Surreal Moments In 2016 That Made Us Ask "Is This Real Life?"
On Monday, Merriam-Webster named "surreal" the official word of 2016, and we couldn't agree with their selection more.
According to the publisher, the word experienced an uptick in search over the past year (go figure!). "It was looked up significantly more frequently by users in 2016 than it was in previous years, and because there were multiple occasions on which this word was the one clearly driving people to their dictionary,"
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Indeed, there were multiple occasions over the past year that we had to stop and ask: "Is this real life?" From Jon Snow's resurrection to Tom Hiddleston's bizarre but totally brilliant stunt as a weatherman at a local Chicago news channel, 2016 was most definitely the year of "Ummm, did that really just happen?" Before we bid farewell to 2016, take a look at the most surreal moments from the year in pop culture below.
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Ross Geller as Robert Kardashian?
Yes, we know his real name is David Schwimmer, but he'll always be Ross to us, even when he's Robert Kardashian—and saying "Juice" a lot.
Tom Hiddleston Plays a Weatherman?
Back in April, Hiddleston dropped by a local news station in Chicago to report on the weather, blaming his Avengers' character Loki's arch nemesis, Thor, for the thunderstorms that day. "My brother from another mother's been misbehaving," he said on air. "The God of Thunder has brought his skill set to bear on the local weather." He took the joke very seriously, even calling out his fellow actor: "Chris Hemsworth has taken his hammer and smashed it on the surface of the sky and it’s going to rain a helluva lot." We're not sure how or why this happened, but we love it.
Jon Snow Isn't Dead?
Even after the entire cast of Game of Thrones tried to fake us out regarding Jon Snow's (Kit Harington) death, we pretty much all saw that resurrection coming, especially after the actor was spotted on set a few times during filming. Even so, that moment when he gasped for breath in April's season premiere can be summed up in one word: surreal.
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Beyoncé Releases Lemonade
Bey basically broke the Internet when she released her visual album, Lemonade, in April of this year. The fashion, the music, the story within the videos: epic and completely surreal to watch.
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Bill Clinton Fell In Love With a Balloon?
Will anyone ever look at us the way that the former president gazed at those balloons at the DNC? Honestly, probably not.
Prince George Creates a Meme?
Prince George and Princess Charlotte took Canada by storm when they visited the country on a royal tour back in October. The final image of Prince George as he left the Great White North? An adorable photo of his face pressed up against the window of the airplane, noise-canceling headphones on and all.
Prince Harry Issues a Public Statement About His ... Girlfriend?
In a completely unusual move for the royal family, the palace released a statement that confirmed Prince Harry's relationship with Meghan Markle and took aim at the media's scrutiny of the actress and their relationship. "The past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment," the statement read. "It is not right, that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm," the statement continued. "He knows commentators will say this is 'the price she has to pay' and that 'this is all part of the game.' He strongly disagrees. This is not a game—it is her life and his."
The Potterverse Is Back?
If you really want to talk surreal moments, let's turn to the incredible Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie brought us back to the wonderful world of Wizardry, giving us all a much-needed moment of escapism. Plus, Eddie Redmayne might be the cutest wizard ever.
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Creepy Snowmen Pranks President Obama?
Of all of President Obama's moments in the White House, this might be the funniest/strangest yet. According to White House photographer, Pete Souza's Instagram: "For the past three weeks, there have been four snowmen on display in the Rose Garden. We’ve been joking that we should move the snowmen a few feet closer to the Oval Office every day to see if anyone noticed. Then we realized the snowmen were too heavy to easily lift. But finally this morning before the president came to the office, some helpful staff—I won’t say who—moved all the snowmen so each one was peeking through a different window into the Oval. This photo was taken this afternoon as the president signed end-of-the-year bills." Unreal.