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Things That Everyone Had in the 90’s That Nobody Has Now

If, like me, when someone says ‘twenty-five years ago’ your mind automatically goes to the 80’s, it might surprise you that 25 years ago was actually 1999! I know! Where did that time go? How did it pass by so fast? Despite it feeling like yesterday in some ways, life really has changed quite significantly since the 90’s. In fact, Reddit users recently discussed what things everyone had in 1999 that nobody has today, and we hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane, like we did!


A phone book (No-Nose-No-Toes)


Folded paper maps in the glove box. Bonus points for the spiral map books! (lark77)


All their friends’ phone numbers memorized (47h3157)


The need to be home at a certain time on a certain day to watch the next episode of your favorite show.

Unapologetic suntans. (Edit: haven’t you guys ever heard of slathering yourself in baby oil before going to lie in the sun? We all did it back then.)

A cassette deck in their new car. (WomanOfEld)


A whole shelf full of WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIAS. (TheMechTech80)


A binder of cd’s under the driver’s seat. (practical-dreamer)


The ability to do dumb shit in your teens/20s, without some fuckwitt filming it. (Ok_Lifeguard_6508)


Land lines.

Mom still has hers, but all the phones are cordless. The days of a handset connected to the receiver with a 25 foot cord are long gone. (Seattlescape)


True privacy. The only things known about you were what you shared with the people you wanted to share with, and what was in the white pages. (ironburton)


Dial up modems. (D-Rez)


VCRs (InterestingPotato315)


Discman (ViciousSnail)


Antennas on the outside of their cellphones. (Famous_Track_4356)


A local newspaper subscription. (Euphoric-March-8159)


Smoking section in a bar. (Bman409)


Ash Trays (ClydePincusp)


Affordable housing. (MrsGerstner)


Attention spans. (CawfeePig)


Flip phone
Fax machine
Very few people have stand-alone cameras or calculators or alarm clocks now. (chriswaco)


A home answering machine. (TheRealCatLeg)


A Blockbuster card. (mustbethedragon)


A car with a stick shift. (Ehousk)


Real eyebrows (Feeling_Natural5863)


A photo album (_Maga)


A job with a Pension at retirement. (IAMHEREU2)


Blissful ignorance about the existence of Kardashians. (throw123454321purple)


What would you add to the list?

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Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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