54 Things That Happened 10 Years Ago That Feel Surreal To Look Back On Now, Like It Was A Completely Different World

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Let's talk about what the world looked like 10 years ago...

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1.10 years ago, the Instagram logo looked like this:

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2.Everyone's pictures were ridiculously filtered beyond recognition because we all thought we were *artísts*.

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3.And people just posted the most random shit; like, Harry Styles' first Instagram post was just some deer:

4.Every picture looked like it was taken with a potato...

5....and no one really cared about what they posted on their grid, no matter how unflattering or random it was.

6.In 2012, Gossip Girl was still on TV.

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7.Big Ang graced our TVs.

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8.Tan Mom was "famous."

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9.And Angelina Jolie did the whole leg thing.

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10.Which, like, is honestly my favorite thing she's ever done.

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11.In 2012, Betty White was still alive.

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12.She was doing photoshoots with boa constrictors and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

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13.Rihanna was still extremely active on Twitter.

14.2012 was the year she walked around Coachella with "Thug Life" written on her midriff in permanent marker rolling a blunt.

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15.I'm pretty sure this is the same year she also rolled said blunt on her security guard's head.

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16.In 2012, One Direction was invading the US.

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17.That means 1D mania was in full effect...

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18....and seeing tweens having full-on meltdowns was a daily occurrence.

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19.In 2012, Miley Cyrus was engaged to Liam Hemsworth.

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20.Justin Bieber was still with Selena Gomez.

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21.And Taylor Swift and Harry Styles went for that *totally not staged* fall walk.

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22.10 years ago, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" was the biggest song in the world.

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23.2012 was also the year that Gotye song was huge.

24.Taylor Swift was in her Red era.

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25.And the first Hunger Games movie just came out.

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26.10 years ago, we were all obsessed with the Fierce 5.

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27.McKayla Maroney made *the face.*

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28.And then, took this picture with President Obama.

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29.Speaking of which, Obama tweeted this that same year:

30.In 2012, Madonna performed at the Super Bowl.

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31.Adele won a bajillion Grammys.

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32.Middle-aged women were obsessed with Fifty Shades.

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33.And people still wore flower crowns to Coachella.

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34.In 2012, the edgiest thing was the "hipster" aesthetic; like, people LOVED calling things "hipster."

35.Ariana Grande's bedroom looked like this:

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36.Miley Cyrus cutting her hair was *controversial* and a "cultural shift."

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37.And we landed a rover on Mars.

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38.Which, like, this is one of the most iconic tweets of the year:

39.In 2012, Honey Boo Boo was the biggest reality star...

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40....and "go go juice" was a daily topic of conversation.

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41.In 2012, the Spice Girls reunited.

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42.Ed Sheeran posed with cereal boxes so he could get it for free.

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43.Meghan Markle posed with Dodgers merch so she could get it for free.

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44.And Anna Kendrick posed with bags of popcorn for free movie tickets.

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45.In 2012, Kris Jenner was in her shart era.

46.It was the year she had the giant meatloaf inside of her.

47.In 2012, everyone did the whole "Gangnam Style" thing.

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48.People still used iPod Nanos.

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49.The iPhone had a headphone jack.

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50.Clint Eastwood talked to a chair.

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51.The Kardashians looked like this:

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52.Justin Bieber tweeted about Arm.

53.Shaq tweeted this:

54.And last but not least, 10 years ago, Donald Trump was just some guy on Twitter speculating about Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Like, the guy was obsessed.

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