1995: "MC Hammer Age"

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1995: "MC Hammer Age"

Postby bilkie » Fri May 18, 2018 3:05 pm UTC

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Title Text: "Wait, sorry, I got mixed up--he's actually almost 50. It's the kid from The Karate Kid who just turned 40."

NOW I feel young: IRL Ralph Machhio is older than me!
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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby chenille » Fri May 18, 2018 3:08 pm UTC

What is the title text talking about? Jaden Smith is only 19.

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby speising » Fri May 18, 2018 3:23 pm UTC

chenille wrote:What is the title text talking about? Jaden Smith is only 19.

you mean the kid from the movie playing in China, who learns kung-fu and chides his mother for calling it karate?

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby Soupspoon » Fri May 18, 2018 3:40 pm UTC

Well, Randall got me. But in the "someone is younger than I thought, either him then or me now" way, before I got beyond the dialogue bit. ;)

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby cellocgw » Fri May 18, 2018 3:42 pm UTC

Randall needs more honest work and fewer hobbies. :lol:
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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby Neoptolemosv2 » Fri May 18, 2018 3:45 pm UTC

And then it turns out he got us twice, since they're both 56. :shock:

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby Soupspoon » Fri May 18, 2018 3:46 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:Randall needs more honest work and fewer hobbies. :lol:

But which is better: work that you can make your work, or work that you can make your hobby?

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby gmalivuk » Fri May 18, 2018 4:54 pm UTC

Neoptolemosv2 wrote:And then it turns out he got us twice, since they're both 56. :shock:

That's the joke.
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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby sonar1313 » Fri May 18, 2018 5:07 pm UTC

Ralph Macchio: Still the only 20-something who ever played a convincing teenager.

I mean seriously. Michael J. Fox looked 30.

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby CardcaptorRLH85 » Fri May 18, 2018 5:34 pm UTC

Neoptolemosv2 wrote:And then it turns out he got us twice, since they're both 56. :shock:


He only got me once since I already knew that MC Hammer was the same age as my mother but, I didn't know that the guy who played the Karate Kid was actually a few months older. I guess I knew he had to be older than 40 (I was born about half a year after that movie came out, so I'm 33) but 56 surprised me.

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby da Doctah » Fri May 18, 2018 6:56 pm UTC

chenille wrote:What is the title text talking about? Jaden Smith is only 19.


What does that have to do with anything? Hilary Swank is 43.

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby Aiwendil » Fri May 18, 2018 7:27 pm UTC

Why is Randall obsessed with making people feel old? It feels like every other comic is one of these, and it's not a meme I recall encountering anywhere else.

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby rmsgrey » Fri May 18, 2018 7:37 pm UTC

da Doctah wrote:
chenille wrote:What is the title text talking about? Jaden Smith is only 19.


What does that have to do with anything? Hilary Swank is 43.


Hilary Swank wasn't in The Karate Kid - she was in The Next Karate Kid, which came out years before The Karate Kid.

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby Reka » Fri May 18, 2018 8:03 pm UTC

chenille wrote:What is the title text talking about? Jaden Smith is only 19.

Isn't that one of those movies that Doesn't ExistTM, like any Matrix movie other than the first one? Or am I mixing it up with something?

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby Sunidesus » Fri May 18, 2018 8:55 pm UTC

sonar1313 wrote:Ralph Macchio: Still the only 20-something who ever played a convincing teenager.

I mean seriously. Michael J. Fox looked 30.


Max Casella.

I was shocked the first time I looked him up on imdb and found out he'd been 20-something during all of Doogie.

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby speising » Fri May 18, 2018 10:32 pm UTC

Sunidesus wrote:
sonar1313 wrote:Ralph Macchio: Still the only 20-something who ever played a convincing teenager.

I mean seriously. Michael J. Fox looked 30.


Max Casella.

I was shocked the first time I looked him up on imdb and found out he'd been 20-something during all of Doogie.

Stacy Dash, who played a teenager alongside Alicia Silverstone in Clueless, was 28 at the time, 10 years older than AS.

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby Soupspoon » Fri May 18, 2018 10:54 pm UTC

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby qvxb » Sat May 19, 2018 2:34 am UTC

Are they AARP members?

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby da Doctah » Sat May 19, 2018 3:58 am UTC

rmsgrey wrote:
da Doctah wrote:
chenille wrote:What is the title text talking about? Jaden Smith is only 19.


What does that have to do with anything? Hilary Swank is 43.


Hilary Swank wasn't in The Karate Kid - she was in The Next Karate Kid, which came out years before The Karate Kid.


Wikipedia saith: Karate Kid first appeared in Adventure Comics #346 (July 1966) and was created by Jim Shooter.

Your move.

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby OP Tipping » Sat May 19, 2018 6:03 am UTC

I mean ... I don't think anyone would be fooled for a second by a claim that MC Hammer was 40. That would mean he was 11 when U Can't Touch This came out.

I haven't thought about MCH for a long time but if you'd asked me to estimate his age, I'd have said he seemed about 30 when U Can't Touch This came out, and that was about 30 years ago, so he's about 60.

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby da Doctah » Sat May 19, 2018 8:31 am UTC

OP Tipping wrote:I mean ... I don't think anyone would be fooled for a second by a claim that MC Hammer was 40. That would mean he was 11 when U Can't Touch This came out.

I haven't thought about MCH for a long time but if you'd asked me to estimate his age, I'd have said he seemed about 30 when U Can't Touch This came out, and that was about 30 years ago, so he's about 60.


I keep running into instances of this. Like Emma Thompson in Men In Black 3, who's supposed to have been an unremarkable secretary in the MIB agency at the time of the first Apollo moon landing. Because I'm about a week and a half older than Ms Thompson, I know that she would have been a remarkable secretary because she was ten years old at the time.

Or when I recently managed to get ahold of the three aired episodes of the short-lived TV series "The Playboy Club", set in 1961 (to cash in on some of that oh so sweet Mad Men early '60s nostalgia), where one episode features Lesley Gore performing at the original Club in Chicago.

At a time when Lesley Gore would have been fifteen. She may have been an early bloomer, but I doubt they would have let an underage singer into a place that even other characters on the show confused with "a strip club".

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby Soupspoon » Sat May 19, 2018 8:31 am UTC

qvxb wrote:Are they AARP members?

More like Equity ones, amongst other things. They are associated persons, but they aren't Americans or (despite both being 70, this year) retired/retiring.


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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby eidako » Sat May 19, 2018 8:32 am UTC

Had a definite "wut?" moment -- "MC Hammer is 5 years older than me?"

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby Bloopy » Sat May 19, 2018 11:32 am UTC

sonar1313 wrote:Ralph Macchio: Still the only 20-something who ever played a convincing teenager.

Emily Perkins in Ginger Snaps is particularly convincing.

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby rmsgrey » Sat May 19, 2018 2:32 pm UTC

da Doctah wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:
da Doctah wrote:
chenille wrote:What is the title text talking about? Jaden Smith is only 19.


What does that have to do with anything? Hilary Swank is 43.


Hilary Swank wasn't in The Karate Kid - she was in The Next Karate Kid, which came out years before The Karate Kid.


Wikipedia saith: Karate Kid first appeared in Adventure Comics #346 (July 1966) and was created by Jim Shooter.

Your move.


"Karate Kid" is not "The Karate Kid".

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby orthogon » Sat May 19, 2018 10:53 pm UTC

"MC Hammer Age" - I guess that's the total elapsed Hammertime, right?
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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby Plasma Mongoose » Sun May 20, 2018 5:16 am UTC

The Electric Light Orchestra was the music I grew up with and the head of ELO, Jeff Lynne is 70 years old now.

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Surprisingly, he doesn't look that old.
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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby da Doctah » Mon May 21, 2018 12:14 pm UTC

For years I've been calling him "the Littlest Wilbury", a title to which he lost even potential competition when Tom Petty died.

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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby Archgeek » Mon May 21, 2018 6:39 pm UTC

Plasma Mongoose wrote:The Electric Light Orchestra was the music I grew up with and the head of ELO, Jeff Lynne is 70 years old now.

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Surprisingly, he doesn't look that old.

That's just unnatural for 70. I wonder if he has a portrait in his attic.
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Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Postby Plasma Mongoose » Thu May 31, 2018 6:41 am UTC

Archgeek wrote:
Plasma Mongoose wrote:The Electric Light Orchestra was the music I grew up with and the head of ELO, Jeff Lynne is 70 years old now.

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Surprisingly, he doesn't look that old.

That's just unnatural for 70. I wonder if he has a portrait in his attic.


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