My 5-year-old nephew was happily pointing out all the different Legos in his collection when he frowned and said he didn’t know what this one was.

It’s not strictly a television antenna (I believe it’s from my brother’s old 1970s Moon Rover Astronaut Lego set), but, well, it looks like a TV antenna, I told him.

I received the blankest of blank looks.

You know, they mount on your roof? I said.


Ladies and germs, I hold in my hand a symbolic miniature of the modern buggy whip.

(I tried sticking it atop a Lego airplane we built for flair, but he discarded it as both functionless and gauche. Sigh.)

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3 Responses to Obsolescence

  1. Rivrdog says:

    Here’s another “buggy whip”. Show any youngster a bumper jack. Dollar bets a donut they won’t have a clue on THAT, either.

  2. CAshane says:

    My friend (35 years old at the time) made the mistake of going into his local Radio Shack asking about a CB for a 4-wheeling trip we were going to do. He said the 18yr old’s perpetual confusion over his numerous attempts to explain what that was made him feel very old. Five years later he still does not have a CB.

  3. Windy Wilson says:

    I guess that opening scene in “Fahrenheit 451” with all the roofs with TV antennas has lost all its impact by now?

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