Things That Nobody Appreciates But The Boomer Generation

Things That Nobody Appreciates But The Boomer Generation

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk Tuesday 19th October 2021

 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Things That Nobody Appreciates But The Boomer Generation

(Sorry, this is an American written article and I have attempted to Anglicize it.)

“These things are so freaking awesome!” said no one… except, of course, none other than the Baby Boomers. Sincerest apologies to our preceding generation, but their things weren’t ever ‘in,’ even when they were. The sooner these epic fails in society are left in the past where they belong, the better the future will be for the following generations. This is indeed a hard-to-swallow pill to the Boomers and will definitely erect a rise out of our grandmas and grandpas for our ‘ungrateful millennial/Gen Z attitudes, but at its core, these things were always useless and bad. Without further adieu, let’s dive into all these irrelevant, absurd, outdated, and frankly strange things and trends that came from the generation of our beloved Baby Boomer generation!

Cursive Writing

One of the most irrelevant things I ever remember learning in elementary school was cursive writing, considering it just made our handwriting atrocious and took precious time from our classes in which we could be learning other important things (women’s rights movement, anyone? Too liberal?) and at its core, is nothing more than a waste of teachers, students, and parents time, and looking back, it never taught us anything for how to survive in today’s world.

Fine China

There is nothing that collects more dust, takes up more space, and gives more anxiety when it’s actually used than fine china. Honestly, why do you have them, if not to use them, and besides, have you seen them? Fine China is ugly and is frequently used as props in pop culture to depict something old, outdated and stuck in the past. Besides, if they’ve never used, you barely know you have them, except of course, when the time comes to clean them, or when you get a panic attack after breaking one of them.

24/7 News Airings

Twitter is more reliable than these 24-Hour so-called “News” Networks. More often than not, the network jumps to conclusions and exaggerates the truth to be able to make a simple story a good story or to make important stories irrelevant to suit their own selfish needs. Imagine having to anchor news all day, every day. It honestly gets boring, because there aren’t enough truly newsworthy happenings to actually report on all day, which is why the networks use methods like sensationalism and fear to keep an audience.

Patterned And Textured Wallpaper

Patterned wallpaper. Let that sink in. Why is it there, who had the bright idea, and why didn’t anyone stop them. It’s very cringy to have in your home and very loud (my head hurts looking at it), and also is associated with being old and outdated. Honestly, why would you make your life that hard by smoothing all the air bubbles and wrinkles out? Just go pick a paint colour and paint the room, it’ll look better, and more importantly, it won’t start peeling off on humid days!

High-Waisted, Ill-Fitting Jeans

That’s it, I’m pants shaming! These high waisted jeans aren’t just unflattering to the figure, they also make uncomforting wrinkles and shapes in strange places, thus altering the proportions and shape of a body, and not for the better. I can see the effort that was made in their design, but the final product was disappointing, to say the least, and made their wearers look out of proportion and aged them terribly fast when paired with a tucked-in button-up blouse and bob haircut.

The Concept Of Cheques

Sure I get the novelty of writing a check to pay for your items, the feeling of having money by carrying a big chequebook around (even when you’re broke), but it’s become quite irrelevant with the invention of credit and debit cards, and now the pink smiley face covered checks in the chequebook seems to be more tacky than flashy, and it doesn’t always work in every situation. Can you imagine cashing in your inheritance from a late loved one with a check smothered in smiley faces and rainbows?

Home Phones

Landlines used to be a staple in every home, back before one could simply carry the entire phone with you in your pocket, but recently they’ve become irrelevant, even if they’re free now. It’s much more convenient to just get your own phone and use that. Landlines crawled so Nokia’s could walk, and then the smartphones trampled them both. Best to get with the times and leave the landlines in the past. RIP, probably won’t be missed.

Exploiting The Use Of Fossil Fuels

If Fossil Fuels aren’t extinguished soon there won’t be a world to live in, and the boomers that invented it are rolling in the dough and the idea that they won’t live long enough to see the outcome of their greed. And it seems an absurd idea to them to invest in environmentally friendly ways to produce energy because they get their money from destroying the ozone layer, oh and wind power apparently causes bird cancer. Okay, Boomer.

Exploiting The Use Of Fossil Fuels

Exploiting The Use Of Fossil Fuels

Going To The Shopping Centre/Mall

A massive building with hundreds of shops, big and small where hundreds of people congregate to do their shopping, sounds like an introvert’s nightmare, and in today’s day and age, it’s very irrelevant. It’s much easier when you can just open your phone or computer and have all your shopping delivered direct to your doorstep, and with many apps surfacing that ease the shopping experience, it just makes getting that cool pair of shoes a lot better for everyone.

Denim

Denim changed the world of fashion for the better, but there are a few exceptions (we’re looking at you, high waisted jeans!) Wearing denim all over your body was, and for some still is, a big trend, and we’re here to tell you to stop, and get some help. It’s not it, and it hasn’t been it, so don’t do it. It makes a person look tacky and draws too much attention, and not in a good way!

Encyclopaedias

Encyclopaedias are a necessity in any of our grandparents’ homes, mostly because in their time, it was their only source of information. In today’s time, we have a variety of search engines on the internet, and with this information superhighway, hard copies of information have become irrelevant. Having them in your home basically means it’s just another thing to clean and never use, so there isn’t really a point to it anymore, other than if you’re a collector or a technophobe.

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias

Socks And Sandals

White ankle socks are a questionable fashion choice already, but slapping a sandal on underneath them is an offense. If you think about the purpose of sandals, wearing socks kind of misses the point, and isn’t it uncomfortable having the sandal strap slip between your toes with socks on? Think about it, that sounds horribly irritating. Please stop, just stop. It looks untidy and honestly makes no sense, if you really want to cover your feet, just wear a regular shoe like everyone else.

Phone Books

Who still has a phone book? Okay, who uses it for more than a paperweight or deadly weapon? Exactly. I’m a modern world they’ve become irrelevant, with our friends and families numbers saved on our smartphones we don’t need to look them up or memorize them, and if you’re looking for a specific person, there are multiple online platforms to contact them on that doesn’t require a phone number, and if you’re looking for a business, they’re contact details are but a Google search away. You can of course still get a phone book if you really want to, if someone ever breaks into your house, these yellow page bricks can be a great defense mechanism when thrown or swung.

Shaggy Carpets

When you need to brush your carpet more than your hair, it’s probably a sign to get a different carpet, or even better, just get tile or wood flooring for a sleek modern look, that also happens to be easier to clean. Having a shag carpet in your home basically says your home hasn’t been updated since the 1960s, or you simply have no taste. This carpeting feels weird and is a monster to maintain and keep clean, and is another example of Baby Boomers making everyone’s lives unnecessarily difficult.

Fuzzy Toilet Seat Covers

I just talked about the cons of shag carpeting, so why not just slap it onto a toilet seat, sounds smart, right? I never understood this tacky trend. How do you keep it soft? What happens if you mess on it? Why is this considered cute when it’s really not? These strange covers provide us with more questions than answers, and remember how shag carpet feels? You do! Imagine sitting on it with your bare butt. Excuse me while I go rethink Boomer’s life choices.

Records

I don’t really have anything bad to say about vinyl records except that they’re outdated, fragile and massive. Sure they take up space and if you’re not careful, they’ll be shattered, but one can’t deny the sound quality of a record, and the fancy vintage feels you get when you play one on one of those cool record players you got at Target. The Baby Boomers may have destroyed the ozone layer, but they also made vinyl, so thanks, I guess.

Jeans That Don’t Really Fit

I don’t get this generation’s war against skinny jeans, it’s very practical if you think about it. Jeans that perfectly fit the shape of the wearers’ legs and hips in a flattering way, stretch enough to be comfortable to do almost anything with, and if you really want to be fashionable and get a rise out of the boomers, show some skin and get you some holey jeans! The Boomers prefer to stick to their flared bell-bottom jeans that get filthy in the rain and make them look bulky, and honestly, let them. There are not enough bell-bottoms in the world to punish them for modern society.

The Concept Of Ironing

Ironing. Seriously, what’s the point. No one likes it, no one wants to do it, and it seems a tedious practice considering your clothes are going to wrinkle either way. No one really cares for a small crease if it’s not that bad, and if it’s really that bad, just give it a quick run through the dryer and wear it. I agree an outfit with no creases or wrinkles looks tidy, but at the same time, it makes people look like they have very little social life to spend hours ironing their whole wardrobe, or they have someone to do it for them.

Bar Soap

Let’s use a single bar to clean our entire body repeatedly, not considering that the bar picks up all our filth and is a safety hazard when dropped and slipped on in the shower. Liquid soap is a good alternative and has more coverage and washes away with the water. It’s quite ironic that the Baby Boomers insist on bar soap when they are at the most risk of hurting themselves with it, but we’re the snowflake and you lost a war with soap.

Patterned jumper

Nothing says “old man” like a jumper with a fun pattern! Bonus points if the jumper is dark blue, green or yellow. They’re very unflattering to the shape and jumpers overall aren’t something you need in your wardrobe. These sleeveless monstrosities don’t keep you warm or look good and have no practical purpose other than to show the world how old you are and how much you want the neighbourhood kids off your damn lawn.

Cop Dramas

Why are there so many cop shows? Like we get it, people get murdered and it’s a horrible thing, but do we need over 20 Law & Orders to glorify this tragic crime for nothing more than entertainment? Cop dramas are, however, at its core, a staple in society and we can’t imagine a world without our grandma’s frantic obsession with over 10 seasons of Criminal Minds, or our aunt questioning her sexuality after bingeing Rizzoli & Isles. (Sorry for the Americanisms).

Political Correctness

What was that? Treat everyone with common decency and respect even if they don’t conform to exactly what we want them to to the letter? Absolutely absurd! Probably another fake thing made up by the youngsters of today to confuse us. Liberals ruin everything! Being politically correct is outdated, honestly just respect everyone how they deserve to be respected, using a preferred pronoun won’t end the world, Brenda. Who knows, maybe they’ll actually respect you in return?!

Linoleum Flooring

A thin piece of plastic stuck on an already perfectly good floor. Sounds good. Linoleum doesn’t look as good in the long run as it does the first few weeks and when it starts peeling it looks absolutely horrid. Linoleum is a good example of Boomer culture. Good effort, but bad follow-through. It’s a lot better to just put some wood or tile down, it lasts longer and looks better, and is easier to clean.

Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy Theories are so rooted in Boomer culture that it’s funny, and most news outlets are chock full of made-up stories, lies and conspiracies. Fox News is such an untrustworthy source and exists purely to entertain radical Boomers theories that the earth is flat or that wind power makes people gay. The idea of an actual news outlet reporting on conspiracy theories as if they were facts is a truly terrifying idea and thank God millennials aren’t stupid enough to believe them.

Avon

Avon salespeople are the personification of annoyance. Their representatives hassle everyone to buy their products and often ruin friendships. Besides, Avon is basically a pyramid scheme that convinced people that they’re business owners when in fact they’re just pawns that don’t get anything in return for selling cheap and untrustworthy products for twice they’re worth. Avon is Jehova’s witnesses of cosmetics, and they should be banned for the main reason that they’re scammers that are being scammed by bigger scammers and they’re really really annoying!

Gendered Everything

Don’t even get me started on the pointless gendering of colors, toys, clothes and behaviors. Gender is a social construct and the sooner we teach kids that they can like whatever they want the better the world is going to be. We should stop enforcing the idea that boys should wear blue and play with cars and girls should wear pink and play with dolls, because it’s just a color, and it’s just a toy. Gender roles are one of the worst things the Boomers groomed and seriously, just stop.

Too Many Scatter Cushions

Throw pillows can really tie a room together if placed properly, but not if there are so many pillows that you can’t see the couch underneath it. It becomes uncomfortable and starts looking tacky when they take up that much space, even more so when they are a variety of colors and shapes and sizes, a room that’s too loud can tend to make the room feel smaller than it is and can irritate a person.

Treating Service Staff Like Slaves

There is nothing that says “I think I’m better than you and have no respect for any human being other than myself” than treating retail workers badly. They’re just trying to make a living and they don’t need you crying for a manager about a coupon that expired two days ago. Just accept defeat and leave, trust me, they won’t miss your business, and frankly, they don’t want it. Look at it logically, when a child has a tantrum in the store, the kid only really embarrasses themselves and they still don’t get what they want. The same should count for adults throwing a tantrum in a restaurant. You asked for extra cheese, you should be prepared to pay for extra cheese, Boomers insisted on capitalism, yet they don’t want to follow it.

Electronic Calculator Amusement

The idea of a calculator is such a common thing now because it’s an application that just comes with every single smartphone, however, boomers seem to still see Calculators as luxuries or a sign of someone’s lack of intelligence. Well, I’ll be damned if I had to do my taxes without my calculator, so take that. Calculators are such a necessity in today’s time, and we can’t imagine our lives without them now.

Reader’s Digest

Reader’s Digest is an American general-interest family magazine, published 10 times a year. This series provides a lot of useless but interesting information, which is why Boomers enjoy it so much, it’s been around for as long as anyone can remember, and even though it’s not proven factual, everyone believes the contents in these books, and we don’t see a world without them, but I doubt we’d miss them if they happen to vanish one day.

Dialling A Rotary Phone

Dialing a number on a rotary phone is a mission in itself, and thank goodness we don’t have to go through this process again in the near future. No one thought of just using buttons back then? While no one that exists beyond the boomer generation will ever understand the fascination with rotary phones, we could assume that the simple technology was more than enough to amuse the simple minds of the boomer generation, considering technology was so very limited back then.

The Milkman

Bet you thought the milkman was only a joke in the old Tom and Jerry cartoons. Once every household in America received their milk for free daily from a small truck that drove around, today only certain people still make use of such services, and milk doesn’t really have its own exclusive truck now. No one these days will ever understand the concept of waiting for the milkman. Thankfully, we purchase milk in a more modern fashion these days.

TV Time Is Over

At one stage channels used to sing the National Anthem and switch off services for the evening, leaving nothing but snow and static on the country’s television screens. Today we’re used to all the channels running at least something for 24 hours of the day, so the idea that a whole channel can just switch off is a foreign concept. Thankfully, TV time never ends these days and there are practically no channels left that sign off at any certain time.

TOP TEN OF THE DAY

TOP THIRTY Biggest box-office hits:

  1. Avatar (2009) Revenue: $2.9 billion
  2. Titanic (1997) Revenue: $2.2 billion
  3. Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (2015) Revenue: $2.07 billion
  4. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Revenue: $2.05 billion
  5. Jurassic World (2015) Revenue: $1.7 billion
  6. The Avengers (2012) Revenue: $1.518 billion
  7. Fast and Furious 7 (2015) Revenue: $1.516 billion
  8. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Revenue: $1.4 billion
  9. Black Panther (2018) Revenue: $1.347 billion
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011) Revenue: $1.342 billion
  11. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Revenue: $1.33 billion
  12. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Revenue: $1.3 billion
  13. Frozen (2013) Revenue: $1.277 billion
  14. Beauty and the Beast (2017) Revenue: $1.264 billion
  15. Fast & Furious 8 (2017) Revenue: $1.236 billion
  16. The Incredibles 2 (2018) Revenue: $1.232 billion
  17. Iron Man 3 (2013) Revenue: $1.215 billion
  18. The Minions (2015) Revenue: $1,16 billion
  19. Captain America: Civil War (2016) Revenue: $1.15 billion
  20. Transformers 3: Dark Side of the Moon (2011) Revenue: $1.12 billion
  21. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Revenue: $1.11 billion
  22. Skyfall (2012) Revenue: $1.109 billion
  23. Transformers 4: Age of Extinction (2014) Revenue: $1.104 billion
  24. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Revenue: $1.08 billion
  25. Toy Story 3 (2010) Revenue: $1.067 billion
  26. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) Revenue: $1.066 billion
  27. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Revenue: $1.06 billion
  28. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Revenue: $1.05 billion
  29. Despicable me (2017) Revenue: $1.035 billion
  30. Jurassic Park (1993) Revenue: $1.03 billion

REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort

 INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

“Don’t worry about the challenges. Get excited about the rewards of crushing them.” – Hiral Nagda

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…being a ‘boomer’ and loving every minute.

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

Improve your memory by doing unforgettable things.

LOVE IS…

Love is…sharing your ice cream sundae.

TURN…TURN…TURN!

A time for Encyclopaedias…A time for Wikipedia or Google.

A time for a landline…A time for a smart phone.

YOUR HISTORY

19th October

1970 British Petroleum announced the first major discovery of oil under the British sector of the North Sea.

1978 For the first time in Britain, the International Motor Show was held outside London, its new home being the newly-completed National Exhibition Centre (NEC) near Birmingham.

 

 

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