Here's a list that might even make a 20-something feel old.
Beloit College released its Mindset List for the class of 2015 (that's this year's 18-year-old college freshmen). The list is compiled annually by former Beloit public affairs director Ron Nief and Keefer Professor of Humanities Tom McBride, as a way of helping the faculty avoid out-of-touch references in their class lectures.
Here are the Top 20 items on the list:
There has always been an Internet ramp onto the information highway.
Ferris Bueller and Sloane Peterson could be their parents.
States and Velcro parents have always been requiring that they wear their bike helmets.
The only significant labor disputes in their lifetimes have been in major league sports.
There have always been at least two women on the Supreme Court, and women have always commanded U.S. Navy ships.
They “swipe” cards, not merchandise.
As they’ve grown up on websites and cell phones, adult experts have constantly fretted about their alleged deficits of empathy and concentration.
Their school’s “blackboards” have always been getting smarter.
“Don’t touch that dial!”.what dial?
American tax forms have always been available in Spanish.
More Americans have always traveled to Latin America than to Europe.
Amazon has never been just a river in South America.
Refer to LBJ, and they might assume you're talking about LeBron James.
All their lives, Whitney Houston has always been declaring “I Will Always Love You.”
O.J. Simpson has always been looking for the killers of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
Women have never been too old to have children.
Japan has always been importing rice.
Jim Carrey has always been bigger than a pet detective.
We have never asked, and they have never had to tell.
Life has always been like a box of chocolates.
But just because you weren't around when the O.J. Simpson trial and Cheers were playing on TV doesn't mean you don't know about them or the other items on the list. And even if Ferris and Sloane are old enough to be your parents, you should still watch Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Not only is it a teen classic, but it plays on TBS all the time. You really have no excuse.