Boob-Tubes no more?

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  1. Tigertrack

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    We used to call the old television sets boob-tubes because of their shape.
    But now that everybody and his brother seems to have flat-screens, the term boob-tube no longer applies! :( 

    So now what do we call them? Flat-screens, sounds boring doesn't it?

    List old-technology that you used to love that is no longer the norm.
     
  2. Sol Fury

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    I'm sure I'm not the only one who felt this thread was going to be something very different when I saw it on the forum listing.

    Anyhow, tapedecks, walkmans, boomboxes, they're all long gone. Rotary phones are something I personally miss, they were kind of cool in a retro chic sort of way, though I'd never want one as my main landline.

    In fact with the rise of mobile phones, landline phones are becoming a thing of the past. As is wired internet connections since so much is Wi-Fi now.
     
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    My walkman, and Gameboy.
     
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    Walkman and VCR for me.
     
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    Thought I was going to talk about porn didn't yea? :D 
     
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    Flatties?
     
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    I blame the lack of hormones....
     
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    That thing in the corner gathering dust?
     
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    Record players and buying 45's to play on them.
    Dials on the TV - UHF and VHF. UHF always had the local channels with the old movies, cheesy commercials, and the local wrestling promotion.
    First generation video game consoles that had the switchbox for "GAME" and "TV".
    The old handheld Football game where you manuvered a red dot around other red dots.
    Video arcades.
    VCRs that were top load.
    PC games loaded from a cassette tape.

    Just to name a few...
     
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    I still think of them as boob-tubes, but for a different reason. I mean the amount of reality show crap....

    ...and unless you live near the beach. It's about the only way to see a variety of boobs without leaving your house.
     
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    Flatscreen TVs = A-cups?
     
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    Boob-tubes are no more... so, Flat-chests then?
     
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    they are still boob tubes, just flatchested ones...
     
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    I just call it a TV.

    :( 
     
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    In german we said "Glotze" to TVs, when I was a kid, "glotzen" means something like watching in a sense of gaping, gawking, gazing, staring, etc.

    Maybe you could derive a new term for TVs from this. Like "Stari" or "Gazi" or "Gapi" or whatever. I dunno.

    Just an idea.


    But Boob-Tube is cool, although it makes me think of something like YouPorn :lol 
     
  16. Mister Gone

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    Well the term boob-tube came from what it does to the person sitting in front of it too long, i.e. turning you into a boob or idiot. The main viewing screen was on a cathode ray tube, thus the tube. So I would imagine an internet capable flat screen would still be a boob-tube. We provide the boobs (us) and it supplies the tubes (the interwebs).
     
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    :) 

    Well, as Mr. G says ^, the "boob" part of that was slang for "foolish person" at one time (cf. "a booby-trap that actually catches boobies"), so it's still current as long as TV shows dare to be stupid - but you're right, the "tube" part hasn't kept abreast of modern technology.

    Can't really think of a good rhyming replacement, though. :) 

    I like Mr. G's intertubes retcon, though. :) 

    "A little rotate blade? Against a transmetal?!"

    Never mind...

    Edit: I tell you one thing I do miss, though. I miss people ANSWERING their $%^& phones! :( 

    :) 
     
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    I had always assumed it was called boob-tube by the shape of it.
     
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    I've heard this rumor that this thing i'm typing on is good for that?
     
  20. Lance Halberd

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    Maybe the OP grew up in the Playboy Mansion and there were twin-screened tit-shaped television sets all over the place?
     

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