Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The Halfway Game
Long ago in a blog far away, I sometimes played The Halfway Game, guaranteed to put your life in perspective. The game works like this: think of something in the past and then count back twice that number of years to see what the event was halfway to. Ten years ago was halfway to twenty years ago. For best effect, the two events should have some connection.
For example, Michael Keaton's Batman 22 years ago (1989) is halfway to Adam West's Batman 44 years ago (1967). See how that works?
Also, Disney's The Little Mermaid (1989) is halfway to The Jungle Book (1967), which is halfway to the founding of the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio (1923).
U2's album The Joshua Tree (1987) is halfway to the Beatles' first album Please Please Me (1963).
The debuts of the comic strips Calvin & Hobbes and The Far Side (1980) are about halfway to the debut of Peanuts (1950).
The movie Star Trek: Generations (Kirk meets Picard, 1994) is halfway to Star Wars (1977), which is halfway to Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943).
The comic books Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns (1986) are halfway to the debut of The Fantastic Four (1961).
The debut of Charlie's Angels (1976) is halfway to the first commercial television broadcast (1941).
The Apollo 11 Moon landing (1969) is halfway to Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic (1927).
Barack Obama's birthday (1961) is halfway to Ronald Reagan's birthday (1911), which is almost halfway to Abraham Lincoln's birthday (1809).
Sputnik (1957) is halfway to the Wright Brothers' first flight (1903).
The explosion of the first atomic bomb (1945) is halfway to the birth of Albert Einstein (1879).
Feeling old yet? Play along!