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19 Things We Did In 1997 That Feel Weirdly Outdated Today

* mail orders from the Delia's catalog and prays the item will be in stock *

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3. Mail ordering things from catalogs and waiting weeks for them to come in the mail.

Or worse yet, getting a letter back saying your item was on backorder or out of stock.


5. Having to watch E!'s The Gossip Show or read a weekly tabloid in order to be up to date on Hollywood gossip.

Yup, you basically had to seek it out!

6. Calling the video store to make sure the copy of the movie you wanted to see was in stock.

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Or you could just risk it by driving to the store and hoping for the best — at worst, you could always just look around for something else to watch.

8. Watching the TV Guide Channel just to see what was on — which meant if something caught your eye you also had to remember the channel number it was on.


But honesty there was no better feeling than turning on the TV Guide Channel and immediately catching the exact channel you were looking for.


9. Answering the phone and literally having NO idea who was calling...

Caller-ID existed, but was not standard. It required you to pay the telephone company extra for it and buy a separate device you connected to your phone in order to display the numbers.

10. ...or "screening your phone calls" by waiting to see who was leaving a message on the answering machine and then deciding whether to answer or not.

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You basically lost like a few minutes just waiting for the damn answering machine to finally pick up.

12. Having to look up movie times in the newspaper.

Or calling the theatre. Which, TBH, was kind of pain since you had to wait till the automated answering machine gave out the listing for the movie you wanted to see.


14. Photocopying sections of magazines or books for resource purposes.

A Nintendo magazine (you borrowed from your friends for the cheat codes) or an encyclopedia book you couldn't checkout from the library were always worth the 10 cent copies.

16. Physically buying your tickets for concerts at a Ticketmaster located inside a music store.

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You could also call, but there was a chance you wouldn't get through if it was a concert everyone wanted to go to.


17. Having to buy and carry around maps whenever you went on road trips.

You usually had to pre-plan your route (highlighting the roads/highways you wanted to take) just so you didn't get lost.

19. Having to carry around cash to pay for EVERYTHING since, basically, debit cards were for just pulling cash out of the ATM.

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Sure, you probably carry around some cash with you regularly today. But, imagine going to Starbucks, the gas station, the movies, a bar, or McDonald's, and only being able to pay with cash (if you didn't want to put it on a credit card). You basically had to carry a lot cash on you AT ALL TIMES.