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Then And Now – How Things Have Changed Over The Last Fifty Years

Things have changed loads since the ’60s, we all know that. But by how much? Some things are almost unrecognisable, but others… well, they’ve stayed more or less the same. Let’s take a look!

1. Films Then

Films Then

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One of the most popular films of the ’60s was the lovely Mary Poppins. Still incredibly popular today, it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year!

2. Films Now

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Marvel is currently dominating the movie landscape, releasing a few big films each year. So far in 2014, we’ve had Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy has performed incredibly over its opening weekend.

3. Video Games Then

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This is Table Tennis, on the Magnavox Odyssey. Most of what you’re seeing isn’t actually the game – the court, the stick figure players, even the green… all of that is on a cutout that you stuck on the TV screen. Without it, it was entirely black and white and looked like this.

4. Video Games Now

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This badass little thing is the Oculus Rift, and it promises to revolutionise video games as we know them. Other virtual reality sets are in development as well, such as Sony’s Project Morpheus.

5. Toys Then

Toys Then

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This early Barbie is the kind of thing nightmares are made of.

6. Toys Now

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Whereas this one looks like a rainbow has vomited all over it. But at least it’s “Hair-Tastic”!

7. Sports Then

Sports Then

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In 1966, Bobbies Moore and Charlton led the England squad to victory in the World Cup, beating West Germany 4–2 in the final.

8. Sports Now

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48 years of hurt later, England are knocked out at the group stages. Germany destroy the competition, and win the title for the first time as a single, united nation.

9. TV Then

TV Then

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First broadcast the day after JFK was assassinated, “An Unearthly Child” was the name of the first Doctor Who story, with William Hartnell as the First Doctor.

10. TV Now

TV Now

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Oh. Well, I guess not everything has changed a great deal. This year sees Peter Capaldi taking the helm, as Doctor Who celebrates its 51st anniversary.

11. Boybands Then

Boybands Then

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The Beatles. Need we say more?

12. Boybands Now

Boybands Now

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Just because something is different, it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better. Case in point: One Direction.

13. Shopping Then

Shopping Then

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Well okay, that looks pretty pleasant, I have to admit… but there’s not much variety, is there? Where’s the kale? How on earth am I going to get my organic quinoa?!

14. Shopping Now

Shopping Now

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Nowadays, we don’t even have to leave the house to get the food in – we can do it all online. But if we do feel like going out, interactive kiosks have helped to speed things up a bit at the checkout.

Don’t upset the Tesco ones though, or you will face the wrath of “UNEXPECTED ITEM IN BAGGING AREA.”

15. Chores Then

Chores Then

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Er… The less said about that advert, the better. But look at that old Hoover – a thing of utilitarian beauty, no?

16. Chores Now

Chores Now

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Who needs to break their back vacuuming when a Roomba can do it for you? There’s no chance that could ever go wrong. No way.

17. Phones Then

Phones Then

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As nice as this shiny little number is, I can’t see how it would fit in your pocket. And how do you play Angry Birds?

18. Phones Now

Phones Now

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With way more processing power than the most powerful computers of the ’60s, today’s smartphones are incredible little things. And you can still call people, believe it or not!

19. Space Travel Then

Space Travel Then

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The ’60s saw a few huge steps in terms of space travel. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first person to orbit the Earth in 1961, and in ‘69 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took humanity’s first steps on the Moon.

20. Space Travel Now

Space Travel Now

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Though it’s still being argued about, it’s generally accepted that Voyager 1 – which launched just eight years after the Moon landing – finally left our solar system last year. It’s currently about 12 billion miles away. Incredible.

21. Holidays Then

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Though that might look like a tropical get away, it’s actually the sleepy seaside town of Newquay, in Cornwall. Dig those funky swimming caps.

22. Holidays Now

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It’s so easy to travel abroad nowadays. Get onto Google, search for where in the world you want to go, and get on a plane. You can go anywhere, from Stockholm to Sri Lanka. Pass the suncream!

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53 Things That’ve Changed Since The iPhone Came Out

1. Apple is the most valuable company in the world

2. Which made a lot of rich people much richer

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3. AT&T has so many customers that its network doesn’t work

4. But T-Mobile is nearly bankrupt

5. The Blackberry is dead


6. And Nokia is in huge trouble. When’s the last time you saw one of these?

7. These events are the biggest news of the day

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8. And we all listen to this guy now

9. Because he basically made a huge iPod touch and it still turned out great

10. Gadgets got weirdly political, so everyone’s a fanboy

11. Touchscreens are everywhere

12. And everybody understands what this stuff means

13. Browsing the internet on a phone is a completely normal thing

14. And every company has an app

15. Other phones got app stores too

16. Just the word “app.” How often did people say that before 2008?

17. We’ve stopped carrying separate media players

18. And nobody needs these things

19. You can’t see the band when you go to a concert (but you can watch them on YouTube later)

20. The company that makes these came into existence AND got shut down

21. Nobody likes Flash anymore (and it’s dying)

22. We’ve seen a bunch of famous peoples’ junk


23. We don’t look where we’re walking

24. And text messages are organized like emails, instead of in one big list

25. But we write them in inscrutable symbols, so it doesn’t really matter

26. Oh god, A U T O C O R R E C T

27. Which means these are the only humans that can still spell

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28. We treat our phones like babies, because they’re ridiculously delicate and require constant attention + feeding

29. And we even talk to them, like actual insane people

30. But we never make phone calls, because why would we do that?

31. We’re starting to pay attention to where our gadgets come from

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32. And even though we don’t have one of these anymore…

33. We never get lost

34. Waiting in line is much easier

35. And we don’t argue for hours about dumb trivia anymore

36. But we can never escape Twitter and Facebook and it’s great but its also it’s ruining all of our lives (HELP)

37. Anyway, nobody does crosswords

38. Because we’re too busy hooking up with anonymous strangers

39. Or because we’re all playing this dumb game

40. But seriously, everyone is a gamer now, and simple casual games have gotten awesome

41. And it’s much easier to keep kids occupied (and all our kids’ brains have been permanently rewired)

42. People pay for software again (just, not very much)

43. But every big box store is basically just a showroom for Amazon

44. Every fight gets posted on the internet

45. All news is instant, no matter where we are

46. And we always know what song is playing in the bar

47. Smartphones all look kind of the same