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The Top Pop Culture Moments of 2007

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As you know, TicketNetwork.com is celebrating its 7th anniversary. Which got us thinking about 2007. Like, more than most people think about 2007 when they're in 2014. It's kind of too soon to really be nostalgic about anything that happened only 7 years ago, and yet... here we are. So let's go back in time and see what the pop culture landscape was like then. Warning: some of it isn't pretty.

In 2007...


  • Fergie is weirdly popular. She has the third best-selling album of the year.
  • A guy gets tazed and shouts, "Don't taze me, bro!" And then this becomes a meme. (We are cruel.)
  • "The Sopranos" fades to black. Literally. That's how the show ends, and people are really, really mad about it.
  • Paris Hilton is a thing.
  • And she's just gotten out of jail.
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What People Are Talking About

Derek Jeter

This week, Derek Jeter said farewell to the Yankees. He played his final game last night and many were saddened to see his prolific career come to a close. For months, many of paid tribute to The Captain, tagging things on Twitter with #FarewellCaptain and #RE2PECT (the latter of which comes from a Nike campaign that paid homage to the shortstop). Although some people were less-than-thrilled by the attention Jeter's retirement has garnered, others were really sad to see him go. Farewell, Captain.

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Kanye West Taught a Class and Here's What Happened

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It's not every day you go to class and find out that your professor for the day is Kanye West. But that's what happened on Friday when Kanye visited L.A. Trade Technical College to teach a group of college students about all things fashion. Technically, Kanye was there as part of his community service, but let's just bask in the glow of Professor West. It takes the lyric "Yeezy taught me" to a whole different level.

Complex Magazine interviewed one of the students from the class, 19-year-old Andre Pitts. Here are some of the details (as told by Pitts).


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Whatever you did over the weekend was cool and all, but Taylor Swift invited some fans over to her house, baked cookies, and they all listened to her new album 1989.

It was a surprise for 89 of her fans, who were all hand-picked by Taylor Swift herself. They were contacted by Taylor's management team and given vague details about the "top secret exclusive event" (where to go, and when) but nothing more, according to TSwiftLA.

Some of the details of the evening:


  • There was a ton of food for the 89 attendees to eat, including cookies. Baked by Taylor Swift. Pumpkin chocolate chip, if you care.
  • The group sat in Taylor's living room where she laid out the details of the evening. AKA, "Hey guys, thanks for being fans, now do you want to listen to my entire album with me right now?" (Not an exact quote.)
  • Taylor spoke to her fans about the details of each song.
  • They also got to hang out with Taylor's cat, Olivia. No details about her other cat, Meredith, but we'll assume she was there, too.
  • There was dancing and rapping to Kendrick Lamar's "Backseat Freestyle."
  • Everyone got to take selfies with Taylor. They also got gift bags.
  • This all happened at Taylor's house in LA. Just wanted to reiterate that.
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As you may of heard, the legendary (I use that term loosely) soft drink Surge is once again available for purchase and internet kind of exploded. The beverage, only available through Amazon.com, sold out by 11 a.m. on Monday. Luckily for everyone, they quickly restocked their inventory.

Of course, a couple hours later, they sold out again.

I have yet to make my Surge purchase, but trust me it's coming. It got me, and probably a lot of other people thinking, what other drinks should companies bring back? Well, here is my list:

1. Ecto Cooler

As a child of the late 80's/early 90's, my obsession with "The Ghostbuster" runs deep. In 1987, Hi-C partnered up with the franchise to help promote the series with development of the delicious drink they called Ecto-Cooler. The citrus flavored drink found its way into hearts and lunchboxes of millions until it was discontinued in 2001. If Hi-C were smart, they would release Ecto Cooler to the masses again before 2014 is over to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original film. I can dream.

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