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Hehe! This has been a fun walk down memory lane. And yes, I realize I'm not yet forty (or even thirty-five), but I still remember A LOT of this stuff!

I just have to say, for those of you heating water in the microwave, please please please put a spoon or stir stick into the cup before you microwave so the water doesn't explode and burn you. It was on Mythbusters.

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Wait - what? Water explode?? I know a spoon will explode.
Although I can say that if you heat water in the microwave, then dump a Via in it, it turns into a volcano. Learned that the hard way. (Poor Via)  :coffee :mop:
#122 - December 28, 2010, 10:27 PM
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They do sell red cake decorations in tiny glass bottles.  They're kind of like red hots, but the taste isn't the same.
#123 - December 29, 2010, 12:21 AM
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Friday Night Videos aired on one of the NBC, CBS, ABC stations which were a TV event when I got home from babysitting--Mom watched them with me, and we were fascinated!

And if we're going to go into everything I remember from 80's MTV, back when they still showed music, I'm going to cry.     :cry2

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Atari game with Pac Man and Frogger, and there was one other early game, but I can't remember the name.

Anyone actually remember playing the E.T. game, before they buried the last copies in the Nevada desert?
#124 - December 29, 2010, 02:17 AM

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Does anybody remember those really delicious candy cigarettes with the red tips?  We used to love 'smoking' them on cold mornings (a relative term in Southern California), sucking in our breath, then letting it out breath slowly so it looked like we were glamorous ladies blowing smoke rings.  I can't imagine they'd still be around, not even in Scotland, where there are still plenty of smokers.
#125 - December 29, 2010, 04:55 AM

Loved those candy cigarettes!  Haven't seen any of them lately though. 
#126 - December 29, 2010, 09:38 AM
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Maybe they're just not around in California anymore (Red Hots).  Can you tell me the name of the store that sells them?  I would really appreciate it!

Well, there's this: http://www.ferrarapan.com/store/index.asp?DEPARTMENT_ID=66 and here if you're feeling nostalgic for other old candies as well: http://www.waysidecountrystore.com/csnostalgiccandy.htm   They still seem to be sold pretty commonly around me in the Boston area (that second link is to a store just up the road a bit from me).  By the way, cinnamon Mentos are pretty darned good as well--have you tried them?  :flame:
#127 - December 29, 2010, 09:59 AM
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Bless you, Marissa!  

I've tried different kinds of cinnamon candy--nothing does it like those Red Hots!  (They're probably made from corn syrup, which I no longer eat--but I can splurge once in awhile).

Also, does anyone on this board still iron?
#128 - December 29, 2010, 10:13 AM
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You're welcome--enjoy!! :drinktoast:
#129 - December 29, 2010, 10:50 AM
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Wait - what? Water explode?? I know a spoon will explode.
Although I can say that if you heat water in the microwave, then dump a Via in it, it turns into a volcano. Learned that the hard way. (Poor Via)  :coffee :mop:

Yes, it's rare, but it can happen. Something to do with water surface tension not allowing the air to escape. I remember WAAAAYYY back when we got our first microwave it had one of those probes and in the instructions it actually said never to boil water without using the probe.

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Atari game with Pac Man and Frogger, and there was one other early game, but I can't remember the name.


Space Invaders?

My kids enjoy playing some of these original video games online. 12-year-old was playing Duck Hunt just last night!  :biggrin:

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Pong!!
#131 - December 29, 2010, 11:09 AM
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I’m making a master list of all the things people have mentioned that might date you, if you put them in your stories or might be useful for stories set in a previous decade. (I left some things out--and some categories, like fashion) Here’s what I’ve got--this is just the first 3 pages:

Totally obsolete

angel hair
VHS players
Cassette tapes
Hot rollers
Walkmans
Roller skates
pay phones
station wagons
kids unrestrained in cars
Thomas Guide
party invitations by mail
beepers
bank books
records and record players
hand driven egg beaters (I still have one)
playing jacks
wood stove
reel to reel tape deck
super 8 movies and projectors
film slides and screen
dry shampoo
mimeograph machines
telegrams
travelers checks
SPF 4, 8, and 12
DOS
crazy straws
bleaching your hair with bleach spray
bottled milk from the dairy
stove popcorn
nickle candy by the pound
egg cream with egg
typewriters
special printing paper
travel agents
floppy disks
ditto machines
carbon paper
TV Guide descriptions of programs
Xerox copies
Polaroid, princess and rotary phones, and instamatic cameras
swim caps with (or without) flowers
double feature movie with cartoon
only 10 to 12 channels
television antenna
White-Out
Correction tape
Onionskin paper
watches
Bonnet hairdryers
boom boxes
glass soda bottles
iodine
mecurochrome
Bactine
Cremulsion
shoe shine boys?
Slide rules
CALL POLICE signs
dictation machines
shorthand
CB radios
drugstores with counters where you could get burgers and cokes
fabric supplies sold in department stores
soda fountains
video game arcades
T.V. channel sign offs with test pattern and national anthem
Paneling
Atari Ping Pong
A dime in your pocket/shoe for emergencies
Drive-ins
elevator operators
millenary and glove departments in department stores
stores closed on Sundays (it wasn’t just the South!)
Roll down windows in cars
adding machines
card catalogs
Whites and Colored signs
home visits by doctors
DJ requests
Darkrooms
expensive long distance calls
five and dime stores
t.v. dinners
wall phones
cuff links
cold cream
aprons
shoe shine boxes
jackknives
cream rinse
aprons
You’ve got mail
warming trays
transistor radios
Pontiacs.
Oldsmobiles.
saucers
diningrooms
punch cards
clerks counting change without looking at register
keypunch
dictaphones
library stampers
Basic, Fortran, and Cobol!
Angel flights
shag carpets
Green stamps, Blue chip stamps
candy cigarettes (had to add this)
phone numbers with letters
thank you notes
sleeping on hair rollers
"iron defficiency anemia" and Geritol
fondu
hassocks

May be obsolete or going obsolete

point and shoot cameras
greeting cards
publishing catalogues (disagree with this, publishers keeps sending them to me)
bills paid by mail
subs by mail (really?  I still do it that way)
photo albums (for current photos)
phones with cords (I still have one)
tea cosy
leg warmers
teapots and kettles
tea leaves
Christmas cards
landline phones
chalk and chalkboards
paste
writing checks
single movie theaters
drugstores with counters where you could get burgers and cokes
fabric supplies sold in department stores
paper maps
phone books
encyclopedias
dictionaries
travel agents
paneling
“from scratch” cooking
lockers?








#132 - December 29, 2010, 11:15 AM
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I received a copy of "OBSOLETE--an encyclopedia of once common things passing us by" for Christmas - really interesting little book if anyone's interested. There are things I didn't expect to see, such as "aging, body hair, dying of old age, eating for pleasure, getting lost, plaster casts, privacy, sadness, stove-top popcorn, wrinkles..."
#133 - December 29, 2010, 11:43 AM
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Wrinkles?  I wish...
#134 - December 29, 2010, 11:54 AM
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It's actually kind of sad to read some of this stuff, but sad is obsolete, so...  :phat
#135 - December 29, 2010, 11:56 AM
"The mind is everything. What you think, you become." ~Buddha   

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Oh yes, phone books. I was thinking the other day that people used to say "I'm in the book" and you could just look them up in the phone book and have contact info. Now I say "just friend me on FB" and it's the same thing. No need to actually write down contact info. ;)

I did play E.T. - great game. And I had a Commodore 64, and I LOVED my Intellivision gaming system. I also loved those candy cigarrettes that had the dusted sugar on the outside so it would make a big puff of smoke when you exhaled - at least the first time.

Some other things that I experienced as a kid that mine don't are kind of sad - like riding my bike down the street by myself and walking home from school. I'm sure some of you have kids that still do that - but I've had too many close calls around here (friends kids being almost snatched or actually snatched). I'm sad for them, but I can't risk it. *note, I live in a densely populated suburb which I think is kind of the worst - enough traffic that something could happen, not so urban that and pedestrian friendly that someone could intervene.
#136 - December 29, 2010, 11:56 AM
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I've been told pet rocks are obsolete, but our local library had a Pet-a-Rock class this summer, so at least a few kids know what they are! ;)

Chia Pets?
Sea Monkeys?

How about candy thermometers? Melon ballers? Fondue sets?

I can't believe that tea pots, tea kettles, tea cozies, and tea leaves would ever be obsolete or ever dated. So long as there are tea drinkers, there'll be tea pots, tea kettles, tea cozies, and tea leaves! (I have all four!  :biggrin:)

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Space Invaders!  That was the Atari game! And I remember playing ET!
#138 - December 29, 2010, 12:24 PM
Stained Glass Summer, Musa Publishing
Weaving Magic, YA Romance
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My Milli Vanilli CD. Yup. It's obsolete, so I'm keeping it. Girl . . . You Know It's True!
#139 - December 29, 2010, 12:26 PM
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Tea cups, on the other hand, with saucers, I think may be outdated. Every tea drinker I know uses a mug.

How about good china and china cabinets? My grandparents have these, but nobody I know under 40 does!

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Ha- we had fondu for Christmas- kids love it and have to explain to all their friends what it is! Still  few fondu resturants in the ski town around here!
#141 - December 29, 2010, 12:35 PM

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Men's hats (apart from baseball caps!)  I still remember my grandfather wearing one when I was small, but no one since.

I don't melon ballers or candy thermometers will go away--they're useful if you like to cook.  Fondue sets, however (especially in avocado green or harvest gold!)
#142 - December 29, 2010, 12:39 PM
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Does anyone use eyelash curlers anymore?  Does anyone iron?  Anyone remember those big "mangling" (ironing) devices?
#143 - December 29, 2010, 12:45 PM
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Chia pets aren't likely to go away,  either.   I see the ads for them (and the "clap-on,  clap off" clappers) every Christmas season.   They even had a Barack Obama one this year.
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Does anyone use eyelash curlers anymore?  Does anyone iron?  Anyone remember those big "mangling" (ironing) devices?
My Grandma had a Mangle Iron . . . and she was SOOO fast on it. I was so amazed by her skill I could sit and watch her for hours.

I never used an eyelash curler. I tried, but they always mushed my lashes together. Come to think of it, I haven't seen them in the cosmetic section of drug stores in quite awhile.
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How about party lines? I remember my mother picking up our old clunky black rotary phone and having to wait for people to finish their conversations before she could place a call. Or she would just join in. You never knew who was listening...

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#146 - December 29, 2010, 03:43 PM

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those weird, smelly roller machines that copied paper before photocopiers (I forget what they were called)


Ditto machines!!  I remember them at school.  It was blue/purple ink.

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#147 - December 29, 2010, 07:16 PM

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Ashtrays in restaurants and department stores. They are a thing of the past in California. Do you have them in other parts of the country?
#148 - December 29, 2010, 07:32 PM

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I believe traditional eyelash curlers are still in use but you can also get heated curlers.

Have we covered that sound that modems make? That's obsolete or is a sign of dating ones equipment.

I have a 15 year old niece and it's interesting to see what is normal for me that is outdated for her -watches, CDs, landlines.
#149 - December 29, 2010, 07:39 PM

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Hot rollers --obsolete?  I just bought a set in 2009 ... they have the little wire clips to hold them on your hair and everything.

And yes, I iron .... well about the only thing I iron are my husband's work shirts.  I'm just a rumpled ol' mess.
#150 - December 29, 2010, 08:55 PM
Making metaphors out of molehills for over thirty years.

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