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How would you tell us your age without telling us your age?

How would you tell us your age without telling us your age?

Professional_Art_540

I had to stand on a stool to speak on the phone. You could call me by dialing 4 digits, if you lived within a couple of miles. If you were farther away, you had to dial 0 and ask the lady to place a long-distance call. Long distance was very expensive.


shalafi71

You got me beat. Party lines existed in my youth but I've never been on one.


DeviousDenial

Be glad you weren't. Everyone had the one fucking neighbor lady that would spend hours on the phone. You would have to interrupt her and ask to make a call. And you never knew who was listening..........


brambleweed

We had a party line when I was small, and the line hogger was named Karen. It all makes sense now.


DeviousDenial

She was the original.


Professional_Art_540

That was a party line, but I didn't mention it because even my son claims I made his brain explode when I explained it. He's 39.


EronHope

I recorded my favorite songs from the radio onto blank cassettes to make mix tapes


solstice105

Remember calling in and requesting a song, and then waiting, poised with your finger over the record button, for it to come on? And trying so hard not to get any snips of commercials. Oh geez.


Keljameri

And stupid radio DJs who talked over the beginning or the end of the song


Field_Marshall17

Is that why some songs off limewire had radio DJs in them?? They were recordings of radio songs?


loganjlr

MAYBACH MUSIC


solstice105

Oh god, yes. All that waiting, and then they wouldn't shut up to let you get the whole song.


Keljameri

I cursed them so many times


Illustrious-Pain-793

Or someone would walk in the room and talk.


walking_it_off

My recording of “Venus” (Bananarama’s cover) featured my mom pulling the garage door shut. Any time I heard it on the radio, I always half-expected to hear it (kind of reminiscent of the log off of AIM sound).


Priff

I had a tape with my dad calling my name from the other room in the break between two songs. No idea how many times that one got me before I moved out. 😂


A_brand_new_troll

When Waynes Workd came out and Bohemian Rhapsody was popular again, I had my computer hooked through my stereo so when I recorded the song I also got lots of Train sounds from Sid Meiers Railroad Tycoon peppered throughout the song.


Anig_o

THIS! My mother called my name during Sheriff's *When I'm With You.* Baby, ooh I get chills When I'm with you, oh... Oh, baby, my world stands still When I'm with you When I'm with you When I'm with youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu\^**ANIG\_O!!!**\^uuuuuu I still hear it, 40 years later. ​ Edit: Also filed under "How would you tell us you're Canadian without telling us you're Canadian"


solstice105

Thankfully my radio had an internal recorder, so that wouldn't have affected my recording. But ya, that would have been a whole added frustration!


irvingklawBP

They called this “posting” and it was a deliberate anti piracy tactic of the time. The DJ would often announce the station ID as well so if they came by a recording they knew where it was from.


CapsizedKayak

I had no idea. This makes so much sense. This kind of made my night.


Magnetostroy

That drove me absolutely insane. Once I waited DAYS to record No Shelter by RATM and when it finally came on the DJ spoke over the entire intro right up to the beginning of the vocals.


EronHope

Hell yeah! And timing is everything!


Fragrant-Afternoon21

Just needed the double cassette recorder so you could record whole sections of radio, listen back to find the songs you wanted, then dub them onto a separate cassette later. What a time to be alive!


Funny_Introduction28

My mom and dad got me out of bed to watch the first man walk on the moon.


RegularOrMenthol

You are probably my dads age, he was born 1962. He remembers cardboard cut outs of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in grocery stores.


Funny_Introduction28

I'm 60


RegularOrMenthol

Dang I was close! My dad just turned 59.


Shan_45_ana

I saw how The February 22 game has become known as the “Miracle on Ice"


CaptainOverkilll

You are ~45. Michael Jackson did the 1st televised moonwalk on May 16, 1983.


Funny_Introduction28

Lol


tomness94

58


Funny_Introduction28

I'm 60!


The_DragonDuck

Sometimes I forget that reddit has people that aren't around my age too


Few-You4510

same lol but its wholesome


teneggomelet

My mom got me out of bed to watch it on the 9" b&w TV we had. Dad was busy with the computers under mission control.


Any_Air_1906

This is insane


KYLO__R3N

Yeah, that was way too late for a kid to be awake.


Pointt_

59 60 or 61 definitely


QuietlySmirking

Old enough to have grown up both with and without computers.


weirdbutinagoodway

In existence or common usage? The first home computers came out in the early 70's but I wouldn't call them really common until the early 90's


QuietlySmirking

Common usage. I didn't start seeing computers used regularly until I was 12-13 ('97-'98).


YoBoyDooby

That's right around the timeframe where my working class friends and family started getting their first computers. Ours was an AST brand, 486 DX4 100mhz CPU with 8MB of RAM and a 650MB hard drive. I remember wishing we had a computer with the Intel Pentium 100mhz chip, since it smoked the DX4 100mhz CPU. On the bright side, it was an early lesson that there was a lot more to performance than the clock speed alone. It's even more true nowadays than it was then. I'm an '85 baby too. We grew up in the same world.


shalafi71

GenX representin' in this thread!


ronthesloth69

That cover a lot of millennials as well.


Magnet97

When I was a kid I use to say “I want to be a mighty morphing power ranger when I grow up.”


dts-five

My sister was born in 1988 and was all about them


imagine_my_suprise

1989 here. Can confirm. I liked the green ranger. Then he went bad, died, and resurrected as the white ranger.


JayCaesar12

Hell, I still want to be a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger.


KerfuffleCake

I had to put the TV on channel 3 or 4 to play video games. Also: Game Genie.


lnamorata

I rejoice, for I have found my people. Probably. Did you get to play Oregon Trail at school?


AznDanger

Yep, and took typing classes using a floppy disk on the commodore 64. I'll never forget getting to play Carmen San Diego when grade school upgraded to a PC. It took a hard disk?!?! Edit spelling


Cheebzsta

Heyyyyy! Genie ftw. I'm 38 and I remember this.


BigAlternative5

Who remembers turning an actual circular dial to get from CH2 to UHF, then a second dial to turn to CH32? Sony Trinitron 13" color, best CRT TV of any size.


CrystalMethood

Game shark ;)


Musicman12456

All that with my grandparents basement tube TV. I’m 35…


MatthewWakeman

When I was born, VHS tapes were still popular and by the time I became an adult, virtually no one was still buying brand new DVDs.


soup_or_natural

I remember the transition on previews from "now available on VHS" to "now available on DVD and VHS" to "now available on DVD and Blu-ray" to not buying any of them and never seeing previews anymore lol.


The_Minstrel_Boy

Don't forget those brief months of "now available on DVD, HD-DVD, and Blu-ray."


camelmina

I remember getting a shock when I realised the ads had changed from “available on LP and cassette” to “ CD and ringtone”


Suspicious_Strike_17

Same. Remember the previews with the deep voice narrator that almost always started like “In a world where…” it’s one of the most nostalgia-inducing things for me.


bobcat46er

Hard nostalgia right now for Blockbuster and my VHS rewinder that was a car with headlights that lit up when in use.


hmmmpf

Be kind. Rewind.


N_F_X

Imma say 25-26. Because I'm only 20 but this is actually not too far off my experience


nikki_bergen14

I'm 23 and say this applies to me. So I'm going to guess 23?


deeciphered

Same here and I'm 22.


pokemonforever98

Same! Ima guess 28


MagnificentColossus

I spent my teenage years on the internet, but remember a time before the internet.


Dogturtle67

37


flibbidygibbit

In a row?


comineeyeaha

Try not to suck any dick on your way to the parking lot!


willbeonekenobi

r/unexpectedclerks


inksmudgedhands

Old enough to remember when Chuck E. Cheese and its sibling Showbiz were solid arcades. There were separate rooms for the dining tables and the robot shows. And there was a ballpit! Young enough to have computers in grade school. But old enough to use them to play 8-Bit green tinted games like Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Old enough to remember to when Germany was split into two; East and West.


BerlitzSchlitz

*Showbiz Piz-za*, where a kid can be a kid! There's the old joke, attributed to the war-weary French, "We love Germany so much, we are glad there are two of them." I actually visited East Germany in that narrow window between the Wall coming down and the re-unification. That was only something like eleven months, amazingly.


Ragnarblackmane88

I still have a floppy disc with my first cv (resume) in it, and an original PlayStation


krazy_187

Man I miss Syphon Filter... 33?


Ragnarblackmane88

Damn very close, I'm almost 32


Podo13

Almost 32 and you put your first CV on a floppy? That's pretty surprising.


j_emiol

Born before Google and Netflix, but not remembering the World without them.


coolkid5

Ask jeeves*


absoluteboredom

Ask Jeeves was fantastic. Then google came and absolutely murdered it.


girhen

YAHOOOOOOOOOOO-OOOOOOOOOOO-OOOOOOO!


Thejohnshirey

This one is weird for me. I was also born shortly before these companies, but definitely remember the world without them pretty vividly, especially Netflix.


hergumbules

Like streaming Netflix or dvd in the mail Netflix


j_emiol

Like before Netflix became a thing at all, so the latter you mentioned


wolfy994

I was born in 1994.


Taran_it_up

We're at the age musicians die


px1azzz

The best part of being born in 1994 is knowing what grade you were in whatever year. 2006? sixth grade. 2011? 11th grade.


Willdanceforyarn

Yes, I always appreciated that!


Thejohnshirey

I was actually born in 1995, but this still applies to me, too. It is super useful when remembering my childhood.


giby1464

Soo, 192? Edit: Didn't expect this to blow up. Never had more than like 10 upvotes, thanks guys.


PM_UR__BUBBLE_BUTTS

Kazaa


KYLO__R3N

Napster, Kazaa, Limewire. If it was a parody song it was by Weird Al. If it was a pop punk song it was by Blink 182. If it was a rap song it was by Snoop. Didn't matter whether it was true or not. Those were the rules of p2p file sharing.


axiom1_618

Napster was quite popular when I was in middle/high school.


Dogturtle67

37


axiom1_618

Bingo


Dogturtle67

Same age I'll be when I'm 37


eklp22

Old enough to have used a floppy disk but young enough to not understand what it was.


Excellent_Pace6037

28?


Joubachi

Well - I'm 28yo and know what a floppy disk is, we had them at home and used them. I'm pretty sure my mom still owns some, she also kept her first ever Windows version.


PM-Me-Your-TitsPlz

I'm pretty sure the Windows 95 box is still in the basement with disks. God knows if they're still readable.


Joubachi

I don't know which one my mom kept, she showed me not long ago but I forgott. xD Knowing technical devices from back then it wouldn't surprise me if they would have outlived our CDs. Pretty sure we still have the Nokia3310 somewhere.


PM-Me-Your-TitsPlz

Depends on the tech. Floppies went bad all the time. They could be dead in the box when you bought them new and you couldn't return an open box. Life sucks when anything came with multiple disks and one of them was doa.


skaliton

I remember a distinct 'sound' when trying to get onto the internet ​ for anyone young or for whatever reason wants to know what I mean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1UY7eDRXrs


deltaexdeltatee

After all these years I think we could all do the sound from memory.


shalafi71

I was in tech support and we could all tell the difference, over the phone call, between the sound of a US Robotics and an, ahem, *lesser* modem. Customers would flip out. "Nice! Got a US Robotics huh?" "How can you tell?!" None of us could put our finger on it. It was simply the sound of quality.


longtermbrit

At least give them the good one https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=O0TuEQRo6nU


sir_meowsin

Chernobyl, challenger, Halleys comet


deedaree

Remember this joke? How many astronauts can you fit in a VW? 11. 2 in the front seats, 2 in the back seats, & 7 in the ash tray. 🤢


deltaexdeltatee

Jesus Christ. This reminds me of a very specific brand of black humor that was popular when I was high school.


lurked_long_enough

You mean like: "How did Magic Johnson get HIV? He was driving through Detroit and blew a Piston."


original_4degrees

bart simpson *should* be the same age as me.


yeehee087

what’s 9 + 10


leejungjae

21 😎


ScrewingOffAtWork

I was born the year Jimmy quit and Jody got married.


___HeyGFY___

That’s a good one. I was going to say something something Woodstock something something moon landing.


LimeKittyGacha

Don’t remember a time before the internet. My first real experience with coffee was with pumpkin spice lattes since I can’t stand non-sweet coffee. Adventure Time was still going when I was a kid. Mental health is a topic people my age talk about a lot. Ninja edit: Yes I am 17


BerlitzSchlitz

You really can't understand how magic the internet is to me, even today. We may not have gotten better at loving each other, but the leap in information storage and transfer has been indescribable. Science fiction.


Etcarter5

I smoked candy cigarettes when I was a kid


aCasualReddittor

Between 15 and 50


QuietlySmirking

Shit, I still smoke candy cigarettes.


callam461

Somewhere between 12 and 60 lol


Cbcomments

40


rpg962

Between 50 and 60 ?


FoxyFang72

I got HIT Clips for my birthday one year and could not stop listening to them


imjustbrowsing96

28?


WaterVsStone

Cut myself in half so you can count the rings.


raw-power

Groot?


Mikeavelli

I am Groot.


elee0228

I knew a lumberjack who could tell you exactly how many trees he's cut down. Because he kept a log in a tree ring binder.


shygirl1995_

Get off the internet, Dad.


ClownfishSoup

So you’re two.


DumDumGimmeYumYums

Columbine was my freshman year of high school and 9/11 was my senior year of high school. Memorable bookends.


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wpascarelli

37?


soup_yahtzee

Yup. Same here.


chambo2008

I used to visit blockbusters to rent a video tape


ShakespearianShadows

Did you case the returns bin hoping the video game you wanted would get turned in while you were there?


DontFuckWitSquirrels

Saturday morning cartoons, AOL chat rooms (always a 16/f/cali) and MOM DON'T PICK UP THE PHONE \*disconnected internet\*


DazzDazzle

Played flash games on the computer as a child


A_Shireling

I used to go to Blockbuster to rent games and movies on tape and then suddenly the vcr was useless.


Gluten_Tolerant_2

I Saw the Berlin wall come down on TV....


Excellent_Pace6037

40?


chickenfightyourmom

And David Hasselhoff with the piano key scarf! God, I'll never forget that. I guess the rumors were true - he really was big in Germany.


The_Dribbler

We had one corded phone in the house when I was a kid, and you stood in the kitchen if you wanted to call someone.


Coconut-bird

The cool kids all had their own lines. I was not a cool kid.


MinstrelOfFunk

My sisters and I would stretch the phone into the dining room to get some privacy and my dad would yell that we were stretching the cord.


mook1178

I'm old enough to have had a childhood outside, but young enough to understand the internet


Bonzi777

38


kodekuzuri

Old enough to watch porn legally, not old enough to drink


anaximander19

This also conveniently tells us that you're probably American.


SkjoldrKingofDenmark

You can illegally watch porn?


kodekuzuri

Why do they ask for our age on porn sites then ;_;


HikiNEET39

I'm not an expert on porn law, but as far a I am aware, it's not illegal for minors to watch porn, but illegal to distribute porn to minors. They ask to cover their own asses, not because they care if minors watch porn.


Violet-Breeze

I watched ed edd and eddy and adventure time when I was little


BCDragon300

Adventure Time? You should be like 20 maximum


EmbarrassedLock

Adventure time is not that old


pieman7414

Sorry you had to find out this way


AntiqueLettuce296

The Olympic Games have taken place 6 times since I was born.


createchoas420

24


AntiqueLettuce296

Very close, I am 23


dann232

This would make you at most 13..... the Olympic games take place every 2 years.


mathguyaz2718

Hypercolor was a thing in my formative years


solstice105

Those shirts just came up in conversation the other day. Wish I still had mine.


LurkertoPost

I saw the movie Grease three times in the theatre. The last two times just to see Olivia Newton John in black spandex.


MadMelvin

on 9/11 my first thought was "oh fuck I'm gonna get drafted"


Pr_fSm__th

I know dinosaurs. Personally.


idgitinthemix

200 million


Relton_Waffle

24?


Ok-Zookeepergame-698

TIL that I’m as old as NPR.


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Shart-Attacks

Born in 78?


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jaxxronald

I had nkotb bedsheets 😂


goldust12

Borders bookstores


88xj

I miss those. They always had way better customer service than Barnes and Noble. I'd go in there every once in awhile with no plan whatsoever and the people behind the counters always gave me awesome recommendations that were always great reads.


Vegibot

Atari 2600


GreatInChair

Britney Spears, NSYNC, and Backstreet Boys were HUGE when I was a kid.


ViZaRd777

I was born one month before Sputnik orbited the Earth.


Shuthemofoup

Grew up watching All in the family 😊😁


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hackyslashy

My first gaming computer was a Commadore 64


WeirdEngineerDude

I used to hold up Lynda Carter’s poster with one hand.


Downvotemeplz42

I remember in middle school when I couldn't play online and have someone on the phone at the same time.


UncleSnowstorm

27?


DepressoPls

I qas born in the soviet union. It still existed for a couple of years.


banoodlebamboozle

i had to wait for my favorite song to come on the radio and record it so i could set it as a ringtone


wunderlxnd

I had a huge collection of VHS tapes.


Excellent_Pace6037

I remember using MSN as a kid and my first game was Pokémon gold and silver


LoveMyFuckingLife

I watched Saturday morning cartoons as a kid.


Datkitkatz

I had a Motorola Razor in 7th grade


crazy-diam0nd

I can remember exactly where I was when I heard that Kurt Cobain had died.


A40

Howdy Doody time...


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Mekemu

That is something even younger people will understand. In my childhood all our films were on VHS, although DVD was a thing back then.


Mutteri100

As old as the first ever DeLorean


sth75savage

The loudest computer startup sound


solstice105

My family got our first computer when I was in Jr high and it was an Apple IIc+


ZukowskiHardware

I write in cursive and put two spaces after my periods.


thatRyzzleBoy

In my teens, there was music on MTV, pretty much non stop.