The Red Hot Chili Peppers
have always seemed somewhat juvenile, what with their topless torsos and sock-clad, er, chili peppers.
The band recently rocked it pretty hard
on Lollapalooza and even in Flea
's back garden
But when we say "always,"
we mean it - the iconic alt band has been around since 1983.
So it shouldn't be a huge surprise that lead singer Anthony Kiedis
who's turned 50 on November 1 (Spinner
), but it still kinda is.
Fifty is pretty old, right?
Well, let's put it into perspective by looking at 10 other things that are as old as Anthony Kiedis:
Before Sam Waltons'
empire metastasized into the world's third largest public company, it was just one lonely Wal-Mart
store that opened in Rogers, Arkansas on July 2, 1962.
SEAL Team Six
is the most famous military unit in recent memory, but their tradition is actually rather short. While the U.S. Marine Corps
has been around since 1775, the Navy SEALS
(SEa, Air, Land) were only "activated"
on Jan. 1, 1962, with SEAL Teams One and Two sent to support the Pacific and Atlantic fleets.
Best known for giving the world reggae, Rastafarianism
and sound systems, the country itself is only 50 years old. Though inhabited for thousands of years before Columbus
accidentally encountered the island, Jamaica
was ruled by the Spanish and British for centuries until finally achieving independence on Aug. 6, 1962.
Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans
Probably the most famous paintings of the last century, and certainly the most influential, Warhol's
breakthrough pop art brought high culture to the masses by removing its pretensions and adding accessibility.
Cuban Missile Crisis
It's also been 50 years since the world didn't blow up in October 1962 when JFK
played a nuclear-powered game of chicken with the Soviets
. The confrontation ended with the Russians
sailing back home with their missiles between their legs and a triumphant Kennedy
living happily ever after for 13 more months.
James Bond Movies
is the gajillionth James Bond
movie to come out in the past 50 years. The first was 'Dr. No'
, which starred Sean Connery
as the British superspy and began with 007's trip to the newly-independent nation of Jamaica where he met local shell diver Ursula Andress
Spider-Man and The Hulk
On August 10, 1962, the 15th and final issue of comic book anthology Amazing Fantasy
came out, featuring a new creation by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko
named Peter Parker
, the Amazing Spider-Man
. Only a couple months earlier, Lee
and another artist, Jack Kirby
, had unveiled the first issue of The Incredible Hulk
The Rolling Stones
This whole year has been one big 50th birthday party for the British band, with unreleased photos, new documentaries and even an upcoming tour which will apparently cost you your future retirement savings thus forcing you to work forever... just like the Rolling Stones
Beatles' First Recording
Though credited to "Tony Sheridan And The Beat Brothers,"
it was indeed The Beatles
, who wouldn't replace Pete Best
for a few more months) who played back-up on this single recorded during their Hamburg sojourn. Legend has it that the U.K. release caught record store owner Brian Epstein's
attention and the rest is, well, history.
Wilt Chamberlain's 100 Point Game Record
In a 169-147 point win over the New York Nicks
claimed a full 100 points for his Philly Warriors
on March 2, 1962. The closest anyone has come to this 50-year-old record is Kobe Bryant's
81 points (Jordan
never came closer than 69, because he, y'know, also passed the ball). Wilt the Stilt's
*other* record is also likely to never be beaten.
Can you think of any other things of Kiedis' age? Let us know in the comments.