ANSWERS: 10
  • When I was your age, it took 8-12 weeks to buy something and have it shipped. And we had to walk to school. Uphill. Both ways!!!! Why, when I was your age, lad, color hadn't even been invented yet. Everything was black and white. That's why those old shows look the way they do. We actually looked like that. (Never did manage to trick a kid with that one.) (Tried though.)
    • Anoname
      Like the beginning of The Wizard of Oz.
    • beaker95
      "Uphill. Both ways." You are up there alongside Dickens, Tolstoy, Shakespeare and Pamela Anderson as one of literature's true greatest. Thank you.
    • Linda Joy
      I've heard the walk to school up hill both ways with in the snow added!
    • Roaring
      It's fun to think about! Like an Escher staircase.
  • It depends on what age you mean. I'm only 31.
    • Anoname
      To any of the schoolage generation.
    • Crazychick
      We still had music tapes (cassettes) and VHS videos when I was in school. They phased them out a couple of years later.
  • They had to walk 2 miles to school. Had to take a bath in one tub(same bathwater) in the kitchen after their mom and dads bath.
    • Anoname
      My mother would wash my hair in the kitchen sink when I was very young.
    • beaker95
      Before or after washing the dishes?
    • Anoname
      Before, although her turning on the garbage disposal was a little un-nerving.
    • Roaring
      You just reminded me: Mom would wash my little sister in the kitchen sink when she was very little.
    • Linda Joy
      Garbage disposal! Lol! That's where the phrase came from "Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater" comes from - you couldn't see it anymore the water was so dirty.
  • Well, Son, when I was your age, I had to get up at 05:30 to shovel coal, dig the allotment, do three paper rounds, catch the rabbit for breakfast, fetch the water from the well, boil the water on the stove, skin the rabbit, cook the rabbit, prepare breakfast for nine of us, dress my brothers and sisters, make pack lunches for everyone, get dressed myself, put food on the table, eat food, wash plates and cutlery, put everything away tidy, walk ten miles across moor to school, walk ten miles back home, prepare dinner, do two more paper rounds, catch fish for supper, share bath with brothers and sisters, read bedtime story, remove my Father's false leg, bake a cake, do three hours of laundry, help out at Bingo hall, clean house, turn out lights and get into bed for 03:15. Them were the days, Lad, them were the days.
    • Anoname
      Wait,.... you didn't get dressed until AFTER shoveling the coal and killing the rabbit or cooking it?
    • beaker95
      By shovelling the coal naked, I covered my skin in a film of coal-dusted camouflage, thus enabling a cunning, stealth-like hunt of said rabbit. The subsequent gutting and skinning of my prey would have soiled my school uniform and thus rendered me prone to a good old beating from my legless Father. A quick rub down in the snow in Winter and the sheep-dip in Summer and I was as fresh as a daisy duke. (mind wanders and googles Daisy Duke and feels stirring down south).
    • Anoname
      And the South shall rise again.
    • Linda Joy
      Getting deep in here!
  • We only had 3 channels and rabbit ears. No recordings on tv and I actually had a 78 rpm record the record player was as large as a footlocker and bigger than me at the time n I still carried it up and down the stairs. When I was in second grade and my sister in fourth we would have to clean the common rooms of the house kitchen, living room, bathroom, laundry room after school before we could go outside and play. I know my answer is not as entertaining, but it's true.
    • Roaring
      I like your details. My sisters would have to clean on Saturday, especially the wall of the big staircase. with all us kids would get grungy quick. Me bro and dad outside work.
    • Linda Joy
      I remember working in the garden and taking care of animals when we lived in Wildwood GA. Helped my stepfather castrate a pig once. Cut grass a lot over the years, too!
    • Anoname
      These are the types of memories I was hoping to inspire.
    • Linda Joy
      I'm thankful for these questions to remind me of all the things I've forgotten!
  • Cars were nicer looking and they had sensible registration plates (as opposed to today's horrible mumbo-jumbo). Lamp-posts had swan necks. Toilets had high cisterns and chains to flush. It was still possible to travel to certain places by train before some selfish moron closed the lines down. Oh, how life was so much better in 1968!
    • Anoname
      I've only seen those types of toilets on old TV shows.
    • Nosmo King
      My grandmother had one in her old house. It was still there in the late 1980s (when she moved out).
  • When I was your age it was safe to play in the streets, kids had respect and I could go to a bar to pick up a guy and not open a app to find him
    • Anoname
      It was safe to keep our houses doors unlocked at night.
    • Natz
      Agree. Don't know about other countries, but definitely you will not dare try that in South Africa. Don't get me wrong I love my Country, but definitely not safe
  • When I was your age it was safe to play in the streets, kids had respect and I could go to a bar to pick up a guy and not open a app to find him
  • 9-2-2017 When I was your age, calculators had to be whittled out of wood. Road maps were free, but you had to stop at a gas station to get them. They were printed on large papers, and refolding them while sitting in a car was a challenge.
  • back when i was your age, i never disrespected my parents like that! coughcoughyesyoudidyourparentstoldmewhatyoucalledthemcough

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