Every year, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., puts out a "mindset list" for its professors — a set of reference points for instructors to have some idea of what references to avoid when talking to their freshmen about cultural matters.
A few of the items on the list are interesting to note (and will make you feel damn old), such as:
8. Bill Clinton is a senior statesman of whose presidency they have little knowledge.
16. Since they've been born, the United States has measured progress by a 2 percent jump in unemployment and a 16-cent rise in the price of a first-class postage stamp.
A few, however, are just headscratchingly painful:
4. Michael Jackson's family, not the Kennedys, constitutes "American royalty."
63. The Twilight Zone involves vampires, not Rod Serling.
69. Pulp Fiction's meal of a "royale with cheese" and an "Amos and Andy milkshake" has little or no resonance with them.
70. Point-and-shoot cameras are soooooo last millennium.
I have literally, never once, heard anyone from the Jackson family referred to as "royalty" in any sense, aside from snide jokes about his two sons, both named "Prince."
Head over here for the rest of the list.