Professor stupidmonkey wrote:
I'm 47, and my Challenger moment was when they announced the explosion of the Challenger in the middle of my school day, while in high school.
That's interesting.. I'm 40 and because we were noisy we were late still walking down the hall (girls-line/boys-line) to the cafeteria where all the other classes were.. (I was announced member of good hand-writing club that day.. my triumph overshadowed... THANKS MORTON-THIKOL!!)...
But even the next day (in 3-4th grade) were were already telling the crude jokes.. I very much wonder where these kids heard them.. I'm guessing older siblings.. but how far does that rabbit hole go? Seriously.. I'm sure within a week all of us kids knew at least 3 jokes about this tragedy.
I can't imagine high-schoolers being any less crass... if anything any 'affect' from me was meta-cognition of the event..
I wonder what the jokes were when Titanic happened.. or Hindenberg.. or the Fidenae amphitheater collapse
In the reverse.. lunar-landing or even the 1968 Christmas eve circum-lunar flight are the only things I can really think of in history (almost) that were so positive and defied cultural and political borders...
(although saving those kids from the caves is VERY awesome).
It'd be nice if there were more things like that... "where were you when we ended scarcity-based economics?"