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10 things as old as our 2018 Freshers

1. Eminem – The Real Slim Shady

It’s been 18 years since Eminem released this iconic song, which is now essential for any good throwback playlist.

2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

J.K. Rowling’s fourth book smashed records and sold an impressive 372,775 copies on its first day!

3. The first cloned piglets

In March 2000, PPL Therapeutics announced that they had successfully used adult cells to clone 5 piglets. They were named Milly, Christa, Alexisa, Carol and Dot-Com.

4. X-Men

Fun fact – Hugh Jackman took ice cold showers before filming to get into the angry mindset of his character. Now that’s some serious dedication!

5. Play Station 2

March 2000 saw the launch of Sony’s PS2, which went on to become one of the most successful gaming consoles ever released!

6. Big Brother

The iconic Big Brother house has been on our TV screens since July 2000. But after 19 series of Big Brother and 22 series of Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 5 announced that the newest series will be its last.


7. Britney Spears – Oops!… I Did It Again

Britney’s second album, Oops!…I Did It Again smashed records and has sold over 25 million copies to date. Fun fact – the album was originally going to be called Sunflower.

8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas was the first Dr. Seuss book to be adapted for the big screen. Is it too early to start watching Christmas films now? Asking for a friend…

9. USB flash Drive

The USB stick is essential for any university student. Originally called DiskOnKey, the first USB stick held only 8MB.

10. The first British women reach the South Pole

In December 2000, the first all-female British group trekked across Antarctica to the South Pole. We feel cold just thinking about it!

By Deven Stross, NSF

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