Ah, 2012, what a time. We can’t believe it was 10 years ago! It feels like just yesterday we were watching The Avengers for the first time in a theater.

A lot of stuff happened in 2012 (spoiler warning), we had a leap day, the world didn’t end as predicted by the Mayan calendar, Barack Obama was re-elected, and Gangnam Style parodies felt like they would never go away.

Inspired by the recent #10YearChallenge, we thought we would talk about 2012. From entertainment to world events, and of course some Union pictures from that era.

Let’s step in our time machines, and go back 10 years!

12 facts about 2012

Let’s begin our trip back to 2012 by learning some fun facts about the year:

  1. There was a mass phenomenon saying that the world on December 21, 2012 because of the Mayan Calendar, as we all know the world did not end
  2. The Hunger Games broke box office records in its opening weekend, grossing an estimated $155 million domestically
  3. “Jacob” and “Sofia” were the most popular baby names of 2012
  4. London hosted the summer olympics, the United States came home with 47 gold medals, 27 silver medals, and 30 bronze; totaling 104 medals overall
  5. 2012 marked the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. It also marked the 15 year anniversary of the James Cameron film Titanic, so to coincide with the anniversary of the ship, the film was remastered and rereleased in 3D
  6. The Walt Disney company bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas for $4.05 Billion
  7. 2012 had a Leap Day! There are several TV shows that dedicated episodes to this day:
    • Modern Family (season 3, episode 17)
    • 30 Rock (season 6, episode 9)
    • Parks and Recreation (season 4, episode 16)
  8. Zac Efron had a “YOLO” tattoo
  9. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” was the song of summer.
  10. “Somebody That I Used to Know” was the best-selling song of the year.
    • In fact, it won Record of the Year at the Grammy’s!
  11. Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee; celebrating 60 years on the throne
  12. Skydiver, Felix Baumgartner, broke the skydiving record by jumping from 128,097ft.

Union Pictures

Now that we’ve remembered what 2012 was like, let’s go back and see what our wonderful UNT Union looked like!

As you can tell, it looks a lot different.

It is crazy to see how much has changed about our UNT Union. We may not have trees in our atrium anymore, but we have awesome things like the meditation room, the rooftop garden, and a whole lot of windows!

Now let’s move onto the entertainment that defined 2012


For the 12 movies that we have selected, we are going to give you some trivia about these awesome! *Trivia gathered from IMDB Trivia*

21 Jump Street: When Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) go undercover as brothers, their last name is McQuaid. In the original 21 Jump Street (1987), Hanson and Penhall would frequently go undercover as the McQuaid brothers. (IMDB Trivia)

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted: DreamWorks Animation’s 4th highest-grossing film, their highest-grossing film outside of the Shrek franchise, and their only non-Shrek movie to make over $700 million worldwide. (IMDB Trivia)

The Avengers: According to writer and director Joss Whedon, the “That man is playing Galaga!” line was ad-libbed by Robert Downey Jr. and worked so well that Whedon decided to add in an image of Galaga on “that man’s” console as the scene’s punchline. (IMDB Trivia)

Men In Black 3: When young Agent K (Josh Brolin) first appears, he says “We’ll take it from here”, the first line K said in Men in Black (1997). (IMDB Trivia)

Pitch Perfect: In the film, Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick) was originally supposed to audition for the Barden Bella’s with the song “I’m a little teapot”, but when producers saw that Kendrick learned this cool cup song trend from Reddit, they ditched “I’m a little teapot”. (IMDB Trivia)

Skyfall: The opening sequence shot in Adana and Istanbul, Turkey took around two months to film, three months of rehearsals, four months of preparation, 200 crew members from England, and another 200 local crew, in order to produce around twelve to fourteen minutes of screen time. (IMDB Trivia)

The Amazing Spider-Man: During his breaks, Andrew Garfield went around New York playing basketball with kids in his Spider-Man outfit. (IMDB Trivia)

The Dark Knight Rises: Anne Hathaway has revealed that during her audition, she thought that she was auditioning for the Joker’s on again-off again girlfriend/partner-in-crime Harley Quinn. It was only after she had a discussion with Christopher Nolan that she found out that she was auditioning for Catwoman. (IMDB Trivia)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Sir Christopher Lee loved telling stories to the production crew while filming his part, to the point that it was slowing down production on that day. (IMDB Trivia)

The Hunger Games: Donald Sutherland saw the script by accident and, when he read it, lobbied for the role of President Snow because the script reminded him of Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory (1957). He succeeded in getting the role after he wrote a letter of plea to Gary Ross explaining why he should be cast. (IMDB Trivia)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2: To protect Mackenzie Foy on the set, Bill Condon had set up a swear jar where any cast and crew members caught swearing or uttering profanities were fined on the spot. The amount collected from the jar was donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. (IMDB Trivia)

Wreck-it Ralph: The high score of Wreck-It-Ralph’s game cabinet is 120501, which is also a nod to the birthday of Walt Disney when divided up as 12/05/01. (IMDB Trivia)


Some iconic songs were released in 2012, and we’ve made a playlist just for you! There are over 50 songs that made it onto the Billboard top 100 year-end list. Go stream on Spotify!

Viral Videos

Our list cannot be complete without talking about the viral videos that came out of 2012.

We, of course, have to start out with what is the most iconic piece of work to come out of 2012; Gangnam Style. The video was released in July 2012, and gained popularity throughout the rest of the year. The video reached 1 Billion views in December 2012, making it the first-ever YouTube video to do so.

The Harvard Baseball team killed some time by making this cover to Carly Rae Jepsen’s iconic hit “Call Me Maybe”. This video was so popular it was even parodied by the 2012 MLB Draft! The video currently has over 16 Million views.

Hunger Games mania was crazy back in 2012, and the best thing to come out of it was this Bad Lip Reading video. The video was so popular that even The Hunger Games stars have seen it. Yup, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) herself has seen it, and so has Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark) and Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket). The video has currently more than 36 million views.

Last but not least, we present Epic Rap Battles of History’s presidential rap battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. This video has over 150 million views and is still the site’s most popular video. The site even got a New York Times article written about them!

Making Silly Showdowns for YouTube

That’s all folks! We hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane! After this, we are definitely going to be watching some of these movies again. Let us know what your favorite 2012 movie or song was! See you next time!