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13 News Stories From 2017 That We Wouldn't Have Believed As 90s Kids

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If you could send a message back to your younger self, what would you say? Besides totally obvious stuff like "Don't let mom throw away all your Beanie Babies."

Of course, even as kids we knew the future would be very different, but there's no way we could have wrapped our minds around this year's events. Try and imagine how you would have reacted to hearing these 13 news stories in the 90s:

1. Online shopping? Kind of a big deal

Okay, stay with me on this one, you know that Packard Bell that your parents let you use to type up your homework? In the future that's how we'll order our toilet paper, DVDs, clothes, and pretty much everything else. Yes, really.

I think this guy has a bright future.Investopedia

And business is so good that the owner of the biggest online retailer actually became the world's richest man this year (just for a day, but you get the picture).

2. We still smell what the Rock is cooking

Yes, "the most electrifying name is sports entertainment" is now Hollywood's biggest movie star - as in he's very popular, but also because he's ginormous.

His movie career won't take off until the early 2000s, but nowadays the Rock - er, we mean Dwayne Johnson - is starring in everything from Disney flicks to the Jumanji reboot (more on that later).

3. Recognize him?

SNL funnyman Al Franken is a United States Senator now, and he's actually been in politics for almost a decade.

Meanwhile, you might remember this world famous neurosurgeon from the news.

He's become the Secretary for Housing and Urban Development after a failed run for the presidency.

And finally, even Kid Rock seems to have changed careers.

The rapper hasn't made it official yet, but he's announced his interest in running for the Senate in Michigan. Who could have predicted any of these in the 90s?

4. Yes, we have hoverboards

It's not like you can pick one up from Toys 'R Us (especially since they could be closing soon) but pretty soon you'll be able to step into Marty McFly's shoes.

Actually, you can already step into Marty McFly's actual shoes, now that self-lacing sneakers are finally a reality.

5. The Backstreet Boys are still touring

We'll call this good news, but even the band's biggest fans wouldn't have guessed that the "boys" would still be on the road by now. Their tour next year coincides with the band's 25th anniversary. Talk about staying power!

But the more things stay the same, the more they change as well...

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