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The old fart thread - inspired by Susie

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I'm laughing about Susie's post in Malakai's 80s thread, so I thought I'd post something that teachers check out every year, and pass around, just so they remember how old they are: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1229657/posts
Were you born before 1986? If so, 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 2008 thinks, read this and feel your age:


1. Most students entering college this fall were born in 1986.

2. Desi Arnaz, Orson Welles, Roy Orbison, Ted Bundy, Ayatollah Khomeini, and Cary Grant have always been dead.

3. "Heeeere's Johnny!" is a scary greeting from Jack Nicholson, not a warm welcome from Ed McMahon.

4. The Energizer bunny has always been going and going and going.

5. Large fine-print ads for prescription drugs have always appeared in magazines.

6. Photographs have always been processed in an hour or less.

7. They never got a chance to drink 7-Up Gold, Crystal Pepsi, or Apple Slice.

8. Baby Jessica could be a classmate.

9. Parents may have been reading "The Bourne Supremacy" or "It" as they rocked them in their cradles.

10. Alan Greenspan has always been setting the nation's financial direction.

11. The U.S. has always been a Prozac nation.

12. They have always enjoyed the comfort of pleather.

13. Harry has always known Sally.

14. They never saw Roseanne Roseannadanna live on "Saturday Night Live."

15. There has always been a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

16. They never ate a McSub at McD's.

17. There has always been a Comedy Channel.

18. Bill and Ted have always been on an excellent adventure.

19. They were never tempted by smokeless cigarettes.

20. Robert Downey, Jr. has always been in trouble.

21. Martha Stewart has always been cooking up something with someone.

22. They have always been comfortable with gay characters on television.

23. Mike Tyson has always been a contender.

24. The government has always been proposing we go to Mars, and it has always been deemed too expensive.

25. There have never been any Playboy Clubs.

26. There have always been night games at Wrigley Field.

27. Rogaine has always been available for the follicularly challenged.

28. They never saw USA Today or the Christian Science Monitor as a TV news program.

29. Computers have always suffered from viruses.

30. We have always been mapping the human genome.

31. Politicians have always used rock music for theme songs.

32. Network television has always struggled to keep up with cable.

33. O'Hare has always been the most delay-plagued airport in the U.S.

34. Ivan Boesky has never sold stock.

35. Toll-free 800 phone numbers have always spelled out catchy phrases.

36. Bethlehem has never been a place of peace at Christmas.

37. Episcopal women bishops have always threatened the foundation of the Anglican Church.

38. Svelte Oprah has always dominated afternoon television; who was Phil Donahue anyway?

39. They never flew on People Express.

40. AZT has always been used to treat AIDS.

41. The international community has always been installing or removing the leader of Haiti.

42. Oliver North has always been a talk show host and news commentator.

43. They have suffered through airport security systems since they were in strollers.

44. They have done most of their search for the right college online.

45. Aspirin has always been used to reduce the risk of a heart attack.

46. They were spared the TV ads for Zamfir and his panpipes.

47. Castro has always been an aging politician in a suit.

48. There have always been non-stop flights around the world without refueling.

49. Cher hasn't aged a day.

50. M.A.S.H. was a game: Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House.
post #2 of 19
That's cool! Thanks for sharing Tricia!
post #3 of 19
Oh, I thought this was the "Yes I am old and I fart" thread.

Well, I am.
post #4 of 19
Me, too. I was born in 1958.
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by gemlady
Oh, I thought this was the "Yes I am old and I fart" thread.

Well, I am.
There's an IMO thread right now about Jane Fonda, and some of the younger members had never heard of her. I started to check out these lists after monitoring a test (English to German translation) for another teacher 3 or 4 years ago. She'd used a text from a very old book, and one sentence was, "Please cable your acceptance as soon as possible." The kids looked very confused, and I asked what the problem was. They wanted to know what "to cable" meant, and I told them it was the same as "to send a telegram". Most of them figured I meant "instant messaging", but still managed to translate correctly (Telegramm schicken).
post #6 of 19
Well I guess I'm an old fart then
post #7 of 19
But I'm not old enough to be an old fart! Well, according to that, I guess I am! sigh, this year's college bounds were probably born in 1986? Sheesh, I could be their mother! I graduated in 1987!!!!!!!
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by KittenKrazy
But I'm not old enough to be an old fart! Well, according to that, I guess I am! sigh, this year's college bounds were probably born in 1986? Sheesh, I could be their mother! I graduated in 1987!!!!!!!
How do you think I feel? I graduated from high school in 1975, and from college in 1979! I just tell myself I'm "young at heart", to use an old cliché!
post #9 of 19
I didn't know I was an old fart at 21

But maybe I am not, those all work for me still
YAY! LOLOL

Oh and that last one about MASH? Yep thats right but the game has since advanced!

Its MASHOUT now!
Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House, Outer Space, Underground (as in subways ect), and Trailer Park!!!
post #10 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by KittenKrazy
But I'm not old enough to be an old fart! Well, according to that, I guess I am! sigh, this year's college bounds were probably born in 1986? Sheesh, I could be their mother! I graduated in 1987!!!!!!!
Now I feel even worse - my daughter was born in 1987!
post #11 of 19
MY kids were born in 1975 and 1978. Now, I REALLY feel old!
post #12 of 19
Now Susie oughta be right proud of the title of your thread
post #13 of 19
My kids were born 1983, 1988, 1995, 1999! But I'm just a kitten, how can I be an old fart?!?
post #14 of 19
I'm so honored to be the Queen Fart around here!!! Love the thread
post #15 of 19
umm since i was born in 1986 does this mean im half old??
post #16 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by jcat
How do you think I feel? I graduated from high school in 1975, and from college in 1979! I just tell myself I'm "young at heart", to use an old cliché!
Lol, you and my hub! He graduated from high school in 1976.......11 years before I did in 1987!
post #17 of 19
lol
post #18 of 19
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46. They were spared the TV ads for Zamfir and his panpipes.
I love that one! Zamfir.........
post #19 of 19
All right...I admit it...I'm an old fart. I graduated in 1964...interesting to see that perspective, though.
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