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Sun, 06 Sep 2009

The students starting University this year are mostly 18-year-olds. This means that they were born in 1991. Yes, 1991, the year in which:

  • Smells Like Teen Spirit came out.
  • Freddie Mercury, Gene Roddenberry and Robert Maxwell all died.
  • Metallica's Black Album was released.
  • Operation Desert Storm set off in Iraq.
  • The films Terminator 2, Hook, Thelma & Louise, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Star Trek 6, Hot Shots! and The Naked Gun 2½ came out.
  • Popular TV shows of the year include Roseanne, Cheers, Home Improvement, Murder She Wrote, Brittas Empire, 2point4 Children, the Jerry Springer Show, Noel's House Party, Ren and Stimpy and Star Trek: the Next Generation. The last episode of Dallas went out.
  • BBC One stopped using the gold spinning computer-generated globe logo.
  • The first Sonic the Hedgehog game was released.
  • The NES was released.
  • Linux was first announced.
  • The World Wide Web project started.
  • The Soviet Union collapsed.
  • V for Vendetta was nominated for the Prometheus Award, but lost out to In the Country of the Blind.

I feel kind of... old.


Matilda Marshall wrote at 2009-10-17 02:54:

Wrong! Half of them will be 1990, like my sis, whose just started medicine at Leicester, don't you know? Yes.. medicine its a real subject, not like... what is you do again, ah yes English.

Sorry I blacked out there, what's happening?

Zoe wrote at 2009-10-17 09:12:

OK, so I just did a statistics using participation rate data for England. 2006/07, mode=18, median=18, mean=19.8; 2007/2008 mode=18, median=19, mean=19.75. In the 2006/07 data the 18-year-olds account for just over half the total, in 2007/08 just under half. So it's hovering around "mostly 18" but I certainly take the point that 19 is pretty common too.

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