Items that are extinct

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  1. kcjo13

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    Ooh, and when you could get them ripped off perfectly, you could fold 2 together and make a springy, boingy paper thing! We had an Epson...

    I went through my first 2 years of college with a word processor (this was 1997, I'm not that old!). You could type your paper into it, then hit print and it would bang out the whole page. It was sooo loud! Late at night in the dorms, I would have to take it into the TV room because that room had insulated walls.

    America Online (have you seen the Youtube clip from the Today show talking about the internet? HILARIOUS! :lol:)

    Camcorders-especially the big ones that had to sit on your shoulder.

    Altavista, HotBot, and Lycos

    Ashtrays?? Used to find these on all tables in restaurants...for that matter, smoking sections...

    Payphones, phonebooks, and actual answering machines.

    Many people said stamps, which I don't necessarily agree with, but how about stamps you have to lick?

    Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, etc stores.

    Drive in theaters-although there is one not far from me!

    Milkmen-although my sister in Denver found a milk delivery service. They have the most AMAZING chocolate milk!

    Full service gas stations
     
  2. oldfashioned

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    Cloth diapers are obsolete (extinct.)
    Do people still use pagers?
     
  3. terptoteacher

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    In Oregon it's illegal to pump your own gas...
     
  4. TeacherGroupie

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    People still use cloth diapers. And I still use an answering machine, though the one that took little tiny tape cassettes died some years ago.
     
  5. Jem

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    I hope not! We plan on using cloth diapers. They have the cutest 'covers' on etsy.
     
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    My husband still has a pager for work.....sigh.

    Cloth diapers have actually made a resurgence and new styles are popping up on the internet all the time.
     
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    I buy Jiffy Pop for when we go camping. I know of only one store in town that carries it.
     
  8. Blue

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    Yup, we can't pump our own gas in Oregon. I am so sad that I can't get that gasy smell all over me.
     
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    I use my Bag phone as a door stop to my Man cave
     
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    I still have one (well, it's digital nowadays, but still) :)
     
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    Out in Amish country, there are still plenty of pay phones, since they don't keep phones in their homes.
     
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    Nah.. they still have them...
     
  13. cindy lou

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    research materials

    How about encyclopedias and card catalogs?
     
  14. kcjo13

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    Good one! And right along with that...door to door salesmen.

    Although we did have a vacuum guy bug us for a couple hours recently...
     
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    kc~we had a woman come not too long ago!
     
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    Cloth diapers make the best dusting and cleaning rags.

    We have a 100 year old hand cranked corn sheller that we use for livestock feed. One kid cranks it and the other drops the corn on the cob in it. The cob comes out one end and the corn kernels come out the other.
    I cook with several 85+ year old cast iron frying pans. My favorite pan is a 1921 cast iron dutch oven. I use it for roasts and baked beans.
     
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    This is funny because I do a powerpoint when my kids do research, right about the time they start complaining about how hard it is. It's called, when Ms. Silver Did Research... and it compares all the conveniences of research to what I had to do just in the late 90's. We talk about microfiche and microfilm, those binders series with all the magazine articles in them since there were no databases, card catalogs, etc.
     
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    Silverspoon

    Too funny! When I think of all the hours I spent in the university library searching for abstracts, it makes my head spin! If these kids only knew...
     
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    :lol:... I wear a wristwatch everyday; drive a manual; and still hang my clothes out to dry!
     
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    So do I (but people should expect by now that I seem to have almost everything that is extinct).
     
  21. Irishdave

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    Well That's Canada for you.
    Down to earth people.
    No head in the clouds people there. (well not many)
    Maybe we in the states should just slow down a little
     
  22. EDUK8_ME

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    Camcorders that record on tape
    incandescent light bulbs will be on the list starting 1-1-2012
    matches?
    suitcases w/o wheels

    Gotta go Glee!
     
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    Two out of three here. I don't hang my clothes out to dry.
     
  24. EDUK8_ME

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    Darn Glee is a rerun!
    So,
    opening a car door with a key
    dictionary?
    storing photos in an album
     
  25. mmswm

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    Guilty on all counts here.
     
  26. MrsC

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    Me too (surprise, surprise).
     
  27. Irishdave

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    Think about this
    The Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2014

    Most students entering college for the first time last fall—the Class of 2014—were born in 1992.
    For these students, Benny Hill, Sam Kinison, Sam Walton, Bert Parks and Tony Perkins have always been dead.

    1. Few in the class know how to write in cursive.
    2. Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail.
    3. “Go West, Young College Grad” has always implied “and don’t stop until you get to Asia…and learn Chinese along the way.”
    4. Al Gore has always been animated.
    5. Los Angelenos have always been trying to get along.
    6. Buffy has always been meeting her obligations to hunt down Lothos and the other blood-suckers at Hemery High.
    7. “Caramel macchiato” and “venti half-caf vanilla latte” have always been street corner lingo.
    8. With increasing numbers of ramps, Braille signs, and handicapped parking spaces, the world has always been trying harder to accommodate people with disabilities.
    9. Had it remained operational, the villainous computer HAL could be their college classmate this fall, but they have a better chance of running into Miley Cyrus’s folks on Parents’ Weekend.
    10. Entering college this fall in a country where a quarter of young people under 18 have at least one immigrant parent, they aren't afraid of immigration...unless it involves "real" aliens from another planet.
    11. John McEnroe has never played professional tennis.
    12. Clint Eastwood is better known as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry.
    13. Parents and teachers feared that Beavis and Butt-head might be the voice of a lost generation.
    14. Doctor Kevorkian has never been licensed to practice medicine.
    15. Colorful lapel ribbons have always been worn to indicate support for a cause.
    16. Korean cars have always been a staple on American highways.
    17. Trading Chocolate the Moose for Patti the Platypus helped build their Beanie Baby collection.
    18. Fergie is a pop singer, not a princess.
    19. They never twisted the coiled handset wire aimlessly around their wrists while chatting on the phone.
    20. DNA fingerprinting and maps of the human genome have always existed.
    21. Woody Allen, whose heart has wanted what it wanted, has always been with Soon-Yi Previn.
    22. Cross-burning has always been deemed protected speech.
    23. Leasing has always allowed the folks to upgrade their tastes in cars.
    24. “Cop Killer” by rapper Ice-T has never been available on a recording.
    25. Leno and Letterman have always been trading insults on opposing networks.
    26. Unless they found one in their grandparents’ closet, they have never seen a carousel of Kodachrome slides.
    27. Computers have never lacked a CD-ROM disk drive.
    28. They’ve never recognized that pointing to their wrists was a request for the time of day.
    29. Reggie Jackson has always been enshrined in Cooperstown.
    30. “Viewer Discretion” has always been an available warning on TV shows.
    31. The first home computer they probably touched was an Apple II or Mac II; they are now in a museum.
    32. Czechoslovakia has never existed.
    33. Second-hand smoke has always been an official carcinogen.
    34. “Assisted Living” has always been replacing nursing homes, while Hospice has always offered an alternative to the hospital.
    35. Once they got through security, going to the airport has always resembled going to the mall.
    36. Adhesive strips have always been available in varying skin tones.
    37. Whatever their parents may have thought about the year they were born, Queen Elizabeth declared it an “Annus Horribilis.”
    38. Bud Selig has always been the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.
    39. Pizza jockeys from Domino’s have never killed themselves to get your pizza there in under 30 minutes.
    40. There have always been HIV positive athletes in the Olympics.
    41. American companies have always done business in Vietnam.
    42. Potato has always ended in an “e” in New Jersey per vice presidential edict.
    43. Russians and Americans have always been living together in space.
    44. The dominance of television news by the three networks passed while they were still in their cribs.
    45. They have always had a chance to do community service with local and federal programs to earn money for college.
    46. Nirvana is on the classic oldies station.
    47. Children have always been trying to divorce their parents.
    48. Someone has always gotten married in space.
    49. While they were babbling in strollers, there was already a female Poet Laureate of the United States.
    50. Toothpaste tubes have always stood up on their caps.
    51. Food has always been irradiated.
    52. There have always been women priests in the Anglican Church.
    53. J.R. Ewing has always been dead and gone. Hasn’t he?
    54. The historic bridge at Mostar in Bosnia has always been a copy.
    55. Rock bands have always played at presidential inaugural parties.
    56. They may have assumed that parents’ complaints about Black Monday had to do with punk rockers from L.A., not Wall Street.
    57. A purple dinosaur has always supplanted Barney Google and Barney Fife.
    58. Beethoven has always been a good name for a dog.
    59. By the time their folks might have noticed Coca Cola’s new Tab Clear, it was gone.
    60. Walmart has never sold handguns over the counter in the lower 48.
    61. Presidential appointees have always been required to be more precise about paying their nannies’ withholding tax, or else.
    62. Having hundreds of cable channels but nothing to watch has always been routine.
    63. Their parents’ favorite TV sitcoms have always been showing up as movies.
    64. The U.S, Canada, and Mexico have always agreed to trade freely.
    65. They first met Michelangelo when he was just a computer virus.
    66. Galileo is forgiven and welcome back into the Roman Catholic Church.
    67. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has always sat on the Supreme Court.
    68. They have never worried about a Russian missile strike on the U.S.
    69. It seems the Post Office has always been going broke.
    70. The artist formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dogg has always been rapping.
    71. The nation has never approved of the job Congress is doing.
    72. One way or another, “It’s the economy, stupid” and always has been.
    73. Silicone-gel breast implants have always been regulated.
    74. They've always been able to blast off with the Sci-Fi (SYFY) Channel.
    75. Honda has always been a major competitor on Memorial Day at Indianapolis.
     
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    One time the battery wore out on my key remote and for a few seconds I was really freaking out about how I was going to get into my car....before I realized I still DID have a key that would open it! duh!!
     
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    One time I walked up to my classroom door, stood in front of it, and hit my key remote. It took me a minute to figure out why it didn't open. I was really tired that day.
     
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    I wouldn't be able to function without my wristwatch. I forgot it at home one day after I took a quick shower and ran to the grocery store on a Sunday morning. I looked at my wrist 5 times to see what time it was. Finally, I remembered I had my cell phone in my purse so I checked the time on that. I really think it's inconvenient to always have to pull out my cell phone to check the time. Do people do that instead of wearing a wristwatch?
     
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    I have to say, much of this makes me laugh because so much applies to me (and I am only 24).

    I still wear a wristwatch everyday (can't stand to go without it)
    I have to use a key to open my car (no power locks or windows, and it is a 2003)
    I still use a dictionary regularly (takes much less time than turning on the computer and getting the internet up)
    I hang quite a bit of my clothing to dry
    I still use stamps
    We still have a corded phone at home (for when power goes out)
    We have a Stir Crazy popcorn popper that gets used almost nightly
     
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    The key stories are funny! :)

    Jem mentioned it in another thread, but the cassette tapes that were corded to plug into your Discman so you could play your CDs in your car...surely those are rarely used now.
     
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    Gosh Silverspoon65, I thought I was the only one who ever did that. Once I tried to use my phone as a TV remote-doesn't work.
     
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    I have seen many of these things still around.... I have a thing of stamps right next me, in fact. One of my teachers still takes GORGEOUS pictures with her 35mm camera.
     
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    Hm. I wonder if there's a principled reason why a 35mm SLR camera couldn't be retrofitted to take digital photos...
     
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    TG... I don't know, but I do know my lenses from my 35mm fit my digital!!! LOVE IT!!
     
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    I have a perculator (2, acutally), wear a watch (can't leave home without it), and hang most of my clothes to dry (but do put somethings in the dryer)!
     
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    I am overjoyed today because I got a stovetop Cuban coffee maker. In reality, it's just a mini percolator. I'm still in heaven.
     
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    Do them all (well the car I recently stopped b/c I got a new one with a remote that worked!)
     
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    When I get a house in the country I will probably hang my clothes outside when I can. My mom and grandma still do. My mom gets up early in the summer and hangs clothes out. It's so hot and dry here she can take them down at noon and put up another load. Of course here they are pretty common again, out in Amish country. They have long ones on pulleys to their barns like this. http://www.pbase.com/terry434/image/44139836 My favorite is one that actually goes over a road. I smile when I drive under it.
     

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