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The year 2020 has brought us a slew of new headaches and hoops to jump through, all in the pursuit of efficiency.

Unfortunately, efficiency is often just code for 6 tabs open on my smartphone, a forgotten password, and that same smartphone untimely end upon being launched into a nearby concrete slab.


But it wasn't always like this. There was a time when human hands, pens and paper, and eye contact held sway. Sometimes this was, no doubt, cumbersome, and the new virtual alternative is absolutely a step up.

But sometimes the change to a new, supposedly streamlined way has merely added 3 unneeded steps to do a simple task.

u/Innsmouth_Resident asked, "What old fashioned way of doing things is better than how they are currently done?"What old fashioned way of doing things is better than how they are currently done?"

Whippin' It Old School

Whipped cream. Just learned how to whip my own - not only is it ridiculously simple, it makes that canned stuff taste like a joke. Plus you can add chocolate powder to it when you whip it yourself.

Seriously people... whip your own cream.

u/beep_bop-boop

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At Least I Got a New Username Out of the Deal

old: send your resume, if it's a match they get in touch.

new: send your resume, fill out all the information in your resume on our custom site so that you can apply to 1 job and then we will never get back to you even with an automated response, thanks for taking 30 minutes to do all the inane bullsh*t tho.

u/rocknin

That App Needed a Few More Dry Runs

Apparently paper ballots.

Sucks to be Iowa right now.

u/Phranquelyhnne

Where'd the Drama Go?!

Arguing about things in a bar. Now it's just opinion 1, opinion 2, Google to see who's correct. Light-hearted arguments used to last for hours on end.

u/UsernamIsToo

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One Edge, No Fussing

Shaving. I always had problems with shaver burn and with the expensive brand name razors. Then I tried an old fashioned 1 blade safety razor and my morning routine changed forever, for the better.

u/sharpieoutofink

Those Were Simpler Times for Whackin' a Guy 

Murder investigations. None of this silly fingerprinting or DNA or surveillance or forensics.

You used to murder someone, dig a hole in the woods and they wouldn't be found for centuries, much easier to get away with.

u/Hamsternoir

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Why I'll Never Be a Blacksmith

Apprenticeships!

Most people I speak to feel they learnt more from their first job than from the actual college courses. A training program followed by an apprenticeship sounds amazing to me. Less expensive, incredibly hands-on and to the point.

u/sweetpatoot

Trigger Finger at the Blender

Analogue dials and sliders to adjust settings on appliances!!! They're so much better than the infuriating "digital" way of having to repeatedly press a button over and over to change things such as volume on a stereo or grind size on a coffee grinder.

u/DifficultBox9

The Fog Machine Stock Has Taken a Serious Hit 

Practical effects.

I work in VFX and let me tell you, as good as we are, as advanced as the programs have become, and as amazing as some of colleges have proven to be nothing replaces actual light and textures on real environments.

u/whereegosdare84

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Set for the Nuclear Winter

Our grandparents canned what they could can from their own vegetable and fruit gardens.

All winter long, the canned veggies and fruit tasted so much better than what you get in the can today.

u/Back2Bach

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There are few things more satisfying than a crisp $20 bill. Well, maybe a crisp $100 bill.

But twenty big ones can get you pretty far nonetheless.

Whether it's tucked firmly in a birthday card, passing from hand to hand after a knee-jerk sports bet, or going toward a useful tool, the old twenty dollar bill has been used for countless purposes.


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I realize that school safety has been severely compromised and has been under dire scrutiny over the past decade and of course, it should be. And when I was a student, my safety was one of my greatest priorities but, some implemented rules under the guise of "safety" were and are... just plain ludicrous. Like who thinks up some of these ideas?

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When we think about learning history, our first thought is usually sitting in our high school history class (or AP World History class if you're a nerd like me) being bored out of our minds. Unless again, you're a huge freaking nerd like me. But I think we all have the memory of the moment where we realized learning about history was kinda cool. And they usually start from one weird fact.

Here are a few examples of turning points in learning about history, straight from the keyboards of the people at AskReddit.

U/Tynoa2 asked: What's your favourite historical fact?


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