Things that you know that kids now will probably never understand

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  1. oman

    oman Senior member

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    ghettoblasters =(
     
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    - That there was a time when atheletes didn't use drugs and were rolemodels

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    I wonder about that. Even if we discount alcohol and concentrate on the question of performance-enhancing drugs, I have heard numerous times that in the 60s, many athletes used amphetamines to get a competitive "edge", and in the 70s and 80s, cocaine.

    How far back are you talking about?

    I think the whole role-model concept has always been bogus. There are very few saints among the living.

    But maybe I'm just a cynic. [​IMG]
     
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    Do kids to day have Dungeons and Dragons?
     
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    That's one that, while different in form, kids will definitely understand.

    I think the hardest thing for kids to grasp that we don't have as much trouble with is the idea that sometimes it is a good thing to sometimes not be instantaneously reachable by phone/e-mail/SMS.
     
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    Do kids to day have Dungeons and Dragons?

    I think they do but they are not the pen and paper of the heyday, more like video game versions.
     
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    I remember getting the still-wet blue dittos that the teachers would run-off in the office.

    Other items/things:

    carbon paper
    Wang word processors
    Telefax machines
    abacuses
    slide rulers
    penmanship
    manners





    You said Wang. huhhuhhuh uh uhuhhuhuhu huhuh
     
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    You said Wang. huhhuhhuh uh uhuhhuhuhu huhuh


    Is Beavis and Butthead still on these days?
     
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    Is Beavis and Butthead still on these days?


    Someone told me they are actually on MTV2. Not sure about that though...
     
  9. Oddly Familiar

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    They do. And you guys are making me feel ancient, because I did many of these things as a youngun. I learned cursive and spelling, too. I played capture the flag, and blew into the cartridges of my video games, I got up early for cartoons, I remember gas being under 2 dollars, and I remember not even having a computer.
     
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    TRS-80's with a cassette tape drive...
    Oh man, I had one of those! Wrote my first programs in whatever OS that was...was it something like OSX or the like?

    Writing programs in BASIC, FORTRAN and COBOL...

    Reminds me of something just the other day, mind you, I never used FORTRAN or COBOL, but I was working with a CompE student the other day, and I thought we'd have a dialogue about starting programming -- my first real programming was using QBASIC in DOS, and he had never written a program for a DOS environment. Windows and up only. I am probably only a year or two older than he was...man computers can make you feel old fast. So to the list I add:

    Any non-GUI OS.

    Regards,
    Huntsman
     
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    They still teach handwriting in The Gifted Child's (public) school. Manners were taught before kindergarten and reinforced since. Where I live, that's the rule, not the exception.

    We got our first computer in 1999, and home internet access in late 2004 (dial-up) and DSL about three weeks ago, so The Gifted Child knows a life with manners and without computers or quick Internet access.

    Dad has 2,500 albums and a VPI turntable, so vinyl is no stranger either.

    The biggest changes I can come up with would probably be the cell phone/instant access (a good thing!) and non-cable TV with something called "UHF" and "VHF" and only 5 channels (six if the aluminum foil on the bunny ears was correctly positioned).

    The other thing would be a complete absence of 7-plus kid families. I'd say the average in my neighborhood was probably five kids; two I know had 12. I don't know a single family here with more than 3.
     
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    LMFAO.
    The American auto industry.

    Jon, you are truly a master of irony.

    A lot of things listed have been things we think we remember, but really don't because they never existed, or at least not in a materially different way than they exist now.

    Tom
     
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    The phrase, "Finish your plate. Children are starving in China."
     
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    I remember my first computer: a Commodore 64 and my second computer, a Commodore 128. I also remember programming in BASIC in DOS.

    Jon.
     
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    I remember my first computer: a Commodore 64 and my second computer, a Commodore 128. I also remember programming in BASIC in DOS.

    Jon.


    Those were the first two computers I used, from about the time I was 5. After that, the Apple IIE and the Apple IIGS.

    Here's another one that kids won't know - the big floppy disks that were actually floppy.
     

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