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MIT student blogger Jess K. '10

Things That Are 20 by Jess K. '10

DID YOU KNOW? 1988 was a leap year.

* Sonny Bono (of Sonny and Cher) being elected mayor of Palm Springs in California.

* The first mass demonstration against the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.

* Sub Pop Records, a Seattle record label known for launching such bands as Nirvana and The Shins.

* Rain Man, Die Hard, My Neighbor Totoro, and Beetlejuice.

* Haley Joel Osment.

* Ronald Weigel’s two silver medals in the summer Olympics for speed walking.

* Super Mario Brothers 3.

* The death of Richard Feynman (abdominal cancer).

* The time it took for Billy Mitchell, father of three and president of a hot sauce manufacturing company, to obtain a perfect score on Pacman.

* The Doughnutgate Incident, in which New Jersey Devils’ coach Jim Schoenfeld told ref Don Koharski to “eat another dougnut, you fat pig!” and was suspended.

* Mike Tyson crashing his $183,000 Bently on Varick Street in New York City.

* Weird Al Yankovic’s “Fat” hitting #99.

* Rageshree Ramachandran winning the 61st National Spelling Bee by spelling his own name. (Okay, not really, but I feel like a childhood with his name had to have given him an advantage)

* The initial plans for mapping the human genome.

* “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.

* McDonald’s plans to open 20 Moscow restaurants, featuring the Bolshoi Mak (Big Mac) for two rubles.

* The image of a benzene ring.

* “Price is Right” model Janice Pennington being knocked out by a TV camera.

* Me.

27 responses to “Things That Are 20”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Me in a month and a half as well. Happy Birthday!

  2. Bassil says:

    First !

    Don’t worry Be happy
    Basshunter used that in LoL =/

    So unoriginal

  3. Bassil says:

    And, Happy birthday

  4. Anonymous says:

    happie b’day!

  5. Paul says:

    Happy “Internet popularity” day! :D

    (No, seriously, happy birthday.)

  6. V says:

    Your a Seibei fan?!

    I really would like the Kitten Apocalypse shirt by him.

  7. Jeremy '12 says:

    Happy Birthday Jess! You’re older now… yay! wink

    BTW, That pacman article? Intense.

  8. donaldGuy says:

    I sent you birthday wishes via AIM .. but I don’t know if you got them, and this nice opportunity is here so, HAPPY BIRTHDAY (AGAIN)!!!


  9. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday!

  10. madmatt says:

    Happy birthday!

    (And Totoro is 20?!)

  11. Judy '12 says:

    Happy Birthday Jess (btw, nice T-shirt)

  12. DanN says:

    Happy Birthday, Awesome!

  13. renacat says:

    Happy Birthday Jess! 20 is awesome, but awesome is not 20…hmmm….

  14. Aditi says:

    Happy Birthday !

  15. Jean says:

    Every September my friends “forcefully” insert my head into a delicious birthday cake, and I thank them for that.

    Happy Birthday Jess.

  16. Steph says:

    Happy Birthday!

    I remember your last birthday post.

  17. Edgar says:

    Happy Birthday!
    This was an awesome way of reminding us!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Aww, happy birthday :D

  19. nakoruru says:


  20. Piper says:


    Happy Birthday, JKim =D.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I knew you would be at the end of the list. Happy Birthday.

  22. Li'12 says:

    Happy Birthday!

    And yay for Bobby McFerrin! My dance teacher always uses his music, but other than that it seems like nobody else has heard of him =(

  23. Sam says:

    Happy Birthday, Kamber. On the subject of Bobby McFerrin, this is the greatest thing he ever did:

  24. Anonymous says:

    יוֹם הֻלֶּדֶת שָֹמֵחַ!

  25. Vin says:

    Happy birthday!