Feel Old? These Things Are Turning 40 in 2020

Remember Home Alone's Macaulay Culkin? He's 40 now.

ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) 2020 threw us what's probably the worst curveball in our lives. Everything came to a grinding halt—businesses closed, streets are empty, and people are stuck at home. Things are at a standstill, except for time as things and people still get older. We've all pretty much wasted a whole year; and for those turning 40 this 2020, it's just another number added to their age.

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Macaulay Culkin, who just celebrated his 40th birthday on August 26, also reminded us of how old we areespecially those who watched him star in the Home Alone trilogy from the '90s. "It's my gift to the world: I make people feel old. I'm no longer a kid, that's my job," he said in a tweet. The post has since earned more than one million likes.

Lin-Manuel Miranda (January 16), Zooey Deschanel (January 17), Rebel Wilson (March 2), Channing Tatum (April 26), Kristen Bell (July 18), and Chris Pine (August 26) also greeted the big 4-0 amid the pandemic. We have yet to know if Kim Kardashian (October 21), Ryan Gosling (November 12), Jake Gyllenhaal (December 18), and Christina Aguilera (December 18) will be celebrating their birthdays without quarantine restrictions.

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Here are more things that have been around in the last four decades:

Rubik's Cube

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The Rubik's Cube, which Erno Rubik has been tinkering with since 1974, was officially launched in 1980. It was distributed by Ideal Toy Company.

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Post-Its

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3M's brand of sticky notes was first sold as "Post-Its" in 1979, but it wasn't until April 6, 1980, when it was rolled out across the United States. It was later launched in Canada and Europe.

Pac-Man

Pac-Man was first released as a maze arcade game by Namco in 1980. Its premise is pretty easy: you control the yellow sphere, "eat" the dots along the way, and avoid four colored ghosts.

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back was released on May 21, 1980, as a sequel to
Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). It centers on the ongoing conflict between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire; and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and more.

Walkman

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Sony's brand of portable media player that uses cassette tapes called the Walkman was released in 1979, but it was officially distributed across America in 1980. Production officially stopped in 2010.

The Shining

The Stanley Kubrick psychological horror film starring Jack Nicholson has been making people scream since May 23, 1980. Its cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance was affirmed in 2018 when it was included in the United States National Film Registry.

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