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10 things as old as our 2017 Freshers

1. Toy Story 2

Building on the massive popularity of Toy Story released in 1995, Toy Story 2 released in November 1999. An instant hit, the sequel grossed over $497 million worldwide. BUT I DON’T WANNA USE MY HEAD!

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2. The Euro

The Euro was introduced to world financial markets in 1999, but not as a physical currency until 2002. Today, 19 countries use the Euro; it’s the second most-traded currency after the dollar.

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3. Family Guy

Family Guy was cancelled in 2003 after three series, but returned in 2005 after positive DVD sales. It’s now in its fifteenth series!

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4. First version of MSN Messenger released

A staple for any childhood; MSN Messenger was the backbone of teenage communications before the likes of Facebook and Whatsapp. Don’t even get us started on people who nudged non-stop…

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5. SpongeBob Squarepants

Fun fact – SpongeBob Squarepants was created by marine biologist & animator Stephen Hillenburg. It launched in May 1999 on Nickelodeon. Pretty sure everybody knows the first few lines of the theme song…

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6. Blue (Da Ba Dee)

One of the strangest, but most iconic songs of all time? With an equally weird video to boot. Relive it below.

7. First Elections for Scottish Parliament

Following years of negotiations, devolution of power finally took place in 1999 with the first elections taking place for the new Scottish national seat of power in Edinburgh.

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8. Star Wars Episode One

The first in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and the first Star Wars film since Return of the Jedi, 16 years earlier. True classic, or worst film ever? We’ll let you decide.

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9. Millennium – Backstreet Boys

The third album released by the five-piece boy band, it introduced classics such as “I Want It That Way”, “Larger Than Life” and “The One”, released in May 1999.

10. The Matrix

Released in March, 1999, and widely regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time. What was with that spoon scene?

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