Surveillance, Snack Cakes and Red Sox: 2013 in Review

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Who was the most talked-about person of 2013?

According to a Global Language Monitor survey, Pope Francis was the was most talked-about person of 2013.

Which was NOT an ingredient in the world's first test tube beef burger, eaten in August?

The lab-grown burger was made from muscle fiber from cows, breadcrumbs, salt and natural coloring.

True or false: The world's first lab-grown burger was fat-free.

True, the burger patty was fat-free. (Its preparation, however, was not; it was pan-fried in butter and served on a bun with lettuce and tomato.)

Which ligament did orthopedic surgeons discover in October?

Surgeons published their discovery of the anterolateral ligament in the October 2013 issue of Journal of Anatomy.

Which country became the newest European Union member since Bulgaria and Romania joined in 2007?

Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union on July 1, 2013.

Which body part did scientists "grow" on a man's forehead?

While scientists have experimented growing each of these organs in a lab, it was a nose that was grown on a man's forehead in 2013.

True or false: It had been 95 years since the last time the Boston Red Sox won the World Series at Fenway Park.

True. The Red Sox hadn't won a World Series championship at Fenway Park in 95 years. They defeated the Cubs in 1918.

Which of the following 2013 rampages is one of the 25 deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history?

Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard and killed 12 people in April 2013.

During which of the following months of 2013 were there no mass shootings?

An incident is categorized as a mass shooting when four or more people (other than the shooter) are killed, according to the FBI. None occurred in February 2013.

What is Prince George of Cambridge's full name?

Prince George of Cambridge is also known as His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.

How much did the 16-day U.S. government shutdown cost per day?

According to financial ratings agency Standard & Poor’s, the shutdown racked up an estimated cost of $1.5 billion a day.

Which word became official when it was added to Oxford English dictionary in August?

All of these newly-recognized words were added to the Oxford English dictionary in 2013.

Which state legalized gay marriage in 2013, making it the 15th state to do so?

Hawaii legalized same-sex marriage in Novemeber.

Which celebrity chef lost her food empire amid allegations of racism?

Paula Deen was publically condemned after her use of racial slurs became public knowledge.

True or false: The asteroid impact near Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February 2013 was the largest recorded meteorite air burst since the 1908 Tunguska explosion.

True. The asteroid impact near Chelyabinsk, Russia in February broke the previous record held since 1908.

What small kitchen appliances were used in the Boston Marathon bombing?

Pressure-cookers containing metal fragments and placed in backpacks were used to bomb the finish line area of the Boston Marathon.

Where was the body of 15th-century ruler King Richard III found?

While his initial burial may have been fit for a king, the monarch's body was found buried under a parking lot in Britain.

What country gave former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden asylum?

In August 2013, Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia for one year.

Which 2013 storm was one of the strongest recorded storms in world history?

Super-typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines in November 2013 and was one of the biggest storms ever recorded.

What iconic snack cake returned to store shelves in July 2013 after being under wraps for nine months?

Twinkies returned to store shelves after the Hostess company's bankruptcy nearly closed down the company.

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