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Posted on Nov 25, 2017

22 Things You Do Every Day That Would've Made No Fucking Sense 50 Years Ago

Stealing music from the air.

Yesterday, a viral Reddit thread asked users, "What things do we do today that people 50 or 60 years ago would think are absolutely ridiculous?" The answers were pretty mind-blowing.

Here are some of the best:

1. "Calling someone's phone to ask them where they are."

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2. "Stealing music and movies from the air."

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3. "Wearing ‘distressed’ (i.e. pre-ripped) clothing."

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4. "Taking pictures of your food. It would be seen as a giant waste of film."

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5. "Walking around with no money in your pocket. Just this little plastic card."

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6. "Charging your cigarette."

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7. "Pouring water into bottles and selling them for a dollar or more each."

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8. "Staring at a telephone for hours."

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9. "Locking yourself in a room and trying to escape for fun."

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10. "Having a TV that is flat and hangs on the wall."

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11. "Smoking outside the restaurant."

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12. "Describing every single detail of your life, publicly, on a computer that fits in your pocket."

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13. "Refraining from manned space exploration. Fifty years ago mankind was two years away from walking on the moon. They'd be appalled to realize that we just stopped after getting there."

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14. "Telecommuting jobs — having a 'virtual office' in your home."

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15. "Driving to places less than half a mile away."

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16. "The fact that I can get a plane ticket, read the news, and order food in 10 minutes through a small device while sitting on the toilet."

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17. "Throwing things away and getting a new one. Fifty years ago people would have fixed anything that had some sort of hope to be fixed."

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18. "Being able to record TV shows, watch movies from home, skip ads, and pause live TV would be insane. It's something that we think as normal today but would be a crazy luxury back then."

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19. "Sending your dog to 'doggy day care' so they can have fun."

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20. "Taking out loans to go to college."

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21. "Having close friendships with people around the world, but never having spoken to your next-door neighbor."

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22. "Just recently, 'Never accept rides from strangers, and never meet someone off the internet alone' was common sense. Now we call random strangers from the internet to give us rides."

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Note: Responses have been edited for clarity.

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