (Germany)

Chemistry: Jointly to Martin Karplus (France), Michael Levitt (U.S.), and Arieh Warshel (U.S.)

Literature: Alice Munro (Canada

Economics: Jointly to Eugene F. Fama (U.S.), Lars Peter Hansen (U.S.), and Robert J. Shiller (U.S.)

In 2013, Apple introduced the iPhones 5S and 5C.
In 2013, Apple introduced the iPhones 5S and 5C.

8. Most Popular Television Shows for 2012-2013

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

  1. NBC Sunday Night Football (NBC)

  2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

  3. The Voice (NBC)

  4. Modern Family (ABC)

  5. The Voice (Tuesday) (NBC)

  6. American Idol (Wednesday) (Fox)

  7. American Idol (Thursday) (Fox)

  8. The Following (Fox)

  9. Two & A Half Men (CBS)

  10. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

9. Emmy Award Winners

These fun facts have been made available courtesy of Entertainment Weekly (EW.com).

  1. Outstanding Drama Series - “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

  2. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama - Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison

  3. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama - Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy

  4. Outstanding Movie or Miniseries - “Behind The Candelabra” (HBO)

  5. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Movie or Miniseries - Michael Douglas as Liberace

  6. Outstanding Comedy Series - “Modern Family” (ABC)

  7. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy - Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer

  8. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy - Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper

  9. Outstanding Variety Series - The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)

  10. Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - David Fincher, House of Cards (Netflix)

  11. Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series - Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

  12. Outstanding Choreography - Para Los Rumberos/Walking On Air (ABC)

  13. Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Gail Mancuso, Modern Family, “Arrested” (ABC)

  14. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama - Anna Gunn as Skyler White

  15. Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Henry Bromell, Homeland, “Q&A” (Showtime)

  16. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries - James Cromwell as Dr. Arthur Arden

  17. Outstanding Directing for a Movie or Miniseries - Steven Soderbergh, Behind The Candelabra (HBO)

  18. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy - Tony Hale as Gary Walsh

  19. Outstanding Writing for a Movie or Miniseries - Abi Morgan, The Hour (BBC America)

  20. Outstanding Reality Competition - The Voice (NBC)

  21. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries - Ellen Burstyn as Margaret Barrish Worthington

  22. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy - Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow

  23. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama - Bobby Cannavale as Gyp Rosetti

10. Most Popular Radio Talk Show Hosts

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

  1. Rush Limbaugh

  2. Sean Hannity

  3. Dave Ramsey

  4. Glenn Beck

  5. Michael Savage

  6. Ed Schultz

  7. Mark Levin

  8. Jerry Doyle

  9. Thom Hartmann

  10. Joe Madison

In 2013, Walmart was America’s largest employer.
In 2013, Walmart was America’s largest employer.

11. Top 20 Best-Selling Books (Nielsen BookScan)

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

  1. Hard Luck (Wimpy Kid #8) by Jeff Kinney (Abrams/Amulet)

  2. Inferno by Dan Brown (Doubleday)

  3. Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (Henry Holt)

  4. Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)

  5. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)

  6. Divergent by Veronica Roth (HarperCollins/Tegen)

  7. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson)

  8. Sycamore Row by John Grisham (Doubleday)

  9. The Third Wheel (Wimpy Kid #7) by Jeff Kinney (Abrams/Amulet)

  10. Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson (Howard Books)

  11. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (HarperCollins/Tegen)

  12. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (Knopf)

  13. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Dutton)

  14. Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer (Crown Forum)

  15. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Scribner)

  16. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Scribner)

  17. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead)

  18. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (Vintage)

  19. Si-Cology 1 by Si Robertson (Howard Books)

  20. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath (Gallup Press)

12. Best Movies of the Year

These film facts have been made available courtesy of IMDB.com

  1. Frozen

  2. The Lone Ranger

  3. Sharknado

  4. Pacific Rim

  5. The Wolf of Wall Street

  6. Harry's BIG Birthday Countdown

  7. The Great Gatsby

  8. Man of Steel

  9. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

  10. We're the Millers

  11. Spring Breakers

  12. The Citizen

  13. This is the End

  14. The Best Man Holiday

  15. Olympus Has Fallen

  16. Living Dark: The Story of Ted the Caver

  17. Devil's Pass

  18. Rush

  19. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

  20. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

  21. Iron Man 3

  22. Jack the Giant Slayer

  23. Eyjafjallajokull

  24. Filth

  25. Grudge Match

13. Academy Award Winners

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

  1. Best Picture: “12 Years a Slave”

  2. Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”)

  3. Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”)

  4. Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (“Jasmine”)

  5. Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”)

  6. Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o (“12 Years a Slave”)

  7. Best Original Screenplay: “Her” (2013)

  8. Best Adapted Screenplay: “12 Years a Slave”

  9. Best Editing: “Gravity”

  10. Best Cinematography: “Gravity”

  11. Best Art Direction: “The Great Gatsby” (2013)

  12. Best Costume Design: “The Great Gatsby” (2013)

  13. Best Makeup: “Dallas Buyers Club”

  14. Best Visual Effects: “Gravity”

  15. Best Sound: “Gravity”

  16. Best Sound Editing: “Gravity”

  17. Best Original Score: “Gravity”

  18. Best Original Song: “Let It Go”

  19. Best Animated Feature: “Frozen”

  20. Best Foreign Language Picture: “The Great Beauty”

  21. Best Documentary - Feature: “20 Feet from Stardom”

  22. Best Documentary - Short Subject: “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”

  23. Best Animated Short: “Mr. Hublot”

  24. Best Live Action Short: “Helium”

In 2013, the Toyota Camry was America’s best-selling car.
In 2013, the Toyota Camry was America’s best-selling car.

14. Biggest Pop Artists

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

Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Calvin Harris, Daft Punk, Eminem, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lorde, Luke Bryan, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Mumford & Sons, One Direction, Pearl Jam, Rihanna, Robin Thicke, and Taylor Swift.

15. Most Popular Songs

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

  • December 22, 2012 - February 1, 2013: Bruno Mars - Locked Out of Heaven

  • February 2 - March 1: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz - Thrift Shop

  • March 2 - April 19: Baauer - Harlem Shake

  • April 20 - April 26: Bruno Mars - When I Was Your Man

  • April 27 - May 17: Pink featuring Nate Ruess - Just Give Me a Reason

  • May 18 - June 21: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us

  • June 22 - September 13: Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell - Blurred Lines

  • September 14 - September 27: Katy Perry - Roar

  • September 28 - October 11: Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball

  • October 12 - December 20: Lorde - Royals

  • December 21, 2013 - January 17, 2014: Eminem featuring Rihanna- The Monster

16. Grammy Award Winners

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

  1. Record of the Year: Get Lucky

  2. Song of the Year: Royals

  3. Album of the Year: Random Access Memories

  4. Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

  5. Best Pop Solo Performance: Royals

  6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Get Lucky

  7. Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Steppin’ Out

  8. Best Pop Vocal Album: Unorthodox Jukebox

  9. Best Dance Recording: Clarity

  10. Best Dance/Electronica Album: Random Access Memories

  11. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: To Be Loved

  12. Best Rock Performance: Radioactive

  13. Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance: God Is Dead?

  14. Best Rock Song: Cut Me Some Slack

  15. Best Rock Album: Celebration Day

  16. Best Alternative Music Album: Modern Vampires Of The City

  17. Best R&B Performance: Something

  18. Best Traditional R&B Performance: Please Come Home

  19. Best R&B Song: Pusher Love Girl

  20. Best Urban Contemporary Album: Unapologetic

  21. Best R&B Album: Girl on Fire

  22. Best Rap Performance: Thrift Shop

  23. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Holy Grail

  24. Best Rap Song: Thrift Shop

  25. Best Rap Album: The Heist

  26. Best Country Solo Performance: Wagon Wheel

  27. Best Country Duo/Group Performance: From This Valley

  28. Best Country Song: Merry Go ‘Round

  29. Best Country Album: Same Trailer Different Park

  30. Best New Age Album: Love’s River

  31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Orbits

  32. Best Jazz Vocal Album: Liquid Spirit

  33. Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue

  34. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Night In Calisia

  35. Best Latin Jazz Album: Song For Maura

  36. Best Gospel Song: If He Did It Before... Same God [Live]

  37. Best Gospel Album: Greater Than [Live]

  38. Best Latin Pop Album: Vida

  39. Best Tropical Latin Album: Pacific Mambo Orchestra

  40. Best Americana Album: Old Yellow Moon

In 2013, “The Big Bang Theory” was a popular television show.
In 2013, “The Big Bang Theory” was a popular television show.

17. Most Popular Christmas Gifts in 1913 & 2013

This holiday trivia has been made available courtesy of ABCNews.go.com.

Top Gifts in 1913:

  1. Candy

  2. Nuts

  3. Rocking horse

  4. Doll

  5. Mittens/gloves

  6. Toy train

  7. Oranges

  8. Books

  9. Handkerchiefs

  10. Skates

Top Gifts in 2013:

  1. Furby Boom

  2. Teksta Robotic puppy

  3. LeapPad Ultra

  4. Flying Fairy

  5. Bug Hugs Elmo

  6. Barbie Dream House

  7. Giggly Monkey

  8. Nerf Gun

  9. Ninja Turtles

  10. Lego

18. Favorite New Year’s Resolutions

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

  1. Eat healthfully and exercise regularly

  2. Drink less alcohol

  3. Learn something new

  4. Quit smoking

  5. Achieve a better work and life balance

  6. Volunteer

  7. Save money

  8. Get organized

  9. Read more

  10. Finish those “to-do” lists around the house

19. The 25 Most Common Passwords

This tech trivia has been made available courtesy of HuffingtonPost.com.

  1. 123456

  2. password

  3. 12345678

  4. qwerty

  5. abc123

  6. 123456789

  7. 111111

  8. 1234567

  9. iloveyou

  10. adobe123

  11. 123123

  12. Admin

  13. 1234567890

  14. letmein

  15. photoshop

  16. 1234

  17. monkey

  18. shadow

  19. sunshine

  20. 12345

  21. password1

  22. princess

  23. azerty

  24. trustno1

  25. 000000

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.)

20. Most Popular High School Sports

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

Male sports:

  1. Football (11-player)

  2. Track & field (outdoor)

  3. Basketball

  4. Baseball

  5. Soccer

  6. Wrestling

  7. Cross country

  8. Tennis

  9. Golf

  10. Swimming

Female sports:

  1. Track & field (outdoor)

  2. Basketball

  3. Volleyball

  4. Soccer

  5. Softball

  6. Cross country

  7. Tennis

  8. Swimming

  9. Competitive spirit squads

  10. Lacrosse

In 2013, M&M’s were a popular Halloween candy.
In 2013, M&M’s were a popular Halloween candy.

21. The 10 Best-Selling Cars in America

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

  1. Toyota Camry

  2. Honda Accord

  3. Honda Civic

  4. Nissan Altima

  5. Toyota Corolla/Matrix

  6. Ford Fusion

  7. Chevrolet Cruze

  8. Hyundai Elantra

  9. Ford Focus

  10. Hyundai Sonata

22. Top Food & Beverage Trends

These fun facts and trivia from 2013 have been made available courtesy of Forbes.com.

  1. High-end vegan

  2. Octopus

  3. Korean flavors

  4. Lobster rolls

  5. Deviled eggs

  6. Wine, cocktails, and condiments on tap

  7. Tortas

  8. Pastrami

  9. Snow cream

  10. Tiny desserts

23. Gone But Not Forgotten - 2013 Celebrity Deaths

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

  1. January 1 - Patti Page (Clara Ann Fowler), American pop singer

  2. January 19 - Stan Musial, American MLB Hall of Famer

  3. February 16 - Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

  4. April 8 - Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister (1979 - 1990)

  5. April 16 - Pat Summerall, American NFL player and sportscaster

  6. July 2 - Douglas Engelbart, American computer scientist (computer mouse)

  7. August 30 - Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and playwright

  8. September 12 - Ray Dolby, sound expert/inventor

  9. December 5 - Nelson Mandela, “anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-90) and South African President (1994-99)”

  10. December 15 - Joan Fontaine, British-American actress

24. America’s 10 Largest Employers

These facts have been made available courtesy of USAToday.com.

  1. Walmart - 2,200,000 million employees

  2. Yum! Brands - 523,000 employees

  3. McDonald's - 440,000 employees

  4. IBM - 434,246 employees

  5. United Parcel Service - 399,000 employees

  6. Target - 361,000 employees

  7. Kroger - 343,000 employees

  8. Home Depot - 340,000 employees

  9. Hewlett-Packard - 331,800 employees

  10. General Electric - 305,000 employees

In 2013, Microsoft released Windows 8.1.
In 2013, Microsoft released Windows 8.1.

© 2018 Gregory DeVictor

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    • Gregory DeVictor profile imageAUTHOR

      Gregory DeVictor 

      2 weeks ago from Squirrel Hill, PA

      Liz, I opened a Hotmail account sometime around 1999. When I log into the account, I still use “Hotmail.” My other two accounts were apparently opened after 2013 because they are both “Outlook.” This computer history really fascinates me.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      That explains why addresses still have hotmail in them, but the page has Outlook on it.

    • Gregory DeVictor profile imageAUTHOR

      Gregory DeVictor 

      2 weeks ago from Squirrel Hill, PA

      Liz, thank you for the comment. I didn’t realize that Microsoft rebranded Hotmail as Outlook in 2013. My, how time flies!

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Fascinating list of facts. The frightening thing is that 2013 does not seem long ago, but it is nearly 6 years ago now. How time flies!

    • Gregory DeVictor profile imageAUTHOR

      Gregory DeVictor 

      2 weeks ago from Squirrel Hill, PA

      Mary, thank you for the comment. What I find most interesting is all of the computer history that has taken place.

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      Mary Norton 

      2 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      Another interesting year. Every year, brings its own suprises. Just love going over your series.

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