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How the World has Changed Since You Were Born

Here's a timeline app at the Atlantic that pulls up facts and trivia based on your age. It could make you feel old, but should make you feel nostalgic. Or, if you're young, it could just be boring. Enter your birth date to get started. Here's part of what came up for me.

At 10 years old, you were alive to behold people walking on the moon.

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without The Cat in the Hat.

Around the time you were born, Jack Kilby demonstrated the use of his invention, the first working integrated circuit.

Each fact also has links to Atlantic articles about the same subject. You can add or subtract a few months to get different facts, or enter a random date to see how different it is for people of different ages. -via Nag on the Lake

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* You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without mass-produced personal computers.

And the PC has been part of my life since I first booted DOS and played Test Drive in the late 80s.

* At 11 years old, you saw the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

But without CNN, I had to read about it on my parents' Newsweek magazine.

* Clarissa Explains it All premiered in 1991.

And I have yet to watch it. I did watch Parker Lewis Can't Lose at the time.

* Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after Harry Potter.

And I've only read the first four books.
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I remember my whole family watching the moon landing. It gave me such hope, hope about what our world could accomplish. Then it just dribbled away... Nothing else about colonizing an outpost on the moon and trying new things, new experiments, new inventions. So sad, IMO. We were on a roll...
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