If not for the three grey hairs peeking out, I’d feel as fresh as new. It seems like only yesterday we’d drink Capri Sun, burn CDs and listen to the Smashing Pumpkins. Speaking of the latter, kids these days call it “dad rock,” and how can you blame them?

The oldest of Gen Z, aka the newest generation that was born between 1997 and 2012, is now 24. No, it’s not you who are 24, it’s the kids who have no clue what “pick up the phone'' means.

So today, we’re diving deep into the world of no illusion, ready to face one fact we all dread (hence the booming skincare industry among millennials!)—we are old. Thanks to the corner of Reddit ‘Heck I’m Old,’ we have a collection of posts to make you feel not just old, but rather ancient. “When you look at kids nowadays and see their music you can't help but think of how everything is old,” says the group’s description and from what you see below, they ain’t lying.

#1

I'm Just Going To Leave This Here

I'm Just Going To Leave This Here

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Bradley V.
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1 month ago

Truth!

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#2

Ah Nostalgia....

Ah Nostalgia....

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Warloew Brinn
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1 month ago

That tv setup meant a good day every time.

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#3

Zoom Meetings!

Zoom Meetings!

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River Webb
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1 month ago (edited)

except nobody holds up their cat/dog for everyone to see

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If you ever feel like time is passing at the pace of a hadron collider, you can be sure you’re not the only one. Most of us feel that the passage of time is inevitable, and that it only makes us older (but also wiser, more confident and happy overall!).

Having said that, it's no secret that our modern society is obsessed with freezing and even turning back time. This ageing paranoia that’s sweeping across our society has been heavily fueled by social media, where young folks constantly put pressure on achievements, looks, and everything, really. Its competitive nature shows that someone is doing better and has accomplished more by your age than you have.

#4

I Remember!

I Remember!

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Steve
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1 month ago

still want it TBH

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#5

The Struggle Is Real

The Struggle Is Real

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Steph
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1 month ago

Great metaphor!

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#6

Just Pause Duh

Just Pause Duh

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Steph
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh yes, spilling the juice while running back to the tv and constantly bumping your knees or toes when jumping over the furniture... but thanks to the adrenaline: no pain felt!

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Being scared of ageing is not only nothing new, it seems like it creeps into the minds of younger generations obsessed with anti-ageing life choices earlier than ever in history. In 2018, a report from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) found that millennials felt the most negatively towards ageing, viewing it as a steep decline and assuming dementia and loneliness as inevitable.

#7

I'm Old I Remember Having One Thinking It Was So Cool

I'm Old I Remember Having One Thinking It Was So Cool

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Fat Harry
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1 month ago

I had the 16 colour version. It was a bitch to write with because it was so fat.

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#8

I Feel This Deep In My Soul

I Feel This Deep In My Soul

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kristina law
Community Member
1 month ago

That cashier was just jealous that you got to experience Blockbuster and they didn't lol

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#9

I Consider This A Small Victory

I Consider This A Small Victory

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Vicky Z
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1 month ago

不不不不kids please.....

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In some extreme cases where fear of getting older interferes with your life, doctors diagnose people with gerascophobia. “Gerascophobia sufferers have very frequent thoughts about changes in their appearance due to ageing and increasingly losing control over their life as they get older. These thoughts trigger panic attacks, shortness of breath, sweating and shaking," Dr. Rose Aghdami, a consulting and coaching psychologist, told Refinery29.

"Their behavior is affected too, as they often avoid certain activities which remind them of ageing, withdraw from social contact, and become more isolated."

#10

You Might Be Old...

You Might Be Old...

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River Webb
Community Member
1 month ago

I absolutely love these, and trust me I'm not that old

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#11

Doc Brown And Marty Mcfly Still Here, Together, In 2021

Doc Brown And Marty Mcfly Still Here, Together, In 2021

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
1 month ago

Hey, this one actually made me feel good. They ditched the Delorean?

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#12

Never Failed

Never Failed

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AndThenICommented
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1 month ago

Ohhhhhhhh the feeling

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The RSPH has also urged people to stop using the term 'anti-ageing' popularized by the beauty industry, since it could be putting pressure on women to see ageing as something inherently detrimental. Another 2017 study found that 30% of women under 35 were regularly using anti-wrinkle products, a fact that’s so obvious when browsing through social media that you don’t need a survey for it

#13

"I Grew Up With No Internet" Starter Pack

"I Grew Up With No Internet" Starter Pack

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

And still have no idea how to play minesweeper 不不不不不

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#14

Beware This Man

Beware This Man

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Thanks, Macaulay. I wish you would look up to Bart Simpson, he doesn't age like that.

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#15

I Resemble That Remark

I Resemble That Remark

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm a millenial, but I get angry too.

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#16

Who Else Had These Exact Same Speakers?

Who Else Had These Exact Same Speakers?

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Bradley V.
Community Member
1 month ago

HAD? Still use 'em!

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#17

This Feeling All Of The Time

This Feeling All Of The Time

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Ally R
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1 month ago

I still think the 90s were 10 years ago.

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#18

What Else?

What Else?

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Bill Evs
Community Member
1 month ago

UK specific but when I was a kid in the 80's we had a grand total of 4 TV channels to choose from.

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#19

In The 80s, TV Stations Just Turned Off Late At Night. No Infomercials, Nothing. Just This

In The 80s, TV Stations Just Turned Off Late At Night. No Infomercials, Nothing. Just This

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, they played a nifty tune first, and then some nice white noise to fall asleep to...

Al Christensen
Community Member
1 month ago

We got the Star Spangled Banner and waving flag.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Ours used to make a constant beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep sound.

cugel
Community Member
1 month ago

I can still hear it.

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De Gueb
Community Member
1 month ago

The test card!!! the idea was that you could adjust the set to make sure everything was straight and colours didn't overlap. focus etc. I was in TV / VCR repair in the 80s we had a thing call a pattern generator so we didn't have to stay up late at night to adjust the sets we repaired ;-)

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Used a Heathkit pattern generator as well.

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

And in the morning you were staring it waiting for the cartoons to begin

Flisey
Community Member
1 month ago

In NZ we got the Good Night Kiwi. He would turn off the camera, ride an elevator to the top of the broadcasting tower and snuggle up with his cat ^_^

De Gueb
Community Member
1 month ago

In spain we had "Casimiro" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbfQ71hMr_k

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Dodo
Community Member
1 month ago

And in the UK we had that test card with the little girl and the scary-ass clown thing

Groundcontroltomajortom
Community Member
1 month ago

Enough to give you nightmares

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 month ago

Or that white fuzz that sucked in Carol Ann.

Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
1 month ago

And if you waited until the wee hours of the morning... RAGE.

Al Christensen
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm old enough for no color.

Martine
Community Member
1 month ago

Ok, so am I.

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Vasana Phong
Community Member
1 month ago

Hmm.. no choice but to go to bed back then

Jo Browne
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Test Pattern for the Australian Broadcasting Commission . I know, I worked there

Michelle Line
Community Member
1 month ago

What about "It's 10 pm. Parents, do you know where your children are?"

Merili Auq
Community Member
1 month ago

yes! and this noise hhhhhhhh....

Origami Chik3n
Community Member
1 month ago

Late at night? When i was a kid, the channels had a break during noon hours too.

Mattewis88
Community Member
1 month ago

The national anthem played after broadcast...and then, white noise.

Rebecca Surette
Community Member
1 month ago

Two of our three channels showed us jets flying with the National Anthem, THEN that.

Heleen Greenwald
Community Member
1 month ago

I had that in the '60s...and it was in black and white!

Queen Penelope (the troller of trolls)
Community Member
1 month ago

Coloured bars after the anthem and pretty nature scene clips and then OOOOOOOOOOOO.........

Carole Reid
Community Member
1 month ago

You didn't go back far enough. The 1950s.

Casey Ironmonger
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, I remember that too haha! We got our first TV in 1959 but I didn't see the "test pattern" until later, cos I was too young to stay up until ... late.

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Annabeth Chase
Community Member
1 month ago

Cbeebies still does that, but with stars and characters

RCK
Community Member
1 month ago

Time for bed.

Pen Irwin
Community Member
1 month ago

I can clearly hear this image

D K
Community Member
1 month ago

Sometimes this image with the long beeeeeeeeeeeeep is what my brain feels like at times.

MellonCollie
Community Member
1 month ago

Face masks with this design were a hit in my village among the 40+. Kids were all flabbergasted why me and my 'old' friends thought it was so funny.

Von Klaus
Community Member
1 month ago

simpler times

Debs
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor child...in the 60's and 70's ours were not as colorful. .

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
1 month ago

My station showed a flag while playing the National anthem before the B&W (before color TV) station's call letters and an annoying long beeeeeep so you would shut it off.

Terri Rimmer
Community Member
1 month ago

70s too

moeless
Community Member
1 month ago

That was always more interesting while tripping...

R De Backer
Community Member
1 month ago

Back then household appliances were still fixed when broken. My father was in TV repair and used that image to finetune the colourscheme, brightness etc of the TV for the client.

Riley Quinn
Community Member
1 month ago

The heading should read "Up Through and Into the 80's" because stations would just turn the transmitter off after a rousing rendition of the National Anthem.

Christine Ladyman
Community Member
1 month ago

We had the Epilogue first,,, words of wisdom from a clergyman!!!

MarsFKA
Community Member
1 month ago

We had the Goodnight Kiwi. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H2BOGGUbm4

Thomas Turnbull
Community Member
1 month ago

Not in the UK

Dale Lambers
Community Member
1 month ago

Test pattern, my dad used to use it to align cathode ray picture tubes.

MAKtheknife
Community Member
1 month ago

I hate to say this, but I remember something like this from the '50s, only they had no color.

Baali Venomax
Community Member
1 month ago

You were lucky if you got the test card. Sometimes we just got snow.

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
1 month ago

I'd wake up to that laying on the floor / couch asleep

Leslie Simpson
Community Member
1 month ago

Dish satellite now does tower checks and it's pretty much this, channel off air and they do different checks and sometimes it talks...so it's baaaack

Jo Anne McClelland
Community Member
1 month ago

In the 70s it didn't even have color.

Eric Forster
Community Member
1 month ago

Before that, "snow."

Nancy Lynch
Community Member
1 month ago

The test screen! Nooooo!

Donna Mayotte
Community Member
1 month ago

I thought the test pattern was annoying

Holly McGuire
Community Member
1 month ago

Except on weekends, on weekends we got RAGE! RAGE! RAGE! Ra-Ra-Rage!

Cydney Golden
Community Member
1 month ago

Except not in color!

Mish
Community Member
1 month ago

And the high pitched BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP that just NEVER ended!

EADC
Community Member
1 month ago

This still happened almost till the mid 90's for me

Whawhawhatsis
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a lot fancier than what we got! We got just vertical strips of color, about 10 or 12 that filled the screen!

Racheal Birdsong-Bradley
Community Member
1 month ago

So, not everyone's Grandma paid for them to have cable TV back then? Damn, I was spoiled!

Sean W
Community Member
1 month ago

Absolutely, but after they played the national anthem

Matt Hollis
Community Member
1 month ago

What about the girl with the creepy balloon man when TV ended, might be just the UK lol TEST-CARD-...525c6b.jpg TEST-CARD-667462-615f0ac525c6b.jpg

Debbie Burton
Community Member
1 month ago

My daughter (born in 1980) didnt know this until we moved from Brisbane to Perth and she thought she had broken Channel 10 hahahahaha

Alice Teasdale
Community Member
1 month ago

When I was a kid in the eighties, we had to ask our parents what their favourite TV show was. My Dad said "the ABC Test Pattern"

Psychopathic Shark
Community Member
1 month ago

Where is the creepy clown and possessed child ?

Ivan Campos
Community Member
1 month ago

When I was a kid there was a TV channel with a scary "ending video" that I was afraid of. It had tje Falcon movie theme song and some weird drawings of a satellite sending the TV signal all over the country, but seemed more a pea can or a watering can. You can check this preciosity here: https://youtu.be/lePTHbNuTr4

Seabeast
Community Member
1 month ago

I remember the morning programming starting with a view of Parliament Hill and the national anthem.

Melanie Wittmier-Steffler
Community Member
1 month ago

Which is waaaay better than the ads!

Phil Green
Community Member
1 month ago

In the 70s and before, BBC played the National Anthem before shutting down at 2300.

KATHLEEN MORRIS
Community Member
1 month ago

Played the Star spangled banner...in NY

Tunk
Community Member
1 month ago

In the morning, where I lived, from 6.30am to 7.00am they would play Supertramp. Every morning. Good times.

Carol Vasbinder
Community Member
1 month ago

No, first they played some random air force video. Then it all shut down and we were done until morning.

Aunt Sherry
Community Member
1 month ago

"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings...." Always loved this sign-off.

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olx
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1 month ago

now simply the stuff of creepypastas...

Mikael H繹gfors
Community Member
1 month ago

In Sweden it was called "the War of the Ants", that strange black and white blur that appeared late at night.

gooberpeas
Community Member
1 month ago

We had the Indian.

Cip IESAN
Community Member
1 month ago

In Romania, in the 80's, we had only 2-3 hours of TV per day (5 hours Saturdays and Sundays, when we could watch Dallas or Mannix, Kojak, Colombo, one episode per week etc.), communist propaganda featuring Ceausescu. Now, we have at least 100 channels, but there are 7 years since I watched TV for the last time...

Jen HM
Community Member
1 month ago

They also had a burning yule log with festive music on loop all Christmas day.

Sharron Whalen
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh my child! Way before then!!不

Robert Martens
Community Member
1 month ago

And then a voice gently saying, "Carol Ann".

Jessica Cifelli
Community Member
1 month ago

This looks like the count down clock for YouTube videos getting ready to premiere

Fran Morasco
Community Member
1 month ago

National anthem then white static

Martine
Community Member
1 month ago

I had to ask my husband if they still have that on tv here.

Teresa Simmons
Community Member
1 month ago

Where is the Indian one? On english TV in Okinawa back in the 1960's they played the Air Force Blues before going off air.

Eric Law
Community Member
1 month ago

Now we have digital (broadcast) TV which turns off randomly every few seconds.

R Carson
Community Member
1 month ago

Yep the old test pattern days.

MizAdeleM
Community Member
1 month ago

And before they signed off, they would show a clip of an American flag waving while playing the national anthem.

Cray Melton
Community Member
1 month ago

We got Ray Charles singing "America the Beautiful'' before the pattern. At one time it was a Native American.

Cray Melton
Community Member
1 month ago

...instead of the graphics. (Still written poorly)

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Andi
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1 month ago

afternoons ... honest...

mcborge1
Community Member
1 month ago

This was the one most brits saw back in the day. :) test-card-...9ae5d1.jpg test-card-615d87f9ae5d1.jpg

Happiness is Hippo
Community Member
1 month ago

That little girl looks like she knows something - hopefully it doesn't involve the clown

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James016
Community Member
1 month ago

Good old test card :)

Mirva Rahunen
Community Member
1 month ago

I live in Finland and I have this channel called test channel and there is this test screen. I love it!

Glen McMurray
Community Member
1 month ago

Except late on Saturday night, which was really Sunday morning and you got a church service on some channels

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#20

70's Kids Checking In

70's Kids Checking In

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cugel
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1 month ago

Oh yeah, Disney on a Sunday night, that one hits home.

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#21

Well, This Is The New Metric For How Old We Are, I Guess

Well, This Is The New Metric For How Old We Are, I Guess

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Danish Dynomummy
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1 month ago

My Kids freak out every time I tell them I wasn't born in this Millennium

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#22

Stolen From Facebook

Stolen From Facebook

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Some Cool Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm not loving it

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#23

Phoebes Baby Is A College Grad

Phoebes Baby Is A College Grad

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S. Tor Storm
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

hahaha, I actually thought to myself: wow, she actually kept in touch with him even tho it wasn't her baby?

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#24

Was It A Nokia Or A Razr You Had?

Was It A Nokia Or A Razr You Had?

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Michelle M
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I had a Nokia c2 when I was 10 or 11. Used to feel quite smug typing fast without looking at the keyboard.

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#25

We All Knew This Day Would Come

We All Knew This Day Would Come

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

That's a great imagination right there!! I remember the young person that saw a real floppy disc and asked his dad why he has 3d printed the save icon!!

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#26

Aww

Aww

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Ally R
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1 month ago

Awww!

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#27

Anyone Else??

Anyone Else??

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Jayne Kyra
Community Member
1 month ago

And then you go to the actual store and those young whippersnappers rearranged it again.

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#28

An Ancient Artifact From A More Civilized Time

An Ancient Artifact From A More Civilized Time

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kristina law
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1 month ago

Who didn't have this exact alarm clock?!

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#29

Pretty Much!

Pretty Much!

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 month ago

oh crap, i totally have such location in my home town, the realization hit me like ton of brick

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#30

Old School Uncool

Old School Uncool

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Vicky Z
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1 month ago

I would fail that student instantly

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#31

Some Redditor Is Mocking His Dad For This 80's Handset That's Plugged Into His iPhone. All I Can Say Is, That Looks Amazingly Comfortable....

Some Redditor Is Mocking His Dad For This 80's Handset That's Plugged Into His iPhone. All I Can Say Is, That Looks Amazingly Comfortable....

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

I still have a landline. Hate taking calls on my smartphone.

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#32

I Was 20 When It Aired And God, Do I Still Feel Old....

I Was 20 When It Aired And God, Do I Still Feel Old....

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Kay blue
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1 month ago

Betty White is older than sliced bread.

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#33

Good Morning

Good Morning

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 month ago

me, 35, in march 2021 : for vaccination too young, for gynecologist 'geriatric' :D

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#34

Afv Anyone?

Afv Anyone?

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David Shoemaker
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1 month ago

The American bashing on this site seems to be a hobby for a lot of people.

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#35

After 9 And On The Weekends Plus $.10 Texts

After 9 And On The Weekends Plus $.10 Texts

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Natalie Oleander
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1 month ago

Free minutes were the best!

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#36

Pink Floyd::pride

Pink Floyd::pride

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Michelle M
Community Member
1 month ago

Reminds me of the Newton's gay meme.

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#37

This Cut Me Deep

This Cut Me Deep

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Yesterday i was watching the next top model of my country! And i kid you not but the models(18-19 years old) didn't know Sharon stone, Michelle Pfeiffer and CHER!!!!! How can you not know Cher????

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#38

Never Failed

Never Failed

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 month ago

I use to have a fake 8 track player to fool my car into playing cassettes. In 1992.

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#39

That's Relatable

That's Relatable

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Steph
Community Member
1 month ago

Honestly: I did see this picture in a different BP post and: yes, I was absolutely thrilled and thought I need to get this for my little recreation cabin in the mountains!

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#40

Internet Is For The 1 Percenters

Internet Is For The 1 Percenters

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Kisses4Katie
Community Member
1 month ago

You mean 20 seconds. It took that long to respond to an accidental press of the internet button and wouldnt respond to the desperate attempts to SHUT IT OFF

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