Here in the bold new age of the 21st century, it’s easy to think that technology is constantly advancing at a breakneck pace. Every day, there’s some new doohickey or doodad demanding you learn a whole new skillset, whether it’s figuring out your Zoom background or using keyless entry on your car. Your computer’s OS probably updated in the time it took you to read this sentence. Your friends are already making fun of how outdated your phone is, even though you bought it last week. Your refrigerator just told you that the vegetable drawer is officially a biohazard.
But much like a dad with a junk drawer full of old cables, some technology from what seems like the distant past has stubbornly stuck around. They say you can’t kill an idea, but apparently you can’t kill things like typewriters and telegrams, either. Here are 33 technological developments that warp the concept of time in brain-melting ways: