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21 Things We All Forgot Were Normal 21 Years Ago

This trip into 1994 brought to you by the car of the future.

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1. In 1994, 21-year-olds were surfing the web on 56k...

(Which is 1,000,000 times slower than today's Google Fiber 1 Gbit/s connection.)
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(Which is 1,000,000 times slower than today's Google Fiber 1 Gbit/s connection.)

2. ...playing video games...

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(Check those graphics.)

3. ...and playing cards.

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4. They went to coffee shops dressed like this...

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5. ...the gym dressed like this...

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6. ...and danced at parties like this:

7. They were browsing with Netscape...

(This was four years before Google even existed.)
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(This was four years before Google even existed.)

8. ...using the latest and greatest OS...

<  Press ESC to clear this dialogue box >
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< Press ESC to clear this dialogue box >

9. ...and playing slick games on the latest mobile devices.

PDA used to stand for &quot;Personal Digital Assistant.&quot; Now it stands for something WAY different.
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PDA used to stand for "Personal Digital Assistant." Now it stands for something WAY different.

10. In 1994, 21-year-olds were watching soccer for the first time...

(As Cup fever swept the U.S.)
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(As Cup fever swept the U.S.)

11. ...not watching baseball...

(Because a major strike was underway.)
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(Because a major strike was underway.)

12. ...and eating junk food while watching a ton of MTV.

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Hehehehe. Cool.

13. They were “forgetting" to rewind VHS tapes before returning them to the video store...

14. ...watching literally the three best movies of all time in theaters...

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(That's right: All three played throughout 1994, thanks to Jurassic Park's lengthy run in theaters.)

15. ...and they were paying just $1 for each movie ticket.

Dollar cinema was totally a thing.
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Dollar cinema was totally a thing.

16. Back in '94, 21-year-olds were enjoying the greatest year in hip-hop ever...

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Nas, Biggie, Common, O.C., Outkast, Saafir, Odd Squad, Warren G, UGK, Method Man, Coolio, The Beastie Boys... The list goes on, and on, and on...

17. ...GRUNGE...

Soundgarden, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, STP...
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Soundgarden, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, STP...

18. ...and learning the classics thanks to best-of CD commercials.

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But only the 10-second section of the chorus that made it into the commercial music video mash-up.

19. They were listening to the art form that was the mix tape in the tape decks of their cars.

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Because "shockproof" CD buffering wasn't invented yet, and MP3 players were still a decade away.

20. When a 21-year-old asked a question in '94, everyone said:

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21. And finally: Back in 1994, 21-year-olds could purchase an introductory guide for the net on VHS.

(Instead of, you know, using the internet to browse the internet.)
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(Instead of, you know, using the internet to browse the internet.)

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