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I still recall the dark days of having to put my projects on crappy floppy discs and having to run to the library very early in the morning to print out my assignments in high school. Everything revolved around the library, and while I loved the place, I had to deal with a long line of people who had the same idea as me.

Those were the days, huh?

Thank heavens for Google Drive and better printers!

After Redditor MafaldaDover asked the online community, "What do you wish you had in high school that kids have today?" many weighed in with their own experiences.

Kids these days... they have no idea how good they have it!


"They have tons of tools..."

My son is in his high school's robotics team. They have tons of tools to build robots to compete, including a big machine that cuts sheets of metal based on what digital file you send it. I'd have loved to have had that. When I was in high school, the most advanced tool I had access to was a dot matrix printer. (I wowed my classmates with my complex report covers made with WordArt and highly pixelated graphics.)

TechyDad

"The idea that once you left the house..."

Probably cell phones. The ability to call or text an individual to find out where they are was a revolution but wasn't widespread until I was in college.

Used to have to call their parents house and hope they were there.

The idea that once you left the house you were just in a communication black hole until you returned or actively called someone from a pay phone is a big change from the modern day.

You had to make plans the day or morning before, and then if anything happened to derail those plans the whole thing was just a failure.

jonfitt

"Personally..."

Personally, having come from high school in the 90s when we did have internet but it was more of a novelty - Wikipedia.

Wikipedia is one of the greatest repositories of human knowledge and you can see the sources. It would have been amazing for it to have been built out to where it is now while I was in high school.

MafaldaDover

"I have so few..."

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Digital photography. I have so few pictures of friends and good times we had during high school because no one carried around a camera and bothered to get film developed. Of the ones we did have, most are long gone with no negatives to get them reproduced.

The-Doo-Dah-Man

"I had to carry around..."

MP3 players/Spotify and the like. I had to carry around my Discman on my long walk home from school, even with anti-skip it would still buffer every now and then. Don't get me started on batteries too. Nowadays it's so easy to listen to anything at any time, back then it wasn't.

TheRealReapz

"And it seemed to make..."

I'm in college as an older person at the moment, and honestly? I wish I had the social dynamics lol.

I was eating lunch and I heard two guys talking to each other and he was showing his friend something on his phone and he was like "Bro, she's beautiful I can totally see you guys together."

And it seemed to make the other guy really happy. I don't know if he was maybe feeling insecure about how he looks or whatever.. But you could tell it meant a bit to him.

It just seems less cliquey. Less "every man for themselves".

I'm sure there's plenty of assholes, obviously. But just generally kids seem really nice and smart these days.

sepremey

"If my project file size was too big..."

A USB drive. If my project file size was too big, I had to carry like 5 floppy disks to school and spend entire home room and half of first period printing.

politicaldan

"When I was at school..."

Better building and facilities. When I was at school the place was falling apart and a couple of years after I left they knocked it down and rebuilt it with a state of the art media centre and technology and design department with 3D printers and Solidworks cad workstations.

BiffChildFromBangor

"It sounds cheesy..."

So this isn't a tangible thing I wish I had, but I have a 14-year-old son and the one thing that I really admire about him and his entire friend group is that they are so open with their feelings with one another. It sounds cheesy, but it seems like kids in this current generation are much more okay with letting each other know they care. There's just an openness with them all that I find refreshing. It's something that I didn't experience in my sad-goth-staring-out-the-window late '90s high school days, and I really love it about all those kids.

queenofthemild

"But the benefits..."

Nearly endless information at my fingertips.

There is so much information out there about how to be a better person and live a better life (how to videos, grooming tips, relationship advice, etc), safety and wellness like like learning that suicide or domestic abuse hotlines exist, communities for marginalized and minority people, and information that make us better understand the world around us.

Yeah, there is a dark side of false information, merchandising, unrealistic expectations ala Instagram influencers and porn, etc. But the benefits greatly outweigh those aspects.

I went to high school in the late 80s, BTW.

HanEyeAm

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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