Did fifth-graders accurately predict the future of the Internet—in 1995?

From shopping and streaming television to cat food cupcake recipes, watch a student PSA going viral shot before viral video was even a concept. Plus, Tim Tebow as Jesus, a century of Julia Child, the new QR code, let’s find you a spooning partner, and more.

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If there’s one thing the Internet has taught me, it’s that even if you despise cats and never picture yourself having kids, a video of either will make you smile faster than Taylor Swift can pen a song about another ex-boyfriend. But I’m not sure why it took me so long to realize this. If a group of Montana fifth-graders in 1995 could predict it’s popular uses in a student-produced PSA, there’s no excuse for the rest of us having missed the memo.

Tournament organizers didn’t miss catching one of the country’s top young Scrabble player hiding blank letter titles at the national tournament in Florida before they busted him for cheating in Round 24 of the 28-round event.

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