10 things as old as our 2017 Freshers

To celebrate our new 2017 Freshers, we’ve picked out 10 things that are as old as most of this year’s undergrad intake. There’s a few surprises, and no way are some of these this old. Time to mope about how old we are.

The Matrix

Red or Blue? The Wachowskis’ epic featured Keanu Reeves as the protagonist, and opened our minds to new (and false) realities. The Matrix went on to rake in over $460 million at the box office. There is no spoon…

The Sixth Sense

M. Night Shyamalan’s big break came in the form of the critically-acclaimed supernatural horror, The Sixth Sense. It launched the career of Hayley Joel Osment, spent five weeks at the top of the US box office charts, and scarred us for life. Then there was THAT twist.

…Baby One More Time

The debut single of 90s legend Britney Spears, forever remembered for its controversial yet iconic music video. ‘Baby One More Time’ enjoyed considerable chart success and saw numerous covers and parodies.

We can’t believe it either, Brit.

The Slim Shady LP

Speaking of Britney… 😳 It’s fair to say Eminem wasn’t Britney’s biggest fan way back when, even going as far as to dress up as her in one of his videos – though they’ve since made up. 1999 saw the release of The Slim Shady LP, which was subsequently banned from the house by maws across Scotland.

Manchester United winning the 1999 Champions League

Featuring some of the greatest players the world has ever seen – including the famed Class of ’92 – the 1999 Champions League Final had everything. Two goals in the last three minutes (including THAT goal from Solskjaer) sealed the title for Man Utd at the Camp Nou in Barcelona.


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The third novel in the Harry Potter series was published on 8 July 1999. Written by J.K. Rowling, the Prisoner of Azkaban saw Mr Potter enter his third year at Hogwarts and contend with dementors, Sirius Black, shape-shifters and time travel.

The Sopranos

The now legendary HBO drama aired in January 1999, and followed the daily life of mobster protagonist Tony Soprano and his family, as well as his other family. James Gandolfini brought the titular character to life, winning numerous awards for his portrayal of New Jersey’s finest ‘waste management consultant’.

SpongeBob Squarepants

He lives in a pineapple under the sea, absorbent and porous and yellow is he. 11 seasons and 218 episodes later, SpongeBob still holds a special place in the hearts of 90s kids.

BFF goals.

Mambo No. 5

Yer auld da’s fav dancing choon, Lou Bega’s ‘soul’ hit entranced dance floors across the world in 1999. Mambo No. 5 was originally performed in 1952 by the Cuban-Mexican musician Perez Prado, with Lou Bega (real name David Lubega) recording his own vocals over Perez’s instrumental track.

Bran Stark / Isaac Hempstead-Wright

Bran the Broken, the Winged Wolf, the Three-Eyed Raven. Game of Thrones’ Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran, turned 18 this year. And he’s already seen season 8, before you ask.

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