Skip to comments.Watch 2 adorably clueless teens, 17, baffled by a rotary phone
Posted on 01/11/2019 3:47:20 PM PST by SJackson
Kids today know plenty, whether it's how to become a social media star on YouTube or how to navigate Snapchat. (It's a snap.) And at every step, their cellphones are close at hand, part extra appendage, part security blanket.
But cellphones are one thing.
And rotary dial models, quite another.
Two adorably clueless 17-year-olds, Jake and Kyle Bumstead of Illinois, got four minutes to dial a number on a rotary phone. It was their first time using such a relic from a bygone age.
Imagine asking an English speaker to parse some Egyptian hieroglyphs.
In this case, it took the pair more than a minute simply to recognize that Step 1 involved lifting the receiver.
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I recently witnessed one nephew show his cluelessness at doing long division.
My other nephew was trying to show him how to do it but the first nephew kept reaching for the cell phone calculator.
My brother, his wife and I were shocked and amazed at his inability to do long division.
Bumstead? Is their dad named Dagwood? 😁🤣
Awhile back I visited a friend at her house. To my surprise, she had a working rotary phone in her kitchen. What memories!
I asked her if I could use it, for old times sake. She said yes. So I made a crank call to Nancy Pelosi, and told her that there was a worldwide Botox shortage.
Long division? On paper, using your brain? No one does that anymore. Imagine using a slide rule.
You’d think they saw old movies where the characters dialed the phone at some point.
Yes it was using paper and a brain. Slide rules were not used in my grade school education. I could see how things have gone downhill.
There’s a guy in San Luis Obispo, CA that finds old rotary phones (like from the 1940s) and restores them. New paint, new cloth cord cover, same old timey ring. And they’re nice and heavy. I used to have one. :)
Ah, an article not directly related to politics, so it must be true.
Nope, Faux, no sale.
> My brother, his wife and I were shocked and amazed at his inability to do long division. <
Remember those multiplication and division tables? My school district now forbids teachers to teach them! Try to do so, and you’ll get in trouble.
That happened to a middle-school teacher friend of mine. She passed out multiplication tables to her students. The principal found out. My friend was told to collect all those tables the very next day, or else!
So yeah, ask a kid these days what 5x6 equals, and you’ll get a blank stare. They are taught to rely on calculators, and not on their brains.
Don’t blame the teachers. They understand what’s going on. But they are helpless in all this.
Im sure they did.
Spelling, grammar and vocabulary. I don’t know how this generation that’s coming of age is going to function.
I still miss cursive. Now it’s all block letters. A whole generation that writes like retards.
When I was teaching a bit I would take a slide rule into the algebra class and tell then it was a calculator. For Algebra I I showed them how to do multiplication and division. For the Algebra II/trig class they got to see the trig and log scales used and for the pre-calc class they got to see use of the exponential scales. All were amazed at the ingenuity of it!
We were so poor we had to learn how to do division in our heads since no pen nor paper. Same with multiplication. It’s easy once you learn the system.
All parents must teach their children all the math facts.
There is great evil walking as public schools.
Smart parents will get their children out asap.
“What’s a zero sound like?”
“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.
What’s he going to do? Wave a magic wand?
I, I, I, um, I, I, um, ah, I.
Those jobs are not coming back.”
Nice slide rules are available at decent prices on the ‘Bay. I got a couple just to relearn how to use them. Thing is, unlike calculators, you actually have to be able to think and understand the underlying math to use them successfully. Much too demanding for today’s students.
I have two here. As soon as I find a roommate I will put the land line back in.
I love the sound of them
I find that I am replicating sounds from my youth in my life, and odors too.
the mild tinkle as one walks near the china and crystal cabinet. the smell of old english furniture polish or Lestoil. The lemon smell of Joy. The sound of the ticking clocks all over the house. The ding dong of the doorbell. ...
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