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    I had a "Damn, Methuselah!" moment the other day when I was explaining to my son how people used to fax song requests to radio stations. For those who only know the 21st century, it's almost impossible to process the how and why of that.

    I figure that's only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the ancient knowledge we here have accrued.
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    I used to dial them in on a rotary phone. I even remember when AM radio was the place you requested them from and FM was not for music.
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    When you are teaching the children of former students!
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    Quote Originally Posted by redhawkfish View Post
    When you are teaching the children of former students!
    In high school, I had a biology teacher who taught my dad.
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    You know you're old when you go to a memorial for a friend of 40 plus years and one of the people who speak about him is a 33 year old who you last saw when she was two

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    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    I had a "Damn, Methuselah!" moment the other day when I was explaining to my son how people used to fax song requests to radio stations. For those who only know the 21st century, it's almost impossible to process the how and why of that.

    I figure that's only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the ancient knowledge we here have accrued.
    I remember thinking faxing a request to a radio station was the height of technology, we had reached the future world that I saw in sci-fi movies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    I remember thinking faxing a request to a radio station was the height of technology, we had reached the future world that I saw in sci-fi movies.
    The way I explain it now is it was like a text on paper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    The way I explain it now is it was like a text on paper.
    You should blow his mind with the "beeper/pager" process....and how once you received the raw phone number, you would often have to search for a "phone booth" to respond.
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    When you go to a funeral gravesite ceremony, they put a row of chairs right next to the freshly dug grave. They put them there for the oldest people there.

    Went to a funeral a few months back and noticed nobody was sitting in those chairs. I looked around and I was the oldest there. I said I’ll just stand thank you. My wife calls it the row before the hole.
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    Around her middle school age, my daughter asked how we found out about things without Google and the internet. I told her about this thing call the library and the Dewey decimal system.
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    Re: You know you're getting old when ...

    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    The way I explain it now is it was like a text on paper.
    Do you remember the original faxes that were printed on the terrible thermal paper? Tell them if they printed out their homework and put it in the oven for an hour at 350, that is a what a fax looked like.

    I was also telling someone a couple of weeks ago that you could actually have sex on the hood of your car in the Oregon District and not worry about cameras or smart phones, and that was less than 20 years ago. At least, that's the rumor I heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BernieCarbo View Post
    Do you remember the original faxes that were printed on the terrible thermal paper? Tell them if they printed out their homework and put it in the oven for an hour at 350, that is a what a fax looked like.

    I was also telling someone a couple of weeks ago that you could actually have sex on the hood of your car in the Oregon District and not worry about cameras or smart phones, and that was less than 20 years ago. At least, that's the rumor I heard.
    speaking of camera's everywhere.....how did anyone get caught committing a crime before 2000ish? Everyone has played out how they would commit some horrible crime in their head after watching a movie or something.....and I can never make it past the random ATM camera picking up my car near that street around that time! I mean just to be able to commit a simple murder these days, you have to begin by stealing a car! There are literally people walking around on this planet because some dude gave up when he could not hot wire a car....
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    Quote Originally Posted by adkindo View Post
    speaking of camera's everywhere.....how did anyone get caught committing a crime before 2000ish? Everyone has played out how they would commit some horrible crime in their head after watching a movie or something.....and I can never make it past the random ATM camera picking up my car near that street around that time! I mean just to be able to commit a simple murder these days, you have to begin by stealing a car! There are literally people walking around on this planet because some dude gave up when he could not hot wire a car....
    Well, there are an estimated 250,000 unsolved murders, so it probably was easier to get away with it. But since most murders are done by someone the victim knew or by someone who had committed a crime before, I think DNA has been a bigger help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adkindo View Post
    speaking of camera's everywhere.....how did anyone get caught committing a crime before 2000ish? Everyone has played out how they would commit some horrible crime in their head after watching a movie or something.....and I can never make it past the random ATM camera picking up my car near that street around that time! I mean just to be able to commit a simple murder these days, you have to begin by stealing a car! There are literally people walking around on this planet because some dude gave up when he could not hot wire a car....
    Criminals aren't exactly good at what they do or at judging consequences to their actions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    Criminals aren't exactly good at what they do or at judging consequences to their actions.
    Hence crime as the choice in the decision tree of life

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