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A joke

Subject: How old is Grandma?

How old is Grandma, really?

Stay on -- the answer is at the end.

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 Grandmother 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 were no:

' credit cards

' laser beams or

' ball-point pens

Man had not yet 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 me, "Sir."

And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title,


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


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


We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.

Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze


Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and

Weekends - not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CD's, electric typewriters, yogurt,

Or guys wearing earrings.

We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our


And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy


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


Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a


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 Ford 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


How old do you think I am?

I bet you have this old lady in mind. You are in for a shock!

Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the

Same time.

Are you ready?????

This woman would be only 60 years old, Born in 1952.

See what happened in our world in 60 years! Imagine, we had a record player that worked without electricity. We even had a phone on which you could dial the number while holding the speaker next to your ear. I still have a watch that you can hear ticking and it works without a battery.




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A rare piece of humour -- an accomplishment from Annie80 - stand aside, King


Posted it before


Love it - and you must be pyschic - had a similar discussion today with two seventeen year olds and an eighteen year old. They thought I had gone 'out to lunch' (which in my day meant exactly that!) :)


:D brilliant x


It's surprising how much has changed, and in such a short time too..... :o


Love it. It really makes you stop and think xx


That was fantastic!

My Dad was born in 1904, just missed WW1, lost brothers and Dad in it. I was conceived when he was 55. The best Dad you could wish for.

He was amazed by what he saw in his life. From no radio even, to colour TV. He woke me up in the night to watch the first moon landing. I was 14 and a school night. I am so glad he did, what a memory. He understood that those memories are important.

Lynne xx


Amazing changes since I was born - cant. believe my childhood. Really happy, carefree despite a war going on.


I spent my first 8yrs in a cottage that had no hot running water, a tin bath, & a loo at the bottom of the garden that was emptied by men with a wagon & a shovel :D It was great,

before we moved there were 4 of us in a bunk bed, on the landing, there was only one bedroom, & we had a po under the bed :D

Thanks annie, a spell methinks to take us back!!!

off to dig out the coldron :D



You must be older than I thought. silly witch! What are you going to put in the cauldron, some wine!!! I'll come and stir with you.


Does that go with bat wings n dragons teeth? hair of unicorn & lots of beetles :) xxx you,re welcome to stir though, 21st june at midnight :D xxxx


I will bring my pet bat called Seb with me!!


Lovely :) I hope none of his relations are in the brew xxxx :D


No, they have gone to T----o pie factory.


Great one Annie, enjoyed it, bought back some memories!! xxxx


Nice to hear,.Wendell. hope all is well.A round 5 am here


O lord I'm just 55 I thought I was young then reading this I realise there has been so much change maybe I am starting to get old.:(


Really wish I could be 55 again, copdber. BUT we are all getting older from the day we were born With that cheery thought, have a good day -- love Annie80


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