Dispatch December 2009

The Top Pop Culture Moments of the Decade

From Radiohead and James Frey to Jackass and Jersey Shore, 10 daring and sometimes inane creative acts that defined the ’00s

2002: Jackass: The Movie. With their 54-second video stunt, in which a man in underpants and mouse-ears rolled fakir-style across a carpet of primed and snapping mousetraps, the Jackass crew exploded two decade’s worth of tired installation art. And then there was the one where they inhaled wasabi!

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