The boundary years for millennials has been a topic of many hot debates, but Washington D.C.-based Pew Research Center finally puts an end to everyone’s confusion. According to the major think tank, millennials are those born between 1981 and 1996. Consider that official.
Generational boundary years are determined by several factors, including the economic, social, and political aspects that define a particular generation’s formative years. In the case of millennials, technology is the top generation-shaping factor. It really comes as no surprise as millennials are also considered the internet generation.
The millennial generation thrived during the internet explosion.
In an official statement released in their website, Pew Research Center President Michael Dimock said:
“Pew Research Center has been studying the Millennial generation for more than a decade. But as we enter 2018, it’s become clear to us that it’s time to determine a cutoff point between Millennials and the next generation. Turning 37 this year, the oldest Millennials are well into adulthood, and they first entered adulthood before today’s youngest adults were born.
“In order to keep the Millennial generation analytically meaningful, and to begin looking at what might be unique about the next cohort, Pew Research Center will use 1996 as the last birth year for Millennials for our future work. Anyone born between 1981 and 1996 (ages 22-37 in 2018) will be considered a Millennial, and anyone born from 1997 onward will be part of a new generation.”
Two of the generation’s defining characteristics are fluency in social media and constant online connectivity.
Millennials are extremely adept at online communication. According to Dimock:
“We look forward to spending the next few years studying this generation as it enters adulthood. All the while, we’ll keep in mind that generations are tense through which to understand societal change, rather than a label with which to oversimplify differences between groups.”
The Case of the Continuously Functioning Oxford Electric Bell From 1840
It has been ringing continuously for over 175 years.
Back in 1840, a physics professor at the University of Oxford named Robert Walker acquired a unique apparatus. It was a battery designed to propel a hanging metal ball back and forth, between two small bells. It has since been known as the Oxford Electric Bell or Clarendon Dry Pile.
The bell has been ringing continuously for 178 years since it was acquired - although inaudibly as it is stored behind two layers of glass. The Oxford Electric Bell is currently displayed in a corridor adjacent to the foyer of the Clarendon Laboratory at the University of Oxford in England.
The bell is said to have rung over 10 billion times.
Hero Dog Shot Multiple Times After Protecting Teen Owner From Robbers
He is indeed man’s best friend!
A two-year-old German shepherd just proved that dogs are indeed man’s best friends. Named Rex, it helped fight armed intruders who invaded Javier Mercado’s house one afternoon in Des Moines, USA. Javier reportedly heard a noise and as he gazed upon a window, he saw a vehicle he did not recognize.
Suddenly, he heard his sliding door break. The glasses shattered so loudly that Rex quickly ran downstairs. It started “barking and barking.” Eventually, a guy screamed, “the dog bit me, get the dog.” Javier rushed to the phone and dialed 911.
Meet Rex, the German shepherd that helped stop a burglary.
5 Of The World’s Biggest Gold Nuggets That Haven’t Been Melted
These are extra special as they haven’t been refined.
Throughout history, gold has always been a lucrative asset that humans have learned to extract a hundred years ago. Because of extensive mining of gold, rarely is the metal seen as a nugget. Majority of the gold nuggets that have been discovered have all been refined and melted.
For the past few decades, however, there is appreciation on the most natural raw form of gold. Instead of melting them or refining them to make into coins, jewelry and bars, some have been collected while preserving the raw form. Here are five of the world’s largest gold nuggets that still exist.