“All About Your World”

Elena’s Baby Book has some pages about current events and trends. Jenny asked me to fill them out. Here’s what I have so far, but I appreciate any comments and suggestions. For one thing, I don’t know anything about fashion trends, and I don’t even know where to look for reliable information on about them on the internet. Without further ado, here are the most important things in the world, according to Humble Bumble:

  • President of the United States: Barack Obama
  • Big news of the day: President Obama had just been inaugurated and many people were excited about that. However, the economy was by far the biggest news: the housing and debt bubble popped in 2007 and 2009, and in 2009 the world faced the effects. Governments tried to fix things with stimulus packages and “troubled asset relief programs.” Also, a lady gave birth to octuplets.
  • Biggest toy fad: There were several recalls of toys with lead in them, and also a recession, so many people were going back to basic toys.
  • Movies: Wall-E, Coraline, Monsters vs. Aliens
  • Hit songs: I’m not sure what to write here; we don’t listen to much that’s on the Billboard Hot 100, although Jenny does like Taylor Swift’s “Love Story.”
  • Musical groups:Coldplay, Plain White T’s, but I have the same problem here as above-trying to balance recency and popularity with what we like and listen to.
  • Television shows: Lost, The Big Bang Theory, The Office, The Amazing Race, American Idol. In this category I could list more, but I’m out of room.
  • Actors and actresses: Brad Pitt, Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Nicolas Cage. I don’t know where this collection came from; I think I want it to be a cross section of high-profile stars who have been in very recent movies.
  • Sports figures: Lance Armstrong (making a comeback), LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Colt McCoy.
  • Best-selling books: Twilight and others by Stephenie Meyer; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Outliers by Malcom Gladwell (needed some non-fiction); Eat This, Not That
  • Fashion trends: Got nothing. Help me out!
    • Gasoline: $1.80, although it had been between $1.40 and $4.00 in 2008
    • Milk: $3.00, but ranges from $2.20 to $3.80 depending on the store.
    • Diapers: $10 per jumbo pack (about 40 size 2 diapers), when they’re on sale.
    • Postage stamp: $0.42
    • Other: Mac laptops started at $999, and an iPod touch cost $229. Daddy and Mommy spent $65 per month on cell phones and $25 for internet access.

What do you think? Let me know if anything is way off-base or requires modification.



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3 responses to ““All About Your World”

  1. For music, you might look at http://hypem.com/zeitgeist/2008/. It’s what the internet thinks is good, anyway…

  2. fashion trends among high schoolers: Ugg boots, legwarmers (making a comeback!) and leggings, Lucky jeans, Nike Dunks, Reeboks… pretty much anything you wore as a kid in the 80s, just pull that out and you’re good to go!

  3. carrie

    You might also include the wars in the news stuff, but that’s up to you. Clearly I’m out of it because I hadn’t heard of Caroline or Monsters vs. Aliens. I was thinking of Twilight as a big movie, but I suppose it’s not that recent. Mostly I’m just bitter that you didn’t put Tim Duncan or Tony Parker as a major athlete, but you did put Kobe Bryant. Yuck. At least you got Colt McCoy right. 🙂

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