Get Ready To Learn Something New Today With These Random But Interesting 2000s Pop Culture Facts

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    1. Anne Hathaway was actually the ninth choice to play Andy in The Devil Wears Prada.

    Anne in the Chanel answering a phone

    2. NSYNC's Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, and Chris Kirkpatrick filmed two cameo scenes for Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, where they played Jedi extras. According to Fatone, the band was asked to do the cameo because the daughters of George Lucas and the film's producer, Rick McCallum, were fans of the band.

    group shot

    The news of their cameo was even parodied on SNL, with that week's host, Josh Hartnett, playing JC Chasez.

    Josh Hartnett singing with the SNL cast in star wars clothing

    3. There is probably a good chance you owned or knew someone who owned Finding Nemo on DVD in the '00s because it's the biggest-selling DVD of all time.

    the dvd

    4. The singing hamster things in the Quiznos commercials are actually called "spongemonkeys" and they pre-date the commercials.

    The Spongemonkeys singing "Because they toast them" in front of a Quiznos

    5. Mike Myers originally recorded all his dialogue for Shrek in his normal accent, but after seeing a rough cut of the movie he asked DreamWorks CEO and the film's producer, Jeffrey Katzenberg, if he could re-record his lines with a Scottish accent.

    6. The iPod's name was inspired by the iconic 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    Iconic photo of an astronaut walking through spaceship hallway

    7. After the HUGE success of The Dark Knight, rumors circulated that Cher was the top choice to play Catwoman in the next sequel. Now, neither Christopher Nolan, Cher, nor the studio ever confirmed this or said anything about it, yet the rumor really took off. Eventually, Cher did address it on Ellen, laughing it off and saying she was, "Too old to be Catwoman," and added, "I could be Grandma Catwoman or something."

    closeup of Cher

    8. Christina Aguilera's iconic intro line, "Don’t look at me," on "Beautiful" was never meant to be part of the song.

    closeup of christina

    9. Jimmy Kimmel Live! has "live" as part of its name because during its first year, the show aired live (in order to be able to have the most up-to-date jokes). Because the show taped late live on the West Coast (9:00 p.m. so it could air at 12:00 a.m. EST), both the guests and the audience were served alcohol.

    jimmy with a guest

    10. Songwriters Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis originally offered "Can't Get You Out of My Head" to UK pop group S Club 7 and to Sophie Ellis-Bextor, but they both turned it down. They then offered it to Kylie Minogue.

    Screenshot of Kylie from the music video with her in a white jumpsuit.

    11. When Jennifer Lopez launched her perfume Glow in 2002, it was predicted to be a failure, but it actually went on to be one of the biggest-selling fragrances ever. The reason why it was assumed it would fail was that — with the exception of Elizabeth Taylor (who had numerous very successful perfumes) — no celebrity had ever launched a successful fragrance line.

    the perfume bottle

    12. Spider-Man 3's writer-director, Sam Raimi, was very unhappy with how the film turned out and was planning on making a fourth film to make up for it, and to also end the franchise on a high note.

    Spider-Man and Venom hanging upside down and looking at each other through a building window

    13. The novelty-colored ketchup of the early '00s has become a pretty iconic Y2K product. Most people remember the purple being the first color out, however the green color was released first in 2000, followed by the purple a year later in 2001. Also, the ketchups were actually incredibly popular.

    14. Paris and Nicky Hilton flaked on doing a cameo in Sex and the City. The two were supposed to play Samantha's neighbors in the Meatpacking District.

    A photo of Paris and Nicky at an event in 2002

    15. The iPhone was not the first phone with a capacitive touch-screen, it was actually a Prada (yes, as in the design house Prada) phone released in collaboration with LG. The phone was released in January 2007, and, in fact, a few days before Steve Jobs would announce the iPhone.

    hands holding the phone

    16. RuPaul's Drag Race is one of the most popular and beloved shows on TV, however, before its 2009 premiere on Logo, the series had been turned down by both Bravo and E!. The networks felt they couldn't do a show about drag.

    drag show judges sitting on their panel

    17. It's hard to think of anyone else singing on Fat Joe's "What's Luv?" other than Ashanti. But, according to him, his label boss, Irv Gotti, wanted to replace her with J.Lo so they could market the song to the Latino market.

    Screenshot of Fat Joe and Ashanti dancing together in the video for "What's Luv?"

    18. Artist Takashi Murakami's collaboration with Louis Vuitton is iconically '00s (particularly early '00s). However, the collaboration between the two actually spanned for over a decade, and was phased out in 2015.

    LV bag

    19. Contrary to what everybody remembers, Britney Spears is not wearing a nude/sheer body suit with rhinestones on it in her "Toxic" music video, it's actually her body with the stones directly glued onto her skin.

    Britney on the floor with the rhinestones on her body

    20. And lastly, yes, Blockbuster had a chance to buy Netflix and turned it down. However it wasn't that the video rental chain was looking to purchase it, Netflix was in financial troubles and hoping that Blockbuster would buy them out.