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What the world looked like when the 2015 Leaving Cert class were being born

People who are adults today have no memory of these things.

THIS YEAR, PEOPLE studying for their Leaving Certs – and becoming adults, legally speaking – were born in 1997/98.

Here’s what the world was like then:

1. This was what everyone wanted for Christmas

Source: Digital Game Museum

2. That, or this:

Source: Imgur

3. It was a time before TV3 existed

Source: Photocall

The station went on air for the first time in 1998.

4. The two most important actors in the world looked like this

Source: Associated Press

5. And thousands upon thousands of teenagers wept at this:

Source: Wordpress

6. Mobile phones looked something like this

Source: Imgur

7. This happened

Source: Mtv

Source: BritneySpearsVEVO/YouTube

8. Your new favourite TV show may well have been this

Source: Imgur

9. For the first time, you might have had a mate who could record CDs on something like this. Which was a BIG deal.

Source: Wikimedia

10. Millions of people read this chapter for the first time

Source: Imgur

And it was the beginning of this…

Source: Lucia Whittaker

11. This young fella had never been Taoiseach (but he was trying)

12. Three young brothers caused a sensation with this

Source: HansonVEVO/YouTube

(Sorry, this video won’t play on mobile. Here’s a GIF to compensate:

13. An estimated 2.5 billion people - or more than one third of the world’s population – watched this happen:

Source: ZiO_Ger/YouTube

14. The internet looked like this

Source: Wordpress

15. And sounded like this

Source: willterminus/YouTube

16. This was how you searched it

17. And this summed up the experience for teenage boys around the world

Source: Wordpress

18. Basically, it was an emotional time for everyone.

Source: EKWvids/YouTube

Inspired by this Buzzfeed post.

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