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13 Ways Your Grandad's Generation Was Tougher Than You

Think you’re hard? Try stacking up to the men of yesteryear – when being a tough guy was a full-time job. A blast from the past, brought to you by the Vauxhaull ADAM ROCKS AIR: the toughest of them all.

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1. There were still places to discover, and they just marched out there in their big old-timey boots and discovered them.

Location shot of 'The North Pole'
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Location shot of 'The North Pole'

2. Their moustaches were for life, not just Movember.

Two striking workers wait the outcome of the negociations between the strikers' joint comitee and the representatives of Polish governement, at the gate of Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, 25 August 1980. Some 17 000 workers staged there a strike and barricaded themselves during 18 days under the leadership of Lech Walesa.
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Two striking workers wait the outcome of the negociations between the strikers' joint comitee and the representatives of Polish governement, at the gate of Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, 25 August 1980. Some 17 000 workers staged there a strike and barricaded themselves during 18 days under the leadership of Lech Walesa.

3. And they just grew beards because they wanted to, not because they were hipsters proving they could.

Three South Africa air force men displaying the luxurious beards they grew to participate in the Boer Voortrekker celebration in honor of their country's early Dutch settlers.
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Three South Africa air force men displaying the luxurious beards they grew to participate in the Boer Voortrekker celebration in honor of their country's early Dutch settlers.

(They still amused themselves while shaving but the "Tom Selleck" and "Hulk Hogan" hadn't even happened yet.)

Three South Africa air force men at the end of Voortrekker celebration honoring the country's early settlers, displaying their half-shaved off beards which they grew to participate in the event's pageant.
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Three South Africa air force men at the end of Voortrekker celebration honoring the country's early settlers, displaying their half-shaved off beards which they grew to participate in the event's pageant.

4. They used to shave with actual razors, which are basically just knives; who are they kidding?

A survivor of the SS Zam Zam shaving aboard the German prison ship Dresden. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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A survivor of the SS Zam Zam shaving aboard the German prison ship Dresden. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

5. Only the poshest people had inside toilets. For everyone else it was a bit like...:

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6. They wore one shirt all the time and just changed the collar.

Which means they probably felt gross, but at least they looked nice.
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Which means they probably felt gross, but at least they looked nice.

7. They had to jump on moving steam trains to get to work.

(Not like this.)
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(Not like this.)

8. They would actually fix things instead of giving up and buying a new one.

They'd have one pair of shoes, and if they broke they'd just be like, "Oh, they're not THAT broke," and sit them by the fire in an attempt to melt the broken sole back together. Ask your grandpa. He did this.
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They'd have one pair of shoes, and if they broke they'd just be like, "Oh, they're not THAT broke," and sit them by the fire in an attempt to melt the broken sole back together. Ask your grandpa. He did this.

9. There was no online dating; they actually had to go up to women like:

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10. They had two television channels, and they bloody loved it.

And they never, ever said "There's nothing on," even when there was literally nothing on.
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And they never, ever said "There's nothing on," even when there was literally nothing on.

11. They used to have physically tough jobs carrying things and pushing things and building things.

That's way harder than just writing stuff on the internet every day.
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That's way harder than just writing stuff on the internet every day.

12. Their attention spans were so great they could do several things at once.

What a dude.
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What a dude.

13. They. Had. NO. WI-FI.

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Imagine. Just imagine it.

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