This was one heck of a year. A lot happened in these last twelve months, and you wouldn’t be blamed if you’ve forgotten any of these events.

So to help you remember, we’ve made a little quiz to see just how much you recall has happened in 2018. And don’t worry if you get any of these questions wrong, we understand – it's been a long year!

Question 1

An internet challenge erupted among children this year with deadly consequences. It was so dangerous that some laundry detergent brands had to change the packaging to their popular laundry pods to make them more childproof. Can you name the challenge that sent hundreds of kids to the ER?

  1. The Laundry Liquid Challenge
  2. The Tide Pod Challenge
  3. The Tide Free and Clear Challenge
  4. The “We are immature” Challenge

Question 2

Athletes from all over the world competed this year in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Can you remember in which country this year’s winter games took place?

  1. USA
  2. China
  3. South Korea
  4. North Korea

Question 3

Speaking of the Winter Olympics, this woman became the youngest to win a medal for half pipe snowboarding. What was her name?

  1. Chloe Kim
  2. Katie Kim
  3. Rachael Kim
  4. Blake Kim

Question 4

This was a year of firsts. Jordan Peele celebrated earlier this year for being the first black screenwriter to win an Oscar for this movie. What was the movie?

  1. "Get Out"
  2. "Hereditary"
  3. "Sorry to Bother You"
  4. "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"

Question 5

Cosmo is one of the most popular beauty magazines out there. Earlier this year, Laverne Cox graced the cover, and she was stunning. What makes her so unique for Cosmo?

  1. She is the first woman who had NOT read Cosmo
  2. She used to work for Cosmo
  3. She is more Cosmo than Cosmo
  4. She is the first transgender woman to appear on the cover of Cosmo

Question 6

Megan Markle became royalty when she married into the UK’s first family in 2018. Which prince did she marry?

  1. Prince Edward
  2. Prince William
  3. Prince Harry
  4. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Question 7

The newest Mars lander launched in 2018 and recently made a successful landing on the red planet. What is the name of this most recent visitor to our beloved alien world?

  1. Opportunity
  2. InSight
  3. Discovery
  4. RocketMan

Question 8

During a shooting at a Waffle House, one brave man was successful in disarming the shooter and saving lives. What is this man’s name?

  1. Waffle House Hero
  2. Henry James
  3. George Bernard Shaw
  4. James Shaw Jr.

Question 9

As a nation, the US just held its midterm elections that saw historic numbers of voters. Out of the two houses in congress, which one did the Democrats take as a majority?

  1. House of Representatives
  2. Senate
  3. Executive Branch
  4. Judicial Branch

Question 10

There have been a lot of ups and downs this football season, but it was all ups for one NFL team in 2018. Which team won Super Bowl LII?

  1. Philadelphia Eagles
  2. Baltimore Ravens
  3. New England Patriots
  4. Atlanta Falcons

Question 11

This past summer, 12 boys who were members of a soccer team, including their coach, were trapped in a cave. In which country was the cave located?

  1. Russia
  2. France
  3. Thailand
  4. Australia

Question 12

Marvel had a great year movie wise. But which Marvel movie became the top grossing movie in all of 2018?

  1. "Avengers: Infinity War"
  2. "Black Panther"
  3. "Ant-Man and The Wasp"
  4. "Deadpool 2"

Question 13

This year began with an unfortunate false emergency alert which warned of an incoming ballistic missile and advised the citizens of which state to seek shelter?

  1. Hawaii
  2. California
  3. Alaska
  4. Oregon

Question 14

Before facing a controversy over charges laid by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Elon Musk and SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon Heavy rocket. What is the name of the mannequin "diving" Musk's Tesla Roadster aboard the rocket?

  1. Man in the Moon
  2. Dr. Falcon
  3. Bowie
  4. Starman

Question 15

Remember the black and blue (or white and gold) dress that divided the nation in 2015? This summer, there was another viral disagreement. But this time, it was over a sound clip. What were the two "words" people reported hearing?

  1. Yanny & Laurel
  2. Danny & Lauren
  3. Fanny & Whirl
  4. Yanni & Coral

Check at the bottom of this page for the answer key.

So how did you do? If you didn’t do so well, don’t blame yourself. This year was full of moments and these are just 10 that stick out of our heads. For more interesting facts and info, check out our blog! Everyone here at Ironmark hopes that you have a safe and happy 2019!

Answer Key

Q1 Answer: B

This craze was called the Tide Pod Challenge. So many children were eating the laundry pods that Tide introduced an altered look and more childproof packaging to deter kids away from ingesting them.

Q2 Answer: C

The 2018 Winter Olympics took place in the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Q3 Answer: A

U.S. Olympian Chloe Kim not only became the youngest woman to win a medal in half pipe snowboarding; she did it by winning the gold!

Q4 Answer: A

The movie was "Get Out," and it was also nominated for Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Q5 Answer: D

Laverne Cox is the first transgender woman to appear on the cover of Cosmo.

Q6 Answer: C

Ms. Markle married Prince Harry, becoming the first black duchess in the UK’s history. Congrats to the couple!

Q7 Answer: B

The Mars lander’s name is InSight and will be the first NASA probe to use a mechanical arm to drill into the Martian surface to look for organic material and possibly life.

Q8 Answer: D

The brave man’s name is James Shaw Jr., aka the Waffle House Hero.

Q9 Answer: A

Democrats won the majority in the House of Representative, but lost ground in the Senate.

Q10 Answer: A

The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII, making it the first time the Eagles have won a super bowl in franchise history.


The boys and their coach were trapped in a cave in Thailand. Thankfully, all of them were rescued due to the heroic efforts of everyone involved.


"Black Panther" became the number one grossing movie of the year, beating out "Avengers: Infinity War," which came in second.


This incident occurred in Hawaii. A second message was sent 38 minutes later to say that it had been a false alarm.


Starman is in the passenger seat, dressed in a spacesuit and listening to David Bowie's "Space Oddity" on a continuous loop. You can track his journey here.


Causing water cooler controversy everywhere, this was the Yanny vs. Laurel debate. Turns out there's a scientific reason why some people heard two different things.

Written by Rachael Sanders

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