ramblings from the noisedoctor

November 8, 2006

packed with facts

Filed under: freecycle, humor, unclear on the concept, useless junk — noisedoctor @ 12:15 pm

A posting today from a nearby freecycle group.

Offer: 1957 set of Collier's encyclopedias
1957 set of Collier's encyclopedias. Very good condition and packed with facts.

Now, most “facts” from 1957 are most likely still “facts” in 2006. The world was known to be round in 1957 and the Earth was known to revolve around the Sun. But, just image how the world has changed since 1957. Technology, nations, science, nature, etc. Let’s think of some things that would be missing:

  • Man has walked on the moon
  • Satellite technology
  • Presidents: Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush
  • Minor geographical re-org of the U.S.S.R., Germany, etc. 🙂
  • Hippies, Generation X, Generation Y…
  • A few medical things like artificial hearts, cloning, stem cells
  • Cassette tapes, CDs, MP3, etc.
  • and most importantly, Star Trek

As much as I like keeping stuff out of a landfill (the foundational purpose of freecycle), I can’t imagine the value of these encyclopedias except for a good laugh at how outdated they really are.

What really makes me laugh is that just last night, a person I know who is in her early 60s said, “oh that (item) isn’t that old… wait… Dad bought that, and he’s been gone over 15 years.” Why is it that once you hit about 60, you seem to lose perspective on when stuff is “old” or not? I watched my grandparents do it. Recently, I’ve seen my parents start to do that now that they’re 60+.


1 Comment »

  1. 60, my eye. It hits when you start calling someone in their late 20’s “a nice kid“.

    Comment by Brendt — November 8, 2006 @ 12:25 pm

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