Can you believe it’s been 10 years since 2006? Back then, we were all shopping at Hot Topic and when shows got cancelled, they stayed cancelled. Here are a few things from 2006 celebrating their 10th anniversary guaranteed to make you feel old. Things from 2006 have a hard time staying dead.
This bizarre movie ended up receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and gave a slew of catchphrases to awful officemates all around the world.
The Black Parade (My Chemical Romance) (2006)
2006 was the peak year for “Hot Topic” as a genre of music, and The Black Parade was the artistic peak of the “Mall Punk” genre. My Chemical Romance recently reunited which means there are plenty more cleanly produced songs about death coming our way.
Leeeeeroy Jenkins (YouTube Video)
Time was, a meme could not only only last longer than a few minutes, but it could also capture the nation’s heart, just by being a video of a man yelling in a video game. Leeroy Jenkins was one such video. It forces us to ask if Leroy Jenkins really ruined that World of Warcraft campaign, or if he pushed it towrds immortality?
There’s no two ways about it — 2006 was the golden age of the viral video. We all remember where we were when we first saw Sneezing Panda sneeze so loudly it scared its mom. It is our greatest shared cultural touchstone.
The Evolution of Dance
It’s funny to consider — could a video of a staged performance on YouTube today even break 200 views? In any case, the delightful Evolution of Dance was, for a while, the most popular video on all of YouTube.
SNL’s Dick in a Box
Could Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake’s anthem to giving a dick as a gift really be about to turn 10? The video that redefined SNL and influenced comedy to arc towards absurdism will turn 10 near Christmas. And it is very sad that Christmas is about to be overshadowed like that.
Earlier this year, Twitter celebrated its 10th anniversary and we joyously gave a toast to our old very bad Tweets.
It’s ridiculous to think that Daniel Craig so long ago stepped into the role of James Bond. He brought the franchise into the new millennium quite ably.
30 Rock aired its first season
It’s been ten years since we were introduced to the patron saint of the type-A absurdism — Liz Lemon. It feels like we learned the word “blurgh” only yesterday…
Allison Bechdel’s “Fun Home”
“Fun Home” was a game-changer both in the way we discussed gay issues in comic books and in how the public saw comic books in general. Time Magazine called it the best book of the year and Bechdel’s memoir of her father was recently adapted into a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.
Marvel’s Civil War
Along with Mark Millar’s other superhero epic, The Ultimates, no superhero graphic novel better set into motion the Marvel Universe we know and love today.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
To me, every entry in the The Legend of Zelda saga feels strangely current. Despite this, Twilight Princess is a decade old, and I am a decade older than I was when I first played it. This is very sad even though the game is very good.
X-Men 3: The Last Stand
In 2006, Brett Ratner made an X-Men movie so bad that Fox is still trying to figure out how to fix the continuity. But at least we got Kelsey Grammar as Beast. Hey. that also means it’s the 10th anniversary of Kelsey Grammar as Beast!
The Crane Wife (The Decemberists)
Anything you miss from 2006? Anything you can’t believe is so old? Let us know on Twitter @Smosh!