37 thoughts on “Things You No Longer Need To Know (1)

  1. This kind of dial used to drive us crazy at work when we had to call up a list of, say, forty-five people. If somebody wasn’t home or the line was busy, there was no way to save the number so you had to dial it all over again and wait for it to go click-click-click after each digit. (Or click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click each time you had to dial a 0.)

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  2. Hahaha! We had the good luck of owning the only telephone in the entire colony when I was a child, which meant that I was the messenger for whosoever had a call in the entire neighbourhood. I never took the calls though. Never had friends who would call in 🙂

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  3. Even the hand gesture we use to symbolise a telephone handset is changing, according to QI [BBC2 & Dave]: instead of the old ‘cranked’ extended finger & thumb pose, we should now be using a flat palm, to symbolise a mobile—the logic being that ‘nobody’ uses bone-shaped landline phones now. Cheers, Jon.

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