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2011 in Review: Test Your Memory
by Staff
As we look back on 2011, it's clear it was a banner year. Well, maybe not for the housing market, but at least got to watch a Royal wedding and dispell rumors about the McLobster. Now it's time to put your memory to the test. How much do you really remember about 2011? (Image credit: Swinburne Astronomy Productions.)

Which company's tweet had the distinction of being the most retweeted in 2011?

  • Coca-Cola
  • Macy's
  • Wendy's

In October 2011, how much did the world's oldest running steam-powered car sell for at auction?

  • $6 million
  • $4.6 million
  • $1.3 million

On what medium did artist George Closic create a portrait in honor of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011?

  • Canvas
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Billboard

On Dec. 12, 2011, sales of Superman socks skyrocketed because of which football player?

  • Tim Tebow
  • Blake Bell
  • Robert Griffin III

What was the magnitude of the earthquake that struck Japan in March 2011?

  • 5
  • 9
  • 10

According to Twitter, which food-related topic was the top trender in 2011?

  • #RedWine
  • #BBQ
  • #McLobster

In 2011, Tibetan Sherpas were trained in basic watch repair by which luxury timepiece maker?

  • Kobold
  • Rolex
  • Moldova

During their last Christmas at Hogwarts, what were Harry and Hermione doing?

  • hanging out with Pavati Patil
  • sipping butterbeer at Hogsmeade
  • hunting horcruxes

Which veteran TV personality made a January 2011 announcement about leaving a long-time show?

  • Regis Philbin
  • Nancy Grace
  • Hoda Kotbe

In February 2011, which man who was made infamous by a widespread Ponzi scheme gave his first publicized interview since his arrest?

  • Lou Pearlman
  • Bernard Madoff
  • Jeff Skilling

Which form of books beat out traditional book sales in February 2011?

  • e-books
  • audiobooks
  • graphic novels

How long did the bells of Westminster Abbey toll after the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton?

  • 30 minutes
  • 6 hours
  • 3 hours

In 2011, a series of tornadoes, floods, wildfires and ice storms in the U.S. caused approximately how much total damage?

  • $5 million
  • $20 billion
  • $12 billion

Which sitcom celebrity fast tracked a divorce from his reality-star wife in order to marry a British flight attendant?

  • Lorenzo Lamas
  • Eddie Cibrian
  • Kelsey Grammar

After 300 years at the bottom of the sea, an artifact was recovered that belonged to which famed pirate?

  • Blackbeard
  • Captain Kidd
  • Henry Morgan

In 2011, which reality TV star wed his fifth wife -- who bore the same first name as his fourth wife?

  • Gene Simmons
  • Carter Oosterhouse
  • Lorenzo Lamas

Which British singer made Billboard history on Dec. 9, 2011?

  • Leona Lewis
  • Adelle
  • Amy Winehouse

What code did gamers crack in 2011 that had eluded scientists for years?

  • HIV molecule code
  • Morse code
  • genetic code

In which insects did researchers discover potent antibiotics?

  • flies and misquitoes
  • grasshoppers and beetles
  • cockroaches and locusts

In 2011, which couple may have set a celebrity record for the most expensive yet shortest marriage?

  • Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
  • Nancy Shevell and Paul McCartney
  • Kellie Pickler and Kyle Jacobs

Who granted "60 Minutes" an interview in which she spoke about a failed suicide attempt with her infamous husband?

  • Hillary Clinton
  • Sarah Palin
  • Ruth Madoff

In October 2011, who was quoted as saying, "I'm paying with my life for things I didn't do"?

  • Amanda Knox
  • Katy Perry
  • Lauren Conrad

First made famous on "Dancing with the Stars," which performer traded heels for cowboy boots?

  • Cheryl Burke
  • Julianne Hough
  • Kym Johnson

Which British tabloid closed in July 2011 in the wake of a phone-hacking scandal?

  • The Daily Mirror
  • The Sun
  • News of the World

In January 2011, Kathryn Gray became the youngest person to make what scientific discovery?

  • a rare type of beetle
  • the fossilized bones of a <i>T-rex</i>
  • a supernova

In August 2011, who was quoted as saying, "Dr. King belongs to the world"?

  • Timothy Geitner
  • Lei Yixin
  • President Barack Obama

Pope Benedict, head of the Catholic church, gave his approval to Web sites that offer which kind of services?

  • social networking
  • auctions
  • matchmaking

Ninety-five-year-old Bronx resident Ida Keeling set a world record for being the oldest woman to accomplish what?

  • walking 60 meters (65 yards) in 29.86 seconds
  • knitting 60 meters (65 yards) or yarn in 3 minutes
  • running 60 meters (65 yards) in 29.86 seconds

In August 2011, which member of the U.S. Congress said, "The capital looks beautiful and I am honored to be at work tonight"?

  • Gabrielle Giffords
  • Emanual Cleaver
  • Kay Bailey Hutchinson

Why did Charles Czeisler of Harvard Medical School quip that "Technology has invaded the bedroom" in March 2011?

  • because of the number of televisions in bedrooms
  • because people wake up in the night to check e-mail
  • because people use electronics within one hour of going to bed

What does filmmaker George Lucas believe the future of cinema will be?

  • HD
  • 3-D
  • YouTube

On what day did scores of people leave apples, flowers and condolence letters at Apple stores across the nation?

  • Sept. 15, 2011
  • Oct. 5, 2011
  • Oct. 15, 2011

After performing together for more than three decades, which rock group announced their split in September 2011?

  • The Rolling Stones
  • Boston
  • R.E.M.

In August 2011, which billionaire said, "My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress"?

  • George Clooney
  • Warren Buffett
  • Bill Gates

In July 2011, who said, "Juries aren't supposed to make decisions based on public-opinion polls"?

  • Casey Anthony
  • Belvin Perry
  • Rod Blagojevich

In September 2011, which singing competition made its debut on American television?

  • "The Singing Bee"
  • "American Idol"
  • "The X Factor"

Which golfer won a U.S. Open with a record-setting 16-under-par score in June 2011?

  • Webb Simpson
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Tiger Woods

On May 31, 2011, who said, "You and this show have been the great love of my life. This last show … is my love letter to you."

  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Kelly Ripa
  • Oprah Winfrey

In December 2011, which daughter of a former President made her debut as a television journalist?

  • Amy Carter
  • Malia Obama
  • Chelsea Clinton

Which celebrity funeral started 15 minutes late in accordance with the last wishes of the deceased?

  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Harry Morgan
  • Heavy D

A scientific breakthrough by MIT researchers made it possible to make inexpensive solar panels out of what materials?

  • resin and plastic
  • wood and glass
  • paper and fabric

Whether they were on Team Edward or Team Jacob, how much money did fans help "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I" earn at the box office?

  • about $350 million
  • about $250 million
  • about $150 million

Which 2011 invention is expected to be the first step in revolutionizing the way people interact with video games?

  • Kinect 2
  • Skyrim's graphics engine
  • Nintendo DS Lite

On Dec. 13, 2011, what did the National Transportation Board recommend that drivers be banned from using?

  • cell phones
  • headphones
  • loud-volume radios

Which former governor of Illinois was sentenced on Dec. 7, 2011, to 14 years in federal prison for 18 felony corruption convictions?

  • George Ryan
  • Rod Blagojevich
  • Dan Walker

In 2011, the X-Prize Foundation announced it would award $30 million to the first team to accomplish which breakthrough?

  • discover a way to grow vegetables using one-tenth the usual amount of water
  • design a vehicle to operate exclusively on solar power
  • put a robot on the moon that would send back video of the lunar surface

Which biography did Amazon name the best-selling book of 2011?

  • "Bossypants"
  • "Steve Jobs"
  • "J.D. Salinger: A Life"

Which long-awaited Broadway musical received an OSHA citation for injuries to cast members?

  • "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"
  • "Annie"
  • "Godspell"

In August, astronomers announced their detection of a 'planet' made of what unusual substance?

  • hydrogen
  • adamantium
  • diamond

How many holiday cards, letters and packages were expected to be delivered by the United States Postal Service during the 2011 holiday season?

  • 10 billion
  • 16.5 billion
  • 1 billion