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25 Things That Are The Same Age as This Year’s Freshers

This weekend will see hundreds of thousands of people born in 1997 start their university lives. Surely they’re not old enough?

1. Harry Potter

The first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was released June 1997.

2. Grand Theft Auto

The first game in what has now become the biggest selling entertainment product of all time was released October 1997.



3. Barbie Girl, Aqua

4. Channel 5

the fifth and final terrestrial channel in the UK was unveiled March 1997.



5. Flubber

The film that made everyone want their own green goo and flying yellow robot. Released November 1997.

6. Croc

The PS1 classic that (almost) rivalled Spyro was released October 1997 in Europe.



7. Men In Black

July 1997 gave us another great film (after Independence Day in ’96) that featured Will Smith fighting aliens.

8. Cow & Chicken

Along with I Am Weasel, this Cartoon Network series premiered July 1997.



9. MMMBop, Hanson

10. Final Fantasy VII

Arguably the greatest FF game – not to mention one of the greatest games of all time – was released January 1997.



11. Titanic

James Cameron’s epic premiered December 1997.

12. Vengaboys

The group formed in 1997 and later released hits such as Boom Boom Boom, We Like To Party!, and We’re Going To Ibiza.

13. Hercules

June 1997 saw the release of Disney’s Hercules.

14. Tekken 3

Initially released March 1997 for arcade, Tekken 3 is still regarded as one of the greatest fighting games of all time.

15. Teletubbies

Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po first appeared in March 1997.

16. Spice World

The Spice Girls appeared in their first feature film in December 1997. It won one award: Worst Actress.

17. Recess

August 1997 saw the first episode of Recess.



18. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee

The Playstation classic that probably gave you the creeps, released September 1997.



19. Starship Troopers

The film that everyone rented from Blockbusters and should never have been given two sequels was released November 1997. Would you like to know more?

20. Maisie Williams

Also born in 1997, Maisie, who plays the most badass character in Game of Thrones, would be a fresher this year.

FineBros / HBO

FineBros / HBO

21. 50/50

That CBBC programme you watched when you came home from school first aired April 1997. You always wished your school would feature, but it never did.

22. GoldenEye 007

Based on the 1995 James Bond film, GoldenEye was released August 1997 and ruined friendships everywhere with its multiplayer mode.



23. Jonny Bravo

The coolest guy on Cartoon Network first appeared July 1997.

24. Steps

Formed in May 1997, they later went on to bless us with songs such as 5, 6, 7, 8, Deeper Shade of Blue, and Tragedy.

25. Tomb Raider II

The second instalment of Lara Croft hit the shelves in November 1997, just a year after the first game.

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