There are things that I can do perfectly. For example, I can rewind a tape by spinning it on a pencil. I was born in 1981 and this skill was incredibly important during my childhood and teen years. It's been almost a quarter of a century since I last listened to music on a tape, but I'm sure if I need to, I'll rewind it nearly perfectly.
Another thing is that it is unlikely that a tape will fall into my hands, so the skill that I possess almost flawlessly has long and confidently been moved into the category of useless and obsolete. As well as several dozen other similar habits and skills that netizens listed in this viral Reddit thread.
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#1I can cover a textbook with a brown paper bag.
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#2To rewind a tape by spinning on a pencil <3
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#3I can win at trivial pursuit (the game) every time. I’m a wealth of useless information.
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Indeed, almost each generation in recent history has a certain set of habits and skills that they have honed over the years, often associated with everyday things and devices natural for their time. And as soon as this or that object goes down in history, then the skills of using it become unclaimed, moving into the category of "weird habits".
#4Making paper fortune tellers.
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#5I'm a straight burley man and I sew. It's just something that for whatever reason relaxes me and no one knows how to do it anymore. Hemming and tapering pants, altering dresses, jackets...etc..I oddly enjoy it.
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#6Remembering phone numbers
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For example, do you know that at one time, about twenty years ago, there were even competitions in speed texting on push-button phones? Winners were determined, hefty prize money was paid, world records were set... and the competitions continue to be held, but now on the virtual keyboards of smartphones. And if you could blindly type a message while holding your phone in your pocket - and this was possible, back when just knowing the order of keystrokes is enough - then today this is nothing more than a funny fad. For example, to amuse your kids, if, while sorting through old things, you somehow find an old Nokia 3310...
#7Two that I didn't see listed already:
Can read a map without using GPS
Can build out a coaxial network for LAN parties
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#8I can tell time on an analog clock.
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#9Using your shoulder to hold a telephone up to your ear while doing multiple other things at once. Now, the phones are so damned small I drop them.
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"The issue is the mechanism of learning and adaptation, which for most people still remains very high, no matter what anyone says," explains Vladimir Nemertsalov, a school principal and teacher from Ukraine, to whom Bored Panda reached out for a comment here. "Any skill, like the object associated with it, has its own life cycle. First, a certain device appears, then people try to adapt existing skills to it. Sometimes this goes well enough, but most often not."
"And then the culture of using a new device begins to acquire new habits. Someone comes up with hacks to improve it all, make it faster and more convenient to use. This is how skills are formed. And then, when the device 'walks off into the sunset', the ability to use it goes the same way. It's another matter that in the modern world it happens much faster. For example, the skill of riding was incredibly relevant for several millennia, but the ability to use a rotary phone has come to naught in about half a century. But such is the contemporary world, and such is progress," Vladimir says.
#10Using the Dewey decimal at library
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#11The ability to make and count out change for a purchase
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#12I write in cursive; does that count?
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Sometimes outdated skills develop into a kind of hobby or even a subculture - as happened, for example, with film photography or vinyl records. Regarding the latter, the level of sales, after three decades of oblivion, began to grow again around 2010, and has now returned to almost 1988 levels. Perhaps this will happen with tapes - and then I will again appear in all my splendor with the skill of rewinding one with a pencil. In the meantime, please feel free to scroll this selection to the very end and maybe add some more obsolete and weird-looking skills from the past... and I'll go practice. Where is my pencil, anyway?
#13Crash start a manual car by rolling down a hill in second gear with the ignition on, then popping the clutch - cars were not so reliable back in the day!
Edit: Push starting, also known as bump starting, roll starting, clutch starting, popping the clutch or crash starting, according to Wikipedia - we called it crash starting where I'm from, but lots of different names for it!
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#14I can develop and process photographic film and enlarge prints in a darkroom.
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#15Record to tape from the radio. Trying to make sure to not get the DJ/presenter talking s**t or an ad
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#16I know how to properly address an envelope. Skills m**********r.
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* How to drive a manual transmission.
* How to remember phone numbers in my head.
* How to untangle, manually wind and repair cassette tape.
* How to plan a cross country trip using nothing more than a Rand McNally Road Atlas and a highlighter.
* How to program in Basic.
* How many dimes to place on a record needle to prevent skipping.
* How to change my own oil, tire, belts, alternator, starter or transmission.
* On a Cathode Ray Tube TV how to: set vertical and horizontal controls, fine-tune the channel using the ring around the channel k**b and how to fashion a wire coat hanger into a VHF antenna.
#18Extensive knowledge of DOS commands
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#19I can re fold a map correctly.
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#20Texting with 10 key. I still have it all memorized and could pick up a flip phone and send paragraphs if needed.
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#21I haven’t used this in decades but I used to be able to dial people on a rotary phone by tapping the hang up switch.
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#22I can write boobs on a calculator
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#23Ripping the sides off printer paper without ruining it.
#24I outright destroyed Super Mario Brothers in almost no time flat very recently on Nintendo Switch after not having played it for probably 30 years. I did it totally from memory on the just the second run through. I even hit the multiple 1-up glitch on world 3-1. My kids thought I was a god (for just a few minutes).
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#25Stop the TV picture rolling by twiddling the knob on the back
#26Diagnosing connection problems by the sound the modem makes.
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#27Born 1988, turn the channel to 3 if you want your Nintendo to work
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#28I still know how to set up a vcr to record a television program in advance.
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#29Driving a stick shift!
#31In the UK. A lot of people of that age (I was born in the 90's) know how to wire a plug because British law didn't require appliances to have pre-wired plugs and we were expected to wire them ourselves. I believe it was taught in schools.
Now it's not a required skill anymore but if we need to know we can just Google it.
#32I know how to use a keypunch machine to write my COBOL code on a stack of 80-column paper cards, how to use a card reader to send my program to the mainframe, and how to hang out drinking coffee waiting for the batch to run.
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#33I can be bored without watching a screen to cope
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#34I can put an entire actual newspaper together from scratch right down to plating and printing. Also, my cursive is pretty good.
#35My family gets mad at me for using MS Paint instead of Photoshop
#36Using a typewriter
Strong background with MS-DOS with WWIV BBS software
Use an old rotary dial telephone
Frustration of loading paper on a dot matrix printer, and dealing with constant jams
Installing driver software for a new device, via 3.5" hard disk (before it became automated feature in windows)
Using an actual road map to find where you needed to go, and being able to fold it back into it's original configuration after opening
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#37I can thread and watch 8mm film.
#38I can keep score in bowling.
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#39I know what the color “goldenrod” is.
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#40Being able to get the sharpest reception for the TV channel you're watching by turning the giant dial on the top of the television that rotates the ginormous antenna on the roof.
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#41I could draw out nearly the entire original legend of Zelda map from memory. Or at least enough to get to every dungeon, heart, and item.
#42I know what frequency to tune my AM radio to listen to the CONELRAD civil defense network.
#43I know how to use a hole punch to turn a 5.25" inch floppy disk into a flippy disk and use both sides.
#44I know deck to deck video editing
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