A pop culture primer for Ms. Rip Van Winkle

143629__as_lTomorrow and Friday, CBS’ The Early Show  is airing an interview with Sarah Scantlin, a woman who was hit by a drunk driver in 1984 and didn’t awaken from her coma until earlier this year. No doubt certain aspects of 21st-century life will come as a huge shock to her (the Internet, post-Cold War geopolitics, the Red Sox winning the World Series, etc.) Here are some pop culture shockers that we hope were broken to her gently:

-Remember that guy from Conan the Barbarian and The Terminator? He’s now the governor of California (see above).

-Clint Eastwood has won two Oscars for directing. Martin Scorsese still hasn’t won any.

-Eddie Murphy makes children’s movies.

-Madonna is Jewish.

-Michael Jackson is white.

-John Travolta’s had, like, six comebacks.

-That nerdy girl from Square Pegs and Footloose? She became TV’s hottest sex symbol.

-The classiest, most acclaimed actor in movies for the last 16 years or so has been the guy who played Easy Reader on The Electric Company.

-Tina Turner looks exactly the same.

-So does Gary Coleman.

-Punk finally caught on in America around 1991. By 1997, we were all sick of it and turned back to prefab pop.

-Just to keep us all on our toes, Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, The Artist, and then back to Prince.

-Rap turned out to be more than just a passing fad.

-Keith Richards is still alive.

Anything else she should know?

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  • Santa

    Who is the guy who played Easy Reader on The Electric Company?

  • dygla

    Santa–it’s Morgan Freeman who played Easy Reader.

  • EP Sato

    The American car companies were bought out by foreign car companies or bought the foreign car companies themselves, so while James Bond’s Astin Martin is really a Ford, Jeeps are now German.
    Those VCRs that the world went gaga over? Replaced by DVD.
    Richard Marx is still making “music”
    If there is a movie from the 1980′s you really liked and want to see again, don’t worry, it’s currently being remade and will soon be in a theater near you…AGAIN.

  • Professor74

    Germany is one country.
    Soviet Union is now just a bunch of countries.
    There is this big disease (HIV)that makes sex dangerous.
    MTV is now a bunch of different channels that don’t play videos anymore.

  • Carlos

    A man named George W. Bush is sending our country to hell in a handbasket (You’ll hear about it in news, which by the way you can hardly believe anymore).
    Your record collection may have tripled in value.
    Remember Spicoli (Sean Penn)from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and Rick (Tom Hanks) from “Bachelor Party”? They both won Oscars and they are highly acclaimed actors now.
    If you’ve never heard of a place called Starbucks by now, trust me, you will find one at literally EVERY corner.
    Being known as a hotel heiress and having a sex tape of yourself displayed to people across the country can make you one of the biggest names in entertainment.

  • JP

    You can’t watch most sporting events for 5 minutes without being told how to get a high quality boner…

  • Bob

    Sarah Jessica Parker is TV’s hottest sex symbol? It strikes me that she is closer to being Sex & The City’s 4th Hottest Sex Symbol, or the 5th if there’s a particularly hot guest star.

  • katie jane

    speaking as someone born in 1988, trust me, if you really want to ‘catch up on what went down’, VH1′s I LOVE THE 90s is a big help. i mean, i never would have know what the heck Color Me Bad was if it weren’t for Ian Black. and thats crucial info.

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