25 Things That Seemed Like Technological Breakthroughs 15 Years Ago But Are Now Completely Worthless

    The future used to be now.

    In 2005, nothing seemed more technologically significant than...

    1. iPhone apps where you drank fake beer:

    iphone app where you drink beer

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

    lighter app

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

    texting on a flip phone

    4. Or having the option and the ability to update your Facebook... FROM A TEXT MESSAGE:

    facebook app on a flip phone

    5. Watching full-length movies that cost tens of millions of dollars to make on an iPod with a 2-inch screen:

    watching a movie on an ipod nano

    6. See-through electronics being the future of design:

    see-through electronics

    7. Those watches that lit up blue, truly a sign we were living in the future:

    glow in the dark watch

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


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


    10. Aggressively thick big screen TVs your one rich friend had:

    big screen tv

    11. The original iPod and the million buttons it had:

    original ipod

    12. Netflix's DVD service and just the entire idea of someone SENDING a movie to you:

    netflix envelope

    13. Portable DVD players that would skip every time you moved them a centimeter:

    dvd player

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

    robot dogs

    15. A DVD or VHS player in their car:

    dvd player in a car

    16. Digital cable and being able to watch a ton of useless channels:

    digital cable

    17. That one paper toss iPhone game:

    iphone game

    18. Car phones that you would only see in TV and movies:

    car phone

    19. These exact light switches that, again, your one rich friend had:

    light switch

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

    big mouth billy bass

    21. CD players with 45-second skip protection:

    cd player

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

    casette tape aux cord

    23. Hit Clips:

    hit clip

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


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

    dvd player