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2013 Fun Facts and Trivia

Gregory DeVictor is a trivia enthusiast who loves to write articles on American nostalgia.

A Quick Look Back at 2013

What are some fun facts, trivia, and history events from the year 2013?

  1. President Obama was inaugurated for his second term.
  2. A partial shutdown of the United States government took place for the first time in 17 years.
  3. The National Security Agency began to collect the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers.
  4. Between Black Friday weekend and December 15, an estimated 70 million Target customers had their personal information compromised.
  5. Bill de Blasio was elected as the 109th mayor of New York City.
  6. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected as the Roman Catholic Church's 266th pontiff, succeeding Benedict XVI. He chose the name Francis.
  7. Paris revoked its 200-year-old law that banned women from wearing slacks in the French capital.
  8. Data from the European Space Agency’s Planck spacecraft revealed that the universe is 13.82 billion years old.
  9. Back in the year 2013, the Netherlands greeted their first king in 123 years.
  10. Microsoft replaced its free email service Hotmail with Outlook.
  11. Bill Gates admitted that the Ctrl+Alt+Delete command was a mistake.
  12. There were 2,081,301 marriages and 18.47 divorces per 1,000 marriages. Washington, DC had the highest divorce rate, and Rhode Island had the lowest one.
  13. How much was college tuition in the year 2013? Trends.CollegeBoard.org tells us that average published tuition and fees at private nonprofit four-year institutions rose from $28,989 to $30,094 in 2013-14.
  14. “Eating healthy” was the top New Year’s resolution, and “123456” was the most common password.
  15. 12 Years a Slave won an Oscar for Best Picture, and Breaking Bad won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.
  16. Author Harper Lee filed a lawsuit against literary agent Samuel Pinkus over the copyright of her best-selling book To Kill a Mockingbird.
  17. The Baltimore Ravens were the Super Bowl champs, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, and the Chicago Blackhawks clinched the Stanley Cup.
  18. 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.
  19. Between 1913 and 2013, bread went from 5.6 cents a pound to $1.422 a pound; milk increased from 35.6 cents a gallon to $3.53 a gallon; and eggs went from 37.3 cents a dozen to $1.93 a dozen.
  20. 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.

Here are the five most popular TV shows from 2013-14:

  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)

Here are the ten most common passwords for the year:

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123
  6. 123456789
  7. 111111
  8. 1234567
  9. iloveyou
  10. adobe123

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and history events from the year 2013. Find out about popular TV shows, movies, music, books, foods, sports facts, and other pop culture trends to get the right mix of questions and answers for your 2000s-themed trivia quiz.

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and historical events from the year 2013.

This article teaches you fun facts, trivia, and historical events from the year 2013.

Table of Contents

For easier reading, I have divided this article into the following categories:

  1. Grocery Prices in the Year 2013
  2. History Facts From the USA
  3. International News
  4. Sports Trivia
  5. Miscellaneous Fun Facts, Trivia, and Pop Culture Trends
  6. Computer and Internet History
  7. Nobel Prize Winners
  8. Top 10 Best-Selling Books (Nielsen BookScan)
  9. Most Popular Television Shows From 2012-13
  10. Emmy Award Winners
  11. Most Popular Radio Talk Show Hosts
  12. Highest-Grossing Films
  13. Academy Award Winners
  14. Entries Into the National Film Registry
  15. Cool Pop Music Artists
  16. Number One Music Hits for the Year
  17. Grammy Award Winners
  18. Most Popular Christmas Gifts in 1913 and 2013
  19. Food and Beverage Trivia
  20. Famous People Who Died in 2013
  21. Best-Selling Cars
  22. America’s 10 Largest Employers
In 2013, General Motors was one of America’s largest corporations.

In 2013, General Motors was one of America’s largest corporations.

1. Grocery Prices in the Year 2013

These grocery facts have 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. History Facts From the USA

  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

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

  1. World Series Champions: Boston Red Sox
  2. Super Bowl Champions: Baltimore Ravens
  3. NBA Champions: San Antonio Spurs
  4. Stanley Cup Champs: Chicago Blackhawks
  5. NCAA Basketball Champions: Louisville
  6. NCAA Football Champions: Florida State
  7. U.S. Open Golf: Justin Rose
  8. U.S. Tennis (men/women): Rafael Nadal/Serena Williams
  9. Wimbledon (men/women): Andy Murray/Marion Bartoli
  10. Kentucky Derby: Orb
In 2013, “123456” was the most popular password.

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

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

PBS.org explains that pop culture is that loose blend of books, music, fashion and other daily ephemera that contributes to the identity of a society at a particular point in time. In the 2000s, radio, film, television, books, and the internet defined the essence of American pop culture.

  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 at birth n 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.”
In 2013, Furby Boom creatures were favorite Christmas gifts.

In 2013, Furby Boom creatures were favorite Christmas gifts.

6. Computer and Internet History

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

These history facts been made available courtesy of InfoPlease.com and NobelPrize.org.

  1. Peace: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for their “extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons."
  2. Physics: Jointly to Francois Englert (Belgium) and Peter W. Higgs (UK)
  3. Physiology or Medicine: Jointly to James E. Rothman (U.S.), Randy W. Schekman (U.S.), and Thomas C. Südhof (Germany)
  4. Chemistry: Jointly to Martin Karplus (France), Michael Levitt (U.S.), and Arieh Warshel (U.S.)
  5. Literature: Alice Munro (Canada
  6. 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. Top 10 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)

9. Most Popular Television Shows From 2012-13

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)

10. 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, (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

11. Most Popular Radio Talk Show Hosts

This broadcasting news 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.

12. Highest-Grossing Films

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

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

14. Entries Into the National Film Registry

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

  1. A Virtuous Vamp (1919)
  2. Bless Their Little Hearts (1984)
  3. Brandy in the Wilderness (1969)
  4. Cicero March (1966)
  5. Daughter of Dawn (1920)
  6. Decasia (2002)
  7. Ella Cinders (1926)
  8. Forbidden Planet (1956)
  9. Gilda (1946)
  10. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
  11. King of Jazz (1930)
  12. Mary Poppins (1964)
  13. Men and Dust (1940)
  14. Midnight (1939)
  15. Notes on the Port of St. Francis (1951)
  16. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  17. Roger & Me (1989)
  18. The Hole (1963)
  19. The Lunch Date (1989)
  20. The Magnificent Seven (1961)
  21. The Quiet Man (1952)
  22. The Right Stuff (1983)
  23. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
  24. Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
In 2013, the Toyota Camry was America’s best-selling car.

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

15. Cool Pop Music Artists

This pop culture news has been made available courtesy of Billboard.com. Generally suitable for all age groups, music trivia questions and answers are a welcome addition to any party game.

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

16. Number One Music Hits for the Year

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

17. Grammy Award Winners

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  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.

18. Most Popular Christmas Gifts in 1913 and 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

19. Food and Beverage Trivia

Here are some foods and beverages that were popular in 2013:

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

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

20. Famous People Who Died in 2013

  1. January 1: Patti Page (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 (former British Prime Minister)
  5. April 16: Pat Summerall (American NFL player and sportscaster)
  6. July 2: Douglas Engelbart (American computer scientist who invented the 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, and South African President)
  10. December 15: Joan Fontaine (British-American actress)

21. Best-Selling Cars

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. America’s 10 Largest Employers

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

  1. Walmart: 2,200,000
  2. Yum! Brands: 523,000
  3. McDonald's: 440,000
  4. IBM: 434,246
  5. United Parcel Service: 399,000
  6. Target: 361,000
  7. Kroger: 343,000
  8. Home Depot: 340,000
  9. Hewlett-Packard: 331,800
  10. General Electric: 305,000
In 2013, Microsoft released Windows 8.1.

In 2013, Microsoft released Windows 8.1.

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