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#1 ZJJ

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Posted 04 September 2003 - 03:23 AM

Born Before 1985? Then You Are...

...OLD! And here's proof.

Every year Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin publishes what it calls "The Mindset List"--fun facts and figures about the incoming crop of freshmen so professors will be able to relate to their new students.

So to better understand how the class of 2007 thinks, most of whom were born in 1985, read this and feel your age:

1. The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1985.

2. They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan era and probably did not know he had ever been shot.

3. They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.

4. There has been only one pope in their lifetime.

5. They were 10 when the Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember the Cold War.

6. They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up on takeoff.

7. Tiananmen Square means nothing to them.

8. Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.

9. Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums.

10. The statement "You sound like a broken record" means nothing to them. (They have never owned a record player.)

11. They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong.

12. They may have never heard of an 8-track tape. The compact disc was introduced when they were 1 year old.

13. They have always had an answering machine.

14. Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen a black and white TV.

15. They have always had cable.

16. There have always been VCRs, but they have no idea what Beta was.

17. They cannot fathom not having a remote control.

18. They don't know what a cloth baby diaper is or know about the "Help me, I've fallen and I can't get up!" commercial.

19. They were born the year that Walkman was introduced by Sony.

20. Roller skating has always meant inline for them.

21. Michael Jackson has always been white.

22. Jay Leno has always been on "The Tonight Show."

23. They have no idea when or why Jordache jeans were cool.

24. Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.

25. They have never seen Larry Bird play.

26. They never took a swim and thought about "Jaws."

27. The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as World War I, World War II, and the Civil War.

28. They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in Iran.

29. They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are. 3

0. They don't know who Mork was or where he was from. (The correct answer, by the way, is Ork.)

31. They never heard: "Where's the beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a Camel," or "De plane, de plane!"

32. They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea who J.R. was.

33. Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not bands.

34. There has always been MTV.

35. They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.

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#2 Parabellum

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Posted 04 September 2003 - 03:30 AM

25. They have never seen Larry Bird play.


Now there's a crying shame. Larry proved that white men can jump.
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Posted 04 September 2003 - 03:45 AM

...

This is the first time I've been called old.

Reading that list, I think it comes off as patronizing. Author seems to think that most kids just sit and watch MTV and walk the malls, caring little for what else goes on around them, or before them.



Err.. wait. The author's right.

Turns out only five apply to me, 3 - 4 - 6 - 9 -19.

Dear crap. I am old.

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Posted 04 September 2003 - 04:58 AM

I was born in '83 and remember almost everyone of those.

They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea who J.R. was


For Petes sake don't bring that up.

:lol:

I know it happend in/around '81 but I'm sure most don't remember the Pope being shot...which of course led to the pope mobile.

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Posted 04 September 2003 - 05:16 AM

33. Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not bands.

That's just as well, they didn't have to suffer thru those crappy bands! :lol: Wow feeling old now, that really sucks. I remember seeing the space shuttle blowup on tv i was in junior high school then, yikes! :o
Also i'd say Larry Bird proved white men could shoot not jump lol!

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Posted 04 September 2003 - 06:39 AM



33. Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not bands.

That's just as well, they didn't have to suffer thru those crappy bands! :lol: Wow feeling old now, that really sucks. I remember seeing the space shuttle blowup on tv i was in junior high school then, yikes! :o
Also i'd say Larry Bird proved white men could shoot not jump lol!

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Posted 04 September 2003 - 06:49 AM

Thanks zjj, I needed the laugh tonight. :yes:
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Posted 04 September 2003 - 07:29 AM

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Posted 04 September 2003 - 12:23 PM

Too true, too true. I'd say more in my prime than old though ;)

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Posted 04 September 2003 - 04:25 PM

Now there's a crying shame. Larry proved that white men can jump.

To echo Sgt. Slaughter - Larry was famous for saying he couldn't jump over a basketball, but god gave him great skillz!!!

Magic vs. Bird at anytime during the 80's was truly a show to behold.
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Posted 05 September 2003 - 04:06 PM

14. Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen a black and white TV.

"only" 13 channels????????????????????????
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Posted 05 September 2003 - 05:39 PM

I remember growin up.... 9 brothers and sisters...me.... Mom & Dad.... sitting around the 'large' 25 inch console TV my dad got cheap...

... and watching shows on the 12" b&w that sat on top of that console (that never did work)... but it held up the 12" b&w reeeeeeeeal well! :blink: :yes:

That TV had "rabbit ears"... and we got NBC, CBS, & ABC.. period... well... sometimes we could get some strange stuff on UHF... hehe :rofl:

Edited by RatPatrol, 05 September 2003 - 05:48 PM.

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Posted 06 September 2003 - 02:49 AM

Any Monty Python fans around?

(insert broad Yorkshire accent)

"When ay were a lad, we used to live in't old box"

"Cardboard box?"

"Aye"

"You were looky!!
We used to live in't shoebox in middle't road. Mah dad 'd coom 'ome from work and make us lick road clean wit toongue."

"You try telling that t' yoong folk today. They won't listen, no thay won't"

It goes on and on. I won't bore you though :wacko:


:D That reminds me, I must watch 'The Life of Brian' again. Wonderfull!
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Posted 06 September 2003 - 05:27 AM

3. They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.
i was a 9th grader

4. There has been only one pope in their lifetime.
i dunno how many in my generation

5. They were 10 when the Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember the Cold War. i remember we use to call them ruskies and and i watched a scary movie called the day after it was about how the us reacted to being bombed by russia "NO I DIDNT " because the street lights came on and i had to go home and get ready for bed it was a school night

6. They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up on takeoff. i was in the 3rd grade i think

7. Tiananmen Square means nothing to them.
thats where that protester got shot right?

8. Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.
i remember finding a screw off was a treasue hunt

9. Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums.
u have an atari dude ill buy from u

10. The statement "You sound like a broken record" means nothing to them. (They have never owned a record player.)
niether did i after a tried to be a dj like in the movie beat street my sisters hated me after that since it was their record player and records

11. They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong. i miss that

12. They may have never heard of an 8-track tape. The compact disc was introduced when they were 1 year old.
never had a 8 track had cassetts

13. They have always had an answering machine.
my sisters needed to get off the phone in order to take messages

14. Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen a black and white TV.
we had 1 of the best tvs with lots of channels

15. They have always had cable.
first on the block to get it

17. They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
pool sticks man

18. They don't know what a cloth baby diaper is or know about the "Help me, I've fallen and I can't get up!" commercial.
cloth baby diaper b4 my time,
i love that commercial
we should try and find it on the net!

21. Michael Jackson has always been white.
i remember when he got caught on fire

22. Jay Leno has always been on "The Tonight Show."
wasnt he the dorito guy

23. They have no idea when or why Jordache jeans were cool.
always wore levis or wrangler remember jox sneakers

24. Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
yeah but popping it tastes better

25. They have never seen Larry Bird play.
honestly i have but i liked danny better

26. They never took a swim and thought about "Jaws."
WHAT? I STILL DO!!!!!

27. The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as World War I, World War II, and the Civil War.
growing up i didnt know much about it either xcept this kids relative went or something like that

28. They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in Iran.
we should of bombed them then

30. They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.
na-nu na-nu \\ //

31. They never heard: "Where's the beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a Camel," or "De plane, de plane!"
wheres the beef yes camel? sorry never heard of it
and de plane boss de plane always made me look up

32. They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea who J.R. was.
neither did i my mom use to watch that show all the time till i killed jr

34. There has always been MTV.
since i was young yes there was

35. They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.
good we got pcs now

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Posted 06 September 2003 - 08:24 AM

Any Monty Python fans around?

(insert broad Yorkshire accent)

"When ay were a lad, we used to live in't old box"

"Cardboard box?"

"Aye"

"You were looky!!
We used to live in't shoebox in middle't road. Mah dad 'd coom 'ome from work and make us lick road clean wit toongue."

"You try telling that t' yoong folk today. They won't listen, no thay won't"

It goes on and on. I won't bore you though :wacko:


:D That reminds me, I must watch 'The Life of Brian' again. Wonderfull!

Yes! and the Goons. I'm only 16. Must be something wrong with me...

Fred Moriarty "General Rommel! The British have broken our line!"
Jim Rommel: "Curse! All our washing in the mud again!"

That's the Goons.

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