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(Huffington Post)   Seven skills your grandparents had that you don't. Conspicuously absent from list: yelling at clouds   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 211
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2014-06-16 09:52:42 AM  
My grandfather ran High tension power lines over rivers and I dont have that skill either.
 
2014-06-16 09:57:35 AM  
I can do all of those (and I do all of those on a regular basis) except ironing. Ironing is pointless.
 
2014-06-16 10:05:28 AM  
Cook? Who can't cook?
 
2014-06-16 10:07:01 AM  

Voiceofreason01: Cook? Who can't cook?


And knitting/crocheting is a major fad right now.
Damn near every woman I know has taken it up as a hobby.
 
2014-06-16 10:09:41 AM  
Just because I DON'T do something (hand write a letter) doesn't mean I can't.  About the only thing I really can't do on that list is ironing, I've never had a need for that.  I can sew to repair clothing but I'm nowhere near an expert.
 
Pud [TotalFark]
2014-06-16 10:24:44 AM  
Hey, I can wear an onion on my belt, and make it look goood
 
2014-06-16 10:38:43 AM  
I can send an email with an attachment and am able to maintain at least the posted speed limit on a clear dry day. Suck it, grandpa.
 
2014-06-16 10:40:17 AM  

Voiceofreason01: Cook? Who can't cook?


tons of people.  it's sad.

that said, the only thing i can't do on that list write beautiful letters.  my handwriting is total shiat.
 
2014-06-16 11:22:39 AM  
My Grand-dad (b. 1917) was driving coal trucks from Syracuse to Buffalo at the age of 13. It was the family business, you started working when you were able. I don't even know if there were laws regarding that in 1930 (and if there were his father surely didn't care). I learned to drive a stick at 13 and was pretty proud of myself, but a coal truck? No way. I probably couldn't do that now.
 
2014-06-16 12:12:36 PM  

Voiceofreason01: Cook? Who can't cook?


It says from scratch.

I have noticed that even in my lifetime my grandma most known for her cooking went from making everything from scratch to using "convenience" recipes that call for things like mashed potato flakes and onion soup mix packets. I baked so many delicious cookies with her when I was a child and remembered old beaten up recipe cards so I asked for copies of the recipes a few years ago. She shrugged and tried to give me her "easy", "5 ingredient" and "all microwave" recipe books to copy. I dont blame her for trying to simplify her life but I mourn for those poor old recipe cards.
 
2014-06-16 12:14:34 PM  

elysive: Voiceofreason01: Cook? Who can't cook?

It says from scratch.

I have noticed that even in my lifetime my grandma most known for her cooking went from making everything from scratch to using "convenience" recipes that call for things like mashed potato flakes and onion soup mix packets. I baked so many delicious cookies with her when I was a child and remembered old beaten up recipe cards so I asked for copies of the recipes a few years ago. She shrugged and tried to give me her "easy", "5 ingredient" and "all microwave" recipe books to copy. I dont blame her for trying to simplify her life but I mourn for those poor old recipe cards.


If you got enough scratch, why not just go out, Playa
 
2014-06-16 12:14:56 PM  

Pud: Hey, I can wear an onion on my belt, and make it look goood


I can get my five year old to work the TV recorder box for me. Bet they couldn't do that two generations ago.
 
2014-06-16 12:14:59 PM  
"Meeting people without benefit of the Internet."

Are you retarded?
 
2014-06-16 12:15:35 PM  
hdofu.me

We do everything on the list except for the letter thing.
 
2014-06-16 12:16:03 PM  
Maintaining and using polio leg braces.
 
2014-06-16 12:16:40 PM  

doublesecretprobation: Voiceofreason01: Cook? Who can't cook?

tons of people.  it's sad.

that said, the only thing i can't do on that list write beautiful letters.  my handwriting is total shiat.


Ugh, this.  Used to get those sweet gold stars for my grade-school penmanship.  These days I'm lucky if I can read my own notes to myself.

/buy br3d and mUk.
//wth is mUk?
 
2014-06-16 12:16:55 PM  
I can do all of those things except write good.
 
2014-06-16 12:17:03 PM  

farkingismybusiness: "Meeting people without benefit of the Internet."

Are you retarded?


It's the Huffington Post, so "yes."
 
2014-06-16 12:17:39 PM  
I can operate [insert any technology from 1982 onward] without believing in my heart of hearts that it will explode with the force of a thousand Hiroshimas if I press the wrong button.  Also, I'm still breathing.
 
2014-06-16 12:17:53 PM  
Things that I do:

Cook from scratch (often and very well)
Crochet (often and very well)
Knit (occasionally)
Sew (occasionally, but I have made clothes and fixed them, too)
Canned vegetables (from our garden, as well as making jams and jellies)
Ironing (I hate doing it, but I can do it)
Meeting people without the internet (...is this even serious?  All of my good friends were met in real life)
Haggling (I have done it, I just hate doing it)
Writing beautiful letter (I will give this to them- my script is nowhere near as nice as my grandparents' was- but I can read and write cursive script, which is more than the younger generation can)

Not all of us are dependent on microwave foods, store bought goods and computers to get through our daily lives.
 
2014-06-16 12:17:55 PM  
Driving stick.

I do 5 out of 7 of the things on that list, excepting sewing and writing beautiful letters by hand, and my wife can do those two things but leaves the canning and most of the cooking to me, because I shooed her out of the kitchen a long time ago because that is how I unwind after a long day at work.

Although she's making the pizza dough today, because otherwise we won't have dinner until 7 or 8.
 
2014-06-16 12:18:21 PM  

Pud: Hey, I can wear an onion on my belt, and make it look goood


It was the style at the time!!
 
2014-06-16 12:18:26 PM  
why is reading a sliderule not on there

writing i agree with, but my handwriting is shiat, and i do not enjoy it
 
2014-06-16 12:19:10 PM  

maudibjr: My grandfather ran High tension power lines over rivers and I dont have that skill either.


Mr Granddad flew planes in WWI, and threw bombs at things from up there.  I never did either of those things.

FTFA, I do all of those things except canning, but, then again, I am my own Grandpa!

Many, many years ago when I was twenty-three
I was married to a widow who was pretty as could be
This widow had a grown-up daughter who had hair of red
My father fell in love with her and soon they too were wed
This made my dad my son-in-law and really changed my life
For now my daughter was my mother, 'cause she was my father's wife
And to complicate the matter, even though it brought me joy
I soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy
My little baby then became a brother-in-law to dad
And so became my uncle, though it made me very sad
For if he were my uncle, then that also made him brother
Of the widow's grownup daughter, who was of course my step-mother
Father's wife then had a son who kept them on the run
And he became my grandchild, for he was my daughter's son
My wife is now my mother's mother and it makes me blue
Because although she is my wife, she's my grandmother too
Now if my wife is my grandmother, then I'm her grandchild
And every time I think of it, it nearly drives me wild
'Cause now I have become the strangest 'case you ever saw
As husband of my grandmother, I am my own grandpa
I'm my own grandpa, I'm my own grandpa
It sounds funny, I know but it really is so
I'm my own grandpa

Ray Stevens.
 
2014-06-16 12:19:10 PM  

Voiceofreason01: Cook? Who can't cook?



I can cook, but I just don't want to.

I used to prepare all kinds of great meals, but got tired of it over the years. Takes too long. I'm not going to wait 45 friggin minutes just for a dumbass meal. I just want to shove some crap in my damn mouth so I can stop being hungry for a few hours.

Yes, as I've gotten older, I've actually gotten THAT lazy.

Now, where's my beer?
 
2014-06-16 12:20:42 PM  
My grandfather was an assistant in my great grandfather's smithies shop. Me....Shoe a horse? You kiddin' me?
 
2014-06-16 12:20:51 PM  
Maybe it wasn't Ray Stevens, but I think I remember him singing it.
 
2014-06-16 12:20:56 PM  
My Gram tried to teach me how to sew. If you put a gun to my head, I could sew a button back on, but I doubt it would be in the right spot. Some talents just don't transfer well.

Of course, she was also horrified when a telemarketer called her knowing some business she thought was personal but was a matter of public record. I got to hear a 15 minute rant about how the internets were ruining privacy.

I miss my Gram.
 
2014-06-16 12:21:23 PM  
I do not agree with #1. The internet/cooking network has had a positive effect on the everyday culinary experience. Nostalgia has a funny way of making things taste better.
 
2014-06-16 12:21:59 PM  
have perfectly-manicured lawns and flowerbeds...


find me a whippersnapper who can grow something other than pot.
 
2014-06-16 12:23:20 PM  
My grandfather could climb out on the hood of a moving car and steal beer from the back of a beer truck on the highway.  Not a skill I've ever worked on developing.
 
2014-06-16 12:24:37 PM  

buster_v: I can do all of those (and I do all of those on a regular basis) except ironing. Ironing is pointless.


I find ironing very calming. It's one of the few household tasks I don't mind doing.
 
2014-06-16 12:24:55 PM  
Up until about 1910 when cars really started to become common, your average teenage boy could dismantle and fix a steam engine. From that point until about 1975, your average teenage boy could do the same with a gas engine, but the advent of computer controlled engines has made mechanical skills very specialized. Now your average teenage boy can troubleshoot a computer and set up a wifi router. How many kids these days can butcher an animal? How many would actually see value in that skill? Different skillsets for different generations.
 
2014-06-16 12:24:59 PM  
These lists only work if you assume every single grandparent grew up in a Tennessee hill-clan.  The US was not White Somalia 75 years ago.  Plenty of people never had to (or, for immigrant industrial slum-dwellers, never had the chance to) learn half that stuff.  The writers seem to be stuck in American Frontier Fantasy Masturbation mode - and pretty much ignorant that their grandparents were born in the 1920s at the earliest.
 
2014-06-16 12:24:59 PM  
I would probably not be very good at lynching people.
 
2014-06-16 12:25:01 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Maintaining and using polio leg braces.


THat is going to become trendy again with the antivaxer crowd.
 
2014-06-16 12:25:16 PM  
Yeah, and we can literally do THOUSANDS of things they can't. The things we CAN do are useful in today's society. The things we can no longer do...well there's a reason for that. We don't NEED to do those anymore. So why learn that when I have to learn actual things to get through the day?
 
2014-06-16 12:26:12 PM  
Learned something new in TFA.
While I don't have kids, apparently, I'm a grandparent.
 
2014-06-16 12:26:13 PM  

Nothing To See Here: elysive: Voiceofreason01: Cook? Who can't cook?

It says from scratch.

I have noticed that even in my lifetime my grandma most known for her cooking went from making everything from scratch to using "convenience" recipes that call for things like mashed potato flakes and onion soup mix packets. I baked so many delicious cookies with her when I was a child and remembered old beaten up recipe cards so I asked for copies of the recipes a few years ago. She shrugged and tried to give me her "easy", "5 ingredient" and "all microwave" recipe books to copy. I dont blame her for trying to simplify her life but I mourn for those poor old recipe cards.

If you got enough scratch, why not just go out, Playa


I think I'd rather use my scratch to buy spices and season my own food (without pre-mixed seasoning packets). Anyway I went out to one of my favorite restaurants yesterday and ordered veggies in place of fries. The veggies were literally swimming in butter, had a clove of garlic sitting on top of them, and I found pieces of bacon, leading me to suspect there was bacon grease there too. My. FIL across the table had veggies too but they were dry. I had no clue what the cook was thinking...maybe, "oh, you wanted something healthier than fries? Fark you! And here's some garlic!"

Anyway, eating out can be overrated.
 
2014-06-16 12:26:19 PM  
Oh, yay! A list of gross generalizations, obvious answers and other banalities to encourage clicks.

In other words, a typical piece from the Huffington Post.

You could sum up this entire list by saying, "younger generations lack DIY skills because it's cheaper and easier to buy things pre-made." And you'd be right. And  also, most of our grandparents have embraced that lifestyle wholeheartedly, because it's a heck of a lot easier than making everything yourself.
 
2014-06-16 12:27:07 PM  

phalamir: These lists only work if you assume every single grandparent grew up in a Tennessee hill-clan.  The US was not White Somalia 75 years ago.  Plenty of people never had to (or, for immigrant industrial slum-dwellers, never had the chance to) learn half that stuff.  The writers seem to be stuck in American Frontier Fantasy Masturbation mode - and pretty much ignorant that their grandparents were born in the 1920s at the earliest.



...I grew up in TN ;_;

/actually, many people in TN still do those things
 
2014-06-16 12:27:50 PM  
So they knew how to do a bunch of stuff that we know longer need to do or do still know how to do and whoever made this list is an idiot for including.

Ok.
 
2014-06-16 12:28:06 PM  
My granpa flew a biplane and later drove a locomotive.  I haven't tried either.  My granma made ammunition and later raised cats.  I haven't tried either of those either.
 
2014-06-16 12:28:21 PM  
I do all these things except write prettily. I write script legibly, but it's not calligraphy or anything.
 
2014-06-16 12:28:38 PM  
Plenty of people still can foods.

thelittlestwinslow.com
 
2014-06-16 12:29:17 PM  
I write letters by hand once in a while.  The limiting factor is having people who want to receive them.  And while my letters may not be exactly beautiful, they are legible.  Written on quality paper with a good fountain pen, too.

I'm old, but not THAT old.  I just don't know many people who want to read a letter anymore.
 
2014-06-16 12:29:33 PM  

cgraves67: How many kids these days can butcher an animal? How many would actually see value in that skill?


Depends. Do they want to be special forces?

I'll never forget the time I asked my granny in '65 if she had baked a cake we were eating from scratch.

Yep, she replied, and waited until I was in full swig of my milk.
I scratched open a box of Duncan Hines.

Yep. Lost my milk.
 
2014-06-16 12:29:33 PM  
I do every one of those regularly and I also taught my kids to do them as well.
 
2014-06-16 12:30:11 PM  

Giltric: [hdofu.me image 850x433]

We do everything on the list except for the letter thing.


Really?  You think everyone on here can cook from scratch?  I know I can't.
 
2014-06-16 12:30:23 PM  
Btw who wants to haggle? Who haggles? I've had to haggle and I hate it. Will go out of my way to avoid it.
 
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