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2009 Cost of things (U.S. Averages):
Gallon of Milk~ $2.69
Dozen Eggs~ $1.34
Loaf of bread~ $1.45
U.S. Postage Stamp~ 42 cents
New Car Price~ $28,400
Gallon of Gas~ $2.51
Movie Ticket~ $7.18
Price of new house~ $232,880
Median Household Income~ $50,221
Minimum Wage~ Lowest in Kansas $2.65/hr. Highest in Washington state $8.55/hr.
2009 Top Celebrities:
• Michael Jackson
• Sandra Bullock
• Susan Boyle
• Jennifer Aniston
• Adam Lambert
• Kobe Bryant
• Chris Brown
• Johnny Depp
• Chuck Norris
• Joe Wilson
• Tiger Woods
• Christian Bale
2009 Top Athletes:
A-rod (Alex Rodriguez)
2009 Top Sporting Events:
Super Bowl: Pittsburgh Steelers win 27-23 to the Arizona Cardinals
Daytona 500: Matt Kenseth
The Kentucky Derby: Mine That Bird
The Masters: Angel Cabrera
NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers win 4-1 to the Orlando Magic
Wimbledon: Gentlemen’s singles: Roger Federer
Women’s singles: Serena Williams
FIFA World Cup: Barcelona
Women’s World Cup: n/a
World Series: New York Yankees defeat Philadelphia Phillies 4-2
2009 Top Music Albums:
Lil’ Wayne, Tha Carter III
Coldplay, Viva La Vida
Taylor Swift, Fearless
Kid Rock, Rock n Roll Jesus
AC/DC, Black Ice
Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift
Metallica, Death Magnetic
T.I., Paper Trail
Jack Johnson, Sleep Through the Static
Beyonce, I Am … Sasha Fierce
2009 Top Television Shows:
Dancing with the Stars
NBC Sunday Night Football
Dancing with the Stars – Results Show
NCIS: Los Angeles
NFL Regular Season ESPN
Sunday Night NFL Pre-kick
The Good Wife
2009 Top Movies:
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
The Blind Side
Monsters Vs. Aliens
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
2009 Top Books:
Going Rogue: An American Life- by Sarah Palin
‘Have a Little Faith: A True Story- by Mitch Albom
True Compass- by Edward M. Kennedy
Arguing With Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government- by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe
Open: An Autobiography- by Andre Agassi
The Lost Symbol- by Dan Brown
I, Alex Cross- by James Patterson
Under the Dome- by Stephen King
Pirate Latitudes- by Michael Crichton
U is for Underflow- by Sue Grafton
2009 Top Fashion & Trends:
Ruffles – it seems that this feminine look was all the rage.
Transparent, gauzy fabrics – but not see through.
Bold, graphic patterns
Shorts as evening wear
Sequins and Glitter
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2009 World Leaders:
President Barack Obama– USA
Prime Minister Gordon Brown – UK
Prime Minister Stephen Harper – Canada
President Hu Jintao – China
President Pratibha Patil – India
Prime Minister Kevin Michael Rudd – Australia
Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy – France
President Horst Kohler – Germany
President Dmitry Medvedev- Russia
Pope Benedict XVI
2009 Major Events:
Barack Obama, the United States first African American President was sworn into office on January 20, 2009.
Michael Jackson, the self-described “King of Pop” died of an apparent heart attack on June 25th. It was later found out that he was under heavy sedation at the time his heart stopped in a controversy that will surely continue for the next year. Jackson was one of many celebrities who passed away in 2009 which was included other high-profile deaths including: Farrah Fawcett, Natasha Richardson, Bea Arthur, Dom DeLuise, Karl Malden, David Carradine, Patrick Swayze, John Hughes, Ed McMahon, Walter Cronkite and Don Hewitt, Senator Edward Kennedy, Britney Murphy, Authors John Updike, Frank McCourt and Dominick Dunne, blues legend Koko Taylor, Ventures guitarist Bob Bogle, Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary, guitar innovator Les Paul , Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein. NFL players Steve McNair and Chris Henry, veteran basketball coach Chuck Daly. Former U.S. Housing Secretary Jack Kemp, Oxiclean pitchman Billy Mays and Gidget, the Chihuahua best known for hawking Taco Bell.
Bernard Madoff was convicted of a operating a “Ponzi Scheme” which duped many people out of their retirement money. He will serve 150 years.
The World Health Organization declared the H1N1 Virus, otherwise known as the Swine Flu, a pandemic. By the end of the year, the predicted vaccine shortages and potential large death toll proved not to be.
2009 Pop Culture:
In February we listened to a leaked audio tape of Christian Bale unleashing a torrent of verbal abuse in the direction of the happless director of photography on ‘Terminator Salvation’ who apparently got in his line of vision as he filmed an intense scene. Chris Brown was involved in a brutal altercation with then-girlfriend Rihanna, earning himself a community service stint and five years’ probation for felony assault. Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie had their highly-anticapated ‘Oscar Showdown’, which involved Jen looking very uncomfortable as she presented an award on stage, while Angie looked angelic and laughed in all the right places from the front row.
In March, ‘Octomom’ Nadya Suleman gave birth to eight babies and a reality TV show concept, Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer split for the third and final time. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was among those who paid tribute to ‘Big Brother’ star Jade Goody, who lost her battle with cancer at the age of 27.
In June the king of pop Michael Jackson died, Charlie’s Angels beauty Farrah Fawcett lost her long battle with cancer at the age of 62, and the tragic death of Mike Tyson’s daughter.
August; after a tragic 2008 which saw the murder of her mother and brother, Jennifer Hudson celebrated the birth of her first child, a baby boy called David Daniel Otunga Jr. DJ AM tragically died from an accidental drugs overdose, just eleven months after he and friend Travis Barker survived a horrifying plane crash.
September; Dirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Nicole Richie gave birth to a little boy called Sparrow.
December; Tiger Woods’ squeaky clean image was shattered by tabloid allegations of infidelity, which grew by the day as more waitresses, hostesses and porn stars were linked to the married golf superstar.
2009 Technology and Science:
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Computers & Software:
-Several vaccines for dengue fever, a disease that strikes roughly 230 million people each year, showed promise in preliminary human trials.
-Researchers at the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa built a sensor that can smell cancer.
-In the first major pharmaceutical extension of lifespan in a mammal, scientists gave elderly mice Rapamycin, an immunosuppressant used to slow cell growth in cancer patients. After taking the drug, the rodents lived a mouse equivalent of 13 extra years.