Due to popular demand, this blog regularly features "The Halfway Game!"
The "popular demand" part is a lie, and the last time we played was in 2011.
The game works like this: think of some event in the past, and then count back twice that number of years to see what the event was halfway to. For best effect, the two events should have some thematic connection. When it goes right, the Halfway Game gives you a startling perspective on the passage of time and appreciation for history. When it goes horribly wrong, you just feel old.
Pixar's "The Incredibles" (2004) is about halfway to "Toy Story" (1995). Likewise, Disney's "Little Mermaid" (1989) is halfway to "Mary Poppins" (1964).
Video games Doom and Myst (1993) are halfway to Pong (1972). Likewise, Grand Theft Auto (1997) is halfway to Missile Command and Pac-Man (1980).
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), the final Star Trek movie with the full original cast, is halfway to Star Trek's final season on TV (1968-69).
The fall of the Berlin Wall (1989) is nearly halfway to John Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech (1963).
|Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, visited by Kennedy|
in 1963 and millions of Germans in 1989.
In a few months, Marty McFly's first time-travel trip (1985) will be halfway to the Enchantment Under the Sea dance where his parents met (1955).
"Star Wars" (1977) is almost halfway to "The Wizard of Oz" (1939).
The TV miniseries "Roots" (1977) is halfway to the first commercial TV broadcast (1940). So are "Three's Company" and "The Love Boat."
Marvel Comics' "Howard the Duck" (1976) is halfway to the first Superman comic book (1938).
Mariner 9, the first space probe to successfully orbit another planet (Mars, 1972), is halfway to Clyde Tombaugh's discovery of Pluto (1930).
The first lunar landing (1969) is halfway to the first airplane circumnavigation of the world (U.S. Army, 1924).
|One of these craft was the first to fly around the world (1924);|
the other craft was the first to land on the Moon (1969)
The 1964 New York World's Fair is halfway to the beginning of World War I (1914), and the beginning of World War I is halfway to the writing of the Star Spangled Banner (1814) (hat tip to Jim O'Kane!).
Barack Obama's birthday (1961) is halfway to Lyndon Johnson's birthday (1908).
Ray Bradbury's birthday (1920) is halfway to the deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams (1826).
The first commercial blues recording, "Crazy Blues" by Mamie Smith and her Jazz Hounds (1920), is halfway to Beethoven's final composition (String Quartet No. 16, 1826).
Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis" (1916) is halfway to Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" (1818).
Jesus Christ is halfway to the estimated completion of Stonehenge.
Finally, my birthday (1960) is halfway to the presidency of Teddy Roosevelt, the first radio broadcast, the discovery of the existence of vitamins, and the Great San Francisco Earthquake (1906). This is where things go horribly wrong.