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20 things turning 20 this year that will make you feel ancient

Y’all getting OLD.

PREPARE TO FEEL ancient, as you are ancient.

1. Pokemon

red-blue Source: Pokemondb

The Gameboy game was first introduced in Japan in 1996. Were you red or blue?

2. Nintendo 64

Nintendo 64 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Source: Wikipedia

This games console was first released in 1996 and with it, a flood of memories. Who DIDN’T grow up screaming when they slipped off Mario Kart’s rainbow road thanks to a stupid banana skin.

3. Jumanji

jumanji Source: Camenta

This movie first scared the shite out of Irish kids on Febraury 16, 1996.

4. A Little Princess

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This adaptation of the beloved book was directed by Alfonso Cuarón, and gave us all the feels.

5. The Spice Girls’ debut album

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The Spice Girls’ debut Spice, will turn 20 in September. It changed our lives FOREVER.

6. Toy Story


Was first released in Ireland on March 22, 1996.

7. The Macarena

Source: Music☆STSPb/YouTube

What on earth did we dance to at weddings before this track was released 20 years ago?

8. Tupac’s death

tupac-3 Source: Inquirer

The rapper was shot on September 7, 1996, and died six days later.

9. Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV series) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Source: Wikipedia

The best show of all time* was first aired in the States in September, 1996. And what a journey it has been.


10. Take That split up

Music - Splitting Up Announcement - Take That - Manchester Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

… and the nation’s teenagers cried. Don’t worry, it all worked out, didn’t it?

11. Madonna’s daughter

Instagram photo by Lourdes leon * Nov 17, 2015 at 3:23am UTC Source: lourdesleon

It has almost been 20 years since papa didn’t preach, and Madonna gave birth to Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon.

12. Mick McCarthy became manager of the Irish football team

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13. Hotmail

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Remember when Hotmail was HoTMail? It was launched in 1996 so you could sign up with an email like

14. Veronica Guerin was shot

Veronica Guerin Source: PA Archive, Press Association Images

The crime journalist was shot and killed in her car at traffic lights on the Naas road on June 26, 1996.

15. We won the Eurovision with Eimear Quinn singing The Voice

Source: NN2006/YouTube

It was the last time that happened…

16. Judge Judy graced our screens

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What would we do without her?

17. Aon Focal Eile

Yes, the Richie Kavanagh song stormed to the top of the charts in March 1996. What were we thinking?

Source: Colin Parker/YouTube

18. Rat Trap

Dustin and Bob Geldof’s track went to number one for three weeks in November 1996.

Source: Windmill Lane Post/YouTube

19. The first Game of Thrones novel was released

A Game of Thrones Source: Wikipedia

20. Pony

Source: GinuwineVEVO/YouTube

The ultimate male stripper song, thanks to Magic Mike, turns 20 this year. Let us give thanks.

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