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Updated on Nov 6, 2019. Posted on Nov 3, 2019

50 Things That Happened In 2014 That'll Make You Say, "Wow, What A Different Time"

It was a time when all we did was complain about the How I Met Your Mother finale and sing along to Pharrell's "Happy."

1. Ellen DeGeneres hosted the Oscars and during the telecast took one of the most epic selfies of all time.

If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars

2. Speaking of that year's Academy Awards, it was all about Lupita Nyong'o that night — who took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

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3. Celebrities participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge all summer long.

4. Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed during the Super Bowl halftime show.

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5. Taylor Swift gave her infamous interview to Rolling Stone where she accused (without naming) Katy Perry of trying to sabotage her.

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6. And Katy responded with this iconic tweet:

Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing...

7. Taylor also dropped one of the best albums of the decade, 1989, which went on to be the biggest-selling album of that year.

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8. While Ariana Grande dropped her bop-tastic second album, My Everything.

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9. Apple released its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus...

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10. ...and gave us a sneak peek at the Apple Watch.

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11. Everybody loved the video of the "Apparently Kid":

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12. People thirsted over "Sexy Felon."

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13. Jay-Z (and all of us, really) learned that Solange was NOT the one:

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14. U2 forced their new album, Songs of Innocence, on anyone who had a iTunes account.

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15. Embracing all things "basic girl" was very much a thing.

16. Someone created a Kickstarter to make potato salad and thousands of people pledged to it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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17. Pharrell spent most of the year wearing questionable hats.

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18. He also had the biggest song of the year, "Happy," and you couldn't escape it.

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19. Iggy Azalea released what was arguably the best music video of the year, "Fancy":

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20. While Nicki Minaj released one of the most talked-about music videos of the year, "Anaconda":

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21. Everyone went crazy for Altuzarra for Target...

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22. ...and Alexander Wang for H&M collabs.

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23. Brendan Jordan (aka "The Diva Kid") went viral thanks to a video of him serving some fierce moves in the background of a live news broadcast:

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24. President Obama went on Between Two Ferns.

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25. True Blood ended after seven seasons...

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26. ...while How I Met Your Mother ended after nine seasons (with a finale that left fans pretty upset).

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27. Broad City made its debut on Comedy Central.

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28. Jimmy Fallon took over The Tonight Show.

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29. Joffrey was killed off on Game of Thrones and people were shocked.

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30. Justin Bieber was arrested on drunk driving, resisting arrest, and driving without a valid license charges in Miami.

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31. Alex from Target became a Twitter sensation.

32. While #TrueDetectiveSeason2 was one of the best hashtags of the year.

33. Snapchat was one of most popular apps around — that year 40% of 18-year-olds in the US were using it multiple times a day.

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34. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got married in France.

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35. Katy Perry and John Mayer broke up after dating on and off for two years.

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36. While Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced that they were "conscious uncoupling."

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37. Gwyneth also had a passive-aggressive feud with Martha Stewart.

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38. Nathan Fielder opened up Dumb Starbucks in Los Angeles as a bit for Nathan for You.

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39. Guardians of the Galaxy was released in theaters.

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40. The Fault in Our Stars was the tearjerker of the year.

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41. While The Lego Movie was one the best and happiest movies of the year.

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42. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was released and of course was a huge hit.

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43. Conchita Wurst slayed everyone and won Eurovision.

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44. Adult Swim released maybe the weirdest video of the year: "Too Many Cooks":

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45. The Winter Olympics were held in Sochi, Russia, and the mascot for it was absolutely terrifying.

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46. We got the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (even though the movie wouldn't open for another year):

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47. Kermit the Frog sipping tea, minding his own business, was one of the biggest memes of the year.

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48. Everyone was thirsting after Nick Jonas after he dropped trou in a photo shoot for Flaunt magazine.

More than a handful. @nickjonas channels Mark Wahlberg in the latest issue of @FlauntMagazine. #mycalvins #tbt

49. Kim Kardashian West married Kanye West in Italy.

50. And finally, Kim also broke the internet.

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