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26 Things That Blew Your Mind 15 Years Ago But Are Now Totally Worthless

The future seemed SO REAL.

1. A TV with a freakin' VHS player BUILT INTO IT:

This truly felt like the future. How could society advance beyond this?

2. Or, be still my beating heart, a TV with a DVD player in it:

NOOOOOW we're cookin' with gas gang!!!

3. See-through electronics:

These all felt like something out of the year 3018. Truly astounding at the time.

4. iPhone apps where you drank fake beer:

Steve Jobs' vision: finally realized.

5. Or iPhone apps where you could download a fake lighter:

6. And even before that, phones with internet on them in the first place:

Not that anyone ever used it.

7. Portable DVD players:

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You trying to watch Scooby Doo: Monsters Unleashed in the back of a minivan traveling at 65 miles per hour? Because hell yeah I am.

8. Car phones:

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Remember when people wanted to be reachable anywhere, anytime? Sounds like a nightmare! Hahahahaha.

9. Those robot dogs that eventually died and just became things your parents tripped over:

The future is OW!

10. Watches that lit up blue:

I heard that if you drank the blue you got superpowers.

11. Aggressively thick big screen TVs:

It was like watching a movie in your home, only every single light in the world reflected off the screen and it sounded like a buncha pennies rolling around in a Chef Boyardee can.

12. That fish that everyone's uncle had for some reason:

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A fish that sings songs I hate? Let's do this, baby!!!

13. Netflix's DVD service:

You're tellin' me that instead of going to the store and picking up a movie, I can wait four business day? Sign me up!

14. Hit Clips:

Songs I kind of like... for 30 seconds at a time? Now this I gotta get!

15. The original iPod with buttons:

The clickwheel was truly a game changer. Bring back the clickwheel.

16. Or some off-brand MP3 player that looked like this:

Not all of us could afford an iPhone, buddy.

17. That paper toss iPhone game:

This was required by law to be the first app everyone downloaded when they got an iPhone.

18. N64 rumble packs:


These made for a truly immersive experience while you were, like, trying to murder Yoshi.

19. Those batteries that let you check how much energy was left:

My fingers are still permanently dented from these.

20. Colorful ketchup:

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For a brief moment it looked like in the future all our foods would be unrecognizable and full of 300 chemicals. Sad.

21. Internet browsers you had to lit'rally purchase from a store:

This makes sense!!!!!!

22. That cassette tape that let your connect your iPod to your car stereo:

This truly changed the game.

23. Directions you could just print out:

You're telling me I can get lost and blame it on the internet?

24. Gameboy snake lights:

Sure, they made your batteries last about 27 minutes but, come on, how cool were they?

25. CD players with 45 second skip protection:


This felt like something the US government retrieved from an alien spaceship that crashed into the parking lot of a Burger King or something.

26. And, finally, the ALPHA and the OMEGA... a VHS AND DVD player:

Truly the peak of human civilization.

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