The end of the year is the perfect time to look back and reflect on how much the world has changed in the past 365 days. There are plenty of pop culture stories that captured the world’s attention in 2013, from the birth of the royal baby to the series finale of “Breaking Bad” to Miley Cyrus twerking on everyone and everything.
But there are plenty of news stories that, though big at the time, have since faded away into obscurity. Without further ado, here are the 10 things that you likely already forgot happened in 2013.
‘Arrested Development’ returns
Remember at the beginning of this year when we were literally counting down the days until “Arrested Development” returned on Netflix? Well it did, and everyone was really excited … until we realized that Season 4 got real dark and sad, and ended on another cliffhanger. After that, no one was begging Mitch Hurwitz for an immediate Season 5. Maybe it will take another eight years for that to happen.
After “Gangnam Style,” the “Harlem Shake” seemed like the next big dance sensation. And it was, for like a month, until everyone seemingly decided to make a universal decision to stop talking about it. Do you even remember the moves anymore?
Super Bowl blackout
During Super Bowl XLVII, a power outage in New Orleans delayed the game for a 30-plus minutes shortly after the start of the second half. There were a lot of conspiracy theories and people were all annoyed and stuff, but in the end, it was just a power surge.
‘The Lone Ranger’
When “The Lone Ranger” was released over the summer, Disney was clearly hoping it would be the studio’s Next Big Thing. But instead critics cried, “Racist!,” the movie bombed in the United States and everyone got real sick of hearing Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer defend it. Now, it’s just quietly waiting to be rented by people looking to watch a big, expensive action flick.
The death of Robsten
No one will forget the way Kristen Stewart infamously cheated on her “The Twilight Saga” love Robert Pattinson with her “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders in summer 2012 (at least, they won’t any time soon). But after all that dust settled, the couple did end up getting back together — only to quietly break up again in spring 2013. Seems like this love story wasn’t quite the mirror of immortal Bella and Edward like everyone had hoped.
That dude who walked across the Grand Canyon
Something truly amazing happened in 2013: An acrobat named Nik Wallenda successfully walked across the Grand Canyon on a two-inch wire stretched above the Colorado River. It was very exciting, and a ton of people watched … but then the live stream ended and everyone looked to the next big physical accomplishment.
Jodie Foster’s Golden Globes speech
While accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2013 Golden Globes, Jodie Foster gave a long, rambling thank you speech where she confirmed that she is gay and that Cybil Bernard was her partner for 20 years. It was surprising if not shocking, but in a year when a lot of people came out, no one really seemed to obsess over the news for that long.
Manti Te’o’s fake Internet girlfriend
Are you still mad about Manti Te’o‘s catfishing scandal — better yet, do you even remember it? While people were understandably shocked to learn that the dead girlfriend Te’o had been publicly discussing never actually existed, his successful run as a rookie for the San Diego Chargers seems to have overshadowed his embarrassing dating history.
When Hostess went out of business, people legitimately started hoarding Twinkies so that they would never have to run out of the heavily processed treat. Longtime fans were so upset that — ta da! — Twinkies returned in 2013. After “the sweetest comeback in the history of ever,” there was nothing left to be upset about. In fact, it was like Twinkies never really left.
2012 got a Spice Girls reunion, and 2013 got an *NSYNC reunion. The only problem was the long-begged-for *NSYNC reunion was only about a minute long and tucked away in Justin Timberlake‘s 15-minute-long MTV VMAs performance. It was such a blink-and-you-miss-it moment that most people seem to have forgotten it actually happened.