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15th Jan '17 5:48:03 AM REV6Pilot
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* In all parts of the ''VideoGame/{{Metro 2033}}'' saga, military-grade 5.45mm ammunition is much more powerful than the "dirty" rounds produced in the ramshackle post-nukes factories, so much so that it's used as PracticalCurrency.
14th Dec '16 10:45:17 AM kquinn0830
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy", Abe complains that toys in the store are junk and were built to last when he was young. He starts breaking some toys until security guards grab him.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy", Abe complains that toys in the store are junk and were built to last when he was young. He starts breaking some It's subverted when he tries to demonstrate and clearly has to put in a lot of effort before the toys until break. Eventually, the security guards grab him.him and escort him from the store.
28th Nov '16 3:03:36 AM StarTropes
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* Scotty says this to Kirk in ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'' re the malfunctioning ''Enterprise''-A.
24th Oct '16 5:23:50 PM TargetmasterJoe
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* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "Only Human", one of the two [[VillainOfTheWeek villains of the week]], a man who has spent the whole episode being referred to as "Old Snake" laments how they don't make terrorists like they used to while inadvertantly revealing his true identity of [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero Cobra Commander]].

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* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "Only Human", one of the two [[VillainOfTheWeek villains of the week]], a man who has spent the whole episode being referred to as "Old Snake" Snake", laments how they don't make terrorists like they used to while inadvertantly revealing his true identity of [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero Cobra Commander]].
24th Oct '16 5:23:09 PM TargetmasterJoe
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* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "Only Human", one of the two [[VillainOfTheWeek villains of the week]], a man who has spent the whole episode being referred to as "Old Snake" laments how they don't make terrorists like they used to while inadvertantly revealing his true identity of [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero Cobra Commander]].
-->'''Old Snake:''' Poor Mr. Drath. Not quite smart enough, were you? They simply don't make terrorists like they used to! COOOOOBRA-ha-*hackcoughcoughcough*"\\
6th Oct '16 8:57:38 PM rjd1922
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* Older music and films in general. On Website/YouTube, most of the comments on videos of these will be of people complaining about how bad today's entertainment is.
16th Sep '16 7:05:21 AM Knight20
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13th Sep '16 8:41:53 AM Jhonny
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* Bicycles used to be - quite literally - MadeOfIron. The oldest penny-farthings had wheels made of full rubber (so no flats) and the pedals were directly connected to the front wheel. There was very close to nothing that could break on such a bike. Probably the only thing that could happen to it was rust. The first "safety bicycles" (i.e. the first bikes that outwardly look roughly like today's bikes) introduced a chain drive and air filled tires as things that could potentially break - but pretty much anybody can repair those. They were still made from solid steel for the mainframe and incredibly hard to break even on purpose. Today's bikes have gears that are hard to repair even for experts unless they have the proper equipment and often the frame is made from hollowed out metal (not necessarily steel) or carbon fiber (which can take a lot of punishment while being lightweight, but when it breaks it cannot be repaired). True, today's bikes are faster, lighter, more comfortable and you can get up mountains that only someone with superhuman strength could with old bikes, but really in an urban setting at moderate speeds almost all of those "advances" are just AwesomeButImpractical overkill.
3rd Sep '16 4:34:07 PM Jhonny
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Another factor is (steel reinforced) concrete. Most building materials have a "shelf life" of several millennia unless some rather unusual things happen to them - after all, they are stones that survive being exposed to the elements in nature as well. The big exceptions are limestone (which cannot handle acids), concrete (some types of which decay and degenerate under certain conditions) and steel (which rusts). Steel reinforced concrete structures only last a century or so without maintenance before the rust starts popping apart the concrete and weakening the structure beyond repair. There is nothing keeping the Roman aqueducts from lasting another millennium (baring human intervention) because there is nothing in them that could rust, degrade or fall apart.
3rd Sep '16 4:29:03 PM Jhonny
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Older cars were made under the theory that, in a crash, the car should show as little damage as possible, and hence were made of thick steel; the body panels were often not load-bearing and could be easily removed. Newer cars (i.e. engineered in the last 30 years) are designed to simply fall apart in a crash, keeping the occupants safe by allowing the car's frame to absorb the energy involved in a crash by crumpling and going to pieces instead of transmitting the energy to the occupants. Of course, this does destroy the car. There are also maintenance issues. It used to be the "tree-shade mechanic" could fix an engine with basic tools, but newer cars require complicated and expensive tools. On the other hand, these efficiencies and cost reductions have allowed more people to afford a car; the U.S. population increased by 55% from 1960 to 2000, but the number of licensed drivers more than doubled over the same period. Similarly, deaths in car accidents did not scale with the amount of miles driven or the amount of car accidents total.

This also highlights the selective enforcement of this and other NostalgiaFilter-related tropes. Though there are far more cars on the road, and far more miles driven, fatalities have remained level (fatalities-per-mile in the U.S. have decreased by 75% over the last 50 years), although mostly due to legal enforcement of safety measures.

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Older cars were made under the theory that, in a crash, the car should show as little damage as possible, and hence were made of thick steel; the body panels were often not load-bearing and could be easily removed. Newer cars (i.e. engineered in the last 30 years) are designed to simply fall apart in a crash, keeping the occupants safe by allowing the car's frame to absorb the energy involved in a crash by crumpling and going to pieces instead of transmitting the energy to the occupants. Of course, this does destroy the car. There are also maintenance issues. It used to be the "tree-shade mechanic" could fix an engine with basic tools, but newer cars require complicated and expensive tools. On the other hand, these efficiencies and cost reductions have allowed more people to afford a car; the U.S. population increased by 55% from 1960 to 2000, but the number of licensed drivers more than doubled over the same period. Similarly, deaths in car accidents did not scale with the amount of miles driven or the amount of car accidents total.\n\n

This also highlights the selective enforcement of this and other NostalgiaFilter-related tropes. Though there are far more cars on the road, and far more miles driven, fatalities have remained level (fatalities-per-mile in the U.S. have decreased by 75% over the last 50 years), although mostly due to legal enforcement of safety measures.
measures and tighter laws on some subjects (e.g. mandatory seat belts and lower alcohol limits for drunk driving).
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