13 Skills Your Grandparents Had That You Don’t

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#1 Posted by WhiteKnight77 (12014 posts) -
#2 Posted by Nibroc420 (13544 posts) -

I can do 11 of those 13 things.

How is "being creative" something only old people can do?

And I doubt by grandfather who felled trees for a living knew anything about growing crops and livestock.

#3 Edited by Jimn_tonic (819 posts) -

I know how to tie knots and read maps because i used to work with boats. I'm better at housekeeping than most people my age.

#4 Posted by Engrish_Major (17368 posts) -
Who the hell doesn't know how to read a map?
#5 Posted by GazaAli (21478 posts) -

I don't know. If the occasion ever called for me to do one of these things I'll probably do it no problem, except for tying a knot, never got the hang of that shit. That doesn't mean I should be doing these things in daily basis in today's world.

#6 Edited by Nibroc420 (13544 posts) -

As soon as one finished high school, they should be able to write legibly, and know how to read a map...

Phone books aren't exactly hard to use... We dont need to remember phone numbers anymore, so why spend the time? (though many still end up remembering some)

I still write checks for my rent...

And what's with #11? Our grandparents didn't have smart-phones, so no **** they didn't use them at social gatherings.

#7 Posted by lostrib (26148 posts) -

I can do quite a few of those

#8 Edited by InEMplease (6229 posts) -

Who the hell needs to raise crops and livestock?

I laughed at "six hunnit fiddy" though. Almost as good as writing the amount with a complex math equation.

#9 Posted by Nibroc420 (13544 posts) -
#10 Edited by InEMplease (6229 posts) -
#11 Posted by Nibroc420 (13544 posts) -
@Nibroc420 said:

@InEMplease: Modern Day Farmers.

Those are pure myth, like unicorns or Miley Cyrus.

On an unrelated note, i heard yesterday Miley Cyrus had talent.

#12 Posted by InEMplease (6229 posts) -

@InEMplease said:
@Nibroc420 said:

@InEMplease: Modern Day Farmers.

Those are pure myth, like unicorns or Miley Cyrus.

On an unrelated note, i heard yesterday Miley Cyrus had talent.

Certainly a talent for publicity. Can't comment on her music.

#13 Posted by themajormayor (25250 posts) -
#14 Edited by Ace6301 (21388 posts) -

Giving myself a 12.5 on this. I have no idea how to raise livestock or take care of them but I have edible stuff growing in my yard and if I needed to I could grow more. Basically could grow infinite tomatoes, as disgusting as they are.

#15 Edited by Brain_Duster (313 posts) -

I'm old. :(

#16 Posted by Renevent42 (4949 posts) -

13 Skills Your Grandparents Had That You Don’t is about skills your grandparents had that even your parents might not have as well as you.

How many of you know how to read a map or do anything else on that list?

I mean, not that I don't think there's things older generations knew that may be lost on current generations...but this list is silly. Anyways, same as above, I know how to do 12.5 of out of the 13. I have a vegetable garden but never raised livestock. Not only do I know how to read a map, I can actually land navigate (thanks US military!).

#17 Posted by bigfootpart2 (87 posts) -

I can do all of those.

#18 Posted by dave123321 (32598 posts) -

The ability to write legibly-

Granted I don't write good but plenty of young folks write well. Cursive is something that isn't reallly

Remembering numbers-

I will fucking challenge anyone here to a contest of reciting number of close family and friends. More importantly though I will challenge anyone here to a contest of reciting account numbers, filing numbers, birthdays, authorization codes. I have a wide wealth of numbers memorized in my head. Now let me say this: we don't need to know numbers off the top of our head anymore. Just remember the top 25 or so and fuck the rest because it's just pointless given that we have a fountain of information.

Phone books-

What the fuck is this going on about. It's not fucking hard to read a phonebook. I think that this confuses the obsolete nature of the damn thing with not knowing how to actually use one. Hey hey why is this needed? It's not. You know what makes a good phone book? Your damn phone. Which connects to the remembering number thing. Phones nowadays are connected across your devices. So you will have your contacts even if you lose the phone. But people will remember the top most important numbers so it's not like they will lose contact with family and friends.

Car-

I can do basic stuff.

Home maintenance-

I can install a fan and that level of stuff.

Knowing how to use a map-

This is just like the phonebook thing. It's confusing not using them to. Not knowing how to use them. Using a map is simple. Certain people and activities use actual maps. But know we don't require a physical map. We can use digital ones. I will challenge you wk77 to a map reading test. Drop us off in the middle of a mountain range and give me different maps

Knots- this is just fucking stupid. Anyway I know how to tie a bunch of different knots. Will challenge you guys to a knot contest

Check-back to the phonebook and maps thing

9. Knowing how to sew more than a button.

-want me to sew you some sweaters and costumes

10. Knowing how to raise crops and livestock.

-will give you that

11. Socializing like a human.

-what is it with certain people who have this really shitty and fucking awful perception of the world around them. "They would discuss the world, each other’s lives, maybe a movie they saw" how the fuck is this any different from how people get together today. This just shows a high level of ignorance and cloud screaming stupidity

12. Being creative.

-this is also stupid. Like really really fucking stupid

13. Partner dancing without being gross.

-sigh

#19 Edited by xdude85 (4257 posts) -

That article is what I like to call bullshit wrapped in crap.

#20 Posted by ferrari2001 (16282 posts) -

Lets see pretty sure I have all of those skills.

1) I can write legibly. 2) I know quite a few phone numbers by memory. 3) I've used a phone book many times (although the internet is much quicker). 4) I work at a truck center, I certainly know how to repair a car. 5) I can do home maintenance as well. 6) Used a handheld map many times as well. 7) Boy Scout. 8) I write several checks a month 9) I actually fix my torn pants fairly regularly. 10) I've worked on a farm, hell I killed, gutted and processed pig before. 11) I never use my phone at parties, or dates. 12) I'm an artist so I suppose I'm creative, although I don't write often. 13) I used to swing dance.

#21 Posted by spike6958 (4492 posts) -

The only one I can think of comes from my Great Grandad. He had this amazing skill in which he was able to derail any conversation with three simple words "During the war". Sometimes I think he only did it because he was a huge Only Fools and Horses fan, but he did fight and was an amazing guy.

#22 Posted by deeliman (1858 posts) -

Why is writing checks considered a skill?

#23 Posted by LittleMac19 (1521 posts) -

Being dead is one the skill they've beat me in.

#24 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

Why do people even use checks?

You can't bounce debt/credit cards.

#25 Posted by chaoscougar1 (36557 posts) -

What a fvcking terrible list

#26 Posted by Makhaidos (1410 posts) -

I can do ten out of thirteen.

#27 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -

I can do most of them.

#28 Posted by Jimn_tonic (819 posts) -

Why do people even use checks?

You can't bounce debt/credit cards.

ya that one kind of confused me as well.

i feel like more of a ponce for spending $30 on a cheque book i never use

#29 Posted by Nibroc420 (13544 posts) -
#30 Edited by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -
#31 Posted by British_Azimio (2447 posts) -

My maternal grandmother died smoking a cigarette on her death bed, being addicted to cigarettes. My paternal granfther died of suicidie circa 1969. How i'll go out? The question remains.

#32 Posted by ferrari2001 (16282 posts) -

Why do people even use checks?

You can't bounce debt/credit cards.

I have to use checks to pay my car payment every month. The only way to pay it without a check would be to set up a bank account through the lending company and split my paycheck to be deposited into 2 separate bank accounts instead of simply my primary account. Either that or physically go to the location with cash. Frankly a check is just easier. I also pay my rent via check. It's either that or $200 in cash.

#33 Posted by hippiesanta (9258 posts) -

I use legible handwriting all the time....

the only thing that I cant do on the list is

10. Knowing how to raise crops and livestock.

#35 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

@Fightingfan said:

Why do people even use checks?

You can't bounce debt/credit cards.

I have to use checks to pay my car payment every month. The only way to pay it without a check would be to set up a bank account through the lending company and split my paycheck to be deposited into 2 separate bank accounts instead of simply my primary account. Either that or physically go to the location with cash. Frankly a check is just easier. I also pay my rent via check. It's either that or $200 in cash.

When I was paying on my car I used debt too, but I can see why some places don't accept those methods.

I would still use a money order over a check, but that's just me.

#36 Posted by dave123321 (32598 posts) -

Hope the tc intended this to be a laugh at the shitty list thread

#37 Posted by Barbariser (6642 posts) -

Like half of that list is basically fluff or crap added to make it look longer. And I'm sure old people would not like it if us youngsters started coming up with lists of things that we can do that our elders can't.

#38 Posted by HuggyBear1020 (445 posts) -

A lot of those things came out of necessity, because most people didn't have nearly the amount of disposable income and lines of credit that people do now.

#39 Posted by playmynutz (5560 posts) -

Oh no keep me away from those websites I have spent hours looking at random top 10 list during sleepless nights

#40 Edited by mindstorm (15231 posts) -

I was expecting more from the list. I will thus give a list of things I learned from my grandparents that are rare:

1. Belief in the decency of humanity. They expected that people had good intentions.

2. Neighbors were not strangers. Life was lived in community.

3. The ability to dress well. Your clip on tie doesn't count.

4. Contentment even with few possessions.

5. Family matters and you fight for their benefit.

6. A realization that even when difficulty strikes we are blessed.

7. The worthiness of your ambitions are determined by how much good it accomplishes for others.

8. A simple life can be a good life.

9. Much joy can be found in faith and religious community.

10. Laughter need not be at the expense of others.

11. If you laugh and smile much in life you will be remembered for it.

#41 Posted by BranKetra (46502 posts) -

13 Skills Your Grandparents Had That You Don’t is about skills your grandparents had that even your parents might not have as well as you.

How many of you know how to read a map or do anything else on that list?

I am not taking that list seriously. I guess because I am someone who can do all that and have been able to since an early age.

#42 Posted by dave123321 (32598 posts) -

I want the tc to explain himself

#43 Posted by TheFlush (5323 posts) -

We have a 78 year old cook at my work, pretty nice guy. But he's amazed that most of the younger employees don't know the exact dates (like the exact day of some battle) of historic events for example. Because he thinks that's really important.... while it isn't. Sure you ought to know the outlines of history where you can place the events generally on a timeline, but you can look up the exact details, no need to store them in your head.

Just like remembering phone numbers, that's just not relevant anymore, if you don't need to do it, why would you? We also don't know how to hunt with sticks and stones anymore, because it isn't relevant these days. Why would you waste your time and brain capacity by filling it with redundant information, while you could have used that time to fill it with more useful data? What he doesn't understand is that it's more valuable to be able to apply and combine knowledge (that you can find everywhere) in a useful way instead of hammering those raw facts into your head.

He's not such a great problem solver, maybe it has to do with his age, but he seems very strict in his thinking patterns. While I have figured out multiple solutions to the same problem, he's still stuck with the one in his head. Another thing is that he's really opposed to using internet, but that's just because he's quite digitally illiterate I guess haha. Internet has greatly helped me to read and write in english for example, a language he doesn't understand at all.

#44 Posted by WhiteKnight77 (12014 posts) -

I want the tc to explain himself

What is there to explain? I can do most of what is on that list (owning a pet isn't like owning livestock). I can sew (I have used machines that will sew right through fingers without stopping), I learned at a young age how to read a map and can do orienteering as well as tie knots (was a Boy Scout at one time too). I can read multiple types of maps including VFR Sectionals.

Checks? Still use 'em to pay rent. Better than buying multiple money orders. I pay bills with both depending on if at home or not. I wonder how many people who walk off and forget their phone could call someone if they haven't memorized the necessary numbers? Hell, I still remember an old work number though the place was sold to someone else and the number changed and to make matters worse, in GA we have 10 digit phone numbers with 3 different area codes (with a 4th coming soon) that have to be dialed.

#45 Posted by dave123321 (32598 posts) -

@WhiteKnight77: point being that the livestock and crops thing is like the only one that I think most people under the age of 30 would have trouble with. And even at that it's probs less of a age thing and just a skill that a lot of people probes don't have no matter if you 80 or 8.

It just seems like an poor list is all.

#46 Posted by dave123321 (32598 posts) -

If the number isn't in my top 25 I would probs have trouble though

#47 Edited by chaplainDMK (6503 posts) -

People don't know how to change a tire or read a map? Seriously?

#48 Posted by SUD123456 (4289 posts) -

Other than farming or livestock, I don't see how most people don't or can't do the rest. And things like basic car or home repairs are person specific, not generational.