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Old 08-23-06, 10:36 AM
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Beloit College Mindset List - Man, I'm getting old...

The class of 2010 ... (1,6,19,20,24,33,34, and 69 all hit me hard... ugh.)


1. The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union.
2. They have known only two presidents.
3. For most of their lives, major U.S. airlines have been bankrupt.
4. Manuel Noriega has always been in jail in the U.S.
5. They have grown up getting lost in "big boxes."
6. There has always been only one Germany.
7. They have never heard anyone actually "ring it up" on a cash register.
8. They are wireless, yet always connected.
9. A stained blue dress is as famous to their generation as a third-rate burglary was to their parents'.
10. Thanks to pervasive headphones in the back seat, parents have always been able to speak freely in the front.
11. A coffee has always taken longer to make than a milkshake.
12. Smoking has never been permitted on U.S. airlines.
13. Faux fur has always been a necessary element of style.
14. The Moral Majority has never needed an organization.
15. They have never had to distinguish between the St. Louis Cardinals baseball and football teams.
16. DNA fingerprinting has always been admissible evidence in court.
17. They grew up pushing their own miniature shopping carts in the supermarket.
18. They grew up with and have outgrown faxing as a means of communication.
19. "Google" has always been a verb.
20. Text messaging is their email.
21. Milli Vanilli has never had anything to say.
22. Mr. Rogers, not Walter Cronkite, has always been the most trusted man in America.
23. Bar codes have always been on everything, from library cards and snail mail to retail items.
24. Madden has always been a game, not a Superbowl-winning coach.
25. Phantom of the Opera has always been on Broadway.
26. "Boogers" candy has always been a favorite for grossing out parents.
27. There has never been a "skyhook" in the NBA.
28. Carbon copies are oddities found in their grandparents' attics.
29. Computerized player pianos have always been tinkling in the lobby.
30. Non-denominational mega-churches have always been the fastest growing religious organizations in the U.S.
31. They grew up in mini-vans.
32. Reality shows have always been on television.
33. They have no idea why we needed to ask "...can we all get along?"
34. They have always known that "In the criminal justice system the people have been represented by two separate yet equally important groups."
35. Young women's fashions have never been concerned with where the waist is.
36. They have rarely mailed anything using a stamp.
37. Brides have always worn white for a first, second, or third wedding.
38. Being techno-savvy has always been inversely proportional to age.
39. "So" as in "Sooooo New York," has always been a drawn-out adjective modifying a proper noun, which in turn modifies something else
40. Affluent troubled teens in Southern California have always been the subjects of television series.
41. They have always been able to watch wars and revolutions live on television.
42. Ken Burns has always been producing very long documentaries on PBS.
43. They are not aware that "flock of seagulls hair" has nothing to do with birds flying into it.
44. Retin-A has always made America look less wrinkled.
45. Green tea has always been marketed for health purposes.
46. Public school officials have always had the right to censor school newspapers.
47. Small white holiday lights have always been in style.
48. Most of them never had the chance to eat bad airline food.
49. They have always been searching for "Waldo."
50. The really rich have regularly expressed exuberance with outlandish birthday parties.
51. Michael Moore has always been showing up uninvited.
52. They never played the game of state license plates in the car.
53. They have always preferred going out in groups as opposed to dating.
54. There have always been live organ donors.
55. They have always had access to their own credit cards.
56. They have never put their money in a "Savings & Loan."
57. Sara Lee has always made underwear.
58. Bad behavior has always been getting captured on amateur videos.
59. Disneyland has always been in Europe and Asia.
60. They never saw Bernard Shaw on CNN.
61. Beach volleyball has always been a recognized sport.
62. Acura, Lexus, and Infiniti have always been luxury cars of choice.
63. Television stations have never concluded the broadcast day with the national anthem.
64. LoJack transmitters have always been finding lost cars.
65. Diane Sawyer has always been live in Prime Time.
66. Dolphin-free canned tuna has always been on sale.
67. Disposable contact lenses have always been available.
68. "Outing" has always been a threat.
69. Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss has always been the perfect graduation gift.
70. They have always "dissed" what they don't like.
71. The U.S. has always been studying global warming to confirm its existence.
72. Richard M. Daley has always been the Mayor of Chicago.
73. They grew up with virtual pets to feed, water, and play games with, lest they die.
74. Ringo Starr has always been clean and sober.
75. Professional athletes have always competed in the Olympics.

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Old 08-23-06, 12:50 PM
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Here's one I guarantee will be on the list in 2 years:

1. The Simpsons have always been on television.

2. They have known only two presidents.
Shouldn't this be 3? George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.

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They never played the game of state license plates in the car.
Did something happen to license plates that I'm not aware of?
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I don't get the Phantom of the Opera reference. Was it originally a French play a million years ago?
Old 08-23-06, 01:43 PM
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What's a beloit?
Old 08-23-06, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by zekeburger1979
Here's one I guarantee will be on the list in 2 years:

1. The Simpsons have always been on television.



Shouldn't this be 3? George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.
Most of the class of 2010 would be born in 1992. At best, they'd have been infants that had no idea of what a president was at the time GHWB was president.
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57. Sara Lee has always made underwear.

Damn tasty underwear, too! Okay, I seriously did not know this. But then, I'm an old fart.
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This list is better than some of the previous ones, where it read more like a game of "how are young people oblivious to the world around them?"

For example, the one from 1998 had stuff like:

They may never have heard of an 8-track, and chances are they've never heard or seen one.

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

McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers.
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Originally Posted by Jeremy517
Most of the class of 2010 would be born in 1992. At best, they'd have been infants that had no idea of what a president was at the time GHWB was president.
Unless they're geniuses, and assuming we're talking about college, the class of 2010 would've been born in 1988 (they'd be 18 now).

Although they would've been 4 years old when Clinton became President, and I doubt they'd know much before that.
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Originally Posted by Tracer Bullet
Did something happen to license plates that I'm not aware of?
i think they mean that kids now do other stuff on car trips instead of those old games, ie laptop, mp3 player, dvd player, gameboy, playstation, etc...
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Originally Posted by Tracer Bullet
This list is better than some of the previous ones, where it read more like a game of "how are young people oblivious to the world around them?"
You have to admit, though, that is an easy game to play... and win!

I remember some of the earlier lists too, with entries like:

Have never actually "dialed" a telephone number.

Have never seen a milkman.

Don't know how to shine shoes.

Have never changed the TV channel without using a remote.

Only know Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama as places, not bands.

Have never heard the catchphrases/slogans: "Time to make the donuts", "I can't believe I ate the whole thing.", "Where's the beef?", "Kiss my grits!", "I'd walked a mile for a Camel", or "Da plane, Boss, da plane!".
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Originally Posted by WildcatLH
Unless they're geniuses, and assuming we're talking about college, the class of 2010 would've been born in 1988 (they'd be 18 now).
Oops, duh. I was thinking high school.
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"5. They have grown up getting lost in "big boxes." "

What does this mean?
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Target, Wal Mart, etc. are called "big box" stores.
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Originally Posted by Lunatikk
"5. They have grown up getting lost in "big boxes." "

What does this mean?
I was thinking it referred to Wal*mart and Costco type stores
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I can't wait for the 2024 list which will have "Pluto was never a planet"
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Originally Posted by Bronkster
I can't wait for the 2024 list which will have "Pluto was never a planet"
Yeah, I was wondering that when I heard it on the radio this morning, are they going to change all of the science text books/curiculum now in elementary school to just have 8 planets in the solar system?
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Hope the kids that are currently building a styrofoam solar system for school will know to pluck of the last ball before they turn it in.
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Originally Posted by Jeremy517
Most of the class of 2010 would be born in 1992.
They are going into college now, presumably as 17-19 year olds. So...

2006 - 18 = 1988

They were 4 when George Sr. was in power. I certainly remember things from when I was 4 and when they were 6, they would've know the previous president.

#7. Old cash registers still exist. I had something "rung up" just last week.
#18. I fax things several times a day.
#19. Google wasn't a verb until at least 2000. What the hell where they saying the world "Google" for when they were 11?
#36. This is a good one. We all remember when stamps stopped being used in 1994. Those were the days.

I'm stopping there. This list sucks.
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Wow, the quality of this list has been falling. Like others have mentioned, I do some of the things listed (faxing, mailing using a stamp, etc) daily, and some of the stuff mentioned (like Sara Lee making underware?) I didn't know until this day.

Edit: Sara Lee ownes Hanes. What an obscure reference. Maybe I should poll my class to see how many people actually know that.
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I'm stopping there. This list sucks.
Agreed. Half of the list isn't very meaningful, and the other half is just plain wrong.

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Originally Posted by The Bus
They are going into college now, presumably as 17-19 year olds. So...

2006 - 18 = 1988

They were 4 when George Sr. was in power. I certainly remember things from when I was 4 and when they were 6, they would've know the previous president.

#7. Old cash registers still exist. I had something "rung up" just last week.
#18. I fax things several times a day.
#19. Google wasn't a verb until at least 2000. What the hell where they saying the world "Google" for when they were 11?
#36. This is a good one. We all remember when stamps stopped being used in 1994. Those were the days.

I'm stopping there. This list sucks.
I was under the impression it meant graduating High School class of 2010 which would make the kids born in 1992. It's confusing.
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I imagine there are still a FEW young people who will have some of the experiences I have had.

Using an outhouse
plucking a chicken
drawing water from a well
priming the pump on a well
lighting a gas oven (no pilot light)
laying a fire properly
gathering eggs
skinning small animals for dinner
writing letters
adjusting an oil lamp
tornado drills
writing with dip or fountain pens
sewing by hand

I am glad that young people don't have the following experiences I have had.

a-bomb drills
party lines
no 911
unpadded dashboards in cars (usually combined with no seat belt)
electricity going off every time it rains
losing water pressure every time the power goes off
smallpox vaccination
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
I was under the impression it meant graduating High School class of 2010 which would make the kids born in 1992. It's confusing.
Why would you think that? It's a list published by a college.
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Originally Posted by Duh Vuh Duh
Yeah, I was wondering that when I heard it on the radio this morning, are they going to change all of the science text books/curiculum now in elementary school to just have 8 planets in the solar system?
I doubt it. The science textbooks in my school district probably still say "someday man will walk on the moon".

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