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5th May '17 9:31:49 AM LordGro
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* ''Literature/TheSagaOfThePeopleOfVatnsdal'': When Thorstein Ketilson is eighteen, his father (a former viking) chews him out for supposedly being a lazy coward for not going out and putting his life at risk for money and fame. Thorstein is so upset, he sets out at all alone on a forest road preyed on by bandits, and ends up killing the highwayman Jokul. As he returns victoriously, he meets Ketil and his family looking for him, and Ketil admits that he has been regretting his tirade already.
-->''"The behaviour of young men today is not what it was when I was young. In those days men hankered after deeds of derring-do, either by going raiding or by winning wealth and honour through exploits in which there was some element of danger. But nowadays young men want to be stay-at-homes, and sit by the fire, and stuff their stomachs with mead and ale; and so it is that manliness and bravery are on the wane."''
5th May '17 4:49:14 AM Aquila89
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* A father tells his son: "Father: When Abe Lincoln was your age he walked 9 miles to school and did homework by candlelight!" The son responds: "When Abe Lincoln was ''your'' age, he was the President!"
6th Apr '17 7:36:47 PM TheCuza
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[[caption-width-right:320:And we LIKED it that way!]]

->''"Well, nobody ever drove me to school when it was ninety degrees below,''\\
''We had to walk butt naked through forty miles of snow.''\\
''Worked in the coal mine twenty two hours a day for just half a cent,''\\
''Had to sell my internal organs just to pay the rent!"''
-->-- '''"When I Was Your Age"''', Music/WeirdAlYankovic

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[[caption-width-right:320:And we LIKED ''liked'' it that way!]]

->''"Well, nobody ever drove me to school when it was ninety degrees below,''\\
''We had to walk butt naked through forty miles of snow.''\\
''Worked in the coal mine twenty two hours a day for
->''"Lemme tell you somethin', you whiny little snot\\
There's somethin' wrong with all you kids today\\
You
just half a cent,''\\
''Had to sell my internal organs just to pay
don't appreciate all the rent!"''
things you got\\
We were hungry, broke, and miserable\\
And we liked it fine that way!"''
-->-- '''"When '''Music/WeirdAlYankovic''', "When I Was Your Age"''', Music/WeirdAlYankovic
Age"



This is a perennial favorite of the GrumpyOldMan or RacistGrandma, and is often played for comedy -- expect to hear some variation of "I had to walk fifteen miles (because it's always fifteen miles, don't question it) to school barefoot in the snow! Uphill both ways!"

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This is a perennial favorite of the GrumpyOldMan or RacistGrandma, and is often played for comedy -- expect to hear some variation of "I had to walk fifteen miles (because it's always ''always'' fifteen miles, don't question it) to school barefoot in the snow! Uphill both ways!"
Barefoot! Uphill! ''Both ways''!"
27th Mar '17 5:34:01 PM eroock
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->''Well, nobody ever drove me to school when it was ninety degrees below,''\\

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->''Well, ->''"Well, nobody ever drove me to school when it was ninety degrees below,''\\



''Had to sell my internal organs just to pay the rent!''

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''Had to sell my internal organs just to pay the rent!''rent!"''
10th Mar '17 6:06:00 AM Koveras
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Compare ScrewPolitenessImASenior, WhileYouWereInDiapers, MiseryPoker.

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Compare ScrewPolitenessImASenior, WhileYouWereInDiapers, MiseryPoker.MiseryPoker, IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow.
21st Feb '17 1:29:21 PM MCanter89
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[[TruthInTelevision This is not completely made up, though.]] This Trope is in fact OlderThanDirt, as it is at least 4000 Years old (and probably as old as mankind itself).

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[[TruthInTelevision This is not completely made up, though.]] This Trope is in fact OlderThanDirt, as it is at least 4000 Years 4,000 years old (and probably as old as mankind itself).



--> "When I was your age, we didn't have all this fancy shiny techno-gear! Our servant rays were made out of straw and leather!"

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--> "When -->"When I was your age, we didn't have all this fancy shiny techno-gear! Our servant rays were made out of straw and leather!"



--> '''Goofy:''' Oh, you'll have plenty of time for parties when you're older, Maxie. Why, when I was your age, I'd never even been invited to a party. Look at me now!

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--> '''Goofy:''' -->'''Goofy:''' Oh, you'll have plenty of time for parties when you're older, Maxie. Why, when I was your age, I'd never even been invited to a party. Look at me now!



* ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'' has an interesting variation where the main character's father-in-law talks about how back in his day, inventions were being made every day and laments the sterility of the times he lives in and how his son-in-law was born in the wrong era. The twist? The old man is from ''our'' age (possibly the TheNewTens) and it is {{justified|Trope}} in that the world in the future is undergoing an agricultural apocalypse, and it has gotten so bad that the Moon Landings being faked is taught at schools to direct more people to working crops.

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* ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'' has an interesting variation where the main character's father-in-law talks about how how, back in his day, inventions were being made every day and laments the sterility of the times he lives in and how his son-in-law was born in the wrong era. The twist? The old man is from ''our'' age (possibly the TheNewTens) TheNewTens), and it is {{justified|Trope}} in that the world in the future is undergoing an agricultural apocalypse, and it has gotten so bad that the Moon Landings being faked is taught at schools to direct more people to working crops.






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* In one level in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', [[LargeHam Sergeant]] [[SergeantRock Johnson]] gives this speech:

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* In one level in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', ''VideoGame/Halo2'', [[LargeHam Sergeant]] [[SergeantRock Johnson]] gives this speech:



--> '''Antwyn''': Hah? These young'ns call this a final battle? Back in my day, we didn't have these newfangled Asuran magics to protect us from Spectral Agony. We just had to tough it out. Kids these days don't know how good they've got it!
--> '''Jorith''': I remember the day you had to walk fifteen miles uphill in the Shiverpeaks, then kill a spectral abomination just to get one piece of armor infused! And we liked it that way!
--> '''Carden''': That's nothing! You wouldn't be sitting here if me and my two buddies hadn't killed the Lich Lord twice while he was on the bloodstone. And we did it without help from any fancy pants heroes.

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--> '''Antwyn''': -->'''Antwyn''': Hah? These young'ns call this a final battle? Back in my day, we didn't have these newfangled Asuran magics to protect us from Spectral Agony. We just had to tough it out. Kids these days don't know how good they've got it!
--> '''Jorith''': -->'''Jorith''': I remember the day you had to walk fifteen miles uphill in the Shiverpeaks, then kill a spectral abomination just to get one piece of armor infused! And we liked it that way!
--> '''Carden''': -->'''Carden''': That's nothing! You wouldn't be sitting here if me and my two buddies hadn't killed the Lich Lord twice while he was on the bloodstone. And we did it without help from any fancy pants heroes.
17th Feb '17 3:03:52 PM Kaiseror
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* Webcomic/SlightlyDamned: [[EvilOldFolks Dakos]] the fire demon complains that [[spoiler:Iratu's]] use of complex plans, working in groups and alling with [[spoiler:rouge angels]] are [[NoTrueScotsman unnatural]] for demons and even refers to the younger demons as a "[[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain generation of cripples]]"'
13th Feb '17 6:35:16 AM Laxe99
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', Soldier 76 will occasionally grump on payload maps, "In ''my'' day, we'd have the payload delivered already!"

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', Soldier Soldier: 76 will occasionally grump on payload maps, "In comment, "Back in ''my'' day, we'd have the this payload delivered already!"
11th Feb '17 7:20:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''LumAndAbner,'' any time Lum prepares to give a speech he invariably talks about being a "barefoot kid of a boy" having to walk several miles to school in the snow.

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* In ''LumAndAbner,'' ''Radio/LumAndAbner,'' any time Lum prepares to give a speech he invariably talks about being a "barefoot kid of a boy" having to walk several miles to school in the snow.
15th Jan '17 11:11:11 AM nombretomado
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* In an episode of ''[[TheAdventuresofJimmyNeutron Jimmy Neutron]]'', Jimmy, Carl and Sheen accidentally [[RapidAging turn themselves old]] and fall into this.

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* In an episode of ''[[TheAdventuresofJimmyNeutron ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius Jimmy Neutron]]'', Jimmy, Carl and Sheen accidentally [[RapidAging turn themselves old]] and fall into this.
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