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

(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.
(Read more best of the decade stories.)

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