it asks for your birth year and slowly fades out as it counts backwards through the years. Finally the page background goes to black, and a white line of text begins printing out. What it starts with depends on what year you were born but generally you’ll get a note about what movie was popular that year, and then a narrative that combines time-based facts with philosophical questions and reflections on life.
This is just an small example of everything that happened in my birth year:
In ####, the world was a different place.
There was no Google yet. Or Yahoo. Or Researchbuzz.org, for that matter.
In ####, the year of your birth, the top selling movie was The Ten Commandments. People buying the popcorn in the cinema lobby had glazing eyes when looking at the poster.
Remember, that was before there were DVDs. Heck, even before there was VHS. People were indeed watching movies in the cinema, and not downloading them online. Imagine the packed seats, the laughter, the excitement, the novelty. And mostly all of that without 3D computer effects.
The #### Winter Olympic Games open in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. British spies Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean resurface in the Soviet Union after being missing for 5 years. Nikita Khrushchev attacks the veneration of Joseph Stalin as a “cult of personality.” The International Air Transport Association finalizes a draft of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization. Elvis Presley releases his first Gold Album titled Elvis Presley. The Broadway musical My Fair Lady opens in New York City. Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalizes the Suez Canal sparking international condemnation. At age 48, Dutch boxer Bep van Klaveren contests his last match in Rotterdam. British diver Lionel Crabb dives into Portsmouth harbor to investigate a visiting Soviet cruiser and vanishes. Tunisia gains independence from France. Actress Marilyn Monroe marries playwright Arthur Miller.
Figured what was my year of birth yet?