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Nostalgia time for questions, what can you remember hearing or seeing in the past you just thought would never catch on?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26783points) July 6th, 2014

When I was a kid, I remember the concept of bottled water came up and I thought for sure that would never fly; why would someone pay money for what you could get from the tap? Back when I was in college and expensive gas was considered to be $1.25 I thought if gas ever got to $3 bucks a gallon no one would go for it; they have, and then some. Back in the early 90s, when the Internet was blowing up, I had the chance to get in on the ground floor of an adult entertainment company. I passed, I was sure no one would spend $2 bucks a minute, to have some woman they could not see if she was pretty or not, talk dirty to them; boy was I wrong. What have you seen or heard of that you were sure no one would embrace it, or that it would never work, but it did?

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talljasperman's avatar

I had a Jolt cola when I was 4. It hurt my arm drinking so much caffeine, I thought It would never catch on… Now power drinks are every where.

Mimishu1995's avatar

The computers and the telephone. I thought it would never catch on. Computers would stay the way it was and telephone was immobile forever. Now I have my laptop and cellphone.

Aethelwine's avatar

The Weather Channel. 24/7 weather on the television? Surely this won’t work.


trailsillustrated's avatar

When I was a little kid I remember a classmate telling me about phones with cameras. I was stupified.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

^ Sounded awfully “James Bond” didn’t it?

stanleybmanly's avatar

bottled single servings of water.

filmfann's avatar

I was drinking with my best friends maid of honors fiance (is that clear?). He was studying computer programming, and told me about a computer game he was planning to make. This was in the age of Pong and Space War. I laughed at him, and told him video games had gone as far as technology would allow. Five years later Defender (the game he described) and Robotron were big, and this guy was a superstar in the gaming world.

syz's avatar

The internet; I remember scoffing.
Mobile phones; I remember the first ones looking like and weighing as much as bricks.
Digital photography; I fought it as long as I could, and now I use it exclusively.

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