The Decade's Most Obsolete Stuff

Everyday items that have gone extinct since 1999

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 7, 2009 10:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Technology’s come leaps and bounds this past decade, leaving a trove of everyday items in the aughts' dust. New York magazine runs down some of the stuff we won’t really miss:

  • Answering machine—Swingers proved why this thing had to go.
  • Lickable stamp—Collectors still like them, but the rest of us want self-adhesives.
  • Foldable road map—Please, these days you can have Snoop Dogg read your GPS directions.

  • Cathode ray tube television—LCD screens finally beat out their ancestors in 2007.
  • Incandescent light bulb—Already banned in Europe, these inefficient bulbs are being phased out here, too.
  • Paid porn—You can get plenty of it free online.
  • Fax machine—Pretty obsolete, though the Japanese still love it.
  • Floppy disk—1.5mb used to seem like a lot.
  • Phone Book—Still automatically delivered, but pretty useless outside of World’s Strongest Man competitions.
  • Rolodex—No match for its digital counterparts.

Fax machines, land lines, answering machines, and rolodexes all seem pretty useless next to the modern cellphone.
Fax machines, land lines, answering machines, and rolodexes all seem pretty useless next to the modern cellphone.   (Shutterstock)
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