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How old is Grandma?

Stay with this -- the answer is at the end -- it will blow you away.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events.

The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general. The Grandma replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born, before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill. There was no radar, credit cards, laser beams or ball-point pens.


Man had not invented pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers, and the clothes were hung out! to dry in the fresh air and man hadn't yet walked on the moon.

Your Grandfather and I got married first-and then lived together. Every family had a father and a mother. Until I was 25, I called every man older than I, 'Sir'- and after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man

with a title, "Sir.' We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.

Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.

Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege. We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent. Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins. Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started. Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings. We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios. And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.

If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan' on it, it was junk. The term "making out" referred to how you did on your school exam.

Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of. We had 5 & 10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents. Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel. And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600 but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day, "grass" was mowed, "coke" was a cold drink, "pot" was something your mother cooked in, and "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby. "

" Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office, "chip" meant a piece of wood, "hardware" was found in a hardware store, and "software" wasn't even a word.

And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap..... and how old do you think I am ???.....





Read on to see -- pretty scary if you realize that me, my wife and most of our friends were already walking when this lady was born. While that may be scary, the changes in our society have been both great and sad at the same time.













This Woman would be only 58 years old!
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There was a time without Frisbees?

Ipp
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58? And this was written when? Television was invented before WWII and radar was invented during the war.


Bob
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Television was invented before WWII ...

Granma may be getting senile. She's wrong about several other things as well (based on a quick google search):

I was born, before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees ...

Frisbee -- invented 1948 (as Pluto Platter; renamed in 1958)
penicillin -- first human tests in 1939; widely used in WWII
frozen food -- first sold (Birdseye) in 1930; in 1940s, annual frozen food production reached $2.5 billion
"modern" hard contact lenses -- introduced in 1948
(Ganny's right about polio shots (1955) and Xerox (1959).)

Man had not invented pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers ...

"residential" air conditioner -- introduced 1928
dishwasher -- invented 1893 (Granny is technically right about "man had not" though; the dishwasher was invented by a woman); first Kitchenaid dishwasher sold in 1949
(Granny knows her pantyhouse, at least -- 1959.)

Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started.

Actually, there were some 350,000 men prosecuted for "draft evasion" in WWII.

We never heard of FM radios...

Guess granny didn't get around much. The first FM radio station started broadcasting in 1937; by 1945 there were over 200 FM stations nationwide.

you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards

Not quite; in 1952, the rate to send a postcard was raised to 2 cents, and a first class letter had been 3 cents since the 1930s (raised to 4 cents in 1938).

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Television was invented before WWII ...

Granma may be getting senile. She's wrong about several other things as well (based on a quick google search):

I was born, before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees ...


ALL TRUE, but most 58 year old grandmas didn't know these things existed. And they didn't have google or snopes to search for them. LOL
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Dear friend ... you pee'd 'n moaned .... on and on ...

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Television was invented before WWII ...

Granma may be getting senile. She's wrong about several other things as well (based
on a quick google search):

I was born, before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox,
contact lenses, Frisbees ...

Frisbee -- invented 1948 (as Pluto Platter; renamed in 1958)
penicillin -- first human tests in 1939; widely used in WWII
frozen food -- first sold (Birdseye) in 1930; in 1940s, annual frozen food production
reached $2.5 billion
"modern" hard contact lenses -- introduced in 1948
(Ganny's right about polio shots (1955) and Xerox (1959).)

Man had not invented pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers ...

"residential" air conditioner -- introduced 1928
dishwasher -- invented 1893 (Granny is technically right about "man had not" though;
the dishwasher was invented by a woman); first Kitchenaid dishwasher sold in 1949
(Granny knows her pantyhouse, at least -- 1959.)

Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening
breeze started.

Actually, there were some 350,000 men prosecuted for "draft evasion" in WWII.

We never heard of FM radios...

Guess granny didn't get around much. The first FM radio station started broadcasting
in 1937; by 1945 there were over 200 FM stations nationwide.

you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards

Not quite; in 1952, the rate to send a postcard was raised to 2 cents, and a first class
letter had been 3 cents since the 1930s (raised to 4 cents in 1938). "

Ah, the rightness of wrong!! THE WORLD IS FLAT!! AT LEAST IN MY PATIO!!

DeColonel
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Whatsa matta wid you people?

Whoever lets the truth get in the way of a good rant?
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How old is Grandma?

Older than dirt.
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(Ganny's right about polio shots (1955) and Xerox (1959).)

Actually, Xerox was formed in 1906, but the company was named The Haloid Company. Changed to Xerox in 1961. Xerographic copies were first made in 1938, but the brand name Xerox was not introduced until 1948. So Granma is partially wrong, but I think we can let her slide since the name changed.

And the name "Frisbee" came from pie tins thrown around Harvard that were from the Frisbie bakery. This dates back to about 1908.

The first patent for mechanical refrigeration was granted in 1851, and air-conditioning was an option in the Packard as early as 1938.

David
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