Things from your childhood that would baffle younger people of today Watch

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Having to wash and dry-up after each meal - dishwashers were very rare.

No microwave ovens. They seemed a bit sci-fiction when they arrived.

Buying a newspaper to search for houses / flats to buy or rent.

All UCAS communication by post.

Tipex - typing correction fluid.
Dish Washers are pointless.
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Good TV, nowadays it seems full of crap.
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Lol. This was the 70s. Not the 90s 😜
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Having a 3, 4, or 5 figure phone number. There are still a few towns that have 5 figure phone numbers but for a generation used to 11 figure mobile numbers it's almost unbelievable that even in the early 1990s it was possibly to phone a friend, school, etc. with just a 3 figure number.
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Cars with a choke.
And four-star petrol.

People have already mentioned audiotape, but I'm going to expound on that: I actually broke a teenager once when I told her that we used to record music onto strips of plastic that had been covered in magnetic paint.

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I have actually made audiotape myself, using stickytape and finely ground rust, and tested it on a cheap open-reel deck by shouting my cat's name into it. I digitized the recording afterwards to prove it worked, got it on my laptop here.
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Having to remember phone numbers, or create paper lists, because only upmarket landline phones had a number memory.
A Filofax was a thing.
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Lol. This was the 70s. Not the 90s 😜
3 figure phone numbers were on UAX telephone exchanges and some were still in use in rural areas in the early 1990s.

The last electromechanical telephone exchange in Britain was Foula which had 2 figure numbers until July 1995.
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Does anyone remember this? I thought it was the most amazing thing ever when it came out.
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Bravestar and the Bionic 6.
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Being slapped really hard by your parents for misbehaving in crowded public places.
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Did it stop you misbehaving?
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Being slapped really hard by your parents for misbehaving in crowded public places.
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Good TV, nowadays it seems full of crap.
And music.
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Noel Edmonds house party and the ensuing nightmares of Mr Blobby.
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Originals. Not remakes!!!
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And music.
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VHS tapes (and the joy of taking the player apart to rescue them when they got stuck)
The handle to wind down car windows by hand
Typing your homework in the old version of WordPad
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Did it stop you misbehaving?
I never really misbehaved so I wasn't hit, but my siblings were hit all the time and it stopped them.
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Game console cartridges.

Film cameras and developing the films at the chemists shop several weeks after taking the photos when the film is all used up.

Cars without central locking.

Send a stamped addressed envelope to...

It's a bit before my time but until the Sunday trading laws were updated in the 1990s it was commonplace for a shop assistant to say "Oh, we can't sell you this, it's a Sunday!" even for items as innocuous as a blank video tape, box of teabags, or a pencil to complete the crossword in the Sunday newspaper.


Morning worship (a televised church service) on ITV every Sunday morning and the Sunday evening 'God slot' with the likes of Highway et al.

Passing your driving test in a car then being automatically awarded a driving licence for a 7.5 tonne lorry complete with an extra trailer (category C1+E).
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Meeting up with your friends after school and hanging round in the park for hours, rather than on PS4 or whatever the kids of today are mad about.
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Computers that booted up instantly.
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When a footballer got punched on the field of play it was by another footballer

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Electric milk floats and having milk delivered to your house every day in glass bottles. They are still around today but quite rare and no longer exist in my locality.
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taking knives into school. it was just a normal thing to do. we had a fun game called chicken involving someone throwing a knife between your feet.
Likewise. And don't forget all those happy hours of whittling.

I don't think people are trying. My list might include:

An outside toilet (and my friend's had to be dug out by his father every few months, but then he did live in a house outside the village with no electricity and a well for water).

Only two TV channels, both in black and white.

The farthing, the half-crown and the threepenny bit - the latter a coin of real character.

Postal orders.

Being able to fill the car petrol tank for under £1 (mind you, £1 was worth £1 in those days).

Needing a bottle (yes, a bottle) of oil in the car to make sure you could complete the journey.

There was none of this jonny-come-lately Blockbuster nonsense. If you wanted to see a film it had to be at the cinema, and you had to watch the only one that was on that week and, depending on the buses, you probably had to see the second half first, leaving half-way through the next showing - hence the phrase 'this is where we came in'.

The strangest one of all, which I do not understand myself - liberty bodices, on young children of both sexes.
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