Open Phones: What's Changed Since 1996?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

With the Brood II cicadas emerging after 17 years underground, we're wondering what you would find most unbelievable about the world today if you hadn't seen it since 1996. Call (212) 433-9692, leave a comment below, or tweet using the hashtag #CicadaVanWinkle.

Comments [19]

francyne pelchar from Pelham Bay Park

They're not out here in Pelham Bay Park. Is there any chance (hope, hope) that by some miracle they won't be? Kind of like when there's a weather report that snow's coming and one wakes up to none.

May. 30 2013 07:44 AM
John from Williamsburg

"Guys, is it me, or is it a lot hotter than last time?"

May. 29 2013 12:00 PM
Anne Connolly from Rutherford

Everyone is so FAT!

May. 29 2013 11:58 AM
Ben from Manhattan

We all know what Secadaes are waking up to do. Instead of choosing one of the millions of eligible mates around me, I go online to find my perfect match.

May. 29 2013 11:58 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I can't find the whole poem online in time, but Ogden Nash had a similar take on cicadas waking up & being surprised that Coolidge (I think) isn't still president. Or is now president?

May. 29 2013 11:58 AM
Kent from Hell's Kitchen

I woke up 17 years later and OMG was married to my husband Sunday.

May. 29 2013 11:57 AM
Tamar Smith from Brooklyn

I wake up and smile to see these two wonderful children in my house and I'm glad that all worked out

May. 29 2013 11:56 AM
Tom from Brooklyn

People still think Saturday Night Live is funny

May. 29 2013 11:55 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Great segment! Great responses.

May. 29 2013 11:55 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

What has changed since 1996? For me personally, nothing, except for more realistic and better video games. For the country, what happened what I predicted as far back as 1991: a housing bubble that caused a lot of pain, and the imminent collapse of suburbia, not to mention the nuclear family structure itself. Otherwise, nothing that I didn't foresee over 20 years ago.

May. 29 2013 11:53 AM

1) How many white people are paying top dollar to move into the ghetto.
2) That we have a half black, democrat president who tramples on progressivism and civil liberties with no back lash.

May. 29 2013 11:53 AM

The lack of human interaction a midst their new flashy digital gadgets. Also, the fact that many young people are still at home even after college. Oh and minimum wage is only $3.00 higher?!

May. 29 2013 11:52 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Some of my favorite trees are missing! What happened to the elms?

May. 29 2013 11:50 AM

the rudeness out there?

May. 29 2013 11:49 AM

New York City Mayors were briefly able to serve for three terms. But now it's back to the 1996 rules. Many politically-astute cicadas will wonder what that was about. Probably after they ask about the Twin Towers and Saddam Hussein.

May. 29 2013 11:31 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Hip hop has lost the boom bap and the skilled emcee.
Black music has lost its soul.

May. 29 2013 11:09 AM
fuva from harlemworld

America is a gadgetocracy, in which everyone seems too distracted by trifle and cheap/talentless celebrity to understand and solve very serious societal problems.

May. 29 2013 11:08 AM
Darrellx from 10001

That humans used to stare at me in wonder now hold strange flat objects with rounded corners over me that sometimes flash. Sometimes they almost step on me because they are staring at those things!

May. 29 2013 11:04 AM
Dan from Greenpoint, BK

That my hometown (Portland, OR) is now the coolest place on Earth. It used to be so much better when it was just us weirdos.

PS - I've now lived in Greenpoint since Jan 2005, and am going through it

May. 29 2013 10:50 AM

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