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Post by Dreamweaver » 18 Jan 2018, 20:40

When grown-ups had parties, the children would be required to light the guests' cigarettes.
School students, particularly boys, would be regularly beaten with sticks, usually by the teaching staff.
When awaking in the morning, or going to bed at night, most people discovered they had fluff in their naval. Where it came from, no one knows; why it no longer happens, no one knows.
You could fix the vertical hold on a TV by belting the side of the set.
To use a car cassette player, you needed to keep a pencil handy. (Don't understand? Ask someone over 50.)
People made their own soda water at home, using what was called a soda syphon. The soda thus produced cost as little as double what it cost in the shops.
Most 13-year-old boys had an air rifle, a motorcycle, or a horse.
Most children spent nearly all their leisure time away from their parents, the parents oblivious to where they were.
As part of a "health" campaign, school children were forced to drink a small bottle of milk that had been left out in the sun until it was warm and about to curdle.
Handing out this poisonous muck was the most prestigious job in a student's life, and came with the title "milk monitor".
Jatz crackers and cubed cheddar cheese were all you needed to lend glamour to a party.
Due to a local misunderstanding, coffee was drunk last thing at night – a sophisticated end to dinner – rather than first thing in the morning. It was only after three decades of sleepless nights and sluggish days that the error was identified.
Teenagers used to constantly hop into cars with strangers under a completely insane practice called "hitchhiking".
When using a public phone, you could avoid paying by shouting into the earpiece, knowing that you could just be heard, however faintly.
Airmail letters cost so much everyone used especially thin paper.
The only way to make a copy of a letter was to type it using carbon paper.
The only way to deal with a stuck record player was to weigh the needle down with a 10 cent coin.
A trip to the tip was considered a leisure activity.
Burning rubbish in your backyard incinerator was considered a leisure activity.
Burning fallen leaves in your front gutter was considered a leisure activity.
People, whether going to a sporting event or just for a drive, always prepared a hot or cold drink which they took with them. This was transported in a vacuum flask, a container so delicate it would break if you gave it a good long look.
Everyone used ring-binders, the teeth of which never quite aligned. This meant each day's science notes would be lost almost instantly. Despite this, Australians invented almost everything.
Telephoning overseas – which you'd only ever do on Christmas Day – involved pre-booking a timeslot with the operator.
Wages were paid in cash, usually after you queued in front of a small grilled window on the fifth floor and signed your name in a big ledger.
If you wanted to buy something you couldn't afford, the method was to ask the store to put it aside, then attend the store each week, paying it off a dollar or two at a time, after which you'd be allowed to take it home.
Parents didn't drive their children to sport, nor did they watch the game. You cycled there, played, and cycled home. Some hours later someone might think to ask: "Did you win?"
People rarely worked on weekends. Banks were only open momentarily, sometime in the middle of a weekday.
In order to slice chicken or beef, people used a power tool called an "electric knife". The sawing mechanism was such that every guest was covered in a light sheen of gravy before the meal began.
Cars barely worked. Certainly the cheap ones owned by students barely worked. When faced with any form of incline the engine would explode.

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