The difference 50 years makes – 1960 – 2010

1960: Long hair
2010: Longing for hair

1960: KEG
2010: EKG

1960: Acid rock
2010: Acid reflux

1960: Moving to California because it’s  cool
2010: Moving to Arizona because it’s  warm

1960: Trying to look like Marlon Brando  or Liz Taylor
2010: Trying NOT to look like  Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor

1960: Seeds and  stems
2010: Roughage

1960: Hoping for a  BMW
2010: Hoping for a BM

1960: Going to a new, hip  joint
2010: Receiving a new hip joint

1960: Rolling Stones
2010: Kidney Stones

1960: Screw the  system
2010: Upgrade the system

1960: Disco
2010: Costco

1960: Parents begging you to get your  hair cut
2010: Children begging you to get their  heads shaved

1960: Passing the drivers’  test
2010: Passing the vision  test

1960: Whatever
2010: Depends

Just in case you weren’t feeling too old today, this will certainly change things.   Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the mindset of this year’s incoming freshmen.  Here’s this year’s list:

The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1992.

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

Their lifetime has always included AIDS.

Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.

The CD was introduced 2 years before they were born.

They have always had an answering machine.

They have always had cable.

They cannot fathom not having a remote control..

Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.

Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.

They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.

They can’t imagine what hard contact lenses are.

They don’t know who Mork was or where he was from.

They never heard: “Where’s the Beef?”, “I’d walk a mile for a Camel”, or “de plane, Boss, de plane..”

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

Mc Donald’s never came in Styrofoam containers.

Thanks Gene

18 thoughts on “The difference 50 years makes – 1960 – 2010”

  1. Hey, if you remember the Rolling Stones, disco and acid rock from 1960, then you too can believe it’s only been 40 years. The 1960 BMW never rally caught on over here either.

  2. Everybody says that if you lived through the 60’s you wouldn’t remember them. But I do remember them, so I can’t use that excuse. My brain just wasn’t functioning properly when I created the title. Corrected! Thanks for reminding me… again and again. 🙂

  3. Actually I think you should have left it at 40 years and moved all the dates to the 70’s since they are more appropriate. I’m just sayin…

  4. Not only have kids born in 1992 always had answering machines, many of them might not know that answering machines used to be a different piece of equipment from your phone, never mind that they used to require a cassette tape.

  5. Thanks for making me feel old.

    Here are a few:
    These kids today don’t know the soft sound you hear at the beginning of a record.
    They never had a gun rack in the back of the truck, and probably most of them have never ridden in the bed of a pickup, since its illegal now in the places where I used to do it.
    They’ve never used a typewriter, or actually DIALED a phone.
    Most have never twisted an antenna to get better reception on the TV (since they all have cable now).

  6. Ah yes, the 60’s, when I went from High School, through College and on to Viet-Nam…Fun times? Not always…

  7. actually, im 18 and was born in 1992. and i am quite familiar with all the things on that list, and resent most of it. i know all of the things it says we dont, and i know about all of it. im almost offended. and to crispy, ive done all of those things. im sorry, but you guys dont understand how some kids grew up. give it 2 years then it would be true. but still. this is actually fairly inaccurate.

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