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    19 Very Random Facts About 2000s Pop Culture That You Never Knew You Needed To Know

    YouTube didn't actually launch as a site for all types of videos.

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

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

    2. Reportedly, it was Russell Crowe who recommend Hugh Jackman for the role of Wolverine in X-Men after he turned it down.

    Photo of Hugh as Wolverine in X-Men

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

    Iconic photo of an astronaut walking through spaceship hallway

    4. 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.

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

    5. In 2002, Ashanti became the first artist since the Beatles to have their first three Billboard Hot 100 singles chart within the top 10 at the same time.

    Ashanti receiving an award in 2002

    6. 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, Irvi 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?"

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

    Anne in the Chanel answering a phone

    8. 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.

    9. In the early '00s, Disney was working on a direct-to-video sequel to Dumbo (simply called Dumbo II). However, when John Lasseter became CEO of Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2006, he canceled the movie, along with all other direct-to-video sequels.

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    The sequel to the Dumbo was first teased in a behind-the-scenes trailer featured within the 60th anniversary DVD of Dumbo. Lasseter canceled that film, along with an The Aristocats sequel, because he felt that direct-to-video sequels were cheapening Disney Animation's brand.

    10. No Doubt's iconic cover of Talk Talk's "It's My Life" was a result of the band being on a break and needing a new song for their greatest hits album.

    A photo of Gwen Stefani dressed as 1920s movie star taking the stand in a courtroom

    11. 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

    12. Jay-Z appearing on "Crazy In Love" was truly a last-minute thing. According to Beyoncé, she asked him to appear on the track the night before she turned her album in.

    Screenshot of Beyoncé and Jay-Z in the Crazy in Love music video

    13. In 2009, Kathryn Hahn played Eddie, and Kristen Johnston played Patsy in a pilot for the US remake of the classic UK sitcom Absolutely Fabulous.

    A screenshot of Kathryn and Kristen sitting on a couch

    14. Britney Spears did not win her first Grammy until 2005, when she won the Grammy for Best Dance Recording for "Toxic."

    Screenshot of Britney as a stewardess with a phone in her hand in the Toxic video

    15. When YouTube originally launched in 2005, it was meant to be a video dating site. The founders of it even had a slogan for it: tune in, hook up.

    A photo of someone searching YouTube in 2006

    16. Mark Ruffalo almost dropped out of 13 Going on 30 because he had such a hard time during the rehearsals of the "Thriller" dance scene.

    A photo of Jennifer and Mark in the dancing scene from the movie

    17. Paramount optioned the film rights to Avril Lavigne's "Sk8er Boi" and wanted to make it into a movie — going as far as hiring a writer to adapt the song into a script.

    Screenshot of Avril in a green T-shirt and backwards cap from the Sk8er Boi video

    18. The Office was not actually meant to be a show for NBC. It was originally developed with the thought of taking it to either FX or HBO.

    Promo photo of The Office cast from Season 1

    19. And lastly, in 2006, A History of Violence was the last major Hollywood movie to get a home video release on VHS.

    A VHS copy of A History of Violence