8 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Older Than5 min read

by | Jan 31, 2018 | Blog

It’s now 2018 and it seems like technology is creating new household gadgets to make our lives easier every year! The list of products that are available to us just keeps growing. Every year more and more products are released that we slowly start to integrate into our everyday lives. If you were born in 1953 or before, here’s a list of 8 things you might not have known you were older than!

Automatic Sliding Doors: 1954

1954 was the year that you could make one successful trip from the inside of a store to your car. Thanks to automatic sliding doors you don’t have to worry about trying to physically open a door with your hands full! What a luxury!

Lint roller: 1956

This may not seem like a revolutionary product, but it is pretty neat to be able to cuddle your dog one minute and be able to walk out the door hair free the next. Thank you lint rollers for allowing us to wear our sweaters multiple days in a row, lint free!

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Bubble Wrap: 1957

The year 1957 certainly packed a pop! With the invention of bubble wrap, people were able to safely ship breakable objects and annoy others around them with this fun (and loud) packing material.

Audio Cassette: 1962

The audio cassette was invented in 1962 by the company Philips. It’s hard to imagine that it’s been 56 years since these came out! Since then we’ve moved from CD players to iPods to digital streaming, and now we can just shout at an Alexa or Google Home to play music for us completely hands-free! Oh, how times have changed. Bonus points if you still have some of these lying around!

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Handheld Calculator: 1967

Thank goodness for the handheld calculator! In 1967 the development team at Texas Instrument (TI) invented the handheld calculator and revolutionized computations. Thanks to them you can now compute on the go!

Computer Mouse: 1968

The computer mouse was invented in 1968 by Douglas Engelbart. This seemingly essential tech accessory wasn’t invented until about 30 years after the first computer!

Post-It Note: 1974

An everyday essential for someone constantly needing to remember things or make to do lists, Post-It Notes were invented in 1974 by Arthur Fry and Dr. Spencer Silver. Fun fact, these were made by accident! According to their website’s about us page, Silver was researching strong adhesives and came across a lighter one that stuck to surfaces but could easily be removed and stuck again to something else. This was the accidental discovery of the adhesive used on Post-Its! Arthur Fry was a music conductor who wanted a way to stick the notes he was making to his sheet music without them falling off. Together the two men developed the Post-It Note.

Tilt and Roll Luggage: 1988

Gone are the days of having to carry your luggage around with you when you travel! Tilt and roll luggage allows you to wheel your suitcase on the floor since it now has wheels and a convenient handle, a much easier way of transporting your things. Thanks to this invention it is now easier for all you overpackers to move about in an airport/train station/etc. since you don’t have to physically carry your luggage anymore! So, go ahead, pack those four extra tops and that extra pair of shoes. After all, you can never have too many outfit choices!