As an '80s kid, I'm often nostalgic about that era. I sometimes hear myself speaking and I sound like my grandparents when they bragged about how things were better “before”.

To be honest, I do think things were better before. Ha! The eighties were an amazing time to live in and anyone who disagrees simply wasn’t around yet.

But let’s be honest, some things are just so much easier now, right? I created this comic series called “Strange things from the past” because some things are better now and some things were better then.

I had a blast making it. It was a little travel back in time and I hope you’ll travel too!

If you want to see more of my comics, check out my previous posts here and here

More info: Instagram | Facebook | tallncurly.com

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Amy Frank
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10 months ago

LMAO, my sister and I did that and you can hear my father in background shouting to turn down the music

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Little Wonder
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10 months ago

Ah yessss. sitting on my bedroom floor, reading the lyrics booklet (if they had one) or at least going over and over the album art while the new CD played.

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Krazy Kanuck
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10 months ago

My mom's phone number (604) 983-3022 (she's been dead 10 years, and I'll never forget her DOB, DOD, or phone number.. I miss my mom :'(

pebs
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10 months ago

No surprise IQ is steadily lowering.

Zoltán Végh
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10 months ago

I cant remember phone numbers, but i need to remember a few pin code, email address, passwords, logins AND passwords... hidden SSID's, IP addresses and so on...

Erika Leon
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10 months ago

I loved reading maps.

El Dee
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10 months ago

Can you imagine? We were able to remember ALL of the numbers of ALL of the people we phoned on a regular basis. Of course, in my country anyway, this was only 5 digits for a local call (pre mobile phones and longer landline numbers as we have now)

Daria B
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10 months ago (edited)

I memorised my phone number as words. So, if you ask me my cell phone number in a language that is not Korean, I could recite it to you, but it will take a while, and my brain would go into "interpretation mode".

VICKI Spachner BLYTHIN
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10 months ago

I used to have all phone numbers, license plates,birthdays, etc. actually MEMORIZED!!!! Genius, huh?

Bettye McKee
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10 months ago

Yes, when I was young, I could remember birthdays, phone numbers, Social Security numbers, car license plates, anniversaries. I still remember a Social Security number, but I don't know who it belongs to. I remember some phone numbers from the '60s.

mermaidgirl960
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10 months ago

Lol I can't even memorize my own 🤦‍♀️

Sterling Malory Archer
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10 months ago

To be fair I gotta remember all my logins and passwords so there's no room for phone numbers

Calypso poet
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10 months ago

I don’t know my mom or dads cell numbers. I still remember my bff/cousins address and phone number she hasn’t been at in over 25 years.

Leo Domitrix
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10 months ago

Too true. And I am called a Luddite b/c I don't own a cell phone. Well, I'm on time, I remember things, and I don't get told by some random GPS to turn left into a tree, soooo.... Yeah.

Vincent Philippart
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10 months ago

Unless you had ADD, and therefore no memory. To me it felt more like being a civilian in a superhero movie: my life could be ravaged at random by events I did not see coming.

Raychelle Page
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6 months ago

I think my mom Might remember this I only do because I was in like 50 after school activities at a time in school

Tmcncr
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9 months ago

Lol, love the directions!

Amber Dunham Skjelset
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9 months ago

OMG! This is is so true! I still remember to this day my childhood home (house!) phone number and the numbers of all my favorite places to visit! Those were the days!

Marsha Sumal
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9 months ago

Yeah. I remember my very first boyfriends phone number from over 50 years ago! My brothers Military ID # too. He was amazed. That was like 60 years ago from when I sent him chocolate chip cookies.

Sandy Pro
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9 months ago

That feature was a life saver for me though. I NEVER remembered phone numbers, and have ALWAYS had a non-existent sense of direction.

Mark Serbian
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9 months ago

When we first got Caller ID, I used to be able to figure out who was calling just by the number...

Gail Fuller
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9 months ago

Unlike my uncle he wrote his friends numbers on the wall

Simone Beg
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10 months ago

I literally only ever new my home number and that of my best friend by heart. Everything else I had noted down in my student planner

mewmew34
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10 months ago

Nah, my memory was just as shitty then as it is now. I knew three phone numbers. Ours, Grandma and Grandpa's, and the babysitters. I still remember mine and my grandparents' number, don't remember the baby sitter's number anymore. I've also always been horrible at directions if even a single street name is involved.

Randall Thomas
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10 months ago

I barely remember my own phone number and my grandparents number

The Frog
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10 months ago

Yup! I also knew everyone's number plate on the estate.. what a life!!

Arika Anjiro
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10 months ago

I worry about this because my memory is not good. Sometimes I don’t even remember my son’s phone number.

Anja Mühlendorph
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10 months ago

I don’t know any number today but I still remember most of my friends numbers from back then...

Renske Bos
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10 months ago

Still remember a lot of phonenumbers from the most random people from my past xD

Joy Joyner
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10 months ago

Wow, so true lol

engineer_nope.avi
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10 months ago

The funny thing is that even though I grew up in the 2000s, I still remember most of my family's phone numbers

Colin Leetham
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10 months ago

On the other hand: how many usernames and passwords do you remember now?

Debrina Blackmoon
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10 months ago

had to write all that down

Colleen Coughlin
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10 months ago

I still remember my best friend and boyfriend's phone number from 8th grade, 18 years ago lol

Jeff Requier
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10 months ago

i dont know anyones number anymore. barely remember mine

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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10 months ago

I can still remember people's home phone numbers from high school in the '90's. People I haven't talked to in 20 years.

mummy pig
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10 months ago

So true!

Amy Frank
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10 months ago

I use important cell-phone numbers as passwords so that I can remember them

Human #1,232,867
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10 months ago

The thing we lost in the fire...

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Betsy R
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10 months ago

I had one of those clear colored phones. I loved it so much. It HADDD to have an extra long cord.

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RaroaRaroa
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10 months ago

An encyclopedia that was out of date a year later on anything but history.

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chi-wei shen
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10 months ago

The best thing in the early 80s was a walkman and you really could walk and run while listening to it. The discman came much later, in the middle of the 80s.

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lenka
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10 months ago

With or without a cell phone, I would never wait an hour for someone to turn up.

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Samantha Lomb
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10 months ago

My grandfather owned the local video store. He would hold it for us.

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LuckyL
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10 months ago

"photo album today" -> do they even exist?

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Samantha Lomb
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10 months ago

Do not miss smoking in restaurants or other public areas at all

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ADHORTATOR
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10 months ago

My father recorded a sports match over the christening of our first child....

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Hans
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10 months ago

Perfect resembling of styles!

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Demi Zwaan
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10 months ago

We did have videorecorders back then...

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Human #1,232,867
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10 months ago

We were able to read a map. Main difference!

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Little Wonder
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10 months ago

i made a few mix tapes. None of them worked, I was very single.

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Verena
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10 months ago

Yes, you had to sing to the guy in the CD store

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Brandi VanSteenwyk
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10 months ago

I blame YouTube for the horrendous way eyebrows have devolved into hideously unnatural geometric smears on otherwise beautiful faces.

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Human #1,232,867
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10 months ago

Was more... Mummy/Daddy, is it true that...?

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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10 months ago

She looks cute in her '80's clothes. She just needs black lace Madonna gloves.

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Alex
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10 months ago

Still waiting for the boyfriend from earlier?

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Kjorn
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10 months ago

they have less power then.

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Kjorn
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10 months ago

remember watching porky's in my small black and white tv in the corner of my room carefully listen to the noise in the house in case of my parent coming in

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