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    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

    Steve Jobs' vision: finally realized.

    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

    Not that anyone ever used it.

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

    facebook app on a flip phone

    The possibilities are endless. Or, actually, not.

    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

    The future is... TWO INCHES!

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

    see-through electronics

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

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

    glow in the dark watch

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

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


    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:


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

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

    big screen tv

    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.

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

    original ipod

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

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

    netflix envelope

    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!

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

    dvd player
    Twitter: @ldn_elek

    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.

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

    robot dogs

    The future is...OW!

    15. A DVD or VHS player in their car:

    dvd player in a car

    I think they could invent time travel and I still wouldn't be as in awe as the first time I saw this.

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

    digital cable

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

    17. That one paper toss iPhone game:

    iphone game

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

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

    car phone
    Twitter: @search

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

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

    light switch

    Felt like something out of Star Wars.

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

    big mouth billy bass
    Twitter: @StevenBalthaser

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

    21. CD players with 45-second skip protection:

    cd player

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

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

    casette tape aux cord

    This truly changed the game.

    23. Hit Clips:

    hit clip

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

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


    My fingers are still permanently dented from these.

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

    dvd player

    Truly the peak of human civilization.