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Sorry...just couldn't resist using a random pop culture phrase from the TV show "How I Met the World's Longest Title for a Television Show."

Okay, moving on.

In generational news today (is that even a word?), it seems one kid from the Midwest is single-handedly trying to discredit all those Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers who call us young'uns the lazy generation (also known as Generation Y and Generation Anyone Born After a Randomly Selected Year).

An Iowa teen has just graduated from high school this week. No big whoop, right? Oh, did I also mention he also graduated from college this week as well, with not only one but count 'em, two degrees?

Yes, according to a story by KCCI 8 in Des Moines Mattias Gassman (who probably had to excel to escape his unfortunate last name), is wicked smart and managed to take high school and college classes at the same time. And we ain't talking no Bowling 101 kind of classes (oh come on, you know you signed up for it your first semester, don't lie).

How you like them apples, Matt Damon?

This story, and a couple of others that shed light on Gen Y-ers determined to shed the negative stigma teens and 20-somethings have been stuck with, has inspired me to focus my Life Happens column on this issue. It doesn't run until Saturday and in the meantime, I'd love to get your feedback on what I call the Generational Wars.  

Why is it we as a society are determined to classify an entire age group strictly by a few characteristics? For example, when most people talk about generations not their own, they say:

The Baby Boomers are all getting cranky in their old age and expect younger generations to fix the problems they caused.

The X-ers are still loafing on their couches listening to old Nirvana CD's and busy not caring.

And the Y-ers are all going to save the world right after they finish blogging on Myspace, play a round or two of Grand Theft Auto and disrespect their parents.

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