Burning your butt on a metal slidegNesher/Shutterstock
Kids' playgrounds today may be slickly designed marvels of safety but pity the child who will never know the thrill (terror?) of rocketing down a steep, metal slide. In the summer. In shorts.
To spark more fun memories, check out these 10 nostalgic photos of playgrounds past
Waiting until 8 p.m. to call grandmakurk/Shutterstock
You think phones are complicated now? Just try and keep track of the per-minute price of peak versus after-hours, long-distance versus local, and business versus personal calls. And if you were ever tempted to just call someone without doing all the math, you were swiftly punished with an $800 phone bill. (Of course phone bills are still crazy expensive, just for different reasons now. Use these 7 tricks to lower your cell phone bill
"Juice" was anything that wasn't soda or boozeMagdalena Karbowiak/Shutterstock
Want a juice? Here's some Kool-Aid. It's good for you. It's fat-free. This is just some of the worst diet advice nutritionists have heard
The satisfying click of a typewriterLinz Gutsell/Shutterstock
Click, click, click... chiiiiiing! Modern keyboards—especially tiny pretend ones on touch screens—can never compare to the tactile joy of banging out your novel (literally and figuratively).
Flipping through a card catalogAndrey Kuzmin/Shutterstock
Finding a book in the library used to require a trip to a huge file filled with rows of cards. You had to decipher their beautiful but strange system, golf pencil clenched tightly between your teeth, write it down, and then remember the Dewey Decimal System. But your reward (the latest book in The Babysitter's Club
series?) was so worth it! For more modern tips check out these 13 things librarians won't tell you
Dialing zero on a rotary phoneSanit Ratsameephot/Shutterstock
Imagine: Operators used to be people, not automated voices! All you had to do to summon one of the magical helpful genies was to whip your finger around the telephone dial. (And then listen happily to the beautiful whir.)
Waiting two weeks to see if you got a good pictureVasilyev Alexandr/Shutterstock
With endless takes, it's no wonder youngsters today take so many gorgeous selfies. As long as you have the patience—and the right photo-editing tools—anyone can be a master photographer. Back in the day you had to line up your shot through an itty bitty plastic square, press the button and just pray that in two weeks when your film was developed you caught something good. (And don't forget to wind the film before your next shot!) Here are all the tricks you need to look better in photos
And then the joy of one-hour photo storesIVASHstudio/Shutterstock
When you had to wait weeks to get back 24 (or, if you were rich, 32) pictures meant you had pretty much already forgotten the vacation they memorialized. But while it was fun being surprised by memories and entertained by weird shots, the day that one-hour photo services were invented was the best day of your life.
"Smoking" bubblegum cigarsCourtesy amazon.com
Adults used to think it was cute when little kids pretended to smoke or chew with fake bubblegum tobacco products. Then we learned about lung cancer. Yeah, maybe it's best this one went away.
"Be kind, please rewind!"Michal Chmurski/Shutterstock
Some video stores used fines to remind you to rewind the VHS tapes before you returned them while others just guilted you into being a good renter with their cheery stickers. Either way, it meant you spent endless hours (fine: minutes) jamming the rewind button hoping to make it go faster.