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# "My Teenage Grandson Didn't Believe Me": 21 Normal Practices And Routines From "Way Back When" That Younger Generations Will Never Get To Experience

By Dannica Ramirez,

2024-07-13

—Anonymous

—Anonymous

## 10. "In eleventh-grade chemistry class, we learned to use a slide rule to multiply and divide. It was my primary arithmetic tool through a PhD in engineering in 1969. A slide rule is three side-by-side sticks arranged where the middle one can slide in grooves cut in the two outer ones. There are numbers from 1 to 10 scribed on each stick, and the distances between the numbers are proportional to the logarithms of the numbers. They work by adding or subtracting the logs (actually the distances on the sticks) to multiply or divide. And if there are decimal points, you have to keep track of them in your head!"

—David, Texas

—Anonymous

## 16. "I went to school in England during WWII. The school was about a mile-and-a-half from home, so we had to walk to school carrying our gas masks. My brother and I changed schools when we were seven, and the new school was about three or four miles away from home, and we'd just walk."

—Peter, 86, New Jersey

—Anonymous

—Janet, 70

## If you're an older adult, what experiences from "back then" do you think younger generations would find strange or confusing? Share with us in the comments, or you can submit your story anonymously using this form!

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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M. Garrett
5d ago
I remember 3 very well
Joanne Miller
10d ago
When I label my Christmas presents in cursive, my grandkids can’t read them! ☺️. Sometimes I write them a letter in cursive and mail it. Mom has to read it to them…hysterical