People Break Down Things That Were Normal When They Were A Kid That You Don't See Anymore
The world is ever-changing.
One need only look at the evolution of home entertainment.
First, we had to go to the video store to buy or rent video cassettes, then video cassettes were wiped out by DVDs until video stores became obsolete owing to streaming services.
Making the one-season failure of the Netflix series Blockbuster painfully ironic.
However, those of us who grew up rushing to Blockbuster, hoping the last copy of Jurassic Park will still be there, can't help but wish we could relive the experience.
On the other hand, we are glad to see other things from our childhood have become extinct.
Redditor AnalysisFrequent was curious to hear about things that people used to see all the time in their childhood which have all but vanished leading them to ask:
"What was normal when you were a kid, but you never see anymore?"
Honestly... Rude then, Rude Now!
"Showing up to someone’s house without a text or call."- lpkrewWalking In Season 2 GIF by FriendsGiphy
Before There Was Bluetooth...
"Cassette tape innards strung out along the highway, glimmering in the sunlight."- bigolfurryhead
No More Second Hand Smoke!
"Parents smoking in a car with kids with the windows rolled up."- WonderfulEmergency77
"Everybody smoked everywhere. At restaurants, the office, airports, everywhere."
"There's a picture of my grandma holding me as a baby in one hand and a cigarette in the other."
"Nobody thought that was the least bit strange."- MeghanFImothers day smoking GIFGiphy
Now We Have Google!
"Using a set of 20 y/old encyclopedias as reference for my homework."
"JFK is president!"- ResplendentAmore
It Got Them Off Shelves...
"Toys in the cereal box"- NightDreamer73
"There used to be a *ton* of them in my neighborhood as a kid and every evening you could look at the sunset as twilight set in and see flocks of bats flying around."
"Apparently, around the time I was in middle school, a fungal disease ravaged the local bat population and they never recovered."
"You never see them anymore."
"Funnily enough though, at the time, a local high school girl had this huge campaign to set up bat feeders to help bolster the local bat population and help them survive the fungal disease by giving them easy access to food."
"Said local girl has since become a federal Park Ranger as an adult and currently works for a state fish and wildlife service."- DoctorWatchamacallit
Now They'll Just Send Them A Text...
"Moms yelling from the front door to their kids to come home for dinner."- sflogicninja
Depending On Your Circle
"People talking about the Bermuda Triangle."- GarconMeansBoyGeorge
Best Not To Give Them Bad Ideas
"Candy Cigarettes."- Mechhammer
They're a dying breed indeed...
"Pay phones and answering machines."- Mondayslasagnaphone call mall GIF by South Park Giphy
Even Printers Are Uncommon, Thanks to PDFs...
"Computer paper filled with lightly printed numbers and it had tear-off sides."
"My dad used to bring lots of it home for us kids to draw on."- reverendgrebo
...what were you watching?...
"Quicksand in movies and TV shows."- kzab81
Well That's Poignant
'I swear I saw them every year, in our back yard or when we went camping etc."
"Now I never see them no matter where I am, except for a few nights in the summer of '21 after I moved to a new house."
"It was so nice to see them again."- ModernCivilWarNorth America Lights GIF by BBC AmericaGiphy
Sadly, Not Because People Started Reading Maps...
"Printing out directions from Map Quest."- Keone_710
To think there was actually a time when we couldn't say "I'll text again when I'm close" and had to ask a friend to record a movie or tv show we wanted to watch.
People Reveal What They Secretly Judge Others For
We all like to say we accept people the way they are.
We don't judge anyone without knowing them, and even once we do know them, we try to give them the benefit of the doubt. There may be a reason they can't be authoritative parents, or they have bad table manners.
Truthfully, however, we all have something we judge people for.
Sometimes, we're overt about it. More often, we judge people secretly, but we still judge.
Redditors know this all too well and dished about what they judge people for.
It all started when Redditor lukiiiiii asked:
“What do you secretly judge people for?”
I'd Rather Not See That
"Shoes off in public places. Like I saw a person at a soccer game. He had shoes and socks off, and cracking his toes on the top of the seat in front of him"
"In my country, (NZ), It's quite normal for people to walk around the streets in barefeet. But that, the is just nasty."
What's In A Name?
"Parents giving their kids awful "trendy" names"
"Or take two common names and combine them into a new name. I’m looking at you, Utah."
"I hate when people b*stardise good names like Jaymee instead of Jamie."
Pets Are Family; Now Treat Them Well
"Irresponsible pet ownership. Your dog shouldn’t have matted fur and should be housetrained, the fact that half of your outdoor cats never came home should be considered a sign you’re doing something wrong, that lizard needs enrichment, Guinea pigs should live in pairs, and ffs stop torturing fish to death in a bowl!"
How Do You Write?
"Bad grammar and spelling"
"Lose and loose, affect and effect are ones I find most infuriating. I think because they're not just the wrong words, but they're pronounced differently so when I'm reading my brain has a hard time seeing the word "loose" and pronounce it like "lose.""
"I agree with this 100% I don't get how some people, even adults, can still not know the difference between your and you're."
Judge The Judgey
"The only people I judge are those that are overly judgmental and gossip about everyone for everything, especially when it’s something someone can’t help, or hasn’t had the privilege to “buy” themselves out of."
"I don’t give a sh*t if you don’t like her hair, Barbara. I don’t give a sh*t if you think he acts weird because he’s quiet, Harold, and Nancy, I CERTAINLY don’t care about your pretentious a** opinion on your neighbors not living up to your personal lifestyle. I don’t give a F*CK. Let people live."
"When they don't have basic manners (thank you, please, excuse me, etc)"
"Don’t forget chewing with their mouth open. Annoys the hell out of me."
Everyone Deserves Respect
"How they treat service employees."
"I don't. I openly judge them for that. The biggest fights I got into with my old roommate was over his treatment of waiters and fast food workers. I refused to go out to eat with him ever again."
Words Should Sound Right To Be Right
"When someone pronounces the word frustrated as FUSS-trated"
"I don’t understand, you’re going to have to be more pacific."
"Or when library is pronounced “lie-berry”"
Do It Safely
"I know I’m not supposed to, but smoking."
"For me it’s not whether they smoke but how they smoke. Smoking in doorways or near kids or ignoring/being rude to people who politely ask them to stand down wind or something. It’s super disrespectful"
Maybe We Should All Just Say Accidentally
"When people say "on accident.""
"Same, but it seems like more people say “on accident” than “by accident”. I asked some friends because I thought on accident sounded stupid but they all said they say it that way so I’m confused"
"Long fingernails..like unnaturally long. It’s germ city and most people don’t wash their hands properly. 🤢🤢"
"Posting their kids on social media - even if they (the adults) don't mind putting their kids on there, the kids may not like it when they are old enough to understand."
"Their appearance though I think everyone does that once in awhile. It’s wrong but it’s something you see first about people before you actually speak to them"
It's Not Hard To Be Kind
"Being mean to their kids. Not just losing your cool a bit, but when I hear people publicly call their own kids stupid, or swearing at them. I don’t think much of those people."
"Also just the general use of profanity around your kids. I will secretly and visibly judge you for that."
There's An Order!
"If they put milk in the bowl before the cereal"
"Monsters like this exist?!"
Yeah, I would judge people for that too!
People Explain Which Movies Made Them Think, 'Holy Sh*t, There's Still 50 Minutes Left?'
Movies are awesome.
They change lives and hold special places in our hearts.
But some films need help.
I don't mind a long film if it's necessary but the shorter, the better.
Pace is everything.
And superfluous pieces of the story are irritating.
If a movie is longer than it needs to be, it can taint the whole experience.
Nobody wants to be more excited to leave a theater than enjoy a great story.
Redditor fire-lord-momo wanted to discuss the movies we thought would never end, so they asked:
"What film made you say: 'Holy sh*t, there is still 50 minutes left?'"
I have a long list films that knocked me into slumber.
"The Talented Mr. Ripley."
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"Pearl Harbor. There's the climactic attack on Pearl Harbor. It's explosive and tragic. So many people getting hurt and killed. And then... the movie slows down. And keeps going. For another hour. UGH."
The Who is Coming?
"The Sound of Music. They get married and I said 'that was a nice ending' and my wife says “the Nazis haven’t arrived.'"
"Some people didn’t realize that The Sound of Music had an intermission. They only watched half the movie."
"There was a great story where they interviewed someone that grew up with only the first VHS. Thought that was the movie. Had zero clues."
"So they asked her to guess the plot, and watch it again. As a kid, literally she didn't notice that the mail man was a Nazi soldier. Just a nice boy! She is sixteen going on seventeen, he's just a cute mailman!"
"So upon watching as an adult... Think it was an NPR story, fun to listen to."
"I definitely didn't catch EVERYTHING as a kid."
"I have the opposite problem with David Lynch projects, you realize there's ten minutes left, and there's no way he's going to wrap this up in that time and have it make sense, unless he comes out right now and reads it to you. But I always come back for more, like a victim of confused abuse."
"I never assume I will fully comprehend any David Lynch film ever, even after the 20th re-watch, without looking up additional theories online."
"Gladiator made me say 'holy sh*t, there is only 50 minutes left. He enters the Coliseum in second half of the movie. I felt like it had just started."
"Gladiator the movie ended after the first 10 minutes of the movie. The battle sequence at the start was awesome. A shame the rest of the movie was such a disappointment with such poor pacing, dialogue and the only action we see after that is the weak sword fight with his rival the senator at the end."
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"Titanic, when you put that second tape in the VCR."
"According to my mother, about 30 minutes in, I loudly asked when the boat was gonna sink. I was 5 years old."
The ship sunk faster in real life.
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"Daft Punk’s Electroma. Good freaking God, it was like a solid hour of a robot walking through the desert."
"Hahaha yes, and I LOVE daft punk. That crap was excruciating even by French film standards."
"Full Metal Jacket. In an excellent way."
"When I was a kid, my family used to watch this on LaserDisc. I think it's the only movie we had that you not only had to flip the disc, but there was a second disc. I'm pretty sure the multiple intermissions are why it was our family Christmas movie, although my dad claims it's because they sing Happy Birthday to Jesus."
"Full Metal Jacket, the Family Christmas movie that everyone will love."
"Transformers: Age of Extinction, that movie was so awful I never even finished it."
"My husband won free tickets. We went to the cinema together. I was actually enjoying it, I found the whole thing ridiculous and not-believable but I enjoyed myself. Then there was a loooooong time of explosions. And then the movie ended, I thought. I was like, great, 90 mins is a good length for a movie."
"And then they went to f**king China, and it took another hour to end. It was so incredibly boring which could all be avoided if they just cut it off at 90 minutes."
"The Irishman 3.5 hour run time was a little long for one sitting."
"I felt The Irishman was too long until I finished it. The whole thing builds up to an ending is such a gut punch. I'm not sure there's much you could cut that wouldn't take away from the weight of that ending. Definitely hard to finish in one sitting though."
"Came here to find this. I knew the film dealt with the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. Jimmy Hoffa 'disappears' and there is still an hour to go."
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"Black Adam. I know it was only 2 hours, but to me it felt so much longer."
"My husband and I thought the same thing. I paused it saying God d*mn how much longer do we have? And then saw it was two hours total. Felt like a glitch in the matrix or some crap."
Some movies really need better editors.
People Share The Most Famous Celebrity They Ever Met
I love famous people.
I've met quite a few and have had overall great experiences.
I think they enjoyed me as well.
There is a level of fame though that can change the game.
Some celebrities are just too high on the list to meet without your knees buckling.
If I cross paths with Adele, my life is over.
And I'm ok with that.
Redditor mymiddlenameswyatt wanted to hear about all of the famous people run-ins we've had, so they asked:
"Who's the most famous person you've ever met?"
I once hit LL Cool J with a video camera while being an extra on set. And nobody could've been kinder.
He just laughed it off. Thanks LL.
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"Daniel Radcliffe worked out at my universities rec center for about a month because his girlfriend used to work at the rec back in her college days. They were in town visiting her family."
"My wife was a PA on a Bollywood movie filming in Chicago years ago. I met this dude Amir Khan at a party and he ended up inviting me over to his temporary condo a bunch to basically be his drinking buddy. I think he enjoyed the fact that I didn't really appreciate how famous he was and just talked to him like a normal guy, because he's basically like the Tom Cruise of India."
"Ringo Starr. He and his wife were my passengers on a flight many years ago. They were both awesome!"
"Ringo will always be my favorite Beatle. Not because of anything in real life but in this weird a** druggie movie featuring the Beatles there was this weird looking guy and Ringo was the only one who wanted to be his friend."
Sir Yes Sir
"I met Tom Cruise way back in the Days of Thunder era when I worked event security. I was 19 he was easily the most recognizable famous person I'd dealt with and was a fan of at the time. I kept calling him Sir while escorting him to the sky box at a stadium. He told me if I called him Sir one more time he was going to deck me."
"To which I immediately said 'Yes Sir, Tom Sir, sorry Sir, sorry tom, Sir Tom, sorry' he stopped gave me a tap on my shoulder flashed that smile and laughed his a** off. Somewhere I have a autograph he had passed back to me addressed to sir from Sir."
HOLLER!!Carol Burnett GIF by Golden GlobesGiphy
"Carol Burnett. I even asked her to do the Tarzan yell, and she did!"
"That's awesome. I've always liked her but that definitely moves the peg up the board."
I love Carol. How could one not?
I KnowHappy Star Wars GIFGiphy
"I met Carrie Fisher at Comic Con once. She gave me a big hug and I told her I loved her. She said, 'I know.' I got to pet her dog."
On the Job
"Alice Cooper at the Quiznos I was working at."
"The woman he was with wanted a sandwich. But he only wanted to empty our cookie rack. He got like 10-12 of em lol."
"Apparently I just missed Stephen King one day at another job."
"And I worked on Halle Barry's garage door once. But she wasn't even in town at the time."
The Good Guy
"Kobe was a regular at a restaurant I worked at. He was super nice and very engaging. It was a counter service place, which usually had a line out the door on weekends. He would sign autographs and take pictures with anyone who asked while he waited in line. I once offered to bring his food out to the back door so he didn't have to deal with all the fans. He declined, said it was all part of the job, basically. Super good dude, so sad he is gone."
"Ben Affleck... I met him like 10 years in Las Vegas. He came up to the bar and just sit down right beside me. We talked for a few minutes. He was asking me about what I was studying in college. I never let on that I knew who he was. He got up and told me to keep being kind to people and study hard and get that degree. When I got up to leave the bartender told me that Mr. Affleck paid for my drinks. Super nice guy.
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"Sylvester Stallone. Due to the circumstance I had to pretend it was totally normal to be chatting with Rocky. He was very chill and professional, and he acted as though he didn't know he was 10000x richer and more famous than anyone else on that set."
Famous people... they're just like us. Well, mostly!
Do you have any amazing experiences to share? Let us know in the comments.
People Break Down Which Things Are Illegal In Europe But Not In The U.S.
Whenever a person is getting ready to travel, one piece of advice they should always listen to is to read up on the local laws of the place they're visiting.
Because there are activities that might be acceptable back home that will land a person in jail in another country.
Curious, Redditor Judgmental_Squirrel asked:
"What is something illegal in Europe but not in the US?"
"In Denmark, we can't just name our babies anything we want. We have an approved names list to pick from. We can request a name that is not on the list but it rarely gets approved."
No Medicine Commercials in Europe
"Pharmaceutical companies marketing directly to consumers."
Aesthetic Dog Changes
"Docking dog's tails and cropping their ears."
Also Cat Aesthetics
"Declawing cats. Most countries here do not allow that."
"In Germany and in other European countries, it's illegal to lock dogs in cages or crates for extended periods of time. As in daily while you are at work, for example. It's considered animal abuse."
"So many people in the US do this and I've always thought it was abusive. It amazes me how they justify it as, 'Oh, my dog loves the secure feeling of being in his crate' when it's only done for the owner's convenience."
"Selling something below the price you bought it for (with the intention to sabotage other businesses). For example, Walmart tried to do this in Germany to destroy their rivals, but they failed miserably and completely retreated out of Germany."
Washing Eggs Pre-Sale
"I'm in the US, and a former workmate has chickens as a hobby and gives away the eggs, unwashed. They are in the carton and obviously straight from the nest, because there are all sorts of particles of an output nature on the eggs."
"In Europe, eggs at the stores have sometimes a bit of poop or even feathers on them. Either rinse them before or just wash your hands after. But usually, they're quite clean."
Not Okay in Europe
"Well, Colorado just made it legal to grow psychedelic mushrooms in your own home."
Additives in Food and Drinks
"Brominated vegetable oil."
Satire Not Allowed
"In the UK at least, showing footage from parliament in a comedy show. More specifically, 'No extracts from parliamentary proceedings may be used in comedy shows or other light entertainment such as political satire.'"
"I only learned that when I tried to watch an episode of 'The Daily Show' that was blocked in the UK for that reason.US comedy shows can show congress all they want."
No Sick Days
"This is the main reason I quit my job at Walmart. I had strep throat, so I got a doctor's note and asked that my absences be excused. The managers there refused, and so I quit."
"By the way, Walmart counts your absences as points against you. For example, if you're absent and call in to let them know, you still get a point. Get five points and you're fired. Really makes you feel like a worker drone in a dystopian novel."
The Impact of Additives
"The US has a use it until it's proven harmful policy, and the EU the other way around. Prove it doesn't harm (in given and reasonable quantities) and you can use it."
"Fun fact, some friendly Americans after moving to Europe started realizing they did not suffer from suspected lactose/gluten/you name it intolerance but simply had their guts harmed by additives and seen their symptoms improve here. Check your additives, kids."
"Various ingredients found in lollies/sweets/candy e.g titanium dioxide. There are tighter restrictions on food production in Europe resulting in American companies having to alter their recipes so they can be sold in European countries."
"A lot of US-based companies partner with foreign companies to meet these laws (so the healthier versions rarely reach US soil). In French Polynesia for example, Coca-Cola partners with La Brasserie de Tahiti, and all of it is made with real sugar and sold in glass bottles that you return to any store for a discount on your next purchase."
"I can't remember for sure if the glass bottles are a law or just the standard for La Brasserie de Tahiti. Either way, it's a great example of how easy it is to cut our reliance on plastic. The public will adopt it quickly, it's really just corporate greed getting in the way."
Sale Sale Sale
"Artificially jacking up prices of things only to then put them 'on sale' when the sale price is really just the always-intended price."
While the word "illegal" may make most people think of illegal activities that a citizen might perform, most of the illegal acts here were in regards to public safety, as well as allowing the general public to live a healthier life.