23 'Modern' Things That Are JUST. SO. OLD.

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People like to think that modern trends are just that: modern. But surprisingly often, it turns out that a thing we assume is brand-new has been a thing for decades, or even centuries.

Since we hate being wrong about stuff, we asked our image magicians to dig up the true histories of things we think are modern. And we gave some old-fashioned cash to our favorite entries.

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Entry by Busteq

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Entry by Zinnavi

Rap can be traced back to the 1920s and 1930s. For over 100 years or more, the technique of rapping has been around in many American musical genres. S

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Entry by Andrea Meno

Hoodies were made to keep athletes and workers Warm, in the 1930s. COAT ROCKNE SIDELINE HOODED COTTON SHIRTS coat waterproor quality tan belt C70011-

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The first submarine dates way back to the 1620s and was made by Cornelius van Drebbel. SATLD. Called the Drebbel , it was basically an enclosed CRACKE

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Entry by Sagar Parikh

23 'Modern' Things That Are JUST. SO. OLD.

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Entry by RainbowCrash

Think your new Tesla is a modern idea? Think again. The first crude electric vehicle was invented in the 1830s, and America's first electric car was b

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Entry by Busteq

CRACKEDcO The Government trying to cut down fossil fuel emissions to the atmosphere? It dates back to 1307, when Edward I tried to ban blacksmiths fro

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Entry by Wyrmologist

You may think that the 20 Y asided die 2 has only been around as long as ungeons & Dragons... but similar polyhedra dating to as far back as Ancient E

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Entry by PollyDarton

23 'Modern' Things That Are JUST. SO. OLD.

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Entry by Busteq

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Contrary to popular belief, lighters have been around longer than matchsticks. Chemist Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner invented the first lighter in 1823,

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THE FIDGET SPINNER FIRST DEBUTED BACK IN 1993, O E AND THE PATENT FOR IT WAS APPROVED IN 1997.

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Entry by Buttersnix

Complaining that Christmas has become too commercialized has been going on since the 1800's, when Christmas know or as we it was started. TAKE ADVIC

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Entry by John E.

This is a 2000 year old Swiss Army Knife. Made by the Romans, it has a knife, spoon and fork, a toothpick, spatula, and a Spike. CRACKEIDOON

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Entry by Chan Teik Onn

CRACKEDDOON Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) 8 a 21st century invention? Nope! FORCE The Kettering Bug is an unmanned biplane that can hit targets fr

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Entry by Rich949

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Entry by Michael Voll

Vape pens have been around since the 1960s. In 1963, Herbert A. Gilbert invented a smokeless, electronic cigarette, but never made it widely commerc

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Entry by Michael Voll

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Entry by Maclise

The first smartphone was released in 1994. S 2 7 O The IBM Simon had a touchscreen, a variety of apps, and even predictive typing, beating the iPhone

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Entry by Andrea Meno

Music videos are 20 years older than MTV. u-zie-- 5O They were made for the 1960s fad Scopitone, a jukebox that could play video. CRACKED.GOM

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Animation dates way back to the stone age, using only charcoal, flickering flames, and neuroscience. 21,000 years ago, prehistoric artists would draw

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Entry by PookieJones

The idea of 3D printing is over 150 years old. Photosculpture by Francois Willeme from 1865. And printers that could pull it off were invented three d