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What The World Was Like When Justin Timberlake Brought Sexy Back

The year was 2006.

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George Bush was still president.

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Some senator from Illinois wrote a book.

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Rihanna was a good girl that hadn't gone bad yet.

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One American Idol contestant upstaged Beyoncé in Dreamgirls.

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And another won Best New Artist at the Grammys.

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Everybody was freaking out about bird flu.


The second Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Dead Man's Chest, was released...

...but everyone was more interested in reading the second book in this series.

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We all got more fashion conscious with The Devil Wears Prada.

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Myspace was the most visited site in the U.S.

Coldplay's "Speed of Sound" was iTunes' billionth song sold.

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High School Musical brought the Wildcat out in all of us.

30 Rock and Dexter both started their first seasons...


... andThat '70s Show had its last basement smoke session.

The legendary Real Housewives seasons began, starting with Orange County.

Katie Couric left The Today Show and became the first woman to anchor a news show alone.

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George Clooney was the Sexiest Man Alive, and Angelia Jolie was the Most Beautiful Woman.

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Some things don't change.

Nintendo released the Wii.

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Phillip Seymour Hoffman won an Oscar for Best Actor in Capote.

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Steve Irwin and James Brown both died.

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Suri Cruise and Shiloh Pitt were born.

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Taylor Swift released her debut album.

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Justin Timberlake brought a new, electronic sound with "Sexy Back."

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