Eff, we're old. These are the things turning 20 in 2018.
Guys, SEX AND THE CITY is 20.Years.Old!
As we pack up the remnants of 2017 and get ready to shelve it neatly and quite finally in the vault of time alongside the rest of the yesteryears, a little reflection may take hold. 'Tis the season. Hopefully this was a banner year for you and those around you but should looking back at last year's events leave you a little worse for wear, breathe through that and consider that some perspective may provide a welcome salve.
In fact, we suggest looking well past last year's hiccups and into history's coffers for some jewels of days gone by, if only to ground you in the reality that, um, damn you old! We all are.
These things from 1998 may remain as awesome as ever in our memories but they happened 20 New Year's Eves ago (or 2 decades or 7,300 days, however you need to break it up to not have a meltdown about it). Get your nostalgia pants on (likely a high waisted denim affair) and prepare for synapses to fire that haven't fired in decades, old timer.
All this stuff turns 20 in 2018:
Kate and Leo sank into our hearts two full decades ago scooping up 11 Oscars in the process. Other notable films that year were Saving Private Ryan, Armageddon, Patch Adams, The Waterboy and There's Something About Mary. But none hit as hard and as deep as Titanic. The debate about whether there was room on the door raft for Jack continues... although some science says the debate is well won.
My Heart Will Go On
Of course Celine's Dion's epic chest-banger of a power ballad sea rocketed to number one with the success of Titanic. It still gives us chills.
On January 20th, 1998, the world was invited to join the angsty teenage fumblings of Dawson, Joey, Pacey and Jen. Those fumblings were scandalous (looking at you, Pace's English teacher - Mrs. Jacobs) but so, so popular. Also, we now have one of the most beloved memes of all time: Dawson ugly cry face.
Spice Girls Shoe Game
Telling us what they want, what they really want, every member of this epic pop band became an immediate and identifiable icon of feminine power and sisterly love. The clothes, the hair, the various spice personalities (Posh, Scary, Baby, Sporty, Ginger). But the platform sneak stands apart as a fashion staple of late nineties for tweens and teens alike thanks to the impact of the Spices.
Brad and Jen
Twenty years ago these two were an item spotted at every event involving a red carpet. Aniston was 4 years into the Friends phenom and Pitt was somewhere between Interview with a Vampire and Fight Club. The power couple was the stuff dreams were made of and it was a bummer to wake up.
In September of 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin wanted to invoke the expansive scope of the biggest number, a googolpex (that's a 1 with 100 zeros behind it) but they spelled "googol" wrong. Liking the new word better, they kept it for their search engine endeavour - creating a noun, a verb and a thing that would change everything forever more… think image-hunting, symptom-searching, maps...
Baby One More Time
From a sea of grunge acts emerged this bubblegum snapping pop anthem making Britney a pop princess and household name. The video may have also bolstered the popularity of plaid skirts and set the stage for the highschool musical genre.
Like a hamster and an owl had a chatty and expressive baby, 1.8 million Furbies were sold in 1998 making it a must-have toy. It was programmed to "learn" English, adding new words to its uniquely Furbish vocab over time. Its success continued for the two years following selling a total of 40 million eye-rolling units by the year 2000. They're still sold today.
Sildenafil (aka Viagra)
What began as hypertension medication quickly shifted to be marketed as an erectile dysfunction pill when a happy side effect was discovered. The FDA approval of the little game-changing blue pill was something of a medical miracle for many.
Remember this rotund apparatus? Released in fun colours and solidifying considerable brand loyalty with, well, the planet, Apple made strides twenty years ago that made household tech playful. And eventually indispensable, for better or worse.
Sex and the City
The fictional world of Carrie Bradshaw and friends Samantha, Charlotte, Miranda, set against the sexually charged backdrop of New York become a massive hit in homes everywhere — all the while championing something of a sex positive movement. Dating was never the same after, and the world was left to wonder if they are indeed a Carrie, a Miranda, a Samantha or a Charlotte.