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How Much Do You Actually Know About Ancient Technology?

Historians everywhere need your help.

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  1. Archaeologists say that this strange plastic brick was used for some sort of primitive video streaming service. How the heck does it work?

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    Clamp two jumper cables to those wheel-thingys and attach to the starter points on your TV.
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    Insert the small rectangle into a larger rectangle, and hit the button with the sideways triangle.
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    Balance it precariously on top of your TV, adjusting as needed for good signal.
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    Hold it up to your face and look through the little holes like binoculars.
  2. Not much is known about these odd little squares, except that people used to collect them in boxes near their computers. What could their purpose have been?

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    Part of a collectable card trading game where you tracked your deck progress on the computer.
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    Used to burn your own mixtapes of songs that you gave to your friends.
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    Purely decorative. Kind of like a zen garden.
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    Storing data — you know, like a USB drive?
  3. Historians can’t seem to figure out how to take more than one picture on this weird photo-capture machine. What’s your suggestion?

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    Try turning it off and on again.
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    Memory’s probably full. Go through your photos and delete some of the not-so-hot selfies.
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    See that little circle in the back? Wind it, yo.
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    Throw it away, only one picture per camera. That’s why it’s called a DISPOSABLE camera.
  4. Ancient peoples called this bulky music storage device “portable.” How would one possibly transport this back in the day?

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    Always travel with a buddy and together you guys could lug this monstrosity around.
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    Most people bought a little cart to drag it around behind them.
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    Train a team of sled dogs to follow you around and carry it.
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    Just sort of carry it? It’s really not that heavy.
  5. Archaeologists have uncovered what appears to be the very first iPad. But they also found this weird little stick with it. What’s this weird little stick for?

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    To jab at people who might try to steal your iPad.
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    To pick food out of your teeth when you used your iPad in a cafe or restaurant.
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    To click things on the iPad instead of using your finger.
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    To stick the iPad on for waving at Phil Collins concerts.
  6. Archaeologists also uncovered a very primitive laptop. But what’s that curious little red dot in the middle of the keyboard for?

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    Swivel around with your finger to control the cursor.
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    Push it to turn the computer on and off.
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    Scratch at it to release a pleasant smell every now and then while you’re working. (Comes in different flavors.)
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    Purely decorative, don’t be an idiot.
  7. Apparently those plastic rectangular video streaming devices also had the capacity for recording live television programs. How would you set this up?

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    Literally no one knows. Not then, not ever.

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