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    Updated on Sep 18, 2019. Posted on Aug 16, 2018

    50 Reminders Of What Life Was Like 5 Years Ago

    It was a time when all we did was play Flappy Bird and watch "Harlem Shake" videos!

    1. Beyoncé headlined one of the greatest Super Bowl halftime shows of all time, and even reunited with Destiny's Child.

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    2. Seven years after its cancellation, Arrested Development aired its highly anticipated fourth season on Netflix.

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    3. Orange Is the New Black was arguably the most talked about new show.

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    4. Everyone was obsessed with playing Flappy Bird...

    5. ...and sharing the Doge meme:

    6. People posted thousands videos of them and their friends doing the "Harlem Shake" (yes, BuzzFeed did it too):

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    7. Lady Gaga dropped Artpop...

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    8. ...while Beyoncé literally changed the way artists release albums, surprising everyone by dropping her self-titled visual album without any promotion or notice:

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    9. Pharrell was featured on two of the biggest songs of that summer, Daft Punk's "Get Lucky"...

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    10. ...and Robin Thicke's problematic AF, "Blurred Lines."

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    11. Disney announced that J.J. Abrams would direct the upcoming (then-untitled) Star Wars Episode 7, and that it would push the release date back to December 2015 (instead of the films' usual May release dates):

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    12. Mia Farrow suggested in an interview with Vanity Fair that her ex-husband, Frank Sinatra, was actually the father to her son Ronan — which lead him to send this iconic tweet:

    Listen, we're all *possibly* Frank Sinatra's son.

    13. Lindsay Lohan did her infamous interview with Oprah.

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    14. Apple released its iPhone 5s, which included new features like a fingerprint sensor and AirDrop.

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    15. SyFy's Sharknado was an unexpected hit.

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    16. MTV aired the never-before-seen alternate ending to The Hills and it was crazy:

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    17. Game of Thrones aired the shocking "The Red Wedding" episode, and I am still shook from it!

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    18. 30 Rock aired its final episode.

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    19. While Brooklyn Nine-Nine made its debut.

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    20. Paul Walker died after his car crashed into a lamp post.

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    21. Prince William and the Duchess Kate welcomed their first child, Prince George.

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    22. Miley Cyrus twerked on stage at the VMAs and some people were not having it.

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    23. After what felt like 25 years of teasing, Justin Timberlake reunited with NSYNC at the VMAs for, like, 3 seconds and people were fucking pissed.

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    24. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" was the biggest song of the year.

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    25. While Anna Kendrick had an unexpected hit with her single, "Cups (Pitch Perfect's "When I'm Gone")":

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    26. One Direction dropped their third album, Midnight Memories.

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    27. The Jonas Brothers cancelled their tour and then announced they were breaking up.

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    28. Ariana Grande released her infectious single, "The Way," which earned her her first top 10 single.

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    29. Britney Spears introduced "You better work, bitch!" into the lexicon.

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    30. Anne Hathaway faced a lot of backlash after giving her Best Supporting Actress Oscar acceptance speech.

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    31. Jennifer Lawrence iconically tripped on her way to pick up her Best Actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook.

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    32. Speaking of Jennifer, the second Hunger Games film, Catching Fire, was released and of course was a huge hit.

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    33. Kim Kardashian wore the infamous floral gown to the Met Ball and, of course, the internet had OPINIONS on it.

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    34. Kim also gave birth to her and Kanye's first child, North West.

    35. Everyone went crazy for 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target...

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    36. ...and Isabel Marant for H&M collabs.

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    37. "What Does the Fox Say?" was the most viral video on YouTube.

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    38. People were obsessed with the Hot Dog Legs Tumblr...

    39. ...and the Actresses Without Teeth Instagram.

    40. HADOKEN-ing was a HUGE craze (and, yes, BuzzFeed did it too).

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    41. In maybe the most WTF moment of that year: Justin Bieber pissed in a mop bucket while cussing out Bill Clinton.

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    42. Manti Te'o told a story about a girlfriend who died of cancer, but, he then admitted it had been a hoax because he had been catfished. Honestly, I still don't understand the whole story, but here is a very 2013 "as told by Mean Girls" BuzzFeed explainer.

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    43. Candy Crush was the biggest game on Facebook (even though your aunt was probably still sending you FarmVille requests then).

    44. New Yorkers were lining up in huge lines to buy cronuts.

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    45. Taylor Swift and Harry Styles (Haylor?) broke up after a few months of dating.

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    46. Khloé Kardashian officially filed for divorce from Lamar Odom.

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    47. Make-A-Wish teamed up with the city of San Francisco to turn into Gotham City to fulfill the wish of Miles (aka BatKid), a 5-year-old battling leukemia, who loved Batman.

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    48. Disney released its huge hit Frozen.

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    49. Iron Man 3 and Despicable Me 2 were among the biggest movies that year.

    50. And finally, President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term.

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