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Updated on Feb 5, 2020. Posted on Jan 21, 2020

25 Things That Blew Your Mind 15 Years Ago But Are Now Completely Worthless

The future used to be now.

1. iPhone apps where you drank fake beer:

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Steve Jobs' vision: finally realized.

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

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

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Not that anyone ever used it.

4. See-through electronics:

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These all felt like something out of the year 3000. Truly astounding at the time.

5. Those watches that lit up blue:

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

6. The original iPod with a million buttons:

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

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

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Not all of us could afford an iPhone, buddy.

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

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

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

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

10. Portable DVD players:

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You trying to watch Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed in the back of a minivan traveling at 65 miles per hour? Because hell yeah I am.

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

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The future is...OW!

12. Car phones:

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

13. Aggressively thick big screen TVs:

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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.

14. These exact light switches:

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Felt like something out of Star Wars.

15. 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!!!

16. Netflix's DVD service:

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

17. A DVD or VHS player in their car:

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This truly seemed like space-age technology at the time.

18. CD players with 45-second skip protection:

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

19. Digital cable:

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Truly mind-blowing the first time you use a TV with digital cable after years of basic cable.

20. Hit Clips:

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

21. That paper toss iPhone game:

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

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

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My fingers are still permanently dented from these.

23. 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.

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

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This truly changed the game.

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

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Truly the peak of human civilization.

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