Happy birthday to us! Happy birthday to us! That’s right, this year icelolly.com are creeping into double digits as we celebrate our 10th birthday! We’re doing a few things to celebrate - hopefully a delicious cake in the office will be one of them – but we also thought we’d take a look at some other milestones that have happened over the last decade…
icelolly.com’s first year as a holiday comparison site was also the year poor Pluto was downgraded from a planet to a dwarf. We also couldn’t get Gnarls Barkley’s song “Crazy” out of our heads as it topped the charts for an incredible 9 weeks. And somehow, we managed to survive without any of these. What did we ever do without all those apps at our finger tips?
We didn’t have to wait long to find out how the world of apps would change our world as Apple launched the very first iPhone! The final Harry Potter book – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - also hits the shelves and sells 11million copies in 24 hours. Hands up, who’s still tired from staying up all night to buy it and then read it before school the next day?
2008, the year of the Beijing Olympic Games. Or in more exciting news, it was the International Year of the Potato. What a year!
This year was the year when we all became “Beliebers”. Yes, whether we liked it or not there was no way of escaping the catchy “Baby” tune that seemed to follow us around forever and Justin Bieber's debut album became one of the bestselling albums of 2009. Staying on the music theme, 2009 was also the year when a major social media campaign brought the famously festive “Killing In The Name” by Rage Against The Machine to Christmas Number 1.
Can you believe it’s been 5 years since Toy Story 3 was released? No, we can’t either. In 2010, 11 years after Toy Story 2 was released, we got to follow our favourite Disney characters Woody and Buzz as they went on one last adventure. Another momentous occasion of 2010 was the formation of the now world famous boy band, One Direction. Whether that makes 2010 a good or bad year, we’ll leave it up to you…
“Party Rock is in the house tonight, everybody just have a good time”. LMFAO managed to get everyone singing this addictive tune as it stayed at number 1 on the music charts for 4 weeks! Also, Twitter trends tell us that 2011 was the year that Kim Kardashian’s marriage lasted only 72 days. The hashtag #ThingsLongerThanKimsMarriage sparked quite a reaction from fans around the world…
We apologise for this in advance but Gangnam Style was the first song on You Tube to get one billion view. Yes, it’s stuck in our heads now too! Psy’s K-Pop hit became an unstoppable force in houses, bars and clubs around the world and had everyone dancing along. Don’t deny it, we know you know the dance we’re talking about!
The cutest baby of the year was born as the world welcomed Prince George into its heart. Yes this little cherub of a baby may be one of the youngest members of the Royal family but he’s instantly more important than any of us will ever be. Also, if you were in London around September of 2013, you had to be careful of the “Walkie Talkie” skyscraper that was apparently the cause of cars melting in the streets because of the way sunlight reflected off the building’s surface. That’s probably the only time we’d pray for a cloudy day here in the UK!
Can we ever forget this epic selfie that broke Twitter in 2014? Ellen DeGeneres posted one of the most iconic photos of the year in 2014 in a selfie that included Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey and many other Hollywood stars.
Apart from icelolly.com turning the milestone age of 10, it seems that the end of 2015 has belonged to Adele. She’s broken records all over the world with her album “25” and in the UK it became the album to have the biggest first week of sales since Oasis’ “Be Here Now” album in 1997. Oh and 2015 was also the year that the legendary Madonna came back with a bang, ahem, fall, at the Brits. She carried on like the performer she is though and reconfirmed her status at the top as the Queen of pop.
What occasions do you remember from the last 10 years? We’d love to know if you’ve celebrated any milestones as well or if you have a big birthday coming up!