How Old Do You Feel?

Each year, the staff at Macquarie University put together a list, to try and offer the faculty a sense of the mind-set of the new year’s incoming students…..

Here is the list for 2001:

The people starting university this year were born in 1982.

They have no meaningful recollection of the Whitlam Era and probably don’t even know he was sacked. They may not even know who he is or was.

They were pre-pubescent when the Gulf War was waged. Black Monday 1987 is as insignificant to them as The Great Depression.

There has only been one Pope to them. They were 11 when the Soviet Union broke apart and don't know what a Cold War is. They are too young to remember a space shuttle exploding, and Tianamen Square means nothing to them.

Bottle caps have always been plastic and screw off.

Atari predates them, as do vinyl records. Ion fact, the saying” you sound like a broken record” has no meaning – they have never owned a record player.

They have never likely played PacMan, they have never heard of an 8 track.

As far as they know, stamps always cost 45 cents.

They have always had an answering machine, most have never seen black and white television, they have VCR’s, but no idea what Beta is or does.

Roller-skating could only be inline, Brian Henderson has always read the news, and they have no idea when or why flares were cool.

Popcorn has always been cooked in a microwave; they have never seen Ian or Greg Chappell play cricket. They have never thought taken a swim and thought about Jaws.

They are taught the Vietnam War as ancient history.

They have never known that American hostages were held in Iran or why.

They do not know who Mork is, or where he is from.

They have never heard the phrase “ Boss, de plane, de plane”…they do not know who shot JR or care.

They didn’t know the Titanic was lost, for them, they have always known where it was.

Michael Jackson has always been white.

Kansas, Chicago, America and Alabama are all places to them – not groups.

McDonalds has never come in Styrofoam containers.

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