Evolution Of The Everyday: Items That Have Remarkably Improved (20 GIFS)

Posted in INTERESTING       12 Feb 2024       1469       10 GALLERY VIEW

"GPS, and maps in general. Old paper maps I could get a rough idea of where my house might be in a town. Now I can read the street signs in a city on the other side of the planet."

 

"Non alcoholic drinks, in particular beer and cider. Wine is still getting there I think, but even just the amount of choice is amazing compared to what there used to be."

 

"Automotive brakes. ABS has saved lives."

 

"Shoelaces.

When I was a kid, they broke if you pulled on them too hard, and then you had to knot them up and tie them short. As an adult, I don’t think I’ve ever had a pair break on me."

 

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"Apples are much better now. It used to be the standard was a mealy red delicious, but there are new breeds like Fuji, gala, honey crisp etc that are sweeter, tarter, and have better texture (crisp, firm). This changed in the last few decades."

 

"Flashlights.

Maglights were 27 lumens. Now an everyday carry flashlight might have 4500 lumens of light."

 

"Gaming consoles."

 

"Frozen pizza. 20 years ago they were shi#, now they can actually be pretty good."

 

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"Cheap guitars. You can buy one for a few hundred bucks that absolutely blows away the one I started on like 25 years ago."

 

"Home computers, smartphones, tablets."

 

"The quality of sexual health information that young people can access online. Obviously there are good and bad things about the internet. But a nervous 17 year old kid having a pregnancy scare or a concern about an STI has access to good information online that didn’t exist when I was that age in the 1990s."

 

"Brussel sprouts and broccoli. They’ve been bred to be less bitter."

 

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"Sneakers. I cannot imagine trying to go play basketball in a pair of Chuck Taylors at this point. Or running on the original Nike waffles."

 

"Oh, no question: Garbage bags. WAY better than they used to be.

They used to be super flimsy, back in the 70s and 80s. Garbage-bag commercials would always show “the competitors'” brands tearing and spilling garbage all over. I literally can’t remember the last time that happened."

 

"TVs. Better and cheaper."

 

"Telephones. We were on a 6-party line. Everyone had their own ring. Ours was two shorts and a long. But if your neighbor was curious, they could pick up and listen in. Rude ones would even make comments or tell you to get off the line; they needed to make a more important call."

 

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"3D printers, the 200 dollar printers are 10 times better then what I was using at work 10 years ago and it was 2500."

 

"Light bulbs."

 

"Mirrorless cameras. Modern Canon and Sony mirrorless are phenomenal cameras that dramatically advanced every generation."

 

"Young Adult literature. Back when I was in my early teen years, YA lit was Sweet Valley High and … maybe a couple of other novels, but not very much. I wound up reading a lot of science fiction paperbacks (Star Trek, Star Wars, etc.) and Stephen King. And a number of the girls I knew were swiping their grandma’s V.C. Andrews novels.

These days, YA lit is all over the place across a wide range of genres with diverse stories and characters. Sure, some of it is absolute cr#p (then again, there’s a lot of cr#ppy adult lit) but there’s plenty of it that’s really good."

 

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Eseneth 1 week ago
#15 I dont know what it is, but I like the image from old non-flat TV screens more.
       
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Nap 1 week ago
Eseneth,
Depending on the TV it's the contrast, flat panels sometimes have trouble with shadow/black sections on scenes though most are much better now.
       
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Leon 1 week ago
Eseneth,
you're right. the new tvs just blur it all together and call it high definition when it just gives you a high headache because the human brain cannot comprehend much more detail. also the new stuff cant run the old stuff. so it cant be much "better"
       
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Virdie 1 week ago
#2 For those who want to smell like a disgusting brewery, but have no intoxicating effect... I still find regular beer repulsive, so yeah, removing the only reason to possibly put up with it (wine without alcohol is sugar removed grape juice, and non-alcoholic cider has been around forever so people expect it).
       
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Virdie 1 week ago
#5 I've lived through the acceptance of GMO apples and I find it hilarious when GMO fearing people buy apples and don't know they are eating the evil they pretend to fear. (All new apples over the last 20 years ARE GMO)
       
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Malinda 1 week ago
#3 I learned to drive before ABS. Half of the accidents I've had were due to ABS taking over when I had total control of the situation. I guess, if all you know is stomping on the break pedal and screaming, it is better.
       
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Leon 1 week ago
Malinda,
this is true. and accidentally hitting the shifter to neutral also helps a lot. but engineers act like they know better
       
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Chan 1 week ago
Non alcoholic beer is the dumbest thing ever
       
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Virdie 1 week ago
#6 I have a pen light that takes AAA batteries and is as bright as my spotlights
       
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Virdie 1 week ago
#12 And celery, everyone forgets the strings, and some can still be bitter, but I'm still shocked when they taste sweet, remembering how it was.
       
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