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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.
May 18th 2015, 1:09 PM 15,423 13

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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