It’s been a long year.
With all the constant news, it’s felt like 2020 has lasted at least a decade and officially overstayed its welcome. And amid all the nightmarish headlines, there were some weird things that happened. No one’s blaming you if you don’t remember all the bizarre happenings of 2020.
Here are 12 weird, interesting and off-putting things that happened in 2020 that we all forgot about.
January: “World War 3” started trending two days in
January 1st, 2020:
Can’t wait to see what exciting things the new decade brings!
January 2nd, 2020:
So I guess World War 3 is happening
— Brandon Calvillo (@BJCalvillo) January 3, 2020
After U.S. airstrikes killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, “World War 3” started trending on Twitter, making for an auspicious start to the year. We avoided a full-scale world war, but if only we knew what was actually coming.
True to form, Twitter and TikTok responded to the potential looming threat of war or a draft with memes.
February: “Love Is Blind” introduced us to the first chaotic character of 2020
When “Love Is Blind” premiered on Netflix on Feb. 13, America seemingly united against a common enemy: Jessica.
The sometimes-baby-voiced contestant on the streaming matchmaking show made some interesting choices during the show’s run, including casually letting her dog drink red wine out of her glass, whispering, “She loves wine,” while in the middle of a heavy discussion with her beau, Mark.
Jessica let her dog drink wine OUT OF HER GLASS on Love Is Blind and I may truly never, ever recover pic.twitter.com/LMRCawhPst
— Netflix (@netflix) February 21, 2020
In case it needs to be said, don’t give your dogs alcohol, and maybe don’t let them drink from your cup.
March: Celebrities did really weird stuff during the beginning of the pandemic
Gal Gadot and several other celebrities created a rendition of “Imagine” early in the pandemic. It still exists on Instagram.
Screenshot via Instagram/@gal_gadot
Remember when the pandemic was in its infancy and it was like every single celebrity forgot how to act? Gal Gadot and her pals recorded an unearthly cover of “Imagine,” Jennifer Lopez turned her kids into waiters and Vanessa Hudgens fluffed her hair and pondered on Instagram Live how it was “inevitable” people would die from the coronavirus.
Someone at one point called the pandemic “the great equalizer.” Celebrities quickly showed us how untrue that was.
April: The Pentagon released videos of UFOs, and nobody paid attention
To be fair, there was a lot of other stuff going on.
On April 27, the Department of Defense released three Navy videos containing “unidentified aerial phenomena.” Not much happened with that, perhaps because the videos already existed on the internet before the official authorized release.
May: Elon Musk and Grimes welcomed a baby boy, not a new software
Grimes gave birth to the couple’s first son on May 4, 2020.
Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Huffington Post
Musician Grimes gave birth to her first child with Elon Musk on May 4. Musk and Grimes chose a name unlike any the world has ever seen: X Æ A-12 Musk.
•X, the unknown variable ?”️
•Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence)
•A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent 🤍
(A=Archangel, my favorite song)
(?”️🐁 metal rat)
— ☘︎?”??”??”??”??”??”?࿎ (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
They later changed it to X Æ A-Xii, perhaps due to California laws that limit special characters on birth certificates.
“Roman numerals,” Grimes wrote in a comment on an Instagram post after the change. “Looks better tbh.”
The jury is still out on how to pronounce it.
June: SpongeBob SquarePants was confirmed as an LGBTQIA+ icon
Celebrating #Pride with the LGBTQ+ community and their allies this month and every month 🌈
(🎨: by @ramzymasri) pic.twitter.com/pENmTaQB0h
— Nickelodeon (@Nickelodeon) June 13, 2020
Nickelodeon casually dropped the official announcement that beloved cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community in a tweet during Pride Month.
Though many have weirdly “accused” the anthropomorphic sea sponge of being gay, creator Stephen Hillenburg has said on multiple occasions that he viewed the characters as asexual, so it wasn’t a surprise to everyone.
Regardless, Nickelodeon made sure their statement was the end-all-be-all of it and turned off replies to its original tweet.
nickelodeon turning off replies pic.twitter.com/PKkW0sGwzB
— the crow (@dunwaIl) June 13, 2020
July: Kanye West ran for president
President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West on Dec. 13, 2016 in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan. West ended up running against Trump in 2020.
SAM HODGSON, STR / NYT
While it feels like all the other presidential contenders didn’t even exist in 2020, Kanye West made himself heard when he announced his candidacy in a late bid over the summer. He even received endorsements from Chance the Rapper and (briefly) Elon Musk.
He also got enough votes to show up in some states’ early voting tallies. Even if he didn’t win, that’s something.
August: Lori Loughlin was sentenced to prison
In this file photo, actress Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli exit the Boston Federal Courthouse after a pre-trial hearing with Magistrate Judge Kelley at the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse in Boston on August 27, 2019. After serving two months, Loughlin was released from prison.
For her role in the college admissions scandal, the actress widely known as Aunt Becky from “Full House” was sentenced to two months in prison for committing fraud to get her two daughters into the University of Southern California.
She served her time in prison from Oct. 30 until Dec. 28. Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, is currently serving five months in prison.
September: Carole Baskin was on “Dancing With the Stars”
Carole Baskin competed on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2020, where she got to dress up as an actual big cat (but not a tiger).
Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images
In a weird combination of pandemic beginnings and pandemic … laters, Carole Baskin from “Tiger King” made it on to “Dancing With the Stars.” Ironically enough, she was sent home on a dance based on “The Lion King.”
October: President Trump’s Twitter was hacked after someone guessed his password
A Dutch hacker allegedly gained access to President Donald Trump’s Twitter account on Oct. 16.
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The president of the United States apparently didn’t have two-factor authentication on his Twitter account, and a Dutch hacker guessed the password to the @realDonaldTrump account: “maga2020!”
The White House denied it, but the Washington Post’s Miriam Berger reported that Dutch prosecutors said the hacker really did guess Trump’s password on only his fifth try. I want to know what the other four tries were.
November: Patti LaBelle’s son’s secret Twitter account emerged
The tweet that started it all.
My brain has been in shambles since the saga of Dan Purdy, which was the suspected pseudonym of Pennsylvania Republican Congressional candidate Dean Browning but actually turned out to be the pseudonym of William Holte, who is Patti LaBelle’s adopted son and a big fan of Trump.
In the midst of the never-ending presidential election of 2020, this was what broke me.
December: A former Houston police captain was charged for holding an A/C repairman at gunpoint after alleging he was part of a massive voter fraud scheme
On Oct. 19, former Houston police captain Mark A. Aguirre held an air conditioning repairman at gunpoint after he rammed the back of the repairman’s truck with an SUV. Aguirre believed the repairman was part of voter fraud scheme and had more than 700,000 ballots in the back of his truck. Police only found air conditioner parts and tools.
Aguirre was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony, on Dec. 15, the Houston Chronicle’s Zach Despart and Jasper Scherer reported.
No doubt, 2020 was a roller coaster of a year. Here’s to hoping 2021 has fewer twists.