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    15 Old Inventions That I Am Glad I Have Never Had To Use

    This is the opposite of steampunk, I think.

    1. Scrolls

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    So cumbersome. How do you fit it in your bag? You need a lot of space to unfurl it, too. So glad we just have good ol’ laminated paper for our important paper needs now.

    2. Monocles

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    Why do you want just one eye to be able to see?

    3. The tiny little glasses that sit on the tip of your nose

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    Nothing says “bourgeoisie” more than glasses that force you to look down on someone whilst sticking your nose up in the air.

    4. Gramophones

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    Look, I get that vinyl provides a really good warm sound you can’t get with digital files or whatever, but I always imagine dropping a tangerine in a gramophone and never being able to get it out or use the damn thing again, and just having the smell of a slowly decomposing tangerine constantly lingering.

    5. Horse-drawn carriages

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    I feel like the horses don’t enjoy it and I doubt they’re fairly compensated for their labour.

    6. Candles as a light source

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    Fire hazard and probably don’t even smell nice.

    7. Fish-oil lamps

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    Fire hazard and definitely don’t smell nice.

    8. Quills

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    Guaranteed way to get ink everywhere tbh.

    9. Typewriters

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    I can already feel the searing rage of a lot of literary nerds because of this inclusion, but frankly if having to restart a whole thing because you accidentally typed “helo” instead of “hello” is fine by you, then you have a lot more time than me and I will hear no more of this.

    10. Anvils

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    These are probably still used now but much less often, which means they are far less likely to fall onto your head.

    11. Abacuses

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    I feel like this actually makes maths more complicated somehow.

    12. Mangles

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    I do not want to mangle anything, let alone risk the possibility of being mangled myself.

    13. Butter churns

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    I just don't think butter is good enough to justify all that work.

    14. Sleeping caps

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    How do they stay on your head while you’re sleeping?

    15. The big ol' diving suits

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    Perhaps I am getting the direction of causality wrong here, but I feel like as soon as anyone puts one of these one, the Loch Ness Monster immediately manifests in front of them.

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