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feedmegin
Jul 30, 2008




shame on an IGA posted:

I remember the heady days when there was only THE phone company, an all-powerful organization of which you lived in existential fear

Lol if it was a company instead of a literal organ of the State

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feedmegin
Jul 30, 2008




Leperflesh posted:

when characters dress up nice to get on a plane, and are served food or drinks without having to pay, and refer to the flight attendant as "stewardess", and have anything other than an utterly miserable cramped awful experience.

I mean bear in mind back when flying cost more, every class was first class. They paid for that poo poo.

feedmegin
Jul 30, 2008




Scudworth posted:

My parent's wedding album (mid 1970's) has their result letters in it, not just shoved in, there is a page specifically to put them along with other paperwork and the marriage licence. They forgot about it, and found themselves having to explain all this to me when I found the album as a kid. There was no lying here anyway, the letters specifically say SYPHILIS TEST.

People immigrating to the US are checked for syphilis to this day. I had it done. (Negative obvs )

feedmegin
Jul 30, 2008




unimportantguy posted:

I feel like Columbine was a turning point. I don't have any evidence to back that up, but it's just an observation from my own life.

I don't know about Columbine - I mean, those kids who got shot were in school, not wandering the streets. Having grown up in the 80s myself I think it was more the whole 'paedophiles might snatch your kid off the streets' thing tbh (never mind that most of that poo poo isn't stranger danger but relatives/friends of the family in actuality).

feedmegin
Jul 30, 2008




Midjack posted:

You could go right up to the gate up until lunchtime September 11, 2001.

In America, which was one of the things that shocked me when I first visited the place. In countries that had, for example, the IRA to deal with, security was always a bit more strict than that.

feedmegin
Jul 30, 2008




postmodifier posted:

There's an R.L. Stine book called The Beast about a time-traveling roller-coaster at Coney Island - the kids go on with like 40 bucks and find themselves transported back to the 1920s or something. All of the sudden they basically have enough money to buy every single person there two hot dogs, because they're 5 cents now.

I'm impressed they randomly happened to have 1920s-era currency on them

feedmegin
Jul 30, 2008




Xiahou Dun posted:

I hate to break it to you but people have been bonking before marriage far longer than the concept of marriage exists.

Like read literally anything old from any culture. People were loving hard.

You have to hunt for the outliers like Edwardian England among the upper-classes.

And even there Edward VII was um pretty notorious for pre and extra marital sex!

feedmegin
Jul 30, 2008




Pontius Pilate posted:


That said I thought of this thread when staring at a phone jack in my older apartment and wondering how many Youths would know what it is.

Lots of them, in at least - it's where you plug in your ADSL modem. (Cable internet is fairly rare over here, basically only Virgin - everyone else is ADSL)

feedmegin
Jul 30, 2008




JacquelineDempsey posted:

Pff. I had a screenshot of this error message but lost it off the clipboard. Anyways...not quite older media a la tv/films, but it reminded me of this thread.

I was setting up my desktop that's been in storage for a few months, and needed to coax it into finding an internet connection. Windows 10 "helpfully" asked if I had an ethernet cable hitched up, explaining [paraphrasing]: "an ethernet cable looks like a telephone cable but with bigger plugs".

How many people under a certain age know what a phone cable looks like? Nowadays one would describe a phone cable the other way around, "like an ethernet cable but with smaller plugs".

Also this depends on country, not everywhere is America. Round here we have these -

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri...rd%20BS%206312.

feedmegin
Jul 30, 2008




My Lovely Horse posted:

I just watched Broken Flowers where Bill Murray travels all around the USA, navigating with a big stack of Mapquest printouts. It's only from 2005!

To be fair it's not like at least older people leapt right onto using them. My dad still used to plan his road trips by getting his maps out on the living room floor and noting down junctions and stuff until fairly recently.

feedmegin
Jul 30, 2008




hexwren posted:

Additionally, I can't say I was biased against it going in because I was just offered a slice of "cake" one night shortly before christmas in my office and was presented with a slice of fruitcake---which just looked like regular cake but with some nuts in it or something.

It was horrid.

My theory is that American fruitcake is terrible because of prohibition. That poo poo is supposed to be soaked in hard liquor (rum, whisky, brandy) repeatedly for months. If you don't do that, it's not going to be great, no.

feedmegin
Jul 30, 2008




I talk to my parents on the phone and that's about it, and that's because my mum is and always has been a complete technophobe (which was sort of amusing when she was still a primary school teacher and expected to teach 6 year olds how to use computers).

feedmegin
Jul 30, 2008




Joan posted:

Oh. that is what I meant, yeah

I gotta say, lol for unintentionally being super meta in this thread

(I remember the other sort of overhead projector )

feedmegin
Jul 30, 2008




Ugly In The Morning posted:

I used an ice pick like two summers ago when someone bought some bags of gas station ice that had mostly frozen together into one big block. I was mostly just surprised that someone in 2019 had an ice pick.

I find just putting the bag on a chopping block and giving it a good whacking with a rolling pin works pretty well

feedmegin
Jul 30, 2008




The Lone Badger posted:

Everything is removable if you have a screwdriver.

I mean, in a modern phone quite often the whole thing is glued together internally as well. It's removable in the 'everything is removable if you have a sledgehammer' sense I guess.

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feedmegin
Jul 30, 2008




AmbassadorofSodomy posted:

Milkman.

Except in the porn industry I guess.

They're back as a kind of retro hipster thing in some places.

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