Young Generations Know
They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan era and didn't know he had ever been shot.
They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.
Black Monday 1987 is as significant to them as the Great Depression.
There have been more than 2 Popes.
They might remember one president before "W".
They were babies when the Soviet Union broke apart and don't remember the Cold War.
They have never feared a nuclear war.
"The Day After" is a pill to them, not a movie.
CCCP is just a bunch of letters.
They have only known one Germany.
They're too young to remember the first Space shuttle blowing up.
Tienamin Square means nothing to them.
They don't know who Momar Qadafi is.
Their lifetime has always included AIDS.
They've never had a Polio shot and likely don't know what it is.
They think bottle caps have not only always been screw off, but have always been plastic.
They have no idea what a pull top can looks like (or ones without a pull top).
Atari pre-dates them, as do vinyl albums.
The expression "you sound like a broken record" means nothing to them.
They've never owned a record player.
They've likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong.
Star Wars looks very fake, and the special effects are pathetic.
There have always been red M & M's, and blue ones are not new.
What do you mean there used to be beige ones?
They may have heard of an 8-track, but chances are they probably have never actually seen or heard one.
The Compact Disc was introduced when they were 1 year old.
As far as they know, stamps used to only cost about 32¢.
Zip codes have always had a dash in them.
They've always had an answering machine.
Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen a black and white TV.
They've always had cable.
There have always been VCR's, but they have no idea what Beta is.
They can't fathom not having a remote control.
They were born the year that Walkman were introduced by Sony.
Roller skating has always meant inline for them.
They've never heard of:
The Globe Democrat
Pan AM, Eastern, Western, or Ozark Airlines
The Tonight Show had not always been hosted by Jay Leno.
They have no idea when or why Jordache jeans were cool.
They think popcorn has always been cooked in a microwave.
They've never seen or remember a game that included:
The St. Louis Football Cardinals
Minnesota North Stars
Kansas City Kings
New Orleans Jazz
Kansas City Scouts
California Golden Seals
Colorado Rockies (NHL hockey, that is)
They don't/didn't consider these to be "expansion teams":
Toronto Blue Jays
Colorado Rockies (MLB baseball)
San Jose Sharks
Tampa Bay Lightning
They don't know that Wayne Gretzky started in the WHA. WHA? ABA?
They've never seen Larry Bird play, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as a football player.
They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as WWI, WWII or even the Civil War.
They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in Iran.
They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.
They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.
They never heard the terms:
"Where's the beef?"
"I'd walk a mile for a Camel"
"… de plane, de plane!"
They have no idea who J.R. is, and don't care who shot him.
They've likely never seen these shows (except maybe re-runs):
The Cosby Show
The Facts of Life
The Love Boat
Miami Vice (before the movie)
WKRP in Cincinnati (or Loni Anderson before breast-reduction surgery)
The Titanic was found? They didn't know it was lost.
They think Michael Jackson was always white.
They can't remember the St. Louis Cardinals or Detroit Tigers ever winning a World Series, or even being in one.
They think Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not groups.
McDonalds never came in Styrofoam containers!
Do you feel old now?