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2013-08-07 08:40:34 AM
Changing the channel with a knob wasn't very rare.  Having to use pliers because the knob has been busted, however....
 
2013-08-07 08:47:26 AM
Kids also knew to stay of other people's lawns back then.
 
2013-08-07 08:56:51 AM

doyner: Kids also knew to stay of other people's lawns back then.


Yeah!  And they knew how to wear pants properly.  Not hanging at their knees like they're about to take a shiat.
 
2013-08-07 08:57:21 AM
Purchase on Springer.com

$39.95 / €34.95 / £29.95

/ nope
 
2013-08-07 09:00:51 AM
Exactly!  In the 80s we all knew how shouted "the British are coming!".  It was Mike D.
 
2013-08-07 09:12:58 AM

UberDave: Exactly!  In the 80s we all knew how shouted "the British are coming!".  It was Mike D.


I think it's fair to say that even a strong, powerful woman politician might have trouble with that one.
 
2013-08-07 09:13:09 AM
Goddamn it, Benjamin Franklin didn't discover electricity.
 
2013-08-07 09:14:28 AM
Pretty poor effort.

Got as far as the first one, and came to the revelation that Ben Franklin discovered electricity.

Electricity was well known before Franklin's time. It was known about for at least a couple hundred years prior to Ben, and maybe even longer than that.

Franklin did determine that lightning and static electricity were the same phenomenon, He also gave us some of the basic terminology we use for DC circuits-specifically the + and - symbols for the opposite terminals.

And his understanding of lightning enabled his development of the lightning rod, one of history's truly marvelous inventions.
 
2013-08-07 09:14:28 AM
Some of these things are pretty farking insignificant.  Marlboro had the first flip top box.  Stupid kids!  Oh, sure, you know all 50 states and their capitals.  Pfft.  Maybe you should smoke up and study it out.
 
2013-08-07 09:21:17 AM
I actually did walk a mile to middle school in the snow uphill both ways.

/fairly decent grade down to the river on both sides.
 
2013-08-07 09:23:10 AM

RedPhoenix122: doyner: Kids also knew to stay of other people's lawns back then.

Yeah!  And they knew how to wear pants properly.  Not hanging at their knees like they're about to take a shiat.


Yeah, no kidding! Why don't these kids wear normal pants like they did in 1980?

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2013-08-07 09:26:02 AM

dletter: I actually did walk a mile to middle school in the snow uphill both ways.

/fairly decent grade down to the river on both sides.


Me, too.  Carrying a saxophone along with my bookbag.  Sometimes would take a shortcut on the train tracks.

Just for kicks I GISed and found an old art shot of the bridge:

www.artvalue.com

High Bridge, NJ
 
2013-08-07 09:33:47 AM
You know what kids today know about that kids in 1980 didn't?

AIDS.
 
2013-08-07 09:34:12 AM

Hollie Maea: Goddamn it, Benjamin Franklin didn't discover electricity.


Indeed. He only proved that lightening was electricity.
 
2013-08-07 09:35:48 AM

Hollie Maea: Goddamn it, Benjamin Franklin didn't discover electricity.


Thank you.

He made his obnoxious son of a whore do it.

/Thanks, Drunk History!
 
2013-08-07 09:37:07 AM
how to write an efficient computer program.

/bloatware will kill us all.
 
2013-08-07 09:38:44 AM

dletter: I actually did walk a mile to middle school in the snow uphill both ways.

/fairly decent grade down to the river on both sides.


Heh, so did I, up through fourth grade...stupid hill between me and school.

Great for sledding in the winter, though.
 
2013-08-07 09:39:08 AM
Kids and adults probably knew that Batman was DC and not Marvel, too.
 
2013-08-07 09:39:48 AM

tricycleracer: Hollie Maea: Goddamn it, Benjamin Franklin didn't discover electricity.

Thank you.

He made his obnoxious son of a whore do it.

/Thanks, Drunk History!


At least he knew how to lit a--to light a fire.
 
2013-08-07 09:40:17 AM
FTA:
'The Dark Knight Rises' in the RankingsThe comic-book mega-corp Marvel is far from passé.Since 2008, the Dark Knight rose, Avengers avenged, a man of steel saved Earth, and an Iron Man crushed the box office.

Marvel has been very busy triumphing over evil and lowering student's knowledge of history. The ranking of Batman's ever-important secret identity of "Bruce Wayne" has jumped from 115th place to the 87th most common piece of knowledge. His Butler's name, "Alfred," rose from 137th to 101st place.


One of the "kids" from the article wrote the article.
 
2013-08-07 09:40:20 AM

fireclown: how to write an efficient computer program.

/bloatware will kill us all.



^^^^ this.
 
2013-08-07 09:40:43 AM
Kids in 1980 knew that slideshows blew.  15 minutes to set up the screen, projector and load the slides, before you got anywhere near the boring commentary.

Whereas today web developers think slideshows are farking wonderful.
 
2013-08-07 09:40:48 AM
Also gone the way of Bogie? Legendary Gone With the Wind star Clark Gable. Once ranked 68th in connection to the classic film, Gable now lies at 200th-a rude awakening for culture buffs everywhere.

Conversely, 99.9% of teens in 1980 had never heard of Tom Cruise.  Therefore, Kids know much more now than they used to.
 
2013-08-07 09:40:52 AM
I can "know" every single one of those facts in about 3 seconds via my smartphone.
 
2013-08-07 09:40:55 AM

Diogenes: Some of these things are pretty farking insignificant.  Marlboro had the first flip top box.  Stupid kids!  Oh, sure, you know all 50 states and their capitals.  Pfft.  Maybe you should smoke up and study it out.


It's not that they know that face, it's that Marlboro is a more common cigarette now.  Back then, camels were more popular so that's probably what people answered back then.
 
2013-08-07 09:41:36 AM

Hollie Maea: Goddamn it, Benjamin Franklin didn't discover electricity.


Well, to be fair, he discovered at least one bolt of it. Also he discovered the art of livin' large.

/not the movie
 
2013-08-07 09:42:43 AM
Uphill in snow both ways:

paulwilkinson.files.wordpress.com

Now stop saying it isn't possible.
 
2013-08-07 09:43:50 AM

Carth: Uphill in snow both ways:

[paulwilkinson.files.wordpress.com image 600x480]

Now stop saying it isn't possible.


Go around.
 
2013-08-07 09:44:02 AM

UberDave: Exactly!  In the 80s we all knew how shouted "the British are coming!".  It was Mike D.


Yep, yep.
 
ecl
2013-08-07 09:44:15 AM
'The Dark Knight Rises' in the Rankings
The comic-book mega-corp Marvel is far from passé.Since 2008, the Dark Knight rose, Avengers avenged, a man of steel saved Earth, and an Iron Man crushed the box office.

Marvel has been very busy triumphing over evil and lowering student's knowledge of history. The ranking of Batman's ever-important secret identity of "Bruce Wayne" has jumped from 115th place to the 87th most common piece of knowledge. His Butler's name, "Alfred," rose from 137th to 101st place.

 farm4.staticflickr.com
 
2013-08-07 09:44:46 AM

labman: Diogenes: Some of these things are pretty farking insignificant.  Marlboro had the first flip top box.  Stupid kids!  Oh, sure, you know all 50 states and their capitals.  Pfft.  Maybe you should smoke up and study it out.

It's not that they know that face, it's that Marlboro is a more common cigarette now.  Back then, camels were more popular so that's probably what people answered back then.


Marlboro Man could beat the black snot out of Camel Guy.

encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com

But even if you're right in the particular, I stand by my overall opinion that half of the stuff on that list is fluff trivia at best.
 
2013-08-07 09:44:54 AM

labman: Diogenes: Some of these things are pretty farking insignificant.  Marlboro had the first flip top box.  Stupid kids!  Oh, sure, you know all 50 states and their capitals.  Pfft.  Maybe you should smoke up and study it out.

It's not that they know that face, it's that Marlboro is a more common cigarette now.  Back then, camels were more popular so that's probably what people answered back then.


That's what I was thinking.  It's a tiny sample that got it right and for both groups then and now it was probably just a guess.  If Marlboro was a defunct brand for 20 years then the result would likely 0% correct.
 
2013-08-07 09:45:27 AM

labman: Diogenes: Some of these things are pretty farking insignificant.  Marlboro had the first flip top box.  Stupid kids!  Oh, sure, you know all 50 states and their capitals.  Pfft.  Maybe you should smoke up and study it out.

It's not that they know that face, it's that Marlboro is a more common cigarette now.  Back then, camels were more popular so that's probably what people answered back then.


Also...

In 1980, the brand of cigarette (Marlboro) that invented the flip-top box was a barely known nugget of information. The factoid has become twice as known today.

Isn't double of "barely known".... still pretty much barely known?    That is like saying that Arena Football will double its ratings next year, and that meaning anything significant as far as it's place in sports.
 
2013-08-07 09:47:28 AM

Diogenes: labman: Diogenes: Some of these things are pretty farking insignificant.  Marlboro had the first flip top box.  Stupid kids!  Oh, sure, you know all 50 states and their capitals.  Pfft.  Maybe you should smoke up and study it out.

It's not that they know that face, it's that Marlboro is a more common cigarette now.  Back then, camels were more popular so that's probably what people answered back then.

Marlboro Man could beat the black snot out of Camel Guy.

[encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 193x261]

But even if you're right in the particular, I stand by my overall opinion that half of the stuff on that list is fluff trivia at best.


www.alumniroundup.com
Newport Bro is the leader of The People's Army.
 
2013-08-07 09:47:32 AM

Diogenes: labman: Diogenes: Some of these things are pretty farking insignificant.  Marlboro had the first flip top box.  Stupid kids!  Oh, sure, you know all 50 states and their capitals.  Pfft.  Maybe you should smoke up and study it out.

It's not that they know that face, it's that Marlboro is a more common cigarette now.  Back then, camels were more popular so that's probably what people answered back then.

Marlboro Man could beat the black snot out of Camel Guy.

[encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 193x261]

But even if you're right in the particular, I stand by my overall opinion that half of the stuff on that list is fluff trivia at best.


Both those honkeys better watch they back:

31.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-08-07 09:47:50 AM
Humphrey Bogart


Of course more kids knew who he was circa 1980, their boomer parents had just discovered early 20th century popular culture around that time (probably following Woody Allen's lead) and practically worshipped the guy. Marx Brothers, Gershwin, Frank Capra films, Art Deco design -- all of those things were kind of huge back then. This is relatively unimportant, pop culture changes all the time.

csb: Couple nights ago my daughter (b. 1993) showed me a jar of Alfredo sauce she'd just bought, Newman's Own brand. Then she asked "Who's Newman?"
 
2013-08-07 09:48:14 AM

Rapmaster2000: Diogenes: labman: Diogenes: Some of these things are pretty farking insignificant.  Marlboro had the first flip top box.  Stupid kids!  Oh, sure, you know all 50 states and their capitals.  Pfft.  Maybe you should smoke up and study it out.

It's not that they know that face, it's that Marlboro is a more common cigarette now.  Back then, camels were more popular so that's probably what people answered back then.

Marlboro Man could beat the black snot out of Camel Guy.

[encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 193x261]

But even if you're right in the particular, I stand by my overall opinion that half of the stuff on that list is fluff trivia at best.

[www.alumniroundup.com image 262x394]
Newport Bro is the leader of The People's Army.


Four seconds.  Spectacular.
 
2013-08-07 09:48:16 AM
back in the day we clicked through slideshows and we liked it
 
2013-08-07 09:48:59 AM
FTFA: In 1980, knowing that Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity was pretty commonplace.

I wonder if the author realizes that this just proves that people in 1980 were as farking stupid as his own retard self is today.
 
2013-08-07 09:49:45 AM

phaseolus: Then she asked "Who's Newman?"


I would have answered, "Joanne Woodward's husband."  Then watched her blink.
 
2013-08-07 09:50:58 AM
n 1980, the name of the man who iconically cried, "The British are coming!" was ranked as the 23rd most-known fact. Now it's sunk to 53rd place.

Except Revere never did that. That was an invention by Longfellow.
 
2013-08-07 09:51:39 AM

Plant Rights Activist: back in the day we clicked through slideshows and we liked it


no we didn't.  We knew they sucked, and were waiting for something better.  Then the internet happened.  And then it went to slideshows.  And then I took the onion off of my belt and threw it at those signal-searchin' kids on my lawn.
 
2013-08-07 09:51:40 AM

tricycleracer: Rapmaster2000: Diogenes: labman: Diogenes: Some of these things are pretty farking insignificant.  Marlboro had the first flip top box.  Stupid kids!  Oh, sure, you know all 50 states and their capitals.  Pfft.  Maybe you should smoke up and study it out.

It's not that they know that face, it's that Marlboro is a more common cigarette now.  Back then, camels were more popular so that's probably what people answered back then.

Marlboro Man could beat the black snot out of Camel Guy.

[encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com image 193x261]

But even if you're right in the particular, I stand by my overall opinion that half of the stuff on that list is fluff trivia at best.

[www.alumniroundup.com image 262x394]
Newport Bro is the leader of The People's Army.

Four seconds.  Spectacular.


Personally, I prefer Newport Sailor:
genehoyas.com
He's so friendly.
 
2013-08-07 09:52:11 AM
"In 1980, knowing that Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity was pretty commonplace"

Proving that kids from 1980 where just asmisinformed as kids today are.

//Get off my lawn..I'm trying to fly a kite in a storm.
 
2013-08-07 09:52:15 AM

RedPhoenix122: Changing the channel with a knob wasn't very rare.  Having to use pliers because the knob has been busted, however....


we had at least one tv and one atari paddle controller with the lincoln logs wheel in place of the original knobs which had broken. those wooden wheels worked quite well!
 
2013-08-07 09:52:16 AM

Elegy: You know what kids today know about that kids in 1980 didn't?

AIDS.


Are you crazy? AIDS was identified in the 80s and it was the cover story in every publication for months.
 
2013-08-07 09:53:36 AM
From #6: How many times have you heard, "Mom, stop-you're giving me a migraine; where's the Advil?"

Good question.  Let me think about that.  Hmmm... how many times?

None.  Exactly none.  I've heard it none times.
 
2013-08-07 09:53:40 AM
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Salem Man wants to know if you need a ride to the swingers' party.
 
2013-08-07 09:53:56 AM
Kids today are probably going to find out what the 80's were like.  Maybe the 70's...

Ride bicycles,  limit electric use, eat only 'organic food', can't afford a car, make your own beer...

...great,  you've regressed to 1918
 
2013-08-07 09:54:40 AM
I see things about these general knowledge quizzes they give students and I don't think today's students are as stupid as they "test". I think they know exactly what they're doing when they purposely mark the wrong boxes on these meaningless quizzes. It's part of a general "fark you" we've been installing in them with these constant ABCDE quizzes. They're surprisingly smart,
 
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