Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Life Before Google

The good people over at ShoeBoxBlog.com have possibly created one of the funniest comic panels ever!


Seriously, what did we do before Google? Or Wikipedia for that matter?

I remember having to use something called an encyclopedia when I was in high school.... Remember pulling each 70 pound volume off of the shelf, just to learn a random outdated fact about the population of South Dakota?


I wonder what school was like before calculators were invented? We really do have it easy, don't we? Are we too reliant on the internet?

11 comments:

  1. That comic strip was so goddam funny. Thanks for posting it!

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  2. Dang that's is funny.
    I will say this, it used to be more impressive if you knew some random fact back then.

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  3. I was listening to the radio the other day, and the dj's were asking a trivia question to the audience and the listener with the correct answer would win tickets to a movie premier or something like that.... It was a very difficult question, and as soon as the listener called with the right answer, the dj's said 'INTERNET!'.... As if there was no way the listener knew the answer on his own....

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  4. LOL! I remember the time before and that comic says it perfectly! Great comic.....and no don't take my internet!!!! I rely on it too much!

    Cheers!

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  5. That is hilarious! I remember having to use Encyclopedia's. It sucked. Wikipedia is awesomeness on the web.

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  6. Abacus?? before calculators :)

    I have a confession...My son and I still use an old set of encyclopedias for different school projects. Sometimes we play the "find it" game. I will give a random fact or location and the boys have to find the place and tell me something about it...It's still fun cause they are still little enough to be suckered in :)

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  7. My dad always tells me the story about how they had a family abacus on the family room table....

    I don't think I've touched an encyclopedia since I figured out how to use the 'Encarta' program way back in the day....

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  8. Great question! I love this phenomenon...of how easy it is to get anything answered (although after checking wiki I'm not always sure). I love saying "I'll go check" because these kinds of questions come at me a few times a week.
    I don't think we're too reliant on the internet in this way - finding out information, whether relevant or not, is good for our minds. But when we get to email, Facebook, and other mostly useless mind-wasters...yes, then I think we use it WAY too much. p.s. one of my favorite irrelevant sites http://ruminations.com/site/

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  9. We had World Book. When I taught I always had a diffferent volume on my desk each week just to look through during the dead time and find interesting things to show the kids. I miss those books actually. At least you knew what was in there was real. Though I do use Wikipedia a lot for getting actor names and such for movie reviews.

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  10. I just wish I had known the internet was coming while I was in school because I never learned to type! I wasn't about to be anyone's secretary, boy am I screwed now... hunt... peck... hunt... peck...

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