What the hell is that?

I was thinking about things I used when I was younger.  Things that just went away with the years that teens nowadays have no idea what they are.  Maybe they are what they use now but just a bit different.  If your over 35 you should remember and appreciate these old gadgets of yesteryear.

What the hell is that?:

  • Giant old Calculator  No it’s not a cash register.  Its a giant (does not fit in your pocket)  battery operated (not solar) Calculator.
  • Phone What is this?  What is that round thing in the middle?  Where is the memory?  Its a frig-gin dial and it takes 20 minutes (exaggerated) to dial someone’s phone number.  AND WE LOVED IT!
  • Tandy 100 and stuff What is this?  Its a damn word-processor!!!!  What is the rest of the crap with it?  I don’t know!  But we loved it!  Does it have a printer?  I am not sure!  But it has a cassette recorder to do something important. Believe it or not I sold these things.  I think you still needed a printer!  No it does not surf the net!  It just word-processes!
  •  What is this?  No its not a new fangled phone with push buttons!  It’s MERLIN!  He beeps and plays games.  Beeps alot! We loved it! It’s hard to press the buttons but we DID NOT CARE!
  •  What are these?  They are PET ROCKS stupid!  Why did we have to buy pet rocks?  Because we had no concept of money!  I wish I had thought of these!
  •   What the hell is that?  Its a mood ring!  We could buy one of these for our significant other so we could determine (based on the color of the ring) if we should bother speaking to that person at that particular time and kids nowaday though we was not bright! Dead people’s rings was always black!
    • violet blue – happy, romantic
    • blue – calm, relaxed
    • green – average, not much going on with you
    • yellow/amber – tense, excited
    • brown/gray – nervous, anxious
    • black – cold temperature or damaged ring
  •   What are those?  They are lawn darts dammit.  So a few kids died playing with these.  It was an easy way for friends to get rid of friends and get away with it.  They served a purpose and we loved them.
  •  Get that out of my face!:  Mr Microphone!  Look it sounds like your talking right next to the radio but its all staticy!
  •   What the frig is that?  The pocket fisherman!  You never know when your walking down the road and need to pull a fishing pole out of your pocket!  So they created this gadget and it worked dammit.  Not good but it worked!
  •  Is that some kind of druggy thing?  NO! It’s Super Elastic Bubble Plastic was the Wham-O brand name for a 1960s, 1970s and 1980s children’s toy consisting of a tube of a viscous plastic substance and a thin straw used to blow semi-solid bubbles. A pea-sized amount of liquid plastic was squirted from the tube and made into a tiny ball. One end of the straw was then inserted into the ball, and the user would blow into the other end, inflating the plastic into a bubble. The bubble could then be removed from the straw by pinching the hole closed, sealing the air inside.The size of each bubble depended on the amount of plastic used. Roughly the consistency of bubblegum, the bubbles formed were much more durable than simple soap bubbles, and could be gently manipulated to make different shapes, and stacked to make simple figures such as snowmen. Much less durable than actual balloons, however, they could pop easily if overinflated or handled with too much force. Chemically, the bubbles contained polyvinyl acetate dissolved in acetone, with plastic fortifiers added. The acetone evaporated upon bubble inflation leaving behind a solid plastic film. Besides the obvious potential for messes when letting children play with liquid plastic, the substance also emitted noxious fumes. The fumes could become concentrated inside the straw, so users had to be careful never to inhale through the straw while inflating their balloons. Because of these problems, Super Elastic Bubble Plastic was eventually taken off the market. Other similar brands remain available in certain countries, such as Malaysia, Mexico, and Germany. WE LOVED THEM DAMMIT!

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