Thursday, January 17, 2013

How old is Grandpa?

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

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

The  Grandfather replied, 'Well, let me think a minute, I was born  before:



'polio  shots

'frozen  foods


'contact  lenses

'Frisbees  and 

'the  pill 

There were  no:

'credit  cards

'laser  beams or 

'ball-point  pens

Man had not invented:


'air  conditioners


'clothes  dryers

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

'man  hadn't yet walked on the moon 

 Your  Grandmother 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 people who closed their front doors when 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, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings. 

We listened to the 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 Chevy 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 grandmother cooked in and 

''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 and 

''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... And how old do you think I am?

I bet you have this old man in 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 man would be only 63 years  old!

I got this in an email so I haven't checked each and every thing listed.


  1. I'm only six years behind, in age, for this. And some of it rings true for me. That kinda sucks.

  2. Right there with ya flier. Now I feel really old.

  3. Just turned 63, so guess I saw it all. Imagine all I'll see by the time I'm 163. Little scary.

  4. Yep, old fart over here too... sigh...

  5. The one thing that threw me was penicillin. That was discovered in 1928, and finally put into production in the 1940s. I remember reading that it was used in WWII. I never listened to big bands on the radio, either - that was also the 1940s. BTW, I'm 61. I do remember putting a dime into a pay phone, and that would have been in the 1970s! I sure as hell remember nickel candy bars, movies for a quarter, and crappy Japanese transistor radios.

  6. 'Tis all true, Mr. Pissed. I'm 68 and remember it all....(except when I have a brain fart)...sigh...

    Phyllis (N/W Jersey)

  7. I was born in August 1943 .... I have always paid attention. I saw all that stuff come in to fashion. However, I do believe TV was invented in England in the thirties. I also believe most of the technology and other advances in our modern world ... including much medicine was all begun, conceived or invented before 1950 .... since then there has not been any thing new conceptually, but we have improved on the existing technology greatly.

    Since we have had little original or creative though since before the 50s ..... are we getting duller as a people .... too many idiots are surviving and procreating .... the gene pool is being watered down and ...... TV, Movies, Video Games and more lately, social media have changed human relations and also our motivations .... dull dependent world is in the making ... fat lazy naive people do not vote well.

  8. I was never brought up with money but was always taught maners cost nothing but will make you a man (Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, 'Sir'). I am now well past 25 years old and still say 'Sir'. I also know how to say please and thank you!!!!!!

  9. I can relate to everything described. I'm 67
    Papa Mike

  10. I was born in 1952, and most of that is familiar to me.

  11. Feral, Chris,

    First documented use of Penecillin was in England in 1930 -- that's 83 years right there. I agree that WIDESPREAD use began during WW2. Just being a pedantic jerk . . . I am what I am.

  12. I'm only 57, and I remember most of that happening within my lifetime. Scheise!

  13. I am 68 and it was nice growing up in the 50's when there were no school shootings because the teachers were armed and the crazies were locked was invented by an American named farnum and the democrats had not gone all commie yet.we had no money but we did live near the ocean and we had a large victory garden which provided us with veggies to go with the sea food I caught.


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