WHATEVER

Step 1: [Hold hands up to form the letter W]

Step 2: Tilt head to the side

Step 3: Utter the words “Whatever” using an annoying bimba voice

Whatever is a slang term meaning “whatever you say” and “I don’t care what you say.”

The term is used to dismiss a previous statement and express indifference and is usually considered offensive and impolite. 

The word became a sentence in its own right, in effect an interjection and is used as a passive-aggressive conversational blocking tool, leaving the responder without a convincing retort.

Anything they do or say can simply be blocked by the retort of “Whatever!”

The boom of the Whatever sign can be accredited to the 1995 teen movie Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone. It was known to be an offensive gesture suggesting “I don’t think what you are saying is relevant.”

Whatevs!

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SCRUNCHIES

Eye spy with my little eye something beginning with ‘S’

A Scrunchie is a fabric-covered elastic hair tie, commonly used to fasten long hair.Rommy Revson patented the design in 1994, they come in large, elaborate styles and diminutive, unassuming forms are available in many different colors, fabrics, and designs. 

Popularized by Stephanie Tanner from US TV sitcom “Full House”

 

When it comes to Scrunchies the bigger the better and the brighter the better. You’d tie your hair as high as you could either parted on the side or dead centre.

You can never had too many at your disposal and even though I’d be wearing one in my hair I use to have one spare tied around my wrist.

 

SKIP IT

Skip-It is a children’s toy invented by Victor Petrusek and manufactured by Tiger Electronics.

During its initial release in the 1980s, the Skip-It apparatus became a commercial success through its advertisements on daytime Nickelodeon broadcasting as well as other children’s programming.

The toy was designed to be affixed to the child’s ankle via a small plastic hoop and spun around in a 360 degree rotation while continuously skipped by the user.

During a second production occurring in the early 1990s that was referred to by the then-CEO as a “Skip-It Renaissance”, the toy was manufactured with a counter on the Skip-It ball to record the number of skips. As a result, sales doubled from the late-1980s.

Some Skip-Its have colorful glitter filled and covered plastic decorations that can be slid on in order to make colorful patterns while being twirled about.

The only time I used a Skip-It is when I’d see one out of the box at Toys ‘R’ Us.

I reckon a ‘hoola-hoop’ had the same functionality and didn’t cost as much.

PRINCESS DIANA

Diana, Princess of Wales (July 1961 – 31 August 1997) was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales whom she married on 29 July 1981.

She was the people’s Princess because she was also well known for her fund-raising work for international charities, and an eminent celebrity of the late 20th century.

Her wedding to the Prince of Wales, held at St Paul’s Cathedral and was seen by a global television audience of over 750 million.

The marriage produced two sons, the princes William and Harry, currently second and third in line to the thrones of the 16 Commonwealth realms. 

On 31 August 1997, Diana was fatally injured in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris which also caused the death of her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed.

The sudden and unexpected death of an extraordinarily popular royal figure during the 90s brought statements from senior figures worldwide and many tributes by members of the public.

People left public offerings of flowers, candles, cards and personal messages outside Kensington Palace for many months.

Diana’s funeral took place in Westminster Abbey on 6 September 1997 and was televised for the world to see. 

 

Elton John performed and rewritten a version of “Candle In The Wind” as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. 

It was released as a single and reached #1 in many countries, proving a much greater success than the original.

CLONING

Dolly (5 July 1996 – 14 February 2003) was a female domestic sheep and the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell using the process of nuclear transfer.

She was cloned by Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell and colleagues at the Roslin Insitute and the biotechnology company PPL Therapeutics near Edinburger, Scotland.

Dolly was “the world’s most famous sheep”, she lived until the age of six at which point she died from a progressive lung disease.

The cell used as the donor for the cloning of Dolly was taken from a mammary gland and the production of a healthy clone therefore proved that a cell taken from a specific part of the body could recreate a whole individual.

On Dolly’s name, Wilmut stated:

“Dolly is derived from a mammary gland cell and we couldn’t think of a more impressive pair of glands than Dolly Parton’s.”

After cloning was successfully demonstrated through the production of Dolly, many other large mammals have been cloned including horses and bulls. 

Making cloned mammals is highly inefficient (Dolly was the only lamb that survived to adulthood from 277 attempts).

Wilmut, who led the team that created Dolly, announced in 2007 that the nuclear transfer technique may never be sufficiently efficient for use in humans.

MIRC

A/S/L? LOL @mIRC #oldschool.

mIRC is an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client for Microsoft Windows created in 1995 and developed by Khaled Mardam-Bey.

Although it is a fully functional chat utility, its integrated scripting language makes it extensible and versatile.mIRC has been downloaded over 30 million times from CNETs Download.com service. Nielsen/NetRatings also ranked mIRC among the top ten most popular Internet applications in 2003.

How embarassing (sometimes narcissistic) are the screen names we give ourselves in the cyber world eg: S3Xy_Grl_15 or  jnr-R0ME0

We’d sneak dinner into our rooms for a marathon of keyboard gymnastics only to stay up all night chatting to the people we’d see at school the next morning.

It was “dial-up” days and I chuck mentals when I get disconnected mid way through sending a pic… what I’d give to see my chat history logs.

THE WIZARD

A stellar eBay purchase, I jumped around when my DVD copy of The Wizard was finally delivered.

The Wizard is a 1989 adventure dramedy film starring a young Fred Savage, Luke Edwards and Jenny Lewis (scrapes into the 90s because it was released in Australia in 1990).

The film follows three children who run away from home and hitch cross country to compete in the ultimate video game championship. 

The Wizard is famous for its numerous references to video games and accessories for the NES and has been called a feature length commercial.

The film was also well known for being North America’s introduction to what would become one of the best-selling video games of all time, Super Mario Brosthers 3.

Remember the “Power Glove” LOL.

Imagine being a video games savant… gotta be every kids dream in the 90s and WTF Nintendo, a magic flute that let’s you warp worlds! Love it.

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