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A pop culture primer for Ms. Rip Van Winkle

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143629__as_lTomorrow and Friday, CBS’ The Early Show  is airing an interview with Sarah Scantlin, a woman who was hit by a drunk driver in 1984 and didn’t awaken from her coma until earlier this year. No doubt certain aspects of 21st-century life will come as a huge shock to her (the Internet, post-Cold War geopolitics, the Red Sox winning the World Series, etc.) Here are some pop culture shockers that we hope were broken to her gently:

-Remember that guy from Conan the Barbarian and The Terminator? He’s now the governor of California (see above).

-Clint Eastwood has won two Oscars for directing. Martin Scorsese still hasn’t won any.

-Eddie Murphy makes children’s movies.

-Madonna is Jewish.

-Michael Jackson is white.

-John Travolta’s had, like, six comebacks.

-That nerdy girl from Square Pegs and Footloose? She became TV’s hottest sex symbol.

-The classiest, most acclaimed actor in movies for the last 16 years or so has been the guy who played Easy Reader on The Electric Company.

-Tina Turner looks exactly the same.

-So does Gary Coleman.

-Punk finally caught on in America around 1991. By 1997, we were all sick of it and turned back to prefab pop.

-Just to keep us all on our toes, Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, The Artist, and then back to Prince.

-Rap turned out to be more than just a passing fad.

-Keith Richards is still alive.

Anything else she should know?

Originally posted August 3 2005 — 6:51 PM EDT

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