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Since they binge-watch their favorite TV shows, they might like to binge-watch the video portions of their courses too. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)
When they see wire-rimmed glasses, they think Harry Potter, not John Lennon.
"Press pound" on the phone is now translated as "hit hashtag." (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
Celebrity "selfies" are far cooler than autographs. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for AMC/AP Images)
The Daily Show has always been the only news program that really "gets it right." (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Hard liquor has always been advertised on television. (SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Ralph Nader has always been running for president of the U.S. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
They never sat glued to Saturday morning cartoon shows but have been hooked on FOX's Sunday night "Animation Domination." (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
The water cooler is no longer the workplace social center; it's the place to fill your water bottle.
In their lifetime, a dozen different actors have portrayed Nelson Mandela on the big and small screen.
Women have always attended VMI and the Citadel. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
FOX News and MSNBC have always been duking it out for the hearts and minds of American viewers.
Pepsi has always refreshed travelers in outer space.
Hong Kong has always been part of China. (DALE de la REY/AFP/Getty Images)
Courts have always been overturning bans on same-sex marriages. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Meds have always provided an option. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Bosnia and Herzegovina have always been one nation.
Nicotine has always been recognized as an addictive drug requiring FDA oversight.
Students have always been able to dance at Baylor. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Hello, Dolly: Cloning has always been a fact, not science fiction. (AP Photo/Paul Clements, File) UK OUT
Women have always been dribbling, and occasionally dunking, in the WNBA. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Ads for prescription drugs, noting their disturbing side effects, have always flooded the airwaves.

Whether to embrace fat or spurn it has been a front-page debate all their lives. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Parents have always been able to rely on a ratings system to judge violence on TV.
They never tasted the "texturally enhanced alternative beverage" known as Orbitz.
There has always been "TV" designed to be watched exclusively on the web.
The Unabomber has always been behind bars. (AP Photo/Bob Galbraith)
Female referees have always officiated NBA games (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
Boeing has never had any American competition for commercial aircraft. (AP Photo)
"Good feedback" means getting 30 likes on your last Facebook post in a single afternoon.
Chicago, a musical about a celebrity getting away with murder, has always been popular on Broadway.
U.S. Major League baseball teams have always played in Mexico. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Bill Gates has always been the richest man in the U.S. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Attending schools outside their neighborhoods, they gather with friends on Skype, not in their local park.
While the number of Americans living with HIV has always been going up, American deaths from AIDS have always been going down. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
They have no memory of George Stephanopoulos as a senior White House adviser. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
The PGA has always offered handicapped golfers a ride - reluctantly.
Two-term presidents are routine, but none of them ever won in a landslide. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Joe Camel has never introduced one of them to smoking.
The family has always been able to buy insurance at local banks. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
One route to pregnancy has always been through frozen eggs. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
They have probably never used Netscape as their web browser. (AP Photo)
Everybody has always loved Raymond. (AP Photo/Spencer Weiner)
"Salon" has always been an online magazine.
The rate of diagnosed diabetes has always been shooting up during their lifetime.
Affirmative action has always been outlawed in California. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
During their initial weeks of kindergarten, terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on 9/11 (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
U.S. soldiers have always been vaccinated against anthrax.
Their collection of U.S. quarters has always celebrated the individual states.


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- If you want to feel old, this might do it: Madonna's daughter, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, has enrolled as a freshman at the University of Michigan.

Leon's choice of the same university her mother once attended is one of the milestones marked this year by the Beloit College Mindset List, a nonscientific compilation meant to remind teachers that college freshmen, born mostly in 1996, see the world in a much different way.

They've grown up with Facebook, selfies and web-based TV. And to them, watching cartoons has meant catching "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" instead of Saturday morning fare.

The compilation, released Tuesday, has been assembled every year since 1998 by Ron Nief and Tom McBride, officials at the private college in southeastern Wisconsin. Over the years it has evolved into a cultural touchstone that entertains even as people wonder where the years have gone.

Here's a look at a few of the landmark events that took place around 1996, the year Leon and most of her incoming classmates were born.

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