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Welcome back, cicadas! What was buzzing last time around

May 29, 2013 at 5:19 PM ET

As billions of cicadas start to emerge after 17 years in hibernation, it has us wondering (and itching and ear-plugging): What was the last thing the little critters saw when they visited the mid-Atlantic?

We’ve come up with a few possibilities sure to transport you right back to 1996.

Jennifer Aniston's layered hair circa "Friends" at its best:

Jennifer Aniston strikes a pose with her enviable 'do.
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Jennifer Aniston strikes a pose with her enviable 'do.

Bill Clinton getting elected to office (despite a tad bit of controversy with one Monica Lewinsky) for a second term as president:

President Bill Clinton signals a thumbs-up to a cheering crowd gathered in downtown Chicago's Daley Plaza.
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President Bill Clinton signals a thumbs-up to a cheering crowd gathered in downtown Chicago's Daley Plaza.

Questionable fashion choices: chokers, butterfly clips and Doc Martens all had their day (and, unfortunately, all were paired with dresses):

Chokers were all the rage in the '90s, especially with shells.
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Butterfly clips: A resourceful way to hold back hair.
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Doc Martens, particularly fashionable with skirts.
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Mulder and Scully (aka David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) looking for extraterrestrial life amid sexual tension:

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny of the hit series, "X-Files."
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Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny of the hit series, "X-Files."

Kerri Strug sticking her dismount on one foot at the Atlanta Games and winning the hearts of every American with a pulse:

Dominique Moceanu, Kerri Strug and Shannon Miller salute the crowd after winning gold at the 1996 Olympic Games.
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Dominique Moceanu, Kerri Strug and Shannon Miller salute the crowd after winning gold at the 1996 Olympic Games.

Carolyn Bessette marrying John F. Kennedy Jr., shattering the dreams of girls nationwide:

John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette arrive at the White House for a state dinner.
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John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette arrive at the White House for a state dinner.

Al bickering with Peg in "Married with Children":

Ed O'Neill and Katey Sagal in a promotional shot for "Married With Children."
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Ed O'Neill and Katey Sagal in a promotional shot for "Married With Children."

And how could they forget: Matt Lauer surviving (reporting on) the 1996 cicada invasion for WNBC:


Got any other great 1996 memories to share with the cicadas? Leave 'em in the comments!

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