Can you name anything that youngsters of today won't know?

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Where to start?
- How to write (script) legibly
- Mental arithmetic
- History
- Geograhy
- How to carry on an oral conversation face-to-face
- The difference between an adverb and an adjective
- How to shine shoes
- How to iron an item of clothing
- How to sew on a button
- When to take off a hat/cap

Just for starters.
Phew! I'd like to think I can tick 9 of 10 of those boxes. History and geography are not my strong-suit, granted, but I have some grasp of them. As for shining shoes, that's a work-in-progress and wasn't a necessity for me growing up but is now something I want to do. In the same light, I have been told on countless occasion that I dress better than most where I work, including management. I digress, I'd also say a grasp of politics could be one of those checkpoints.

As for taking off hats/caps, same goes for doffing. I often gesture tipping my cap to hearses and funeral cars passing me on the road. I reckon, however, that 90% of my friends don't know why I faux-doff, less the word 'doff'.
 
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Phew! I'd like to think I can tick 9 of 10 of those boxes. History and geography are not my strong-suit, granted, but I have some grasp of them. As for shining shoes, that's a work-in-progress and wasn't a necessity for me growing up but is now something I want to do. In the same light, I have been told on countless occasion that I dress better than most where I work, including management. I digress, I'd also say a grasp of politics could be one of those checkpoints.

As for taking off hats/caps, same goes for doffing. I often gesture tipping my cap to hearses and funeral cars passing me on the road. I reckon, however, that 90% of my friends don't know why I faux-doff, less the word 'doff'.
My list, such as it is, is based on real life experience. I have 5 children, ranging in age from 24 to 42 years old and 7 grandchildren, ranging in age from 3 to 18 years old. Needless to say, I've seen the good, the bad and the ugly of today's young people. Nevertheless, I think every generation is critical of and bemoans the plight of the succeeding generation(s), as the the current generation does about the previous generation(s). I believe the ancient Greeks had the same complaint about their young people.

I'm glad you are learning to polish your shoes. I learned at a very early age to do this because my father (an army officer)was a real stickler about things such as this. The first thing he would look at when meeting some one was their shoes; he thought that the state of a person's shoes said much about them; he included women in this.

As for taking off hats/caps, again I was taught that a hat/cap is not worn in a building. Nothing bothers me more than seeing people in a restaurant or at the table eating with a hat/cap on. In my father's words, 'What's the matter, is your head cold?'; all said without a smile or twinkle in his eye.
 
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Having a phone number with 4 digits (plus the area code, of course).
Black and white television.
Having six buttons on the TV, but only being able to receive five channels (two Dutch, and three German).
Not having a single remote control in the house.
Driving in a car without safety belts for the back seats.
Thinking proper winters are the rule, rather than the exception.

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I'm stealing this idea from another forum :oops: I think it can be fun :)

I'll start with floppy disks..... I remember using the 1.4 MB and 720KB, before that it was the 3" 360KB and 1.2MB..... at University, I remember using some early IBM machines that took some 12" floppy disks but that is going back quite a long time :)
A friend recently found some floppy disks. His 9 yr old son asked him why he had models of the 'Save' icon.


I had to show my own sons what a typewriter was a couple of years ago.

It always makes me smile when they complain its 'taking ages for the game to load' on their X-Box 1. Brings back memories of loading games on my Commodore 64. If a game loaded in less than 30mins it was considered fast.
 
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