15 Surprising Things You Didn’t Realize Were Turning 20 In 2017

Not to bum you out, but you’re getting old. I mean, no matter what age you are, you made it to another year of life, which is both cool and annoying since it means you are actually growing up. Soon you’ll have to deal with “adult things” like “paying bills” or “having real emotions” (those are fake, BTW).  I didn’t realize how old I was until I realized that 1997 was twenty years ago. Yes. Like, twenty whole years. When I think back to 1997, I always think that it was only five or so years ago. NOPE! So, I’m feeling super old right now, but my personal emotions about this are besides the point.

The point is that time is moving a lot quicker than we think. It’s important to take a minute to ~reflect~ on everything you’ve experienced over the years. Whether you were born in the ’90s or the ’00s, you probably won’t realize how fast everything is happening. I, for instance, like to look back on the past few years to see how far we’ve all come. Can you believe that there was ever a time where Harry Potter didn’t exist? This time 20 years ago, it didn’t. It makes me both sad and excited. Sad because, let’s be real, I’m getting old. But excited because of how much other awesome stuff we are going to experience in our lifetime. So, no matter if you were born or not in 1997, take a look at these things that are turning 20 years old in 2017. They might surprise you…I know they freaked me out.

1. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone


Okay, the book didn’t technically make it to the U.S. until 1998, but it still existed in the world in 1997, which means the story of Harry has been around for nearly 20 years. The first novel was one of seven, and the series turned into eight movies, plus a spinoff that was released last year. I don’t know why I’m telling this, though, because if you don’t know what Harry Potter is I’m not sure you’re human.


2. Titanic


Do you hear the sound of me crying? Titanic is my all time favorite movie, I still have the VHS tapes (yes, there were two of them, since the movie was too long to fit on one). It came out November 1st 1997, though I wasn’t allowed to watch it until many years later due to the “explicit” content. You know, the famous car sex scene. If you’ve never seen it, I do recommend it, as long as you don’t plan on going on a cruise any time soon.


3. Kylie Jenner


Yes, even though the date is marked wrong on her official calender, Kylie turns 20 this August. I wonder how much she has realized in her 20 years of living? Whatever it is, it’s making her a LOT of money.


4. Barbie Girl


~Come on barbie let’s go party!~ The classic Aqua song “Barbie Girl” came out in 1997, which, now that I think about it, is actually super sexist and rape culturey, but at the time it seemed like an innocent song.


5. Hercules


I used to watch this Disney movie a lot when I was growing up. Not only were the songs catchy, but Meg was actually a super bad ass character who didn’t need Hercules to save her. Plus she had awesome hair. I know she’s a cartoon but #goals.


6. Daria


Your favorite sarcastic high school student Daria premiered on MTV 20 years ago this year, which means that Daria would be in her late 30’s in 2017 and if that doesn’t make you feel old I don’t know what will. She was real AF, and made me feel less weird about being so cynical and moody all the time.


7. Spice Girls- Spice Up Your Life

People of the world, spice up your life! I could go on and type out the entire song but let’s be honest, I’m sure you know the words to this female pop ANTHEM that came out in 1997.


8. Spiceworld


The Spice Girls were HUGE in 1997, and they also released and musical/comedy movie along with their killer album in 1997. I’m sure you and your friends have had endless debates over which Spice girl you all are. PS: I’m Baby Spice, just so you know.


9. Camila Cabello

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Camila Cabello was born in 1997, which means that she was 19 when she started her feud with Fifth Harmony she turns 20 this year! Happy almost birthday, Camila! I doubut the 5H girls will be celebrating with her.


10. Tamagotchi


Did anyone else’s parents get them a Tamagotchi because they didn’t think you could take care of a real pet? I probably had five of the virtual pets, and I probably lost all of them by 1998. Still, there wasn’t a ’90s kid who didn’t have the tiny neon-colored eggs hanging from their backpack. Ah, memories.


11. Teletubbies


I thought these creepy alien-looking characters were older, but apparently not. Teletubbies premiered in March 1997 and quickly became one of the biggest television shows for kids. The show followed the teletubbies as they did daily activities like play with a vacuum cleaner, and roll around in grass, which is all normal stuff, I guess. I always cried whenever they came on screen because they were so scary looking, but that’s just me.


12. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

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I didn’t start watching the show for another 10 years, but Buffy The Vampire Slayer premiered in 1997 when creator Joss Whedon became tired of all of the stereotypical blond girls being damsels in distress. Buffy literally kicked demon ass while wearing cute heels and leather jackets. She’s my idol.


13. Ellen coming out


It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when Ellen DeGeneres wasn’t publically out, but she didn’t officially come out as gay until 1997. She came out on her TV show and IRL in and issue of Time Magazine. It actually caused a lot of backlash at the time, and criticism from many anti-LGBTQ groups who demanded that ABC pull the show from air. It was then cancelled in 1998.


14. Phish Food


Everyone’s FAVE Ben and Jerry’s flavor turns 20 in February. You know that means, right? You need to go out and buy 20 cartons of the ice cream RIGHT NOW.


15. Aaron Carter’s first album

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Aaron Carter’s first album, appropriately titled Aaron Carter, came out in December 1997, when Aaron was just 10 years old. Unfortunately, his classic hit “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” wasn’t released until 2000, but, you know.

What surprised you the most on this list? What did we forget? Tell us in the comments!

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