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You now feel really old


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The Mindset List for the Class of 2017

For this generation of entering college students, born in 1995, Dean Martin, Mickey Mantle, and Jerry Garcia have always been dead.

1. Eminem and LL Cool J could show up at parents’ weekend.
2. They are the sharing generation, having shown tendencies to share everything, including possessions, no matter how personal.
3. GM means food that is Genetically Modified.
4. As they started to crawl, so did the news across the bottom of the television screen.
5. “Dude” has never had a negative tone.
6. As their parents held them as infants, they may have wondered whether it was the baby or Windows 95 that had them more excited.
7. As kids they may well have seen Chicken Run but probably never got chicken pox.
8. Having a chat has seldom involved talking.
9. Gaga has never been baby talk.
10. They could always get rid of their outdated toys on eBay.
11. They have known only two presidents.
12. Their TV screens keep getting smaller as their parents’ screens grow ever larger.
13. PayPal has replaced a pen pal as a best friend on line.
14. Rites of passage have more to do with having their own cell phone and Skype accounts than with getting a driver’s license and car.
15. The U.S. has always been trying to figure out which side to back in Middle East conflicts.
16. A tablet is no longer something you take in the morning.
17. Threatening to shut down the government during Federal budget negotiations has always been an anticipated tactic.
18. Growing up with the family dog, one of them has worn an electronic collar, while the other has toted an electronic lifeline.
19. Plasma has never been just a bodily fluid.
20. The Pentagon and Congress have always been shocked, absolutely shocked, by reports of sexual harassment and assault in the military.
21. Spray paint has never been legally sold in Chicago.
22. Captain Janeway has always taken the USS Voyager where no woman or man has ever gone before.
23. While they've grown up with a World Trade Organization, they have never known an Interstate Commerce Commission.
24. Courts have always been ordering computer network wiretaps.
25. Planes have never landed at Stapleton Airport in Denver.
26. Jurassic Park has always had rides and snack bars, not free-range triceratops and velociraptors.
27. Thanks to Megan's Law and Amber Alerts, parents have always had community support in keeping children safe.
28. With GPS, they have never needed directions to get someplace, just an address.
29. Java has never been just a cup of coffee.
30. Americans and Russians have always cooperated better in orbit than on earth.
31. Olympic fever has always erupted every two years.
32. Their parents have always bemoaned the passing of precocious little Calvin and sarcastic stuffy Hobbes.
33. In their first 18 years, they have watched the rise and fall of Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriquez.
34. Yahoo has always been looking over its shoulder for the rise of "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.”
35. Congress has always been burdened by the requirement that they comply with the anti-discrimination and safety laws they passed for everybody else to follow.
36. The U.S. has always imposed economic sanctions against Iran.
37. The Celestine Prophecy has always been bringing forth a new age of spiritual insights.
38. Smokers in California have always been searching for their special areas, which have been harder to find each year.
39. They aren’t surprised to learn that the position of Top Spook at the CIA is an equal opportunity post.
40. They have never attended a concert in a smoke-filled arena.
41. As they slept safely in their cribs, the Oklahoma City bomber and the Unabomber were doing their deadly work.
42. There has never been a national maximum speed on U.S. highways.
43. Don Shula has always been a fine steak house.
44. Their favorite feature films have always been largely, if not totally, computer generated.
45. They have never really needed to go to their friend’s house so they could study together.
46. They have never seen the Bruins at Boston Garden, the Trailblazers at Memorial Coliseum, the Supersonics in Key Arena, or the Canucks at the Pacific Coliseum.
47. Dayton, Ohio, has always been critical to international peace accords.
48. Kevin Bacon has always maintained six degrees of separation in the cinematic universe.
49. They may have been introduced to video games with a new Sony PlayStation left in their cribs by their moms.
50. A Wiki has always been a cooperative web application rather than a shuttle bus in Hawaii.
51. The Canadian Football League Stallions have always sung Alouette in Montreal after bidding adieu to Baltimore.
52. They have always been able to plug into USB ports
53. Olestra has always had consumers worried about side effects.
54. Washington, D.C., tour buses have never been able to drive in front of the White House.
55. Being selected by Oprah’s Book Club has always read “success.”
56. There has never been a Barings Bank in England.
57. Their parents’ car CD player is soooooo ancient and embarrassing.
58. New York’s Times Square has always had a splash of the Magic Kingdom in it.
59. Bill Maher has always been politically incorrect.
60. They have always known that there are “five hundred, twenty five thousand, six hundred minutes" in a year.

Whoever wrote that clearly wasn't old enough or sufficiently au fait with the meaning of 'gaga' which has always meant some one who is a little nuts, batty, cuckoo, bonkers, crazy, etc.

(yes I'm being pedantic :D )
Ah, but we're talking about American English vernacular. Gaga as in Googoo-gaga, i.e., baby talk. ;)
40. They have never attended a concert in a smoke-filled arena.
should probably read
40. They have never attended a concert in a cigarette smoke-filled arena.

Some things never change.
40. They have never attended a concert in a smoke-filled arena.
should probably read
40. They have never attended a concert in a cigarette smoke-filled arena.

Some things never change.

The more things change, the more they stay the same :D
Some don't know how to get roll down car windows open, or unlock non-automatic door locks
So now you feel old?

  • The final episode of Teletubbies aired twelve years ago.
  • Macaulay Culkin is 32
  • Home Alone was released closer to the MOON LANDING than to now.
  • Elijah Wood is 32. He was 18 when he was cast in The Lord of the Rings.
  • JFK would be 94 - years-old this year
  • Marilyn Monroe would be 88
  • If the Simpsons actually aged, Bart would be 33 by now.
  • Goosebumps books were released between 1992 and 1997. There hasn’t been a new one in 16 years.
  • The Macarena is 18 years old
  • The Motorola Razr is in a MUSEUM.
  • You remember when floppy disks held 1.44 MB? That’s, like, 1.5 GIFs.
  • The original Karate Kid is now the same age that Mr. Miyagi was in the first Karate Kid. He’s 51.
Feeling old...ya mean BESIDES the AARP mailings? Besides when you actually begin READING the AARP mailings?

When your spouse calls you to the television screen and says "Who is that?" and you don't recognize the gray geezer with the guitar

Sometimes it's worse when you do recognize the gray geezer with the guitar

As it's been pointed out, future generations will be holding their electronic devices up at concerts, never to experience the smoke filled concert hall, the smoke being passed down the aisle, the rock and rye passed down the aisle, your best buddy passed out in the aisle...that iconic moment when everyone held up their lighters...

These young people won't know that kids used to be able to walk in the corner store and buy spray paint, cold medicine, cigarettes, beer...the only thing you could not buy was Playboy because then the store owner would chase you out.

Color TV being a big deal

People with private answering machines being a big deal

Watching "Wall Street" and realizing Gordon Gecko's bread loaf sized phone was state of the art at that time

Knowing when we were in high school the school computer, if they had one, took up an entire room, not a desk top

I'll think of more...Great topic, thank you!!!!! If we can laugh about this stuff it's not so darn depressing
You are really old when the younger generation's behavior is puzzling /unacceptable.

'The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for
authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in lace of
exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their
households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They
contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties
at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.'

This quote is attributed to Aristotle. They, or something in a similar vein, could well be the words of some senior citizen today or ours tomorrow (?).