2011 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):
Gallon of Milk~ $3.50 (bls.gov)
Dozen Eggs~ $2.65 (bls.gov)
Loaf of bread~ $2.00 (bless.gov)
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 44 cents
New Car Price~ $23,900
Gallon of Gas~ $3.80 (bls.gov)
Movie Ticket~ $7.93 (boxofficemojo.com)
Price of new house~ $242,300 (Census.gov)
Median Household Income~ $50,054 (Census.gov)
Minimum Wage~ Lowest is $7.25 in many states per Federal Law. Highest is $8.67 in Washington state. (dol.gov)
2011 Top Technology:
Smart phones; Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, HTC Sensation 4G
Tablets; iPad2, HP Touchpad, Blackberry Playbook, B&N Nook Color, Amazon Kindle Fire
Online Social Communities; Google +, Facebook, Twitter
Video going mainstream; YouTube, Skype, etc.
Game systems; Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii
2011 Top Celebrities:
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Snookie, The Situation, Pauly D, and the rest of Jersey Shore Crew
Victoria and David Beckham
Beyonce’ and JayZ
2011 Top Songs
Rolling in the deep~ Adele
Party Rock Anthem~ LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock
Firework~ Katy Perry
E.T.~ Katy Perry ft. Kanye West
Grenade~ Bruno Mars
Super Bass~ Nicki Manaj
Moves Like Jagger~ Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
Pumped Up Kicks~ Foster The People
Born This Way~ Lady Gaga
F**kin Perfect~ Pink
If I Die Young~ The Band Perry
Just A Kiss~ Lady Antebellum
Dirt Road Anthem~ Jason Aldean
Top Sporting Events:
Super Bowl: The Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25
Daytona 500: Trevor Bayne
The Kentucky Derby: Animal Kingdom
The Masters: Charl Schwartzel
NBA Championship: The Dallas Mavericks defeat the Miami Heat 4-2
Wimbledon: Mens Singles: Novak Djokovic Women’s singles: Petra Kvitova
Men’s FIFA World Cup: n/a
FIFA Women’s World Cup: Japan
World Series: St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Texas Rangers 4 games to 3.
2011 Top Television Shows:
Ellen DeGeneres Show
Oprah Winfrey Show —> OWN
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Friday Night Lights
How I Met Your Mother
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Two and a Half Men
2011 Top Movies:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
The Hangover Part 2
2011 Top Books:
The Help~ Kathryn Stockett
The Hunger Games~ Suzanne Collins
Heaven if for Real~ Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
Water for Elephants~ Sara Gruen
Catching Fire~ Suzanne Collins
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever~ Jeff Kinney
Mockingjay~ Suzanne Collins
Steve Jobs; A Biography~ Walter Isaacson
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo~ Stieg Larsson
Unbroken~ Laura Hillenbrand
2011 Top Fashion Trends:
• Aviator Glasses
• Ombre Hair
• Southern Belle
• Rich Boho
• Sexy Velvet
• Global Fabrics
• Embellished Boot
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2011 World Leaders:
Barack Obama, President of the United States
Christian Wulff, President of Germany
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Hu Jintao, President of China
Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Russia
David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pope Benedict XVI
Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France
Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
2011 Major Events:
January 9~ Southern Sudan holds a referendum on independence. The Sudanese electorate votes in favor of independence, paving the way for the creation of the new state in July.
March 11~ A 9.1-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the east of Japan, killing 15,840 and leaving another 3,926 missing. Tsunami warnings are issued in 50 countries and territories. Emergencies are declared at four nuclear power plants affected by the quake.
April 29 – An estimated two billion people watch the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London.
May 1 – U.S. President Barack Obama announces that Osama bin Laden, the founder and leader of the militant group Al-Qaeda, has been killed during an American military operation in Pakistan.
September 17 – Occupy Wall Street protests begin in the United States. This develops into the Occupy movement which spreads to 82 countries by October.
October 31 Date selected by the UN as the symbolic date when global population reaches seven billion.
December 15 – The United States formally declares an end to the Iraq War. While this ends the insurgency it begins another.
2011 Pop Culture:
(Wikipedia & People.com)
-Beyoncé announcing her pregnancy on the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards‘red carpet.
-The world’s jaw dropped when Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her three-
year-old daughter Caylee.
-Victoria and David Beckham welcomed their first baby girl, Harper, in July.
-Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison definitely topped the list for most controversial
wedding. He’s 51 and she’s 16.
-Music and fashion mogul, Jessica Simpson, led the media on for throughout 2011 about her
protruding baby bump.
-Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries had one of the most publicized weddings of the year.
-Lady Gaga dressing up as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone, was a highlight within itself, but
when you put Gaga and Britney Spears on the same stage, that becomes a moment that defined
-Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell reclaimed their judging duties this year on The X Factor.
-Dr. Conrad Murray was put on trial in the fall of 2011 for the manslaughter of the King of Pop,
-Apple’s creator, Steve Jobs, saddened the tech world when he passed away Oct 5, 2011.
-Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are the “It” couple of 2011
-Amy Winehouse‘s premature death, July 23 at just 27-years-old stunned music fans all over the
-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was the biggest movie opener in 2011.
-Our favorite talk show host and life coach extraordinaire Oprah Winfrey said goodbye after 25
years on the air.
2011 Top Science Breakthroughs:
-July 21 – Space Shuttle Atlantis lands successfully at Kennedy Space Center after completing
STS-135, concluding NASA’s space shuttle program.
-July 7 – The world’s first artificial organ transplant is achieved, using an artificial windpipe
coated with stem cells.
-In September, researchers from the OPERA collaboration in Italy provided fodder for a
thousand articles when they announced the measurement of neutrinos flying faster than that killjoy Albert Einstein would permit.
-In November, gerontologists showed that flushing old, broken-down cells from the bodies of mice indeed slowed their descent into infirmity.
-Using NASA’s Kepler space telescope, astronomers spotted the closest planet yet to being considered a home away from home.