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To say that 2020 has been an eventful year is an understatement. We've had everything from Tik Tok dances to giant babies and even fake billionaires, and that's just from the first few months. There's not much that hasn't happened, so we decided to do a quick recap of some of the craziest moments of 2020. Some of these moments are so insane that you won't believe they happened in 2020!
2020 wasn't all bad. A lot of people's dreams came true during the halftime show at Super Bowl LIV. J-Lo and Shakira performed onstage together to the delight of thousands of fans present at the stadium. They were arguably the highlight of the night.
Remember when zoom used to be a camera feature you hardly ever used? Now it's one of the most important parts of your work life. Zoom is a video calling app that companies use to connect with their remote employees. So if you're one of those people who hated staring at their own face during facetime, then Zoom definitely isn't for you.
Tensions between Iran and the United States were at an all-time high at the beginning of the year. And there was a very real chance of WW3 happening. But millennials couldn't be bothered to care and went on social media to make jokes about the whole fiasco. As you already know, WW3 didn't happen, but the memes remain. Government leaders 0 - millennials 1.
In a time when people were hungry for any sort of sporting entertainment, the timing of the Michael Jordan Documentary 'The Last Dance' couldn't have been more perfect. The 10-part series gave us a close look into the dominance of Micheal Jordan and The Chicago Bulls in the 90s and their road to winning NBA six championships.
Everyone knows Dwayne' The Rock' as one of the hardest working people in show business, but did you know that he's also a demolition expert? The Rock went on his Instagram page and told his millions of fans how he was forced to tear down his electric gate because of a storm. It caused a power outage, which then resulted in him being locked inside his own home.
When Cardi B and Meghan Thee Stallion released their hit single 'WAP,' there were many mixed reviews. Most people consider it to be their song of the year, while others were outraged by how explicit the lyrics were. Many conservatives didn't take kindly to it, but then again, no one expected them to.
Two gay penguins at the Amersfoort's Dierenpark zoo stole a batch of eggs to raise as their own from a lesbian couple. The two penguins have a reputation for causing mayhem at the zoo, which wasn't the first time they tried to steal eggs. The first time Tux and Flipper stole an egg was in 2019, but it failed to hatch, so they felt they needed to try again.
The size of a neutron star can be anywhere between 12 - 25 miles in diameter. Can you imagine something that massive just disappearing? That's exactly what happened when astronomers discovered a star they had been studying for nearly two decades was no longer there. The star was located in a galaxy 75 million light-years away.
People in Colorado and Nebraska reported that they had seen drones in the sky. Some claims suggest that these drones were the size of a car, and people began to fear the worst. The drones were flying in grid patterns in the night sky.
As crazy as this may sound, it does happen from time to time. This year, Polish armed forces mistakenly invaded Czech Republic territory and stopped locals from moving freely in their own country. The issue was eventually resolved, and the armed forces left the country. Both countries stated that the invasion was simply a 'misunderstanding.'
In 2007, photos of UFOs started circulating the internet, but they were quickly dismissed as conspiracies by most of the public. It turns out that the people who wear tinfoil hats aren't as crazy as people first thought. The United States Department of Defense officially released videos of UFOs taken by navy pilots in 2004 and 2005. And you know what the craziest part of this story was? No one cared.
This year Australia experienced its worst bushfire season to date. The fires destroyed millions of acres of land, and a national state of emergency was called. People all over the world chipped in with donations to help the country through its difficult period.
Believe it or not, Megxit also happened this year. On January 8, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they would be leaving their royal family roles to focus on their family and become more financially dependent. They then moved to Canada before settling in California, U.S.
January is traditionally one of the longest months of the year, but in 2020 it felt like it was even longer. On January 22, Planters announced the death of Mr. Peanut bizarrely. No one knows why the 104-year old mascot was axed or why they chose to turn it into a strange publicity stunt.
The world spent the last part of January mourning the passing of legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant. Kobe Bryant was someone everyone admired, and his relationship with his daughter was something special. It felt as if we all lost a close family member, and after his passing, everything just started going downhill.
With many employees being forced to work from home, they traded in their tailored suits and pencil skirts for baggy shirts and sweatpants. Some even decided to stop wearing pants altogether. The sweatpant revolution is still going strong today, and long may it continue.
Extremely long and sharp acrylic nails have been popular all over Tik Tok and Instagram. Young women compete who has the longest or the most unique design of their fake nails. However, 2020 has given us a totally new twist with extreme fashion trends that we had never seen before. Do you like it?
One of the worst (and best) shows to come to Netflix was a dating show called "Love Is Blind." In the show, people would fall in love and get engaged before laying eyes on each other. The show itself was really terrible, but somehow people became obsessed with it and couldn't stop watching.
A group of firefighters in Pasadena responded to a single bee sting; little did they know that there was more to it than that. When they arrived, they were greeted by a swarm of nearly 40,000 Africanized bees. The bees stung several people and covered the entire block. They then called a professional beekeeper to remove the hive and then sprayed the area with Co2 and foam extinguishers.
Netflix saved many people from getting cabin fever by releasing a true-crime documentary series called "Tiger King." The show followed the life of zookeeper Joe Exotic and his rival Carole Baskin. Tiger King was one of the highlights of the first part of the year.
After weeks of speculation, the Olympic committee officially canceled the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The announcement was made on March 24. The games will go ahead in 2021, and the committee said that there would not be another reschedule no matter the global situation at the time.
The biggest underdog story of the year came when Parasite overcame all the odds and won the Oscar for Best Film. The film's director Bong Joon-ho also took home the Oscar for Best Director. Parasite warmed the hearts of millions of people worldwide, and its victory represented a shift in the culture at the Oscars.
No one knows exactly why Quibi failed; it just did. The streaming platform raised over $1.75 billion from investors and was supposed to be the next big tech company. But much like the UFO photos that were released, no one cared. The company failed to generate enough buzz, which meant it couldn't build its own subscriber base; it fell further down the streaming landscape behind its more illustrious competitors like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Another significant astronomical event in 2020 was the discovery of water on the moon's surface. Scientists haven't explained what this is going to mean for the future of mankind. But that didn't stop people (including NASA) from making their memes.
On the gaming side of things, Nintendo gave us Animal Crossing. Just a week after, WHO told everyone not to go outside. Animal crossing is a social simulation game that allows you to create your own home and interact with other cute animals. The game was so popular that it sold over 13 million copies in its first six weeks.
Before this year, Instagram live was just another useless feature on the social media platform. But with public gatherings prohibited, it gave people another way to connect with each other. Considering how much the platform changed over recent years, going live is one of the few reasons why so many people still use Instagram.
Big baby Gavin was one of the strangest things to come out of 2020. Gavin weighed in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces, which is the average size for any newborn when he was born. But within three years, the toddler grew to an incredible 3 feet 6 inches. People thought the image was fake, but it turned out to be very real and very strange.
Tik Tok is simultaneously one of the best and worst things to come out of 2020. The elaborate dances, creative sequences, and powerful messages that users posted on the app both entertained and annoyed millions of people worldwide.
One of NASA's first discoveries of the year was by a 17-year old high school student. On the third day of his internship with NASA, he stumbled upon a planet named TOI 1338 b. And the crazy part? This wasn't any ordinary planet; it was 6 times the Earth's size and orbited two stars.
The Subway sandwich that's beloved by many isn't actually made from real bread. In 2020, we discovered that the rolls used by Subway's in Ireland contained too much sugar to be considered bread. Ireland's Supreme Court ruled on October 1, 2020. The white bread, Italian, nine-grain wheat, honey oat, Italian herbs and cheese, nine-grain multi-seed, and hearty Italian options should no longer be considered bread.
Life certainly gives you plenty of reasons to want to scream in a pillow, and this gave Iceland's tourism board an idea. What if people could scream as loudly as they wanted in one of the many Icelandic forests? So they decided to start the "Let It Out" program, where anyone can record their scream and have it played on a loudspeaker somewhere in Iceland. And it was all completely free.
An Austrian tourist damaged a 200-year-old historical statue while attempting to take the perfect photo. At the Museo Antonio Canova in Possagno, a man leaned on a statue of Paolina Borghese Bonaparte As Venus Victrix and caused several toes to break off.
There has been a series of unexplained monoliths popping up from all over the globe, and no one knows who put them there. Some people believe they are all part of an elaborate prank, while others think it's more extraterrestrial. Considering everything that has happened in 2020, nothing can be ruled out.
In July, Americans found out that China had even more surprises in store for them when random people across the country started receiving unsolicited packages from China. Inside the packages were seeds, and the U.S urged everyone who received them not to plant them.
Since people were no longer allowed to go into theatres, they brought back drive-in theatres to still enjoy their best movies on the big screen. Since the turn of the century, drive-in theaters have become less and less popular, but this new way of life may have saved them from dying out completely.
In 2003, rapper Eminem refused to perform his hit song "Lose Yourself" at the Oscars and didn't even show up to receive his award for Best Song that same year. The Academy randomly decided to give the rapper another chance to perform the song and didn't explain why.
When Brad Pitt's name got called up on stage to receive the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, he must've been relieved. The legendary actor had been nominated several times in the past and must've thought his time would never come. Thankfully it did.
Acceptance speeches can be quite tricky, you never know what to expect. Just ask Taylor Swift. When Renée Zellwegger accepted her award for Best Actress for Judy, her speech was very incoherent and had very little to do with the movie. It was all really excruciating to watch.
Lady Gaga gave fans something to smile about when she released her sixth studio album 'Chromatica,' on May 29, 2020. The album was originally expected to be released in April but was pushed back by several weeks. Some people even feared that it would be released at all, but thankfully they were proved wrong.
This series was created by producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz off the back of several impressive Instagram Live shows. The series pits two legendary artists together in a battle of their greatest hits, and the winner takes it all.
One of the oddest moments of this year's Oscars was when presenters were asked to present the presenters presenting the awards. Beanie Feldstein came on stage to introduce Mindy Kaling to present the award for Best Animated Feature.
Cynthia Erivo was moments away from becoming the youngest EGOT winner in history at this year's Oscars. But she didn't let her snub stop her from performing one of the best performances in 2020. Erivo's performance of "Stand Up" will go down in history as one of the most iconic Oscar moments.
When an actor takes on the Joker's role, there's a downside that we all know too well. But Joaquin Phoenix doesn't seem to be affected by the curse of the Joker. And this was evident when he gave a moving (and somewhat bizarre) speech at the BAFTAs. Phoenix spoke about how cows are treated and the injustices they face.
Billie Eilish will remember 2020 as the year she swept the Grammy, but we'll remember it as the year she made 'THAT' face. The artist was upstaged by her own facial expression when it stole the show at this year's Oscars. Eilish looked visibly disgusted about something, and she couldn't hide it from the cameras.
Kylie Jenner was known as the world's youngest 'self-made' billionaire since Forbes published an article in March 2019 claiming that Jenner's net worth had passed the $1 billion mark. However, this year, Forbes was forced to retract the article citing that the information they received about Jenner was fabricated and she wasn't worth a billion dollars.
Adele hasn't always been the most active celebrity on Instagram, but she did manage to crash the app (figuratively, of course) when she posted pictures of her weight-loss journey. The multi-award-winning artist sent the internet into a frenzy when she posted a picture of herself 100 pounds lighter. Although not everyone was happy to see the transformation, she received some backlash for 'upholding a thin beauty standard. '
Aliens are the only thing that's missing from this chaotic year. But since it's not over, we won't jinx it. We've had a tragedy, chaos, riots, laughter, forgiveness, and even a pair of mischievous penguins. 2020 has been a truly wild ride. What moment stands out for you as being the most outrageous? Leave a comment and let us know. And remember to share these crazy moments with your friends and family.