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How old is Grandma?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Ahab, May 7, 2012.

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  1. Ahab

    Ahab Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    How Old is Grandma?

    Stay with this -- the answer is at the end. It will blow you away.

    One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events.
    The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

    The Grandmother replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:

    ' television

    ' penicillin

    ' polio shots

    ' frozen foods

    ' Xerox

    ' contact lenses

    ' Frisbees and

    ' the pill

    There were no:

    ' credit cards

    ' laser beams

    ' ball-point pens

    Man had not yet invented:

    ' pantyhose

    ' air conditioners

    ' dishwashers

    ' clothes dryers

    ' and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air

    ' man hadn't yet walked on the moon

    Your Grandfather and I got married first, and then lived together. Every family had a father and a mother.

    Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, "Sir."

    And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir."

    We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.

    Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.

    We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.

    Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege.

    We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.

    Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.

    Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started.

    Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends -not purchasing condominiums.

    We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CD's, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.

    We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios.

    And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.

    If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk.

    The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.

    Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.

    We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.

    Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.

    And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

    You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, but who could afford one?

    Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

    In my day:
    ' "grass" was mowed,

    ' "coke" was a cold drink,

    ' "pot" was something your mother cooked in

    ' "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.

    ' "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office,

    ' "chip" meant a piece of wood,

    ' "hardware" was found in a hardware store .

    ' "software" wasn't even a word.

    And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.

    No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap.
    How old do you think I am?

    I bet you have this old lady in mind. You are in for a shock!

    Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the
    same time.

    Are you ready?????

    This woman would be only 59 years old, Born in 1952.
  2. pyrdek

    pyrdek Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    NW PA
    You will have to go back to pre-1940s to be older than the use of penicillin. That is when it was first refined as a medically useful product. The bacteria killing properties of the mold hat led to penicillin was actually noted by Alexander Flemming in 1928 but it took till 1940s to refine the active ingredient and put into a useful form. It was used in WW II.
  3. b12

    b12 Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    And if that generation used it for everything the next generation became immune to it and the third generation would get terrible reactions from it. Thats why they make synthectic pennicillin. Which isn't worth a shit. Wild Bill
  4. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Rochester, NY
    Grandma would have had to have been born prior to 1801, when contact lenses were first mfg'ed. If you want to go to something who's modern form is close to its original form, it would be 1888 w/ the ball point pen (based on 5 minutes of research).

    Interesting read, but fraught with inaccuracies.
  5. chuckie68

    chuckie68 Active Member

    Jan 13, 2012
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    Also --- Money had "SILVER CERTIFICATE" printed accross the top.

    Some of that stuff was around during the '50's but not that common.

  6. oskerspap12

    oskerspap12 Active Member

    Dec 29, 2009
    My daddy fought in WW2,and he told me all they had was Sulfa drugs,no pennicillin(it may have been produced,but wasn't issued).

  7. X Trap 2

    X Trap 2 TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Was a 1952 Ford Coupe only $600.00? I know my mother bought a new 1955 Chevy Sedan for $1500.00. Ray
  8. gdbabin

    gdbabin TS Member

    May 15, 2006
    So what's "pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time."?

    I just don't get it. Born in 1955, I'm 57. I don't need to think about it, I'm neither scared, nor sad. Things change that's all.

    Typical web junk copy and paste.

    Guy Babin
  9. Catpower

    Catpower Molon Labe

    Jan 29, 1998
    In the Cabana
    Willis Carrier invented air conditioning in 1903, guess Grand Ma was raised in Alaska
  10. RickN

    RickN Well-Known Member

    Sep 17, 2008
    Here's something I got the other day in email.



    May 31, 1927, the last Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line. It was the first affordable automobile, due in part to the assembly line process developed by Henry Ford. It had 2.9-liter, 20-horsepower engine and could travel at speeds up to 45 miles per hour. It had a 10-gallon fuel tank and could run on
    kerosene, petrol, or ethanol, but it couldn't drive uphill if the tank was low, because there was no fuel pump; people got around this design flaw by driving up hills in reverse. Ford believed that "the man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed." The Model T cost $850 in 1909, and as efficiency in production increased, the price dropped. By 1927, you could get a Model T for $290. "I will build a car for the great multitude," said Ford. "It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one - and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God's great open spaces."
  11. BIGDON

    BIGDON Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    I enjoyed it.

    Inaccurate or not you got the point across. For the super picky I suppose you tell little kids there is no Santa. Try growing up and quit trying to prove you are smarter, because you actually are proving yourself to be ignorant.

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