|1||UEFA Euro 2020||1,725,754||After one year of delay, the 60th anniversary of Europe's football tournament between nations started on June 11. As of this report's cutoff, 4 games have been played. The only surprising result from these 4 is Finland beating Denmark (pictured is Joel Pohjanpalo, who scored the winning goal) However, given the special circumstances (see below) the result is less surprising.|
|2||Christian Eriksen||1,553,804||The Danish international footballer suffered a suspected cardiac arrest in the tail end of the first half of a match against Finland, their opening match as part of #1. The match was immediately suspended while his team mates formed a protective bubble around Eriksen and medics performed CPR. After approximately 15 minutes Erikson was transferred to hospital, where he is said to be stable, conscious and awaiting tests. The match resumed around 2 hours; Denmark's play was noticeably subdued, as were Finland's winning celebrations.|
|3||The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It||1,079,590||The third sequel to 2013's The Conjuring and the whopping eighth installment in The Conjuring Universe is based on Gerard Brittle's book The Devil in Connecticut, written about the demonic trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson (#9).|
|4||Ed and Lorraine Warren||995,545||Okay, so, chances are, the escapades recounted by these two ghostbusters (and the protagonists of the Conjuring films, in which they're portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, respectively) probably have about as much truth to them as when someone drops acid and then tells you they had a conversation with Jesus. But you can't say the tall tales these two have Conjured up about supernatural spirits over the years haven't made for some perfect movie material, considering just how many films the studios have been able to milk from them, including the most recent Conjuring installment (#3).|
|5||Logan Paul||968,238||The slightly less controversial (though not that much less controversial) half of social media's Paul brothers has lived many lives both on and off of the internet, first as one of Vine's biggest stars, then as a YouTuber, an actor, a singer, a screenwriter, and a podcaster. Now, like his brother, he's made his triumphant return to boxing two years after his first professional match, going up against none other than Floyd Mayweather Jr. (#8). I didn't watch the fight, though according to the site you're reading this on, Mayweather may have gone a little easy on him.|
|6||Loki (TV series)||855,010||The MCU machine just keeps on pumping. In the the first episode of this semi-retconning sci-fi crime thriller, which was released on Disney+ this week, Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as the titular God of Mischief, introduced in 2011's Thor. He gets captured by the Time Variance Authority, an organization that monitors the timelines of the Multiverse, who deem one of the versions of Loki a threat to the "Sacred Timeline", in which no multiversal war breaks out, and Loki agrees to help stop the alternate, fugitive version of himself from messing up the timeline. Confused? I certainly am!|
|7||The Family Man (Indian TV series)||960,776||The second season of this Indian thriller, starring Manoj Bajpayee (pictured) as a middle-class man working for the National Intelligence Agency who must balance secretly trying to protect the country from terrorists with his tumultuous family life, was released last week on Amazon Prime Video. It continues to yield positive reviews and buzz.|
|8||Floyd Mayweather Jr.||929,958||A boxer who had a shining professional career, being champion on four weight classes and retiring undefeated after 50 fights. Mayweather returned for an exhibition fight with #5, where him holding back led to showers of boos from the audience.|
|9||Trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson||895,314||Saying "a demon made me kill my landlord" is like a way more extreme version of "my dog ate my homework", but in 1981, that was the excuse given by Arne Cheyenne Johnson and his defense lawyers. You must acquit, I guess. |
As told in #3, in a story that seems to have been based more on slightly convenient timing and coincidence than truth, the body of an 11-year-old boy named David Glatzel was supposedly being inhabited by a demon, so his family called in ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren (#4), who then got the Church to perform an official exorcism on Glatzel. Months later, Johnson killed his landlord, apparently because the demon had relocated from Glatzel's body to Johnson's. Not only is this hilarious because it means the exorcism was a failure, but it also means that the demon waited months to actually do anything demonic. In any case, Johnson was most likely suffering from some severe mental illness, but Americans can't usually be relied upon to look at the science of things.
|10||Sweet Tooth (TV series)||810,631||Based on the comic book series of the same name by Jeff Lemire, this Robert Downey Jr.-produced, James Brolin-narrated Netflix fantasy series released last week takes place in a world where animal-human hybrids are being hunted down. It follows the adventures of a boy named Gus who was born part-deer and part-human as he travels across America with his human companion, Tommy, in search of his mother.|
|11||Deaths in 2021||807,772||I guess this is our last goodbye.|
And you don't care, so I won't cry.
But you'll be sorry when I'm dead!
|12||Shirley Temple||736,496||The famously curly-haired child star and American diplomat got a Google Doodle this week, celebrating the fifth anniversary of the opening of "Love, Shirley Temple", a special exhibit featuring a collection of her rare memorabilia at the Santa Monica History Museum.|
|13||Critical race theory||559,084||According to our article, CRT has two major elements: |
American conservatives have been making moves to ban CRT from public schools and universities; these rules went into effect in Idaho last week and Florida this week. If only there was a rhetorical framework that could explain why a white ruling class would do such a thing...
|14||Group of Seven||675,431||This week, a bunch of world leaders got together to take a really dumb picture and plot their revenge against China.|
|15||T. B. Joshua||666,119||A polarizing Nigerian televangelist and head of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations, Joshua built up a fervent following of millions across the world through his charismatic social media presence and supposed miracle work, but he was shunned throughout his life by a prominent clique of Nigerian "mega-pastors" due to his lack of mentorship, despite his televangelism being mostly the same as theirs. He died this week at age 57.|
|16||Bo Burnham||604,830||The standup comedian and director of Eighth Grade (2018) released a new special, Inside, on May 30. The special was written and recorded amidst the COVID pandemic, which put a hold on basically all live performances; essentially, it's the standup version of Swift's Folklore.|
|17||Mare of Easttown||563,710||Given this Kate Winslet-starring HBO drama ended last week, many people are probably now taking advantage of all seven episodes being available to binge watch them at once.|
|18||Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey||557,069||This made-for-Lifetime film about Bobby Joe Long's 1984 abduction and rape of Lisa McVey made its way to British Netflix this month.|
|19||Rafael Nadal||552412||The Men's Singles tournament of the French Open concluded on June 13. Djokovic beat Nadal in the semi-finals (June 11) on his way to defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.|
|21||2021 Peruvian general election||508,007||The left-wing Pedro Castillo narrowly beat the right-wing Keiko Fujimori on June 6. Fujimori has refused to concede, alleging fraud. This might seem like a replay of what happened in Bolivia two years ago, but look at it this way: it's not that bad yet.|
|22||In the Heights (film)||483,732||Lin-Manuel Miranda's first musical got a film adaptation, which hit both theaters and HBO Max.|
|23||A Quiet Place Part II||439,041||In the post-apocalyptic world of this movie, the enemy is a race of extraterrestrial monsters who hate loud noises. In the near-apocalyptic one we live in, it is a virus that postponed the premiere of the film by a year and ensured not all theaters are open to show it.|
|24||Elizabeth II||420,544||Her Majesty was present at the G7 (#14) summit that took place in Cornwall.|
|25||UEFA European Championship||418,825||Ever since 1960, the European national football teams have a tournament among them every four years. Although the goddamned pandemic ensured the latest edition (#1) had an extra year of wait (pictured is Switzerland's 1-1 draw against Wales on June 12)|
|1||Deaths in 2021|
|2||Mare of Easttown|
|3||Army of the Dead|
|4||A Quiet Place Part II|
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