10 Things Today’s Kids Have Probably Never Heard Of

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Remember the phone book, cassette tapes and telephone boxes? What about when pubs used to shut in the afternoons? Here are 10 things the kids of today have probably never heard of.
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1. Cassette tapes

Ah, the romance of the cassette tape. Who didn’t spend hours masterminding the perfect mix tape for their crush-of-the-moment? Or lining up the tape and pressing ‘record’ as soon as the charts started at 4pm on a Sunday afternoon?

Cassette tapes were amazing, except for when they went wonky and the tape started unravelling. In which case you could fix them with a pencil.
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2. The phone book

Once upon a time, if you wanted someone’s number, you’d look it up in the phone book. You’d find these huge tomes in everybody’s house, where they would often double as coffee tables.

They also meant teenagers could spend hours crank calling strangers, or trying to work out exactly which Mr & Mrs Smith were the parents of their friend. 

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3. Having your photos developed

Part of the joy of going on holiday was coming home again, so that you could rush to Boots and have your pictures developed.

A week later you’d pick them up, only to find that a third of them were out of focus and two were close-ups of your finger. If you were lucky, you might have 2 decent shots from your 24-roll film. And in both of those you’d have red eye. 

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4. Landline phones

Back in the day, you could never call someone direct. Instead you had to call their landline phone, which meant going through their parents.

Kids these days will never know the faff that was dialling a rotary phone, or getting tangled in the wire. They’ll never understand what it is to have no caller ID, and no idea who called you last.  

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5. Watches

Sure, you still get watches these days. But who really uses them, except for people who have Rolexes and want to show off the fact that they’ve got a Rolex? Certainly anyone under 25 uses their phone to tell the time – and always has done
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6. Autographs

In the olden days you’d queue up by the theatre stage door to ask some poor, unsuspecting person off the telly for his autograph.

But who cares about a signature when you can have a selfie? The best part about a selfie is you get to be in it too – even it isn’t quite as easy to sell on eBay.
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7. Floppy discs

Way before there was this mysterious entity called ‘the cloud’, you used to save things on a floppy disc, a large, clunky thing that no one ever knew quite where to keep. Needless to say, you’d end up with dozens of these things, all unlabelled and gathering dust in the bottom of a drawer. 

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8. VHS tapes

Back in the days before HD, there were VHS tapes, which would flicker, or make a weird hissing noise, at crucial moments in the film. On the plus side, you could drop them and they’d still work, and more crucially, you could record over them.

Which inevitably led to accidentally taping over your favourite programme.  

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9. Record shops

Record shops were so much more than a place to buy albums. They were also slightly intimidating places to hang out, where you could spot cooler teenagers and pledge your allegiance to a certain type of music, or have nerdy conversations with the staff.

Kids these days, with their iTunes and instant-access music, will never experience this.  

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10. Candy cigarettes

It isn’t so long ago that children were allowed to wander round smoking fake but convincing-looking cigarettes, made from candy wrapped in paper. Now it’s hard to know which would be censured more, the smoking reference or the sugar. 

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