#90sKidsRumors: Twitter hashtag relives gossips of 1990s’ society

Readers would recall that the Internet arrived in India towards the end of the 1990s. It gave us "information super-highway" years later, thanks to Google that beat Yahoo in the search engine market, followed by web-based encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, and millions of other sources of data

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New Delhi: An interesting hashtag has made it to the top of the chart of Twitter trend. Users of the microblogging site are recalling with the hashtag #90sKidsRumors the unsubstantiated wild gossips that made the rounds in the society of the 1990s.

Some of them are hilarious, making us laugh at ourselves, sometimes in disbelief. Readers would recall that the Internet arrived in India towards the end of the 1990s. It gave us “information super-highway” years later, thanks to Google that beat Yahoo in the search engine market, followed by web-based encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, and millions of other sources of data.

The methods to determine the truth of a matter were tortuous; they called for manual sorting of printed matter. The times suited rumour-mongering.

Interesting tweets with #90sKidsRumors

Here are some of the most interesting pot-shots at our own primitive naïveté.

This was one rumour that had got industries across the world, especially those that had switched to computers, into a tizzy.

“Starting midnight computers in the world will stop working.”

Personal computers of that era had dates mentioned in the MM-DD-YY format. As a result, the first day of the year 2000 would be 1/1/00, which could mean 1900, 1800, 1700 or any of the 100th year in the past. This could wreck the computerised world, it was believed. This came to be known as the “Y2K bug”.

It was after that scare that the world switched from YY to YYYY. Had the current year been a year of the previous century, most people would have mentioned this Tuesday’s date as 5/2/19 or 05/02/19 rather than 5/2/2019.

However, when the first day of 2000 arrived, even systems that had not switched to YYYY did not crash.

Here’s something from the world of sports: “Ricky Ponting Played With A Spring Bat in WC2003 Final against India,” goes a tweet with #90sKidsRumors.

The next one is a rumour that had taken many teenagers in India for a ride. Collect H M T letter in the 1 rupee coin. You will get a (sic) HMT watch,” recalled a Twitter user.

Then there is a universal truth not particularly belonging to the 1990s alone. Heave a sigh at this one: “The worst lie we were ever told was probably that things get better. “Oh, study right now and you’ll have an amazing time when you’re older.” Well, guess what mom? That did not happen – still struggling here and would give anything to go back to those days”

It’s debatable whether villain-turned-character actor Mukesh Khanna was loved more by teens and adults when he essayed the role of Bhishma in BR Chopra’s Mahabharat or he endeared more to little children when he played super-hero Shaktimaan in a television series by the same name. “Shaktimaan wil come to save us when we r in trouble Those Days wer simple n Fun,” commented someone.

For more, visit Twitter and click on the hashtag #90sKidsRumors. Or jog your own memory and tweet something with this hashtag. It’s fun!