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You make up one day. Your back aches. You step outside: You can't recognize any of the slang the kids are using. You can't figure out how to work this brand new piece of technology. Let's face it: You're old, man.

And if you think that's the end of it, you'd be wrong, thanks to Redditor Doober_McFly, who asked the online community: "What was your "Man, I'm old" moment?"


"My favorite album..."

My favorite album I bought in 1982 is 37 years ago. I feel old knowing that playing it for kids today would be like an adult in 1982 playing me an album from 1945.

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"I have my first student..."

I teach elementary school.

I have my first student that is a son of a former student of mine.

I also work with a teacher that married a former student of mine. (Both are in their 30's)

eastcoastme

"Old retired flight instructor here."

Old retired flight instructor here: There is at least one airline pilot flying today, who was taught to fly by an airline pilot -- who I taught to fly. I actually have grand-students in the sky.

Sigh...

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"The other day..."

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There's an "Oldies" radio station here in Southern California called "K-Earth 101". When I was a kid (in the '80s) they played music from the 1950s.

The other day I was in someone's car who was listening to this station, and the station was playing a song by U2.

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"We always ask..."

We always ask patients their name and date of birth.

One day I'm called in to do a labor epidural and she gives her date of birth and it's the year I graduated high school.

Sucker punch.

200mgSTFU

"I was playing basketball..."

I was playing basketball in a neighborhood I just moved into. The age range on the court was probably 14-30 (me being the 30). There was a super cocky kid that was legit really good. His team took a big lead. Then I hit like 3 long distance shots in a row. After the 3rd, he took the ball down the court, went up for a layup, and I swatted his shit out of the court. A girl on the sideline said, "Man, somebody's dad came out here to show yawl how to play ball!" I was crushed.

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"I was watering the lawn..."

I was watering the lawn last night after re-seeding it. I was thinking how nice it would be to yell "Get off my lawn" once its back to its lush thick green self again.

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"When a kid..."

When a kid asked me about 9/11 and I realized it's just history to them, the same way the Vietnam War is to me.

Marise20

"Having to explain..."

Having to explain what a CD Walkman was.

Well, first I had to explain what a CD was.

The reaction?

"Wait, you could only take 11 songs with you to school? Why couldn't you just download more?"

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"I stopped shaving..."

I stopped shaving for a few days with the intent of growing a beard and I noticed pretty quickly that half of my facial hair is now grey.

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"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the hottest and dumbest of them all?"

I know that is not verbatim the original quote, but it is close to the original.

Brains and beauty are always intertwined.

So often people confess about wanting to be more of the other.

No one is ever happy where they are. Why are we like that?

If given a chance, like a Disney movie, how do you trade?

Is it superficial to want looks over knowledge? Or vice versa?

Let's get deep....

Redditor BroodyBatman wanted to know who was willing to give up a little bit of brains for a whole lot of beauty, so they asked:

"Would you give up 15-20 IQ points to be really, REALLY ridiculously good looking? Why?"
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The world is not so big a place, is it?

While we like to think of ourselves as isolated in this billion plus planet, there can be a lot more crossover than we think. We call these instances coincidences, hoping to find the right word to explain what happens when a one-in-a-million chance occurs.

If there's over seven billion plus people in the world, turns out you can run into these 'coincidences' more often than you think.

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But thankfully, there are some more innocent comnspiracies out there. For example, a former classmate once told me that he was convinced he couldn't remember all the items on his shopping list because of shopping elves distracting him to buy other things he didn't exactly need.

To be fair, he was a little stoned at the time and I told him he might want to consider just writing and referring to a shopping list.

People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor ConcentrateNext1734 asked the online community,

"What’s a conspiracy that you believe, but the majority of people don’t believe or know about?"
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Children are very impressionable. They're also little humans, remember, and all quite different. Some are more afraid of some things than others. When I was a kid, some of my classmates were utterly terrified of Chucky, the killer doll.

I think he worked the best in the first film and to a larger extent in the second, but after that? Those movies got a bit ridiculous, wouldn't you agree?

Well, the memories linger, as you can imagine.

People took us on a trip down memory lane after Redditor teacatpeng asked the online community,

"What’s something you saw (as a kid) that gave you nightmares for a long time?"
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