Talk:1686: Feel Old

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Candidates too

Heck with voters, we've got a candidate who can't remember it: Trump thought it was 7/11 and that thousands and thousands celebrated in Jersey City. Matchups (talk) 16:03, 27 May 2016 (UTC)

The Pot

My favorite election-related "feel old": from 2012 to now, some eligible voters have had pot-smoking Presidents for their entire lifetime. - Frankie (talk) 16:19, 27 May 2016 (UTC)

Maybe not?

I would not be surprised if, when young eligible voters are asked, nearly all of them respond that they clearly remember the events. My experience is that we tend to have memories (real or perceived) from a very young age, if we are reminded of them frequently enough later in our lifetime. I clearly remember watching the Apollo 11 landing on TV with my parents; I was only 14 months old at the time, but the memory is vivid in my head. Perhaps I remember a rebroadcast or another landing, when I was older. I remember Watergate unfolding, even though I was 6. Similarly, I have clear first-person memories of events that my father recorded with his 8mm camera. The 9/11 attacks were so frequently referenced and rebroadcasted for years after they occurred, that I suspect that most 18-year-olds consider them part of their personal experience. This also explains Trump's "memory" of celebrations in Jersey City mentioned by Matchups. If someone immature sees something repeatedly on Fox news, the experience can become personal to them. Sysin (talk) 12:53, 28 May 2016 (UTC)

The comic does not imply that all the voters of that age won't remember 9/11. Clearly there will be some, but not all people can remember events from when they were about 3 years-old. 07:42, 31 May 2016 (UTC)
Previous comics

An earlier comic with the same twist: 11:20, 31 May 2016 (UTC)

"We're gonna make America old again!" 20:38, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

16 years from now, "this is the first election where there are people who don't remember covid." Overlord of oddities (talk) 21:17, 28 May 2020 (UTC)

I'm afraid COVID-19 will still be around in 2036. Nitpicking (talk) 18:00, 30 January 2022 (UTC)

A more recent fact of a similar nature: there are now voters who were born after 9/11 altogether, and there have been for almost two years now. Char Latte (talk) 01:32, 18 October 2022 (UTC)