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21 Totally Random Facts About 2000s Pop Culture Things That'll Make You Do A Double Take

Could you imagine The Office as an HBO show?!

1. Contrary to rumors, "Umbrella" was not turned down by Mary J. Blige and Britney Spears before being offered to Rihanna. The writers of the song, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, offered it to all of them at the same time.


FTR, RiRi was not happy about that, she told the Guardian newspaper in 2008: "No one wants to be teased. How can you bring a record to me when you took it to a million people at the same time? I thought Mary J. Blige was going to get it for sure. But at the back of my mind I was thinking, No, wait, I'm never giving this up. I went up to the guy [Nash] at the Grammys and I was like, '"Umbrella" is my.' And he just kind of giggled. And I really held his face [...] like, 'No, you're not hearing me, "Umbrella" is my record.'"

2. Paris Hilton's eyes are actually brown, not blue. She wears colored contact lenses to give her her signature bright blue eyes.

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3. While Juicy Couture tracksuits are very much associated with Paris Hilton, the first celebrity to wear them was actually Madonna (the founders of the company sent one directly to her with her nickname "Madge" embroidered on the back).

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And in case you were wondering, the velour tracksuit debuted in 2001.

4. The Office was not actually meant to be on NBC. It was originally developed with the thought of taking it to either FX or HBO.

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When the then–entertainment president of FX, Kevin Reilly, moved to NBC, he decided to bring the show to the network.

5. Parks and Recreation was almost a spinoff of The Office.

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Originally the idea was that a copier breaks at Dunder Mifflin and the repair person picks it up and then accidentally drops it off in Pawnee, Indiana, at the Parks and Rec office.

6. Britney Spears' iconic film, Crossroads, was almost titled Not a Girl — the title was meant to tie into the song for the film, "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman."

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Also, if you didn't know, the movie was written by Shonda Rhimes!

7. The classic MTV Cribs phrase "This is where the magic happens" was first said by Robbie Williams on the very first episode of the show.


Also, that wasn't Robbie's house, it was Jane Seymour's (he borrowed it for the shoot).

8. Leonardo DiCaprio was really, really interested in playing Christian in Moulin Rouge, but the film's director, Baz Luhrmann, quashed the idea after hearing him sing.

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Leo told Variety that he sang "Lean on Me" for Baz and that after hearing him sing the high note, Baz turned to him and said, "Yes, D, I don’t know if this conversation should continue."

9. Moulin Rouge's wonderfully romantic and memorable song "Come What May" could not be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song because it had actually been written for Romeo + Juliet.

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Even though it was never used in Romeo + Juliet, it was ineligible.

10. The Destiny's Child final concert tour was called "Destiny Fulfilled...and Lovin' It" because it was sponsored by McDonald's.

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In case you forgot, the McDonald's slogan/jingle "I'm Lovin' It" was created in the early '00s. Destiny's Child also replaced Justin Timberlake as the new faces of the campaign.

11. Justin Timberlake reportedly dissed Janet Jackson on the Timbaland track "Give It to Me" after Janet spoke about Nipplegate on Oprah (this was two years after it happened).

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The lines that are the alleged diss go like this: "Could you speak up and stop mumbling? / I don’t think you came in clear / When you’re sitting on the top / It’s hard to hear you from way up there / I saw you tryin’ to act cute on TV / Just let me clear the air / We missed you on the charts last week / Damn, that’s right, you wasn’t there."

12. Nelly Furtado, who was also on "Give It to Me," regrets that she, Timbaland, and Justin released the diss track.


Along with Janet Jackson, other rumored targets of the song included Fergie, Prince, and Scott Storch. In 2010, Nelly told the Metro UK that she regretted participating in the song, saying: "I’ve had good instincts when it comes to my music. Maybe I wish Justin, Timbaland, and I hadn’t put out that diss song 'Give It to Me.' It was like the first-ever pop diss song — a genre usually reserved for rap. We put a lot of negative energy out into the world."

13. Christian Bale screen-tested for Batman Begins in one of the old Batsuits created for Val Kilmer for 1995's Batman Forever.

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Also, Christian performed his screen test opposite Amy Adams — who did the test as a favor to the producers.

14. The internet lost its shit when it was announced that Heath Ledger would play the Joker in The Dark Knight — most people thought he was a really bad choice for the role.

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15. Google image search was created because Jennifer Lopez wore the green Versace dress to the Grammys.

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At the time, you would only get text if you did a search, so the focus on the dress gave Google the idea to show images when people googled something.

16. Speaking of the green Versace dress, J.Lo wasn't the first celeb to wear it. It was actually Geri Halliwell (aka Ginger Spice), who wore it a full month before at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France.

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17. Rachel McAdams wore a wig in Mean Girls that was made of human hair.

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According to Rajiv Surendra, who played Kevin G., the wig cost around $10,000.

18. The music video for No Doubt's "It's My Life" was set in the 1930s 'cause Gwen Stefani had just played Jean Harlow in The Aviator, and that inspired the setting for the video's director, David LaChapelle.


19. It was too expensive to fly Meryl Streep to Paris, so all her "Paris scenes" in The Devil Wears Prada were filmed in New York.

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

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Christina whispered the line after her friend walked into the studio while she was recording her vocals for the song. Also, the song was recorded all in one take.

21. And finally, there was almost an Arrested Development and The OC crossover episode (yes, you read that right).

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Both shows aired on Fox and took place in Orange County, California — so Mitch Hurwitz (who created Arrested Development) and Josh Schwartz (who created The OC) spoke about doing an episode of Arrested Development where the cast members of The OC would appear as their characters on the show. The idea was eventually dropped for being too meta.