These days, people like to "Netflix and chill." But back in the day, you would rent movies at an actual store using your Blockbuster card. And since you paid good money to rent these videos, no chilling would occur until the movie was completely over.
If you showed these two items to someone born after 2000, they'd probably have no idea why they'd ever be used together. In fact, they probably wouldn't even know what a cassette is either. And do they still use pencils, or are those obsolete too?
If you told people in the '90s that one day they wouldn't need floppy disks, they probably would have said, "What do you mean? How else am I supposed to back up my files?" And then you would have said something about storing them on "the cloud," and the person from the '90s would look up at the fluffy white orbs in the sky, get confused, and pass out.
Before "pedia" was preceded by "Wiki," it was preceded by "encylo." Just like with Wikipedia, you can edit any entry in an encyclopedia as well. As long as you have a pen, and the librarian doesn't catch you doing it.
In 1999, people were freaking out that computers wouldn't be able to recognize the year 2000, leading computers to break down which would then cause the end of the world. Of course, in the end, there was nothing to worry about after all. Which proves that the late '90s also had its fair share of fake news.
In the '90s, there was this brand new thing called the internet. And the easiest way to first try out this internet thing was by getting one of these free CD-Roms from AOL. These discs would randomly find their way into your homes, and to this day, nobody knows how they got there.
Speaking of AOL, once you got that CD-Rom installed, this is what you had to do to connect to the internet. There was no Wi-fi, so you had to dial up from your phone, which would wind up hogging your landline. (Unfortunately, there's not quite enough time to explain to young people what a "landline" is.)
Sure, make fun of the old brick phones all you want, but they could hold a charge for weeks at time. Mostly because there was no need to stare at the screen for 16 hours a day. (Unless, of course, you had a phone that came with Snake.)
Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Showfor nearly 30 years, and during that time had almost no competition for the title of "King of Late Night." Now almost another 30 years has passed, and there's roughly 87 different late night hosts. Give or take.
At one time, there was no Spotify where you could simply make a playlist of favorite songs and then share it with a friend or crush. Instead, you had to get a blank cassette, and then use it to record songs from your other cassettes. Or, if you wanted music for free, you just put the radio on, waited several hours for your favorite song, and then hit record at the exact right time.
It's hard to believe that there once was a time when, if you left the house, nobody would be able to get in touch with you. If someone tried to call you, they'd have to leave a message on this primitive machine. And worst of all, they'd have to first listen to your outgoing message that was sort of funny the first time, and then excruciating every time after that.
At one time, you could greet your friend at the airport right when they get off the plane, without buying a ticket or going through security. But all that changed as airport security increased. And since that change, airport pickup scenes on TV shows and in movies have never been the same.
Seeing this entry, you may think to yourself, "Hey, wait a minute. Everyone should know what a Polaroid is, because they mention it in the song 'Hey Ya' by Outkast." But then you remember that "Hey Ya" is 14 years old at this point, and time is moving faster and faster and there's no way to stop it.
At one time, getting this magazine was the only way to know the times and channels of your favorite shows. Now, all shows can be watched at literally any time of day you desire, 24/7. Which means that time has officially become completely meaningless.