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Malkavian What is this from madness
What is this
Mar 15th 2011 at 3:26:15 PM

"What were newspapers daddy?"

"Well, see kiddo. Back before we all had phones we could carry in our pocket and before news was just assholes yelling at each other, these companies printed out books explaining what happened yesterday and sent to stores for you to buy them."

"Why?"

"Don't push it, kid."

"Everyone wants an answer, don't they?... I hate things with answers." Grant Morrison
Deboss I see the Awesomeness. from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Gristknife
Mar 15th 2011 at 5:22:52 PM

Cows with only one head.

edited 15th Mar '11 5:22:59 PM by HungryJoe

Charlie Tunoku is a lover and a fighter.
Dorkus I nose things Relationship Status: Desperate
I nose things
Mar 15th 2011 at 5:30:02 PM

Typewriters

Record players

Cable TV you had to turn with a dial

Mar 15th 2011 at 5:35:52 PM

"What's a PS 3?"

"Clean water? What is that?"

"What's a..."God"?"

Alpha Parum est esse aliquid.
pvtnum11 OMG NO NOSECONES from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
OMG NO NOSECONES
Mar 15th 2011 at 5:38:47 PM

Life before computers.

Life before common access to the Internet.

Life before microwaves.

Life before cell phones.

Life before Bluetooth.

Life before cordless phones.

Life before remote controls for everything.

Life before Compact Discs.

What a toaster oven is, what casette tapes are, what an LP record is, and what a carburetor is.

What snow is (we don't get that here in Hawaii).

Happiness is zero-gee with a sinus cold.
HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Gristknife
Mar 15th 2011 at 5:40:17 PM

You don't think the future will have toasters?

Charlie Tunoku is a lover and a fighter.
Malkavian What is this from madness
What is this
Mar 15th 2011 at 5:40:31 PM "Everyone wants an answer, don't they?... I hate things with answers." Grant Morrison
formerly Lady Justice
Mar 15th 2011 at 5:41:28 PM

Mobile phones used to be the size of your hand.

"There's more evil in the charts then an Al-Qaida suggestion box" - Bill Bailey
HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Gristknife
Mar 15th 2011 at 5:42:05 PM

Mobile phones.

Buttons.

Charlie Tunoku is a lover and a fighter.
SpainSun Laugh it off, everybody from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody
Mar 15th 2011 at 5:47:33 PM

Computers and the original internet, most likely.

I spread my wings and I learn how to fly....
Malkavian What is this from madness
What is this
Mar 15th 2011 at 5:49:00 PM

"What were arcades, daddy?"

"Well, back in the day before the internet people would go to these places to hang out together and play video games. It was like X-box live but more civil because you had the option to punch griefers in the face."

"Everyone wants an answer, don't they?... I hate things with answers." Grant Morrison
HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Gristknife
Mar 15th 2011 at 5:50:17 PM

Why I'm actually a time paradox half brother to them. Oh, and that babies come from meteors[1].

Charlie Tunoku is a lover and a fighter.
formerly Lady Justice
Mar 15th 2011 at 6:28:37 PM

Life before Sat Navs.

"There's more evil in the charts then an Al-Qaida suggestion box" - Bill Bailey
Alkthash Was?
Was?
Mar 15th 2011 at 9:55:20 PM

Why they were conceived, either by accident or intent.

Mar 15th 2011 at 9:56:10 PM

I want Malk to be my father...

It's not exactly naive. And it can happen. But it's tough. And definetly worthwhile.
formerly Lady Justice
Mar 15th 2011 at 11:13:55 PM

[up] Malk?

"There's more evil in the charts then an Al-Qaida suggestion box" - Bill Bailey
Mar 15th 2011 at 11:16:44 PM

Malkavian.

It's not exactly naive. And it can happen. But it's tough. And definetly worthwhile.
ArgeusthePaladin from Byzantine.
Mar 15th 2011 at 11:31:16 PM

It's going to be difficult.

You see, I have a sister who is 10 years younger than me, and explaining some of the older stuffs to her these days is already hard. Especially when she is exactly what I imagined a Valley Girl would be like when she was a kid.

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formerly Lady Justice
Mar 15th 2011 at 11:50:23 PM

[up] The likeliness is that she's asking because she needs to know and doesn't feel she can ask anyone else. It's important that we help them.

My younger brother would ask me everything about puberty, often without realising it. Usually this was fine, I'd much rather he know than not no matter how uncomfortable the topic can be. Except this one time, he asked me why when he woke up his pants were wet but that he definitely didn't wet himself - at dinner, with my parents.

I'm so happy though that I could be there for him and that he felt comfortable and trusting enough to ask me. My parents were often quite prudent when it came to such matters, my mum would often walk out the room if I asked her to avoid said conversations. As a result I was the first one to know when he had his first girlfriend, lost his virginity and tried his first spliff. It meant I could better inform him of the consequences and take care of him if there were any.

edited 16th Mar '11 12:03:25 AM by KingFriday

"There's more evil in the charts then an Al-Qaida suggestion box" - Bill Bailey
ArgeusthePaladin from Byzantine.
Mar 16th 2011 at 12:00:16 AM

My mom is much closer to my sis when it comes to such things as growing up. Which is probably for the best, for I've grown up a rather unbalanced kid, by Western standard anyway.

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CentralAvenue Her Royal Highness from my imagination
Her Royal Highness
Mar 16th 2011 at 9:25:15 AM

Analog television. Adjusting the antenna to make the picture less fuzzy, getting only static on channels with no broadcast, etc.

In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if static/snow to denote "no signal" becomes one of those things that remains "memetic" (for lack of a better word) long after it's gone, like the idea of "dialing" a telephone.

Reality has never been an obstacle for me before!!
Alkthash Was?
Was?
Mar 16th 2011 at 10:09:48 AM

You know this begs the question, what are the chances any hypothetical children will care about these outdated technologies? They won't interact with them outside of old fiction and would have very little reason to care.

Captainbrass captainbrass from United Kingdom
captainbrass
Mar 16th 2011 at 12:49:18 PM

@Alkthash - Do you mean the kind of old fiction that makes up about half this wiki? Presumably people will carry on the tradition of being interested in that.

On a more downbeat note, explaining how it took the world so long to do anything about climate change is going to be a tough one.

"Well, it's a lifestyle."
blackcat Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Mar 16th 2011 at 12:52:39 PM

Why we redial a number on a keypad.

We never go any where without our swords and boas.

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