Annoying things that kids today won't understand

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  1. Emelee

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    All of us born before the 21st century can probably relate to these little annoying things

    The fuss of making decent labels for your VHS tapes. Would a kid today even know what this is?

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    The 20th century version of a DVD-RW (rewrightable dvd) disc. For those times when we regretted permanently saving something on VHS, and were too cheap to just buy new tapes.

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    The horrifying panic when this happened to a beloved tape...

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    ...and the universally known best way of trying to solve it.

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    That annoying feeling when cords did this to you, especially if you suffered from any form of OCD...

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    Phone numbers with many high numbers or zeros in them.......

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    The irritatingly many times you sometimes had to blow on games

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    We know what extreme bad luck this required

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  2. Emelee

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    We could wait for hours for the smallest little program.

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    We know what a little dust or dirt can do. What do you mean by "there was a little ball inside the mouse"?!

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    At least you know what these little things are, and how many you'd bring along for a vacation

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    The "Google it" version of pre-Internet days.

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    Is it a robot? Is it E.T.?

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    The overhead projector: Man, does that bring back memories!

    I recall what a pain it was to scrub the marker-ink off all those transparencies (the clear pieces of plastic) in the sink, because the school was too cheap to buy enough of them for the teachers to save them. Changing that tiny bulb was also a PITA.
     
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    Most schools in Sweden are state-funded, so teachers could use up many overhead 'papers'. I didn't know you could rewrite them. o_O
     
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    They'd use the same markers that one would use on white-boards. Of course that was decades ago; nowadays those overhead projectors are likely gathering dust in a Board of Education storage room alongside filmstrip projectors, Trapper Keeper folders and record players.

    In other news....the sadist who invented Minesweeper (from post #1) should have been loaded in a torpedo tube and fired into the ocean. And I still have canisters of 35mm film (#2) in a storage box that I never developed. Of course I don't think there's anywhere you can go to drop off film like we all used to, so those pictures may never see the light of day.
     
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    My dad wanted to keep the old camera that needs film rolls to take pics. I was like "for what reason, no one is developing such pictures anymore". He folded and agreed to throw it away.
     
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    When it comes to VHS players, the last one has been produced, which was this past summer. Now, no company in the world is producing them. (Heard it on the radio).
     
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    It's the end of an era.... :(
     
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    Emelee, you're my hero for making this thread! I remember a lot of this stuff so well. I actually do still have a lot of the old games that you could blow into to get rid of dust. They used to make a special cleaning solution for these games, but I have found that Q-tips alone can work wonders for getting that dust out!
     
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    Packages of those transparencies were SO expensive! I moved classrooms this year and came across a box of them and it just about killed me to toss them out, remembering how much of my tiny supply budget they would consume long ago.
     
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    I sadly have to say that this was only what I thought. Last evening, when I was looking for something else, I found this camera. Dad had not gotten rid of it, but rather hidden it away behind his medication. I again told him to throw it away, but he refused.
     
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    I've never seen any of those things. And I'm very old, like, ancient.
     
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    Is it April the 1st? Were you born on Mars? Did you live alone in a cabin in the woods? Were you blind but not got your eye-sight back?
     
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    No, I mean it. What were people supposed to do with these things?
     
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    I think they are sex toys. Or early hair straighteners.
     
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    Haha, great thread! :dance:
    Of course i know all of these things too.
    I always wanted to have my own overhead projector as a child! I loved the idea of just throwing my writing and painting at the walls! lol

    Does anyone still know these blue copy papers?

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    Our teachers used these a lot, you could make a lot of blue written carbon copys of one written original page with those, and the copies smelled very alcoholic, loved them, it felt like getting a little high while smelling those. :giggle:
     
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    The mimeograph machine turned out those purple-colored, 'fragrant' copies. It was a lower-tech Xerox machine (or photocopier).

    It's not that incredible to hear @Willie Oleson has no idea what Minesweeper is (ummm, was). Suffice it to say, it was a time-waster of a computer game we played (or tried to play) while waiting for that interminably long file download depicted in the image below the minesweeper image. I much preferred Spider Solitaire, anyway.
     
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  18. Willie Oleson

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    I agree! And here's proof that I'm not the only one:
     
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    I've done that myself. I painted 2 wall-paintings using an Overhead projector. It's so easy that anyone can do it. The result looks professional.


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    This wasn't one of the most common sights in the classrooms you were in?

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    And you never used a camera before the digital cameras came out?

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