July 27th, 2012
06:35 PM ET

Five guys, fun facts, through the decades

Time almost appears to have stood still for a group of friends who have met every five years for three decades to recreate an impromptu photo from 1982.

When the men first photographed themselves near Copco Lake, California as teens, they didn't know they were spurring a lifelong tradition - or that decades later they'd become an Internet sensation. When they shared the images with CNN and the story of how the tradition bonded them for life, CNN's audience couldn't get enough.

While a click through the pics shows the men's progression from long-haired, shirtless teens to well, middle-aged men, the scene at the lake is largely unchanged. We rounded up some facts to show our readers what was going on in the world around them.

1982

  • Ronald Reagan is president of the United States
  • No.1 song in the U.S.: Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical”
  • No.1 movie in the U.S.: "E.T."
  • Average cost of one gallon of gas: $1.29
  • Cost of a Super Bowl ad: $350,000
  • Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was released on December 1, 1982

1987

  • Ronald Reagan is president of the United States
  • No.1 song in the U.S.: Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian”
  • No.1 movie in the U.S.: "Three Men and a Baby"
  • Average price of one gallon of gas: $0.94
  • Cost of a Super Bowl ad: $580,000
  • Spuds MacKenzie first appeared in Bud Light beer ads.

1992

  • George H.W. Bush is president of the United States
  • No.1 song in the U.S.: Boyz II Men “End of the Road”
  • No.1 movie in the U.S.: "Aladdin"
  • Average cost of one gallon of gas: $1.12
  • Cost of a Super Bowl ad: $800,000
  • MTV’s long-running "The Real World" reality series debuts.

1997

  • Bill Clinton is president of the United States
  • No.1 song in the U.S.: Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind”
  • No.1 movie in the U.S.: "Titanic"
  • Average cost of one gallon of gas: $1.23
  • Cost of a Super Bowl ad: $1,200,000
  • In a civil trial, O.J. Simpson was found liable in a civil wrongful death suit brought by the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

2002

  • George W. Bush is president of the United States
  • No.1 song in the U.S.: Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me”
  • No.1 movie in the U.S.: "Spider-Man"
  • Average cost of 1 gallon of gas: $1.35
  • Cost of a Super Bowl ad: $1,900,000
  • Elizabeth Smart is kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home on June 5.

2007

  • George W. Bush is president of the United States
  • No.1 song in the U.S.: Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable”
  • No.1 one movie in the U.S.: "Spider-Man 3"
  • Average cost of 1 gallon of gas: $2.80
  • Cost of a Super Bowl ad: $2,600,000
  • Paris Hilton spent 23 days in a Los Angeles County jail for violating probation on a reckless driving conviction.

2012

  • Barack Obama is president of the United States
  • Current number one song in the U.S.: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”
  • Current No.1 movie in the U.S.: "The Dark Knight Rises"
  • Current average cost of 1 gallon of gas: $3.49
  • Cost of a Super Bowl Ad: $3,500,000
  • Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in June.

 

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  1. Fun Fact!

    Just 5% of crude oil is used for gasoline. :) 10% for jet fuel.
    You HAVE to have plastic or denude and chop-down every tree on the planet.
    THEY have to have millions of tons of crude oil over many decades in order to produce mind altering pharmaceuticals...all petroleum molecules that come in childrens chewable form even.
    Read my entire story above...WORLDS FIRST ZERO EMMISSION VEHICLE c. 1973 (your bicycle is NOT a zero e vehicle. see above)

    July 28, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    ...where do you fact finders find the time to locate and utter all this junk??? how much carbon footprint didjew generate...be honest!

    July 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    Every facet of our lives has been corrupted (by cheap Petro oil) to dull the human down into excepting a One World Order rule under the Father of the lie. Indeed, it's in our cars, our food, and most of all, in our own bodies.

    Making changes to ones daily routine is a task in it self. Never the less, that change is vital to saving ourselves... literally.

    One alternative I came across was, "hemp", an extremely versatile and natural fiber. Hemp can be used in many ways, such as: Paper,Foods,Body Care,Consumer Textiles,Industrial Textiles,Industrial/Technical Products, and Building Materials.

    Consequently, I really don't think society realizes just how cunning the Father IS, in his endeavor to pull as many of us down with him as possible. His lies are masked with beauty to the eyes.

    July 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lang

      There is no such thing as a one world order, except in the minds of the type of people who buy into conspiracy theories.

      July 28, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. God's Own

    It doesn't matter what anyone thinks.....The only thing that matters is what God says!

    July 28, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. and God says...

    ...stop doing so many drugs.

    July 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lang

      Ha ha ha. God says that, huh? Funny, when I talked to hi m a while ago, he told me to tell people to disreagard any posts that start out with "...And God says."

      July 28, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Unbelievable that the price of gas in 2007 was $2.80 per gallon. I spent so much more of that in a day buying Bayer aspirin and a case of bear. No wonder I am so obsessed now. I still drink a lot but I buy only generic beer. hagd.

    July 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    It won't post?

    July 29, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO ©

    Thanks to a nasty knock on the head and a visit from the Archangel Gabriel, I have been blessed with ability to see into the future.

    July 29, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. BOMBO ©

    Well, I can't figure it out and I give up.

    July 29, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. Air Bud

    Always keep your shirt ON!

    July 30, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. Gatsbe

    This is freakin awesome. Glad these buds stay friends until death. This makes me really think about how short life is. I wonder if they have their images displayedon their walls by year.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
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