50 Things That Didn't Exist in 1967
I've been making a list of things that didn't exist when I was born.
I began to notice things that were introduced sometime in the last fifty-odd years. I used to think I had to write about each thing, but since the advent of Wikipedia (also on the list), I don't need to comment on the changes these things have made, and what it was like not to have them.
Some things may actually have been invented prior to 1967, but it could be they had not gained popular acceptance.
If you see something on this list that doesn't belong here, or if you can think of other things that do, email me.
- 1-hour photo (mostly obsolete due to digital photography)
- 3M Reflective tape
- AIDS, Avian Flu, Zika
- Answering machines (since replaced by cell phones)
- Automatic car windows -- and auto locks
- Bar codes (Also RFID tags)
- Bottled water
- CDs (Now mostly replaced by mp3 players and digital files)
- Cordless phones
- Crazy glue
- Digital watches
- Dimmer switches
- Edible styrofoam
- Frozen yogurt
- Fruit stickers
- Garage door openers
- Handicapped parking and curb cuts
- Kale as a food and not just a decoration in a crushed ice bin at a buffet
- Kiwi fruit
- Melamine foam aka Magic Erasers
- Paper or plastic?
- Plastic milk gallon jugs
- Post-it Notes
- Pull tabs on cans
- Roller blades (as opposed to roller skates)
- Self-stick stamps (the best invention for Hilo, where it is so humid). Also Forever stamps
- stickers on fruit
- Suntan lotion
- Tofu in U.S. mainland grocery stores
- Touch tone phones
- Minivans with sliding doors
- VCRs, videocameras, steadicam
- weed whackers
- ziploc bags