40 Things All Baby Boomers Think Are Cool

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Dear Baby Boomers of America, brace yourselves. We're about to serve a piping hot cup of reality. Some things you held dear and thought were the epitome of cool, well, they were never really that cool. It's time to swallow that bitter pill, accept these choices as blunders, and move forward with a renewed sense of decision-making.

We understand this might come as a shock. You may want to clutch your pearls, wave your walking cane at us in disbelief, or even write a strongly worded letter to the editor (yes, we know how much you love those). And that's perfectly fine. Feel free to disagree, even if you are wrong about it! 

Today, we're going to sidestep the big, contentious issues (we'll save that for another fun-filled day) and instead shine a spotlight on the more mundane missteps. The kind of everyday errors that have been handed down like a dubious family heirloom to every generation after the baby boomers.

So, buckle up, children of the boom. It's time for a trip down memory lane to scrutinize exactly where your generation zigged when it should've zagged and why those choices don't quite hold up in today's world.

Let's get started! 

So, you're thinking diamonds are a girl's best friend, huh? Well, let me tell you, they're more like that high-maintenance friend who always demands the best. Diamonds are just shiny rocks that can cost an arm and a leg, not to mention they're often dug up in less-than-ideal conditions. And by 'less-than-ideal', I mean some poor folks in Africa are breaking their backs so you can have a sparkly rock on your finger.

Diamonds

Now, you might be considering cubic zirconia as a more wallet-friendly alternative. They're cheaper, available in a rainbow of colors, and no one has to suffer for them. But don't think you're off the hook just yet! Cubic zirconia may not have the same 'prestige' as diamonds, and you might get a few raised eyebrows or gentle ribbings from diamond purists. But hey, at least your conscience (and your bank account) will be clear!

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Did you know...

  • In the summer of 2007, Joh Hamm became a household name when Mad Men premiered to critical acclaim and strong ratings. Just over a year and a half later, Ellie Kemper stole America's hearts (and Dwight's and Andy's) when she became the new receptionist on The Office. Before they were famous, Hamm was Kemper's high school drama teacher!
  • Björk created a media sensation when she wore her iconic white swan dress to the 2001 Oscars. At the time, many derided it as hideous and a publicity stunt, but it has since gone down as one of the most memorable dresses of all time—even if it isn't exactly beloved. She says David Bowie was the inspiration behind the dress.
  • After her role as First Lady came to an end, Jackie Kennedy went into the publishing business. She became an associate editor at Doubleday and worked mostly on autobiographies. In fact, she was one of two original editors for Michael Jackson's 2009 autobiography Moonwalk, a #1 New York Times bestseller.
  • Paris Hilton not only lives in a mansion, she also built a doghouse mansion for her Chihuahua. It's 300 square feet and includes air conditioning and heating. It comes decked out with designer furniture, a chandelier, a pink paint job, second-floor balcony, and enclosed "yard." It's not enough for you to live in luxury. Your dog must, as well.
  • Jennifer Aniston's star-defining role on friends started a hair craze in the 90s that even lasted into the early 2000s. Called "The Rachel," Aniston's shoulder-length haircut had grown-out bangs and highlights styled to perfection. A hairdresser in Detroit noted that at the peak of its popularity, 40% of her business was devoted to recreating "The Rachel." Too bad that it was notoriously difficult to maintain on your own at home.