If you were born in the new millennium, there’s a large chance that you’ve missed out on a lot of unique and bizarre experiences that only people living in the 80s and 90s could understand.
Before the invention of the internet, people had to make due with entertaining themselves in various ways, with technology that has since become obsolete, and to enjoy products that by today’s standards might seem completely ridiculous. Nevertheless, it’s fun to look back at some of the things in our past that might have been awesome at the time but now seem kind of strange or unusual. Maybe you’re a person who grew up in the 80s and 90s, perhaps you were born way before then, or maybe you’re a product of the new millennium. Whatever the case may be, you’re bound to enjoy this list!
The following 25 pictures of things that people born after the year 2000 will never understand will have you laughing, maybe crying, and hopefully feeling nostalgic for times in the past!
1) Overhead Projectors: At first glance, you might be curious to know what on earth this crazy old device might be. It may look like a medical device, but in actuality, this was once used to project notes printed on transparencies. Yes, kids, this was before the age of smart boards, tablets, and before every student had their own laptops.
2) Floppy Disks: What on earth are these mysterious squares? Why these would be floppy disks you silly geese! These bad boys could store up to 1.44 MB in their heyday, just enough space for 5-10 school assignments to save and transport between computers. Before USBs, these were the only way to get your files from one computer to the next. If you had to install a software program, they usually came with about a dozen or so disks! Can you imagine? Those were the days!
3) Napster: Ah yes, before the days of iTunes and other digital services, there was Napster. Before regulations, and in the days when the internet was in its infancy, this program helped you hook up with the tunes you needed. I never used it, but I knew people who did! Not exactly legal at the time, but they’ve since turned around!
4) Windows 95: What went down as one of the most iconic operating systems in history, Windows 95 employed an extensive marketing campaign to get users on board with their products. One of those things was this hilarious VHS tape that accompanied the purchase of Windows 95 that guided you through the system with two 90s icons, Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston.
5) Video Rental Stores: Ah, yes, renting movies. What you can do with the click of the button today, used to be an entire adventure back in the day. In the waning days before Blockbuster finally closed their doors, people may have still been utilizing their membership cards. It was always so fun looking at the video selections, then finally deciding on one. At least with the digital era, you can’t get any more late returning fees!
6) Texting Before Cell Phones: Before the age of people being addicted to their cell phones, there was a special way of communicating during class. It was called… passing notes! I know, such a foreign concept, right? The best part was when they involved secret codes or cyphers to unlock the meaning behind the note. Things were basically way more fun and creative.
7) GK: There’s one thing more fun than Silly Putty, and crazier than Play-Doh, and that was GAK: the craziest, the slimiest substance made popular by Nickelodeon. Gak was seriously the best thing ever. Except when you accidentally left it on the carpet or fell asleep with it in your hair. Gak was awesome.
8) Tamagotchi and Nano Pets: These little monsters in your pockets proved to be the first distractions in school before the age of cell phones. The best part of these little guys was when they’d poop digital poops on the screen. It was hilarious, funny, and gave the illusion of responsibility.
9) Moon Boots: Ground control to Major Tom… would you take a look at these bad boys!? Seriously, who doesn’t appreciate a good moon boot? These boots gave the illusion that you were walking on the surface of the moon. Well, not really, but it was a great deal of fun! Moon boots aka the best boots ever.
10) Playing MASH: Who doesn’t love predicting the future? MASH was a surefire way of knowing who your future husband was, where you were live, what kind of car you would drive, how much money you’d earn, what kind of job you’ll have, and what kind of pet you’d own. What’s not to love about it?