30 Things Your Grandkids Won’t Believe You Lived Through in 2017 — 2017 Year in Review


1 of 30

“Grandparent, is it true that thousands of Americans gave Jill Stein millions of dollars because they thought that she was going to save them from the election results and then she totally didn’t like some Batman villain?”

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2 of 30

“Grandparent, surely the tall tales about the mad president who was obsessed with being on the cover of Time magazine aren’t true. Did he really obsessively tweet about wanting it every year and then once lie and said that he’d preemptively reject it in 2017?”

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3 of 30

“Grandparent, is it true that in your day you observed Daylight Savings Time and not what we have now, ‘Reclaiming My Time’ Time, in honor of Queen Maxine Waters? What was it like to set your clocks back in such a basic way?”

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4 of 30

“Grandparent, did Bonnie and Clyde really announce the wrong movie for Best Picture because a lawyer was taking a selfie? Did they actually get up there and give speeches? Did everyone thank their aunt who lived in Paris? And then did the lawyers come out and announce Moonlight had actually won? Did everyone perish of embarrassment?”

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5 of 30

“Grandparent? This is going to sound weird, but did the First Lady have a body double at some point? Could you really blame her?”

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7 of 30

“Grandparent, what was the Dern-naissance like? Was it glorious? Did everything she touch turn to gold? Was every performance more GIF-able than the last?”

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8 of 30

“Grandparent, what is Szechuan sauce? And what is Rick and Morty? And why did people go nuts trying to get it? Is that really a story from your timeline or am I getting my multiverses mixed up, Grandparent?

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9 of 30

“Grandparent, is it true that you breathed the same air and walked the same Earth as Beyoncé? Like, every day? Where were you when she gave birth to our twin Emperors? Tell me everything!”

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11 of 30

“Grandparent, did you live in the time when there were multiple Taylor Swifts? Were you there for the Great Snake Transformation? What did you do after you looked at what you made her do?”

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12 of 30

“Grandparent, what was it like to miss Barack Obama and Michelle Obama every day? Same as it is now but without that awesome library they built?”

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13 of 30

“Grandparent! Tell me about the time the successful American television star fell in love with the British prince and saved the year from being all bad news!”

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14 of 30

“Grandparent, I don’t really understand this, but it says in my history book that Jaden Smith got into a feud with a vegan mayo? Do you have more information on that? Honestly, please tell me about every feud from your time. I need it for my AP History Exam. There’s a huge section on the Taylor-Kim-Kanye imbroglio. Also, is it true that Jada Pinkett Smith had never heard of a Groupon?”

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15 of 30

“Grandparent, was Blake Shelton named Sexiest Man Alive? Were there riots? How did Idris feel about that?”

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16 of 30

“Wait… was Mr. Clean sexy back in your time? Did you… understand sexiness?”

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17 of 30

“OMG, Grandparent, did a bunch of people, including the Secretary of State call the President dumb on the regular back then? Did people constantly have to put out statements saying ‘I didn’t call the President dumb; he’s very smart’ even though you know they totally called the President dumb?”

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20 of 30

“Grandparent, a ‘RompHim’? Like, were you all just bored or…? Were you aware that it was just a romper with a different name? What… was going on?”

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21 of 30

“Grandparent, you’re telling me that a giant, plainspoken man possibly changed the outcome of an election by writing a letter and then was fired by the president he might have inadvertently helped win because he wouldn’t swear his loyalty like some sort of serf from the Middle Ages? Didn’t you all get tired of rioting in the streets?”

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22 of 30

“Did y’all really buy a $1,000 tin can from Tiffany & Co.? Like, really?”

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23 of 30

“Grandparent, did the government really try to take away people’s access to healthcare and the internet? Were you aware that you were living in a dystopia? How did that feel? Was there traffic?”

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24 of 30

“Grandparent, did Starbucks really try to introduce a frappuccino that was unicorn-themed? In this economy? Did everyone just set themselves on fire out of rage? Unicorns?! Really?! And did they follow it up with a zombie flavored frappuccino? Did you live through the darkest timeline?”

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25 of 30

“Grandparent, did you know that King Asahd would go on to become the youngest person to own his own country or was that a surprise? How did it feel to be out-earned by a baby every day of your life?”

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26 of 30

“Grandparent, was there anyone that the President didn’t insult through spoken words or on Twitter? Wasn’t it exhausting being outraged all the time? We know that, in the years since, dozens of movies and plays have tried to explain why he did the things he did, to be honest, it still just sounds insane and terrible. Thoughts?”

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28 of 30

“Grandparent, who are these guys aside from being Double Jeopardy! questions? Was everything just so embarrassing all the time back then?”

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30 of 30

“Grandparent, did the entire course of human history change after the release of Black Panther in 2017? Or was that later?”

“That was later, my child. But it definitely happened and it was lit.”

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