How Well Do You Remember The 2000s?

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The 2000s were only a decade ago, but for some people it feels like much longer. Many things were going on — the internet was in its early stages, while our beloved sitcoms were being phased out. It was also the decade when Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake broke up and the time when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's award win.

So how well do you remember what went on in pop culture, sports, politics, technology, and the world at large during the turn of the century? There's only one way to find out, and that's by taking this challenging quiz!

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1. Chances are you played this game if you owned a Nokia 3310:

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  1. Overwatch
  2. Snake
  3. Fortnite
  4. God of War
Snake is a video game in which the player must maneuver a line (the "snake") through a series of obstacles as it grows in length. It was initially invented in 1976, and then a newer version popped up on the 1998 Nokia phones.
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2. This singer's hit single "Maria, Maria" held the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks in 2000.

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  1. Carlos Santana
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Eminem
  4. Post Malone
Released in 1999, Carlos Santana and Marc Anthony released the Grammy Award–winning song, "Maria, Maria". In 2017, DJ Khaled sampled the song for his hit single, "Wild Thoughts".
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3. What was the highest grossing film of the 2000s?

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  1. The Lion King
  2. Minions
  3. Titanic
  4. Avatar
James Cameron's "Avatar", released in 2009, was the highest-grossing film of the decade, bringing in approximately $2.79 billion.
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4. In 2005, this "Mission Impossible" actor famously jumped on Oprah's couch and declared his love for actress Katie Holmes.

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  1. Leonardo DiCaprio
  2. Denzel Washington
  3. Brad Pitt
  4. Tom Cruise
In 2005, during an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show", Tom Cruise professed his love for Katie Holmes while jumping on Oprah Winfrey's couch. It resulted in several viral spoofs.
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5. In 2002 and 2004, this football player was named the MVP when his team, the New England Patriots, won the Super Bowl.

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  1. Tiger Woods
  2. Tom Brady
  3. Patrick Mahomes
  4. Drew Brees
Tom Brady has a total of six Super Bowl championships under his belt, the most of any player in history. Some of these include 2001, 2002, and 2004. He was also named MVP in 2002 and 2004.
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6. At the 2008 Olympic Games, this American athlete beat Serbia's Milo Cavic to earn his 8th gold medal.

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  1. Michael Phelps
  2. Ian Thorpe
  3. Matt Grevers
  4. Alexander Popov
American swimmer Michael Phelps won his 8th Olympic gold medal during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He is currently the record holder, owning the most of any swimmer in history.
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7. This 2009 game was centered around multicolored birds trying to save their eggs from their enemies, the green pigs.

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  1. World of Goo
  2. Plants vs. Zombies
  3. Angry Birds
  4. Clash of Clans
Angry Birds is a video game created by Rovio Entertainment in 2009 for iOS. It follows a series of birds trying to save their eggs from the green pigs, their enemies.
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8. Which retired supermodel created the widely successful reality show "America's Next Top Model"?

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  1. Tyra Banks
  2. Cindy Crawford
  3. Linda Evangelista
  4. Christy Turlington
America's Next Top Model is a reality television series created by supermodel Tyra Banks. It follows a series of models competing to be the last one standing.
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9. By means of sonar beams and satellite navigation, scientists disproved the existence of this mythical monster:

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  1. Loch Ness Monster
  2. Banshee
  3. Basilisk
  4. Chupacabra
In 2003, a BBC team used sonar beams and satellite navigation to prove that Scotland's Loch Ness monster does not exist. They documented their entire search on BBC One.
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10. In 2007, this smartphone made its debut, forever changing the way that people viewed mobile phones.

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  1. Samsung Galaxy S7
  2. Google Pixel 4 XL
  3. Sony Xperia
  4. iPhone
The iPhone 1 is the first smartphone designed by Apple, Inc. It was released in 2007, just a few months after it was announced, and it sold over 6.1 million units.
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11. Many high school kids from the early to mid-2000s could be found on this Instagram predecessor:

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  1. Tinder
  2. YouTube
  3. MySpace
  4. Pinterest
Between 2005 and 2008, MySpace was the largest social networking website in the world. In April of 2008, it was overtaken by Facebook, and despite several changes, it is now one of the lower-ranked sites when it comes to web traffic.
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12. This young wizard's story captured the hearts of many and sold over 400 million copies...

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  1. Frodo Baggins
  2. Sherlock Holmes
  3. Scout Finch
  4. Harry Potter
The Harry Potter book series is one of seven written by author J.K. Rowling about a young boy who discovers that he is a wizard. By 2018, the books had sold over 500 million copies.
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13. The Shuffle, Mini, and Nano were all models of which Apple product?

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  1. Apple TV
  2. Apple watch
  3. iPod
  4. Macbook Pro
iPods are a line of portable media players designed by Apple, Inc. The first version was released in 2001, and since then, they've released the mini, nano, shuffle, and touch.
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14. Music icon Madonna kissed this singer on the stage of the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards:

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  1. Taylor Swift
  2. Rihanna
  3. Miley Cyrus
  4. Britney Spears
In 2003, Britney Spears infamously kissed Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards. Almost immediately after, the camera person shifted to Justin Timberlake, who had recently broken up with her.
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15. Which film took home 11 awards at the 76th Academy Awards in 2004?

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  1. Italian Job
  2. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
  3. Finding Nemo
  4. Hulk
At the 76th Academy Award ceremony, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won eleven awards, every single one it was nominated for. It is now tied with Ben-Hur and Titanic for most award wins.
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16. If you followed this 2000s film saga, you were either Team Edward or Team Jacob.

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  1. The Lord of the Rings
  2. The Twilight Saga
  3. X-Men
  4. Fast & Furious
During the years of the five Twilight Saga films based on Stephenie Meyer's books, fans were forced to choose between being on Team Edward (vampire) or Team Jacob (werewolf).
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17. What foam-based shoes were said to be worn by people who cared more about comfort than style?

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  1. Crocs
  2. Cowboy boots
  3. Cycling shoes
  4. Chunky sneakers
Crocs is the name of both a type of foam clog shoe and the company responsible for making them. In 2002, they released their first line of shoes, which were advertised as "boating shoes", but they’ve since been proven to have multiple functions.
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18. What do you call these goofy bracelets that became a staple in the late 2000s?

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  1. Bangles
  2. Friendship bracelets
  3. Silly Bandz
  4. Medical bracelets
Silly Bandz are silicone rubber bands that came in several shapes, including animals, letters, and different objects. They were released in 2002, and by 2010, they were in thousands of stores across the country.
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19. This "Catwoman" star became the first African American woman to win Best Actress in a Leading Role:

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  1. Halle Berry
  2. Tiffany Haddish
  3. Rosario Dawson
  4. Keke Palmer
Halle Berry starred in the 2001 drama film "Monster Ball", alongside Billy Bob Thornton. In 2002, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the first woman of color to win the award.
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20. In this 2003 Christmas classic, actor Will Ferrell takes on the role of Buddy:

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  1. Elf
  2. A Christmas Carol
  3. Klaus
  4. Home Alone
"Elf" is a 2003 American Christmas film starring Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human who was adopted and raised by Santa's elves at the North Pole. When he learns the truth, he heads to New York to meet his biological father.
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21. Which American cookbook writer and decorating expert spent 5 months in prison?

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  1. Rachel Rat
  2. Julia Childs
  3. Ayesha Curry
  4. Martha Stewart
For decades, Martha Stewart has been the face of beautiful homes, but in 2001, she was a part of an insider trading scandal that would land her in federal prison for 5 months, followed by 5 months of house arrest. She was found guilty of felony charges including conspiracy and making false statements to federal investigators.
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22. These wealthy socialites struggled to perform manual tasks in the reality TV show "The Simple Life"...

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  1. Bob Dylan and Nina Simone
  2. Tina Turner and Diana Ross
  3. Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift
  4. Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton
"The Simple Life" was an American reality television series following the lives of wealthy socialites, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, as they struggled to do tasks that seemed normal for others.
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23. For much of the 2000s, young people used the word "phat" to mean:

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  1. Lazy
  2. Ugly
  3. Great
  4. Horrible
The word “phat” pronounced "fat", means great or excellent. The acronym phat is defined as "pretty hot and tempting" by Urban Dictionary.
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24. What 2000s website was extremely popular because it let users download music and movies for free?

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  1. Reddit
  2. LimeWire
  3. Yahoo
  4. Wikipedia
Limewire was a free file-sharing system available on Windows, OS X, Solaris, and Linux. For approximately $35 a year, people were allowed to download all types of files. The downside? Several viruses came with it.
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25. These "ogre" film series, the first of which came out in 2001, incorporated several classic fairy tales:

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  1. The Incredibles
  2. Finding Nemo
  3. Shrek
  4. Ratatouille
"Shrek" is a 2001 animated film loosely based on a fairytale with the same name. The film starred Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and Mike Myres as the title characters.
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26. This "sweet" phone came out a few months before the iPhone and quickly replaced MP3 players.

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  1. Vanilla
  2. Grapefruit
  3. Chocolate
  4. Lemon
The LG VX8500, better known as "Chocolate", was a slider cell phone and MP3-player hybrid released in July 2006. In total, it sold over 21 million handsets.
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27. Rapper Flo Rider was advertising these fruity jeans alongside "boots with the fur" in his 2007 song, "Low"...

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  1. Calvin Klein
  2. Diesel
  3. Levi’s
  4. Apple Bottom Jeans
Apple Bottoms is a brand of women's jeans launched in 2003 by rapper Nelly. In 2007, they were repeatedly mentioned in Flo Rida's "Low" single.
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28. You were lucky if your name didn't end up in a "burn book" after this 2004 Lindsey Lohan film:

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  1. Bruce Almighty
  2. Meet the Parent
  3. Mean Girls
  4. The Hangover
A "burn book", which was first encountered (by many) in the film "Mean Girls", is a book for writing rude things about other people. Whatever was written about the person could be true or false.
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29. Lance Armstrong started the trend with his "Livestrong" variety in 2004 to raise awareness of cancer.

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  1. Slap bracelet
  2. Cause bracelet
  3. Friendship bracelet
  4. Love bracelet
Cause bands, made popular by the yellow Livestrong wristbands, are gel bracelets which were worn to show support for different organizations and causes.
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30. This singer's career took off after winning the first season of "American Idol" in 2002:

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  1. Nene Leakes
  2. Christian Siriano
  3. Harry Styles
  4. Kelly Clarkson
"American Idol" is an American singing competition which first aired on Fox in 2002. The show's first winner and arguably the most successful person to come from the show is Kelly Clarkson.
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31. These sneakers housed wheels in the heels, earning them the name:

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  1. Heelys
  2. Ballet shoes
  3. Clogs
  4. Espadrille
Heelys are a type of roller shoes that have one or more removable wheels, allowing them to be used as either shoes or skates. Millions of shoes were sold, but the resulting injury rate was exceedingly high.
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32. This social networking service was founded by a group of Harvard students, including Mark Zuckerberg.

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  1. Facebook
  2. Snapchat
  3. Tik Tok
  4. Instagram
Facebook is a social media and networking service founded by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommates at Harvard University. There are approximately 2.5 billion monthly users.
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33. In 2001, these "bratty" dolls with big heads and skinny body launched a franchise that's still popular today:

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  1. Barbie dolls
  2. Cabbage Patch dolls
  3. Bratz dolls
  4. Chatty Cathy
Bratz is a line of fashion dolls manufactured by MGA Entertainment in 2001. Initially, four 10-inch dolls were released (Yasmin, Cloe, Jade, and Sasha), but there are many more.
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34. Like "OMG", internet lingo became a big thing in the 2000s. What does "BRB" mean?

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  1. Be Right Back
  2. Badger Redemption Board
  3. Black River Boat
  4. Bath Room Break
The acronym "BRB" is popularly used in text and on social media, especially when talking to friends. It means the writer will "be right back" to the keyboard after a short break.
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35. In 2000, actor Jim Carrey took on the role of this green Dr. Seuss character in what Christmas tale?

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  1. The Grinch
  2. Thing One
  3. Horton
  4. Sam-I-Am
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is a 2000 Christmas comedy based on a 1957 Dr. Seuss book with the same name. The film starred Jim Carrey as the title character and was narrated by award-winning actor Anthony Hopkins.
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36. In 2009, the lunar probe Chandrayaan-1 found this essential substance on the moon:

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  1. Chocolate
  2. Olive oil
  3. Water
  4. Fire
It was often thought that the moon was as dry as dust, but in September 2009, India's space probe, Chandrayaan-1, discovered water molecules in the polar regions of the moon.
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37. Which pilot successfully landed a US Airways passenger plane on the Hudson River in 2009?

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  1. Morgan Freeman
  2. Hilary Swank
  3. Chesley Sullenberger III
  4. Clint Eastwood
Shortly after taking off from New York's LaGuardia Airport on January 15th, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 struck a flock of Canadian geese, resulting in loss of engine power. Pilot Chelsey Sullenberger landed the plane in the Hudson River, saving everyone.
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38. In the "Y2K Scare", thousands around the world thought that this would happen on January 1st, 2000.

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  1. Animals would begin to walk and talk as we do
  2. Everyone would age by 10 years
  3. Computers would crash from the "millennium bug"
  4. The US dollar would become the currency of the world
The Y2K Scare was the name of the phenomenon in which computer users feared that all their devices would stop working after December 31st, 1999. Thankfully, it didn’t happen.
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39. Remember the hit series, "Smallville"? Which superhero was it about?

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  1. Superman
  2. Thor
  3. Green Lantern
  4. Hulk
"Smallville" was an American superhero show based on the DC Comic character, Superman. The series premiered in October 2001 and followed the life of Clark Kent, played by Tom Welling.
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40. What Journey song played during the final scene of the last episode of "The Sopranos" (in 2007)?

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  1. Kiss Kiss
  2. Umbrella
  3. Crank That (Soulja Boy)
  4. Don't Stop Believin'
The Sopranos series finale, titled "Made in America", was witnessed by 11.9 million viewers, the most since its premiere date. One of the many songs played during the show was "Don’t Stop Believin'" by Journey.
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41. Which presidential candidate won the 2008 US Presidential Elections?

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  1. Ronald Reagan
  2. Donald Trump
  3. Barack Obama
  4. Jimmy Carter
Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States and the first African American to serve in the role. He was first elected in 2008 and then reelected for a second term in 2012.
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42. By the end of 2009, "Brangelina" (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) had a total of this many children:

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  1. 22
  2. 12
  3. 100
  4. 6
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, affectionately known as "Brangelina", were one of Hollywood's power couples until their bitter divorce in 2016. The two actors share six children: three adopted and three biological.
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43. What's the name of the actor who became the governor of California in 2003?

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  1. Ryan Reynolds
  2. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  3. James Franco
  4. Dwayne Johnson
Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947 - ) is an actor, bodybuilder, and businessman who served as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.
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44. In 2000, this ear-biting boxer knocked out former heavyweight Lou Savarese 38 seconds into the match:

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  1. Zayn Malik
  2. Nate Diaz
  3. Connor McGregor
  4. Mike Tyson
On June 24th, 2000, Mike Tyson fought Lou Savarese at an arena in Glasgow, Scotland, touted as "Tyson’s comeback". Tyson's first punch dropped his opponent to the ground, and although he recovered, he was met with an onslaught of punches. The victory was declared after 38 seconds.
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45. In which desert city is the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, built in 2009?

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  1. Cape Town
  2. Chicago
  3. Dubai
  4. Rio de Janeiro
The Burj Khalifa, also known as the Burj Dubai because it is located in the city of Dubai in the UAE, became the world's tallest building in 2009. In total, it is 2,722 feet or 829.8 meters tall, and it cost $1.5 billion to build.
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46. Who became the first space tourist in 2001 when he reportedly spent $20 million to visit the International Space Station?

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  1. Johnny Depp
  2. Robert Downey Jr.
  3. Dennis Tito
  4. Clint Eastwood
Dennis Tito is an American engineer and entrepreneur who is mostly known for being the first space tourist. In 2001, he spent approximately $20 million for his 7-day trip to the International Space Station.
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47. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her _____ Jubilee in 2002 for 50 years on the throne.

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  1. China
  2. Ruby
  3. White
  4. Golden
The Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, held in 2002, was the international celebration marking the 50th anniversary since her accession to the throne.
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48. What space shuttle, which shares its name with a New York City university, disintegrated over the state of Texas in 2003?

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  1. Columbia
  2. Barnard
  3. Parsons
  4. St. John's
On February 1st, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia fatally disintegrated as it re-entered the atmosphere, killing everyone on board. The incident occurred over Texas and Louisiana.
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49. Which tulip-filled European country became the first to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001?

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  1. Venezuela
  2. Greece
  3. Albania
  4. The Netherlands
The Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. It came into effect on April 1st, 2001, and on that day, the Mayor of Amsterdam married four couples.
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50. What is the name of this painting, which was stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Norway in 2004?

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  1. Campbell's Soup Cans
  2. Guernica
  3. The Absinthe Drinker
  4. The Scream
In August 2004, famed artist Edvard Munch's paintings "Madonna" and "The Scream" were stolen by two armed robbers from a museum in Oslo, Norway. They were recovered three months later.
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