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10 Things That Didn't Exist 40 Years Ago


Taking hundreds of self-portraits has never been easier. Imagine adults reminiscing about their youth over arm's-length images.

Fidget Spinners

Tap your pencil against your desk or fling a wad of paper at a buddy or sibling to anger your teachers and parents.

Cake Smashes

When you were younger, slamming your tiny hands into a cake would have resulted in punishment, not a photo session.


Today's students are blessed to have Wikipedia, which debuted in 2001.

Fitness Trackers

Gym and recess were enough. Today: Youngsters use fitness trackers like the Garmin vivofit JR to meet their step goals.


Skype and Google Hangouts. These apps do something you never imagined as a child: Face-to-face visits with distant grandparents and family from the living room.

Streaming Music

When iTunes launched in 2001, you could buy and download music from Napster, but now you can listen to any song without downloading it.


New technology lets you play with some of Star Wars' numerous new characters. Smartphones control the feisty droid BB-8.


What did we do before Google? We knew little. Google was founded in 1998, changing the world.

Pre-made Sandwiches

On mornings when nothing went right, your parents would have enjoyed this choice to slip into a lunchbox or lunchbag.

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