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27 Terrible ’90s Problems That Kids Today Will Never Understand

Friday, August 14, 2015 9:03
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If you were still in school during the 90’s, regardless of whether it was 7th grade or college, then more than likely you’ll read this list and laugh your behind off. Anyone under 25 today, will simply not “get it.” I graduated high school in 1994, and have nothing but fond memories of the 1990’s. I remember them as being a “simpler” time. Maybe I was just simpler? Who knows?

 

1. That sometimes all your music would fall out of the box your music was kept in.

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2. And that the only way to get the music back into the music box was with a pencil.

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3. You had to pencil the music back into the music box quickly! Otherwise the music substance would escape and make a nest on a fence or a tree.

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4. That later, you abandoned your music boxes and got a giant saucer iPod that was too big for your pocket.

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5. That you had to keep your Netflix in a large pile of Netflix boxes.

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6. That people could just record over your favorite Netflix box by accident because they didn’t realize what was in the Netflix box. Even though you wrote the name of the thing that was in the box on the box.

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7. And if you wanted to watch your Netflix box again you had to play it backwards again before you could.

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8. That Wikipedia wasn’t just there, you had to put the Wikipedia into your computer on a shiny plate.

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9. But once you put the Wikipedia plate in, Wikipedia would sing you a happy song.

 

10. Your iPhone was tied to a box on the wall by a twisty phone rope.

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11. Also if you wanted to meet someone, you had to agree on how to do it when they were also standing within a phone rope’s length of their iPhone wall box.

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12. Wifi was also made out of lots of phone ropes that you had to tie to your computer to make the wifi work.

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13. To get the internet, you had to make a telephone call to a special computer.

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14. Then the special computer would sing you an angry robot song. You had to wait for it to finish singing you the song before you could have internet.

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15. Also that you couldn’t do internet if your somebody else was telephoning anybody other than the special computer.

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16. That this icon exists because you had to take your data out of the computer and keep it in a special plastic data envelope.

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They were called “floppies” because they weren’t floppy.

 

17. Also if you wanted an app you had to get the app by putting a series of data envelopes into your computer.

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18. Luckily app envelopes often came glued to the covers of magazines! (Like websites made of paper.)

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19. You had to remember to bring a Google Maps with you and then you could never fold Google Maps back up properly.

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20. You had to take your Instagrams with a special Instagram box.

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21. Then you had to take the Instagrams out of the Instagram box and put them in a special Instagram tube and take them to a shop where they would put them onto paper.

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22. The Instagram boxes didn’t have any filters but that was okay because they all looked like that anyway.

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23. If you wanted to WhatsApp someone, you had to write your WhatsApp on a piece of paper and ask someone else to give them the WhatsApp paper.

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24. This was the height of creativity.

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25. This was an iPad.

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26. This was the best thing that could ever happen to you.

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27. And this is what porn looked like.

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AND THEN YOUR MUM PICKED UP THE PHONE AND RUINED EVERYTHING.

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  • santiago

    Thanks for the laugh,although there are many things from the 90s I miss today.

  • eXChroma

    I’m only 22 and I know all of this stuff. The Phone-Internet problems pissed me off so bad, and the computers were slower than a calculator. xD

  • triplel13

    Graduated in 92, still remember people having 8 track players in their cars and houses. Thanks for the great laugh you gave me!!!!

  • Factory Farms FEAR the MooCow

    :lol:

  • Medusafern

    I was 30 years old in 1995 and from the instant I beheld my first home “computer” in 1991 – a so-called word processor on a black screen with orange text, I was absolutely in love. Prior to that, in 1981, I snuck into the local college “computer lab” and saw what I considered to be an amazing chat program that was set up between that school and other school in another state. Wow! That they could type to each other across state lines through that fascinating square box! I was practically crying I was so excited, lol.

    I think it was in 1992 or ’93 that I started working as a secretary, and indeed, playing Solitaire on those oh-so-advanced, but not yet Internet-equipped PC’s got me in trouble with my boss more than once – but I couldn’t help it – the cascade of cards that happened when winning a game was indeed the best thing that could happen to me.

    Then, when I first got online in 1995 or ’96- just about the only thing to do was type-chat with role players on an early Internet phenomenon called mIRC. That was a big deal, lol. Then sometime around 1998 or 1999 I started playing online games on pogo.com. That brought Solitaire to an entirely new, thrilling level, lol. My son was born in 1999 so he has always had the Internet in his life – although early on a much inferior one to what we have today.

    t’s funny, even I, who was one of those 60′s – 70′s kids who still played outside at every opportunity and came home with scuffed-up knees and dirt all over me, because there wasn’t anything else to do – even I don’t know how I survived without computers and the Internet. What the Hell did I do with all of my time? How did I know what was going on in the world? How did I communicate with friends? How did it feel to make calls on one of those goofy rotary phones with the curly-cue cords?

    I remember the boys down the street got the first version of Pac-man in 1982 or so? Again I was totally dazzled.

    But the library, the cursed library – exactly how maddening was it to have to go to the damn library and use the damn card catalogue every time I needed to find out something I didn’t know about? OMG, those wretched card catalogs! OMG, the incredible, annoying inconvenience of having to spend hours at the library throughout high school! I think this is one of the features of the Internet that I adore the most. Life before the Internet meant spending hours studying at the library in order to find a few facts with which to write term papers. No wonder high school was stressful and somewhat miserable for me!

    And Dial-up modems, lol! Even back then I got pretty grouchy about having to wait so long for the thing to do its job. Thank God for the speedy bliss of today’s technology!

    …and then when my friend Sara and I got the earliest version of the Sony Walkman which used cassette tapes. The antique beast had two headphone jacks so she and I would walk around both listening to that same Walkman. OMG, we thought we were the coolest thing ever, lol.

    I wish I was younger than I am. Getting old is really difficult especially when I was doing the Punk/Goth thing starting in 1983 – one of the earliest prototypes, lol. Seeing Punk/Goth kids today makes me nostalgic because I looked and acted like them a very long time before they were born. But at the same time I like being this age because having been able to experience the development of the rise of modern technologies from their humblest beginnings up until today’s technological brilliance is a really awesome thing. I remember that every morning my fourth grade school bus driver played an 8-track tape of the song “Crimson and Clover” – which was an absolutely torturous experience for me. 8-tracks all the way to what we have today. Amazing!

  • Angstrom

    Is that the way it was way back then?

    How you old folks must have suffered.

  • James Phoenix

    Very witty article. Imagine the early 1970s when I first got into computing; back then, a dial-up teletype connection over the phone from my school to the first university mainframe computer in the UK was the cutting edge of technology, and it could only do basic maths!

  • jimbow

    i was in a meeting about 15 years ago, the little kids of the parents at that meeting were being look after by some of the older girls there, when i over heard one of the older girls tell a younger kid that a record player that was in the room was a old version of a CD player. I went back to the meeting and told them it and added that makes you feel a little old.

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